-Written by Erik Sargent
The moving industry at times can seem like a male dominated industry, but at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, this is anything but the normal when it comes to day-to-day business.
The company was founded by Mary Ellen Sheets, who started the company in 1985 when her two sons, Jon and Brig, were looking to make a little extra spending money. Since then, the company has grown to become the largest franchised moving company in the world, and women have played a tremendous role in the company’s success.
With our Movers for Moms® campaign on the horizon – TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s spring charity program focused on helping mothers in need across the country– it’s important to recognize some of the women excelling in their roles with the company.
One of these women is Franchisee Holly Stewart of the Cobb South franchise in Smyrna, Georgia. Holly started in the system in 2010 as a general manager, and worked her way up to area manager for five Atlanta area franchises before purchasing her first franchise two years ago.
Stewart is a mother herself, so she understands the importance of Movers for Moms®and it was her own mother who provided encouragement when she decided to purchase her franchise.
“My own mother always told me numerous times growing up that I could do anything I wanted to do,” Stewart said. “Although I didn’t necessarily want to be a mover when I was growing up, I do feel like being a business owner in this industry shows that she was right, and is a testament of what hard work and determination can get you.”
The heavy male influence in the moving industry is clear to Stewart, but she has taken the challenges in stride and attacked them daily.
“Don’t get me wrong – being a woman in a male-dominated industry gives me a sense of pride some days, but other days it makes the day-to-day challenges even more difficult,” Stewart said. “When I was working my way up and still sometimes, I know I have to work a little harder to prove that I belong here and that I have the same knowledge that others do. At the end of the day, it’s worth it. I pass the same advice my mom gave me onto my daughter, and I hope by the time she’s where I am, there is less of a gender disparity within industries.”
Being a mother herself, it is another full-time job added on to the already stressful world of owning and operating your own business.
Stewart knows it’s a challenge, but points to creating a life balance and using great planning to make sure she stays on top of both responsibilities.
“I don’t think being a female or a mother makes a difference in being able to create life balance,” Stewart said. “It’s a challenge for everyone. I plan, multi-task, and try to give attention where it’s needed, when it’s needed. It’s easy to be half-present these days with all of the needs pulling on you and technology at your fingertips, but I try to avoid being plugged into everything all the time. That way my family and my business both get what they need, and know that I’m fully there for them, as they are both important parts of my life.”
With Movers for Moms®, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is focused on making Mother’s Day special for those who are facing difficult times. During a time when many mothers are celebrated for all of the wonderful things they do, many are spending the day in women’s shelters, struggling to get by with what they have, all while raising their children.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s focus for the month of April leading into Mother’s Day is to collect charitable items to donate to women’s and family shelters around the country. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations nationwide partner with area businesses schools, and other organizations to collect essential care and feel good items to get in the hands of people who need them most.
“From day one, Mary Ellen took care of charities, and the brand has raised the bar even further as we continue to drive our vision and achieve success,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® CEO Jeff Wesley. “To have our own charity that is integrated within the brand and supporting moms in need is something to be so proud of. The hard work of every TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location and team member, along with the impact they have is just phenomenal. I am so proud of the Movers for Moms® program and all of the locations we have dedicated to moving moms forward.”
For Stewart, as a person with the platform to help these moms in need, she realizes how important the campaign is to the moms it supports.
“I personally think being a mom is the hardest job out there, and so I can’t imagine trying to do it under their circumstances,” Stewart said. “I also know personally that a small gesture of acknowledgement or a token of appreciation goes a long way. It can be the push you need at 3 a.m. to change another diaper, or when you’re dealing with your teenager’s sass on a day when your patience is already paper thin. This campaign not only provides essential items to mothers, but spreads hope and love back to these women who need it most, and those are some of the most powerful gifts we can give.”
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has built its brand around helping others in need, CEO Jeff Wesley often says that we’re “a customer service company that offers moving and packing services.”
This motto fits in perfectly with what Stewart tries to be as a franchisee, especially with Movers for Moms®, and she is focused on making another great campaign for her location in 2017, with the goal of helping as many moms as possible.
“It’s what it’s all about. I’ve been in a position where I, as a young single mother, needed to call others for help,” Stewart said. “I have been fortunate and blessed to have been able to work my way up to this position. Now that I’m here, it’s my hope to be able to be that person for someone else. One of the biggest reasons I chose to invest in the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand is that it is an avenue to give back, and it’s such a part of the culture here. My grandfather was a small business owner, and I saw the impact he had on his community while giving back. I hope to be able to do the same thing, and leave this world a little better than when I found it. Whether that’s helping make a move less stressful for a busy mother, raising awareness and collecting goods for mothers in need, or providing a career opportunity for a working mother.”
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