Congratulations to the second Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® scholarship program winner: Jason Washburn

Written by Hannah Conlin

Jason Washburn receives Mary Ellen's Moving People Forward Scholarship

The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system is Moving People Forward® once again. On Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, Founder Mary Ellen Sheets, accompanied by President Randy Shacka, ventured to Boston, Mass., to present a $50,000 check to the winner of the second Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® scholarship program: Jason Washburn.

In the summer of 2015, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® welcomed five managers from across the system into the brand’s second program. The scholarship is designed to provide current managers with the opportunity to own their own franchise in partnership with their existing franchisee. After more than a year of extensive training in sales, human resources, customer service, and fiscal responsibility, the program saw two final candidates in the running. Concluding a comprehensive, rigorous interview with the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® executive team in which participants must present their business plan and undergo a challenging question and answer session regarding their leader and ownership capabilities, a winner was determined.

Washburn of the Boston, Mass., location will now be resigning his role as multi-unit general manager to hold the title of a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisee. He has been a part of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family since February of 2011, and after learning about the opportunity to own his own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location he jumped at the chance to be a part of the scholarship program.

As the winner of the program, Washburn is awarded $50,000 that will go toward opening his own franchise. By March 2017, he will be expanding the brand into Orange, N.J. As outlined in the program’s agreements, Washburn will maintain ownership of the location with multi-unit Franchisee Jason Judson, multi-unit Franchisee John Judson, multi-unit Franchisee Joel Trost, and multi-unit Franchisee Brian Stern.

“Since Jason took the position as the general manager for our Boston locations, I have seen tremendous growth,” said Stern. “The majority of this growth came shortly after he joined the scholarship program. Once the program began, Jason took his abilities to a whole new level. Since joining, he has a sense of confidence and ownership unlike any I’ve seen from him before. He attacks everything with a desire to be the best and break barriers. Having new franchisees like Jason representing our brand shows just how bright our future is. I couldn’t even begin to tell you how proud I am to see where he is today. He is “old school” and I like that. Jason has worked hard to get to where he is today. He has a motor unlike most, and that’s what separates him from the rest.”

Jason Washburn celebrates with team after receiving Mary Ellen's Moving People Forward Scholarship

Throughout the entire year and half that Washburn was part of the scholarship program, his franchisees truly supported and embodied every opportunity that the project held. They worked with Washburn, guided him throughout this journey, and could not be more excited to step into this next chapter with their new franchise partner.

“We are so blessed to have a scholarship program like this within our system,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Human Resources Director Sara Bennett. “Not only does it allow managers to work closely with Home Office staff and their franchise owners, but it provides them with an abundance of opportunities. People can truly excel their careers within TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, they have the tools and resources to get them to that next level, and this program is just one of many that this system offers.”

Needless to say, the second Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® scholarship program was just as much of a success as the inaugural rollout which was awarded to Randi Bloodworth, franchisee of the Pearland, Texas, location. General Manager Dan Pettit of the Grand Rapids South, Mich., location, was the remaining participant alongside Washburn. And, although Pettit was not named the winner, he was awarded $10,000 to go toward opening his own franchise. With his hard work and dedication, we know he will continue to be a successful leader for our system.

“The talent that we see from the scholarship program participants is immeasurable,” said Chief Executive Officer Jeff Wesley. “For more than a year we get to see managers from different locations throw themselves into learning every facet of the franchise business model, while building their TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® knowledge base. We could not have asked for better candidates than Jason and Dan. The two worked so hard throughout the duration of the program, utilizing the support of their franchisees as mentors each step of the way. These heavy lifters are committed, not just to excelling in their own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® careers, but are dedicated to the expansion efforts of this entire system. We are so proud of Jason and what he will do for this brand in the New Jersey market, and we are so excited to see where TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® will take Dan. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for these TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® leaders.”

Congratulations, Jason, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®‘s newest franchisee! The entire system is so proud of you and we cannot wait to see your success as you grow the brand throughout New Jersey.

Be sure to check out the live stream video on the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® corporate Facebook page to see Sheets present Jason with his $50,000 check to go towards the opening of his brand new location!

