-Written by Erik Sargent
With TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Career Move Month kicking off at the beginning of March, the focus around the company has been on professional growth and development, bringing in new hires to the system, and helping advance the careers of those already with the company.
Career Move Month’s main focus is hiring new people to the system, with a goal of hiring 1,200 to help prepare for the busy moving season during the summer months, but it also shows some of the outstanding employees who have been working for us, particularly at our franchise locations. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has franchisees running more than 350 locations across the country that come from a wide-range of backgrounds, which helps to bring a diverse blend of ideas and innovation to our system, and even the moving industry as a whole.
Often times we tell stories of people who started on the frontline as movers or drivers and worked their way to become franchisees, but just as cool are the stories of our existing franchisees and their backgrounds.
From owning prior businesses to legal and industrial jobs, the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisee tree features people who have had all different types of professional careers. Here are just a few great stories of our franchisees who are moving people forward each and every day.
Franchises: Two locations in New Orleans, LA
“After law school, I worked as an assistant district attorney in New Orleans,” Rippner said. “Shortly thereafter, I became executive director of a non-profit called CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children). We provided Guardian Ad Litem representation to children that have been abused or neglected. However, I always intended to join our family-run furniture business, and made that switch in 1992. I have been in the furniture business since that time.”
Rippner has been running his furniture store business since 1992, but began noticing TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® ads around 2005 when he moved to Florida after having to evacuate Louisiana due to Hurricane Katrina.
Eight years later, he saw the franchising opportunity on a TV show, and decided he wanted to join the system pair nicely with his furniture business.
“The most wonderful aspect of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the networking that is available,” Rippner said. “There are no ‘new’ stories or situations – there is always an answer on how to address it. After each meeting – whether it’s at home office or annual meeting – I always feel like I have learned something new and have become a better leader.”
Franchises: Bloomington (IN), Evansville (IN), Grand Rapids South (MI)
“I actually worked in a machine shop for five years running a variety of machines and forklifts,” Felcher said of his work before joining the system. “I had been working with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for 14 years under the Grand Rapids’ franchisee, and one of the original two men, Jon Sorber. I truly enjoyed working for him all those years, but as I started nearing my 40th birthday, I started getting the bug to purchase a franchise. I had the privilege of purchasing the Grand Rapids South franchise location in 2008. Since then, we’ve opened in Evansville, and currently I’ve partnered with an employee of mine, Dan Pettit, and we are in the process of opening Bloomington.”
Having spent significant time working in a machine shop before joining TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Felcher recalled it feeling like a dead end world.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® was able to give him a new career path, and after learning the system for so many years, he was finally able to open his own franchise and hasn’t looked back.
“TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is a great franchise system because there is so much support through fellow franchisees and Home Office to help you succeed,” Felcher said. “It’s not an easy business, but it is a very rewarding business that continues to offer those fantastic opportunities.”
Franchises: Cedar Rapids (IA), Waterloo (IA), Bethesda (MD), Bowie (MD), Columbia East (MD), Annapolis (MD), Columbia West (MD)
“Prior to purchasing a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise, I played online poker professionally,” Berns said. “I started playing during law school and did it full-time upon graduating. Poker was very popular and lucrative due to the country’s fascination with the game at the time.”
After the government began cracking down on online poker players, Berns realized it was time to find a new career, and he began looking for something outside of the law field. He saw the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise in Cedar Rapids for sale, and began researching what the company was all about.
Seven franchises later, Berns is one of the key players in the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system.
“You won’t have to worry about technological obsolescence for a significant period of time,” Berns said. “Technology will make this profession much simpler to manage in the future with self-driving trucks. People will always have a need for moving services. There is significant upside with little risk of capital in this business because we are providing a necessary service that people will need into perpetuity. The challenges you face in managing the operation are challenging, but also very rewarding.”
Franchises: Annapolis (MD), Bethesda (MD), Bowie (MD), Columbia East (MD), Columbia West (MD)
“I have a background in law, and was most recently the Director of U.S. Operations for an international call center,” Rose said. “I decided to purchase my first franchises in early 2014 when I was looking to change careers, and opened the first office in November 2014.”
Rose was able to carry over some of his previous job skills into franchising due to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s heavy focus on customer service, and how a big focus within the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system is on the customer experience.
He’s also had the ability to learn more about managing crews and running a dynamic and successful business operation, while handling some of the challenges that come from the moving industry.
“TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® offers a fantastic opportunity to be a part of a growing, innovative brand,” Rose said. “A franchisee can definitely see his or her hard work pay off in tangible ways, making this a very satisfying business.”
Interested in a franchising opportunity with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? Visit our franchise page to learn more about available opportunities!
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