TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Recognized For Veteran Opportunities

Written by Erik Sargent

The month of November is a time for our country to take the time and honor the men and women who have served our great country, and for us to reflect on all the freedoms we are granted due to their sacrifices. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® thanks each and every veteran who has fought for this country and helped to keep us safe.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is fortunate to employ a large number of franchisees who have military background prior joining the company. The leadership skills and experience brought my individuals who have served in our armed forces is invaluable, and their work ethic is second to none. They have played a critical role in the continued growth here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

“We as a brand are so appreciative of the veterans who are part of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family. We are thankful for their service, and honored to help them build their jeff-wesleycareer and their success with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®,” said CEO Jeff Wesley.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has been considered a top destination for veteran employment, and in 2016, the company was recognized by multiple outlets as a good fit for veterans looking for work after their service is completed.

For the fourth consecutive year, Franchise Business Review named TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® on their Top Franchises for Veterans list. The company was also featured on the list for Best for Vets Franchise Opportunities by Military Times, moving up 10 spots from our ranking last year.

Rounding out the list of recognition, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® was featured on the 2016 15 Hot Franchises for Veterans list by G.I. jobs. We are proud to be the landing spot for so many veterans who are making the transition into the franchising world, and we hope we can continue to bring on more in the future as we live our company’s core purpose of Moving People Forward.

“Veterans have the core values, character, and the ability to follow our proven system,” Wesley said. “TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has achieve 82 months of consecutive growth, and we thank the current veterans who are part of the brand. We are hopeful others will join our team as franchise owners or team members as we look to accomplish our vision.”

 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us move your career forward. We are proud to be part of the VetFran network!  If you are interested in learning more about franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® visit, franchise.twomenandatruck.com.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® hosts Frontline Annual Meeting

Written by Erik Sargent

East Lansing, MI – Smiling faces, eager employees, and an abundance of stickmen logos filled the halls of the Kellogg Center as the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Frontline Annual Meeting took place this week in East Lansing, Mich.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Annual Meeting

Employees from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises all over the country – international locations included – made their way to the Mid-Michigan area for a three day conference focused on continued success, improving on company strategies, and recognizing those who have stood out above the rest in their professions.

With company executives on hand and close to 200 eager team members in attendance, it was a worthwhile experience for all.  The ability of all present to see the happenings of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® as a company, and get a glimpse into the future was priceless.

“The first thing I want to say is thank you,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® CEO Jeff Wesley. “What you have done is create momentum through all of our success. We don’t get to see your faces every day, so we are excited about you being here and are so thankful for what you do.”

The attendees arrived in Lansing Tuesday afternoon, and after checking into the Kellogg Center, were given a chance to visit the Home Office. The guests were given tours of the building and had the opportunity to meet Home Office employees they spend so much time communicating with from their local office. Attendees also had a chance to visit the Lansing, Mich., franchise, as well as the newly expanded Customer Relationship Center.

Wednesday officially kicked off the conference and began with a speech from Wesley, followed by various breakout sessions, workshops, and roundtable discussions.

More than 15 sessions being presented were focused on discussing tactics that have brought success to the company, while also looking forward at what can be done to continue the 82 months of consecutive growth and keep everything moving in the right direction. The visitors took away a wealth of knowledge, and plenty of ideas to apply in their respective locations.

“I’m going to take away the improvements we need to do with our marketing strategy and our sales strategy,” said Dan Arlow of the Barrie, Ontario franchise. “It was eye opening. I thought we were in a good place, but there’s still a lot of room for improvement.”

Other TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® employees including Jake Petzold from the Flint, Mich., franchise relayed the same message Arlow did.

“I liked it, I was able to learn a lot,” Petzold said. “Especially about marketing. I’m excited to bring back a lot of new ideas that we picked up here.”

The guests came back together after several exciting sessions for a motivational speech from President Randy Shacka, where he focused on delivering a positive message and encouraging each person to continue their growth on a personal and professional level.

“1 in 3 of our franchisees and 75% of our managers began in frontline positions,” said Shacka. “You owe it to yourself to be your best, but it’s not always easy to do. Hard work is a mindset.”

The day ended with a company tailgate, where games, food and drinks, and other activities such as a furniture stretch wrapping competition for our most competitive frontline members provided great fun for all. While some networked during cornhole tournaments, others grabbed dessert at the ice cream bar and spoke with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® vendors.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Frontline Annual Meeting 2016

Thursday continued with an additional 10 learning sessions during the morning period offering several insights and techniques to improve locally. After lunch, a period of company recognition took place for some of the top employees to be acknowledged for their work.

With many of the executives and leaders of the company on stage speaking, awards and acknowledgements were made for categories including Top Franchises, the new members of the Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward Scholarship Program, Leaders in Excellence, Customer Service Achievement in Excellence top performers, the Safe Driver Award, the $100,000 Club, Years of Service Recognition, President’s Leadership Award, and the Frontline MVP Award, which at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® stands for mission, values, and purpose.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® founder Mary Ellen Sheets was in attendance for the entire ceremony and left a resonating message for all the employees to head back home with after Frontline Annual Meeting concluded.

“I just wanted to take a minute to thank you,” Sheets said. “I know how hard you work, and I understand the dedication to your positions. I appreciate your commitment to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, and while I’m proud to be the founder, you’re the heroes. You really are the heroes, and from the bottom of my heart, I thank you.”

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Founding Family

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® founding family joined the Frontline Annual Meeting. Pictured left to right: Chair Melanie Bergeron, Executive Vice President Jon Sorber, and Founder Mary Ellen Sheets. 

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Honoring our Veterans

Written by Jessy Herman

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, an estimated 39,471 veterans are homeless on any given night. In addition, 1.4 million of our veterans are considered at risk of homelessness due to a variety of factors such as poverty, overcrowding housing, and a lack of support networks.

To hear those who have sacrificed so much fighting for our country’s freedom are struggling with these hardships, it begs the question how can we help? It is our belief the brave service men and women who have selflessly served us should never be without basic needs including shelter, food, and most importantly a support system.

As the Movers Who Care®, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® developed the Movers for Military program in an effort to aid veterans in need across the country. Across the country, locations team up with local businesses and schools to collect essential care items and deliver them to veterans living in shelters during Veterans Day.

Our system is very fortunate to have several franchisees with a military background. These men and women are proven leaders who align with our core values and bring an unmatched work ethic.

One of these Franchisees being Joey Hale who was awarded Franchisee of the Year by the International Franchise Association in 2015, a top honor among franchisees throughout the country.

“Prior to joining TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, I served as an intelligence officer for the United States Air Force,” said Hale. “I enlisted while in college. My dad flew in the Air Force, and I had tunnel vision to follow in his footsteps.”

Veterans Day

We are proud to have received several recognitions celebrating our commitment to actively recruiting and supporting veterans. This year we have been ranked 10th on the Military Times’ 2017 Best for Vets Franchise Opportunities, jumping 10 spots on the list from our 2016 ranking.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has also earned a place on the Franchise Business Review Top Franchises for Veterans list in 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Despite the many efforts to assist veterans across the country, we know there is still a great deal of work to be done to provide hope for our country’s heroes. In an effort to raise awareness of veterans in need and honor  active military and veterans this Veterans Day we are changing our website colors to reflect the colors of the land of the free and home of the brave.

 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us move your career forward. We are proud to be part of the VetFran network!  If you are interested in learning more about franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® visit, franchise.twomenandatruck.com.