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

Franchise Feature: Greg Micklos makes the move from Illinois to Florida

When you become part of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family, you find yourself faced with an incredible opportunity for growth. No matter the position, we pride ourselves on moving people forward, personally and professionally. Former operations manager turned franchisee Greg Micklos has experienced this career growth first hand. Franchisee Greg Micklos

In August 2012, Greg was hired as operations manager with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® in Peoria, Ill., taking the location to eighth in the country within the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system. In 2014, Greg was promoted to general manager for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Northern Illinois, overseeing branches in Peoria, Davenport, Iowa, and Rockford, Ill.

Four years since his start, Greg is taking the next step in his career as owner of the Pensacola, Fla., franchise with his wife Jen, his best friend Mark, as well as his wife Krista.

We caught up with Greg to discuss the excitement of transferring to Pensacola and creating the ultimate moving experience for his customers.

Let’s go over your history with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

I remember my first TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® sighting was at a baseball field in Dunlap, Ill., as I was coaching my son’s baseball team while another team was being sponsored by the company.

At the time of my first interview with the Christensen’s, I was uncertain if I really wanted to take what seemed to be a lateral move in my career. With open communication, hard work, and dedication, I knew what I wanted was to someday be my own boss! Five years later, here I am and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® core values of Moving People forward was obtained.

Making the move from Illinois to Florida is quite the change, what drew you to this area?

Well, being from the Midwest, the answer is obvious … Get rid of the winter!

After much discussion, I knew I wanted to go south of the Mason Dixon Line. When Pensacola became available, I knew with this strong brand and my work ethic it was a natural fit. The most challenging part right now is still having my family in Illinois until our house sells. Although between putting in 10 – 12 hour days, I do make it a point to go the beach every weekend and take my time out. Why not enjoy the most beautiful beaches in the world while you can!

What are your goals moving forward in this market?

Pensacola has been a player in this market for a while. The most exciting thing is while there are competitors, there is no dominant player. It seems like other moving companies are satisfied with what they are currently doing while we are looking to grow stronger. With the new franchisees of Mobile, Ala., Joey South and Billy Stoval, along with us and the rest of the panhandle of Florida, we need and will become that dominant player. Grassroots marketing and face to face introductions to the movers and shakers of Pensacola will be on my forefront for upcoming!

Did you ever imagine your journey with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® would lead to where you are today?

I knew from day one I wanted to be an owner of this wonderful franchise system. It is a system that networks well among each other and the support received is tremendous! I knew I could do it and I thank all the support along the way to get me to this point! I have endless thanks to my wife and kids who are making this short term sacrifice of being away from me until the transition is complete. To my best friend Mark Hoagland and his wife Krista for supporting me in this venture, and to Brittany Jackson joined me in Pensacola to handle operations. Most importantly, I thank God for always blessing me with his direction.

Franchisee Greg Micklos and family

Franchisee Greg Micklos with his wife Jennifer and their four children, Koby, Kaden, Karter, and Kambria.

We are proud of Greg and know his hard work and dedication to the system will help him succeed in growing the brand in Pensacola!

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

September feature: Santa Ana Franchisee Juan Reyes

Written by Katie Peterson

For more than 30 years, we have embraced our motto of Moving People Forward®. We love to see people progress through our system, and we are so lucky to play a part in the lives of such great members of our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family. Moving his own career forward, an integral member of our system, Juan Reyes, began his TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® career as a part-time employee while finishing his Bachelor’s degree at Columbus State University. He quickly realized his part-time job was something more and that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® offered a great foundation to begin his career. More than 10 years later, Juan is now franchisee of the Santa Ana, Calif., location with a long resume of experience within the system.

Juan reyesHow did you first hear of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

I first heard of our company while pursing my Bachelor’s degree at Columbus State University. My wife actually brought it to my attention. She thought I would like the company because I preferred working manual labor jobs, and it turned out to be a great fit for me.

What has your climb through the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system looked like?

