TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® works to strengthen communities

Written by Jessy Howe

The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system holds a long tradition of giving back to communities in which employees live and work. After Founder Mary Ellen Sheets’ first year in business, she donated her profits to 10 different local charities. Today, we continue to donate 10 cents of every move to the American Cancer Society, the national charity of choice, totaling a donation of more than $450,000 to date. It is this spirit that gives meaning to our motto: “Movers Who Care®.”

Franchises from across the country illustrate the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® core value of giving back to the community by  donating countless hours, valued at nearly $2.5 million annually,  to a variety of charities in addition to our own cause marketing program, Movers for Moms®.

The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location in Akron, Ohio ran their first-ever Movers for Mutts drive, one of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s five charitable programs, in which items are collected and delivered to animal shelters to help support foster animals being cared for. By partnering with seven local businesses to serve as drop off locations for food, toys, and other essential pet items, Akron was able to collect 357 items and donate nearly $250 to One of a Kind Pet Rescue, the largest no-kill animal shelter in the county.

“We were blown away by the support of the local businesses. When we mentioned our Movers for Mutts drive many businesses jumped on board and even came up with their own promotional offering to help increase the donation efforts,” said Franchisee Vicki Voth. “The generous out pour of support showed us that this area loves their animals and are thrilled to have the opportunity to help out a local shelter that places thousands of cats and dogs in happy homes every year. We cannot wait to expand this effort in the years to come by adding more events and drop off locations!”

While Vicki and her team worked to support animals, the Gainesville, Fla., franchise focused their efforts on a local toy drive hosted by the Gainesville/Alachua County Association of Realtors (GACAR) for the fifth consecutive year.

A vital role during the GACAR Toy Drive is the pick-up, transportation, and delivery of donated toys to the Children’s Home Society of Florida, Mid-Florida Division. This is where TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® steps in.

This year, the toy drive received their largest donation to-date. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Gainesville Director of Marketing and Business Development George Baldacchino says it is a blessing to be in a position to help.

“These types of events allow us to live all of our core values,” said Baldacchino. “Something that touched me is when we were delivering the toys, several members of the Children’s Home Society staff teared up and became very emotional. We were able to help those whose entire professional life is designed to help these children in foster care and it meant so much to them.”

Employees throughout our system share the joy that serving their local communities brings and often times say community service opportunities are a rewarding aspect of being in our system.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® North Las Vegas Marketing Coordinator Ashlee Wright shares this feeling after their first year participating in the Diaper Drive hosted by the Las Vegas Diaper Bank, an organization providing diapers and supplies to families in need.

“My favorite thing about working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the commitment that each employee has to giving back to the community,” she said. “All the charity events that I have been a part of are so life changing.”

The North Las Vegas franchise was able to assist by providing the move services to transport the diapers collected as well as spreading the word and promoting through social media to increase donations.

Like many franchises across the country, North Las Vegas also works closely with Cheeriodicals to deliver “boxes of cheer” to hospitalized children who need a lift in spirits.

“We have partnered with the local office in each market we’ve delivered to children’s hospitals or Ronald McDonald Houses,” said Cheeriodicals President Gary Parisher. “We have now made more than 40 deliveries to children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses with the local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® office leading the delivery.”

It is our goal to serve those in need and make our local communities a better place to live. We strive to continue offering local support in 2016 and look forward to the opportunities ahead of us. When we work as a system of one, what an impact we can make.

Visit twomenandatruckfranchising.com to learn more about franchising opportunities. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us move your career forward. Consider investing in us and becoming a franchisee today!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchising, your opportunity for success

Written by Jessy Howe

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the nation’s largest local moving company with more than 330 locations worldwide and 2,600 trucks on the road, moving people daily to their next steps in life. The company was built on strong Core Values that have created a local business feel fortified with a strong national, and international, backbone.

With more than 30 years of experience, five years of double-digit growth, and continuous year-over-year record growth, we continue leading the moving industry with innovative ideas and processes. Our vision is to provide business solutions and growth opportunities along with continuing to establish moving industry best practices for our franchise system and customers.

“With choice locations still available and over 200 marketing areas available across the U.S., we are looking for people who exemplify our core values, customer service and have a passion to create opportunity within their communities,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Franchise Development Manager Noelle Burak. “As we continue to grow our footprint around the world, our focus continues to be to Move People Forward personally, professionally and relational.”

Watch the video below to hear from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Chair Melanie Bergeron on our exciting franchising opportunities! Visit our website for more information on becoming a potential franchisee at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®!

How a former Navy aviation electronics technician became a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisee

Written by Jessy Howe

After graduating high school, Michael Sham joined the Navy where he served for six years as an aviation electronics technician (AT). During this time he worked on S-3B Vikings and P-3 Orions in San Diego, Calif., and Jacksonville, Fla. His duties included working on tactical air navigation (TACAN), radios, radar, instrument landing system (ILS), and other electronic devices in the aircraft. At the young age of 19, Sham was given a great deal of responsibility, sometimes giving orders to men twice his age.

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“It certainly prepared me to be a leader and taught me how to be ready for anything that may come up,” said Sham. “There were so many different types of personalities in the military that it made me a better people person.”

Prior to joining TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® in 2013, he attended Belhaven University and earned a degree in exercise physiology. While pursuing his dream of becoming a strength and conditioning coach, which would allow him to train athletes, he ran a small moving company.

After working as a mover for two months, Sham took on the role of general manager at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Jackson, Miss., franchise and truly launched his career within the system. As a participant in the first-ever Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® scholarship program, he and seven other managers across the system dedicated one year of extensive training to further enhance their knowledge of the inner workings of the franchising system, and ultimately lay the foundation for them in becoming a successful franchisee. As a result, Sham was awarded $10,000 to go toward opening his own franchise.

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“The scholarship program taught me what it takes to get a successful new franchise off the ground. There is a lot that goes into getting an operation up and running and all the bases were covered in the program,” said Sham. “The relationships that were built during the program with Home Office and other franchisees and managers are invaluable. A lot of what I learned, I was able to implement at my current franchise.”

Sham plans to open his new franchise in Southaven, Miss., May 2016 alongside Jackson, Miss., Franchisees Jeff Taylor and Jack Christopher.

“Michael has been a successful manager and is a shining example of the hard work and development that leads to success in our system. We are blessed as Michael moves forward to ownership and the great things he will accomplish,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® CFO Jeff Wesley.

“I’m so thankful to have been brought on by my partners to live the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® dream,” said Sham. “I never imagined that one day I would be a small business owner.”

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Visit twomenandatruckfranchising.com to learn more about franchising opportunities. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us move your career forward. Consider investing in us and becoming a franchisee today!