Written by Jessy Howe
In 1991 Connie Howe made the decision to quit her day job and become a franchisee, opening the doors of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Macomb County, Mich. As she began to grow the location, it naturally evolved into a family-run business. Now with a fleet of 12 trucks and three generations later, the location is about to celebrate their 25th anniversary!
Connie’s daughter and now franchisee, Lisa Gaber, remembers helping her mother from the very beginning when she had decided to join the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system.
“I began by working at home, out of my basement, because I was raising two young daughters. The guys would start the day by coming to my home, where I would hand them the paperwork and ‘dispatch’ for the day! I have done pretty much every job there is to do from driving, moving, packing, marketing, bookkeeping, and managerial duties,” said Gaber. “After several years, my mom and I decided to venture out and open another franchise in Florida. We owned and operated the Fort Myers, Fla., franchise for 13 years until we sold the location to make it easier for Connie to retire.”
After deciding to sell the Fort Myers franchise, Connie’s son Dave became the newest family member to join the team. Most recently, they opened a secondary location within the Macomb County borders, even further expanding the brand and serving their community.
“Working with my mom allowed us to learn together how to run a business from the ground up,” said Gaber. “It helped us grow both as businesswomen and as a family entirely.”
Gaber’s daughter, Shayna, now has the same opportunity to learn what it takes. Shayna began six years ago as a customer service representative before working her way up to an in-home consultant. She currently works as the marketing manager handling a wide range of responsibilities including grassroots efforts, social media, and cause marketing campaigns.
With Mother’s Day right around the corner, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s annual Movers for Moms® campaign is in full swing with more than 300 franchises collecting essential care items for moms in need. The items are then delivered to local women’s and family shelters just in time for Mother’s Day. With their 25 year history in the community, they are no stranger in helping support it.
“The past couple of years we have been working with two different shelters since we have such a large territory. The first is Turning Point, Inc., which is a shelter for women and children that have been victims of domestic violence. Our second shelter, which we started working with last year, is a non-profit that we are very involved in and actually do two moves weekly for. Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team, or MCREST, is a traveling shelter that has local churches host them weekly with food, shelter, and transportation. Last year, we had incredible community and staff participation and were able to deliver TONS of boxes of amazing gifts to both shelters,” shares Gaber of their local Movers for Moms® efforts. “It holds a special place in our hearts to help mothers as we are in a business and franchise both started and run by women.”
While some find it hard to even imagine working with their family, the three women have proven how to successfully make it work.
“We’ve worked all these years together without an argument or even mild disagreement,” said Howe. “It has been a very great experience to work with my family.”
Like her mother, Gaber is appreciative that it has been relatively easy for the family to work together without much strife.
“We get along well and have found a good balance in our positions,” said Gaber. “One of the most difficult things about working with so much family is knowing when to ‘turn it off’ and stop talking about work and enjoy family time together.”
Lisa and Connie enjoy golfing and traveling, while Shayna and Lisa find fun in cooking and simply spending time together. As for Mother’s Day celebrations, you’ll find the trio eating brunch and spending a quiet afternoon relaxing in each other’s company.
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