I think my background is similar to most franchisees and franchise managers in the system. I started off in the system as a mover and held that position for about three months. Being trained and earning my spot on the trucks was really important because it allowed me to gain the experience I needed to move up the ladder. I shifted into the driver’s seat soon after and spent another six months on the trucks. Through some transitions going on at the franchise, I became a trainer for roughly nine months until my position shifted into a sort-of move manager. Around my two year mark I was promoted to operations manager, and after another two years I was promoted to the general manager position. After about six years as the GM, I had the opportunity to partner up and open the Santa Ana, Calif., location as a franchisee.

What is your most memorable moment within the system?

I would have to say my most memorable moment was receiving the email on June 30 of 2014 from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s President Randy Shacka saying I was selected to participate in the first ever Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward. This scholarship program puts candidates through one year of extensive training to further develop their knowledge of a franchise system. During this year, candidates participate in online classes and live webinars, in addition to working with departments at Home Office on management assignments to continually improve their management skills. That was a great day. It was at a very pivotal time in my life where decisions needed to be made for my future. That email made my decision pretty easy and has turned out great for everyone involved.

Did you ever imagine your journey with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® would lead you to where you are today?

In the beginning, I honestly didn’t. I started off working as a mover part-time to keep me busy while I was in school. As time went on, my vision changed and so did my focus.

What are your goals moving forward?

My goals and plans moving forward are to continue to develop my immediate and surrounding areas as a franchisee.

What advice would you offer someone looking to get involved with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

My advice to someone thinking about getting involved in our system would be to take a chance at endless opportunities. It’s a long road so you have to be patient. Take the time to learn your craft and try to make everyone around you better whenever you get a chance to.

What does TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® mean to you?

Family!!

We are so happy to have you as part of our system, Juan. Thank you for all your hard work, commitment to the brand, and for being our September franchisee feature! You deserve it!

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

Using THE GRANDMA RULE® when moving seniors forward

Grandparents Month

Written by Katie Peterson

One of the most rewarding core values we live by here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is THE GRANDMA RULE ®, which is to treat everyone the way you would want your grandma to be treated. This rule was inspired by our very own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® grandma, Grandma Eb, who was the company’s cheerleader even before it had a name. In honor of Grandparent’s Month, we are highlighting all the great things TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® does for our senior customers, and how we live out THE GRANDMA RULE® every day.

It is very important for us to exceed our customers’ expectations no matter who they are, but we also know the importance of taking extra care with our senior customers. Many times, seniors have been living in the same home for decades, and moving them not only includes their boxes, but  the 40 years (or more) of memories they’ve built. Our more than 350 franchises consider and approach this challenge head-on with creative and careful solutions.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Senior moving review

Senior Sensitivity programs:

Many of our franchises have training programs in place to ensure our movers are able to move seniors without a hitch. Although the moving process can be a stressful change after so many years in a residence, our team has all the tools necessary to make the experience a positive one. Educating our teams on the best practices of these sometimes sensitive moves contributes to our mission of moving customers forward, while exceeding their expectations. A few important aspects of our training programs include:

  • Education about how to interact with senior residents.
  • Information about the stages of dementia and the common signs and stages of aging.
  • Methods of working through tragic or traumatic moving situations.

As the Movers Who Care, our teams are experts in moving into senior communities and are well aware of rules and regulations of the facilities. This knowledge allows for the moving process to be stress-free on the resident, family, and facility staff.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK senior moving review

Senior discounts:

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® we value our customers and love showing them our appreciation for choosing the “Movers Who Care®” for their moving needs. To emphasize our commitment, offering a senior discount is something many of our franchises across the country implement.

Caring and careful disposition:

Moving is so much more than picking up and putting down item. Moving out of a long-time home means leaving behind a place that was influential in making a lifetime of memories with family and friends. We understand the skills needed and extra care that should be taken when it comes to these types of moves. More importantly, we know the compassion and caring disposition it takes to move people out of their old home and into a new one. Part of living out THE GRANDMA RULE® involves being understanding, patient, and organized, just as you would want someone to treat your grandma.

Because of our commitment to this core value, we excel in helping move seniors comfortably, as well as six million valued customers who have moved with us. We take pride in our ability to provide great service and exceed our customer’s expectations every day.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward!