-Written by Erik Sargent
Giving back is one of the foundations of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, and this goes beyond providing outstanding customer service and helping out in our local communities.
One of the biggest ways the brand works to give back is through the employment and career advancement of its team members, including veterans. We have veterans in roles spanning the entire company ladder, all the way up to franchisees.
To promote opportunities available to veterans through various roles within the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system, including franchise ownership, members from the corporate TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise development team, and HR team from the local Boston franchise, traveled to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., last week for a veteran recruiting event put on by RecruitMilitary.
RecruitMilitary helps employers connect with veterans, using their extensive database that features over a million veterans. They host numerous job fair events and offer their services to veterans free of charge.
“Having worked with RecruitMilitary at the Boston show, it provides an avenue for us to be surrounded by those who are dedicated, structurally oriented, and who have the drive to succeed,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Franchise Development Manager Noelle Burak. “For every one of the 14 successful veterans that own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises, we have even more veterans that have somehow impacted our company’s culture and shape who we are today.”
Burak was joined by Aaron Hutchins, who is the recruiting manager for the Boston TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises, and the two were recruiting not only for franchisee opportunities, but for job opportunities across the board as Boston prepares to open another franchise.
“The RecruitMilitary job fair was a success for us here in Boston. We were able to see and speak with several qualified job seekers throughout the day,” Hutchins said. “Another aspect that will have ongoing benefits are the relationships that were started. We were able to meet with local non-profit organizations that specialize in helping veterans find employment. I was able to exchange information and set up meetings with representatives to discuss bringing their clients to our work force. We are hoping these turn into long-lasting relationships.”
The event targeted people who are either active in the military, leaving the military, or people that have been in the military and are looking for new opportunities as they make the next transition in life. More than 350 companies were on hand, looking to meet and greet with potential employees or business owners.
Being in the New England area, it provided TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® a chance to network with a large number of veterans, and spread the word on how our brand can help them move forward in life.
“I thought the event was fabulous,” Burak said. “I think it was great that we could engage the entire spectrum of people looking for opportunities, whether it’s wanting to run their own business, or just sticking with the theme of ‘Moving People Forward®.’”
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s past success with the recruitment of veterans has paid off, and we currently have 14 veterans working as franchisees in our system. With a 10% discount on the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise fee and additional resources through VetFran – an organization aimed at providing access and opportunities in franchising to veterans – TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is a great opportunity for those looking into business ownership after their time in the service is complete.
“As a veteran, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® opened their arms to me and helped me pursue a dream to own a growing and successful business,” said veteran Jeff Walker, franchisee of the Colorado Springs, Colo. location. “It’s been 25 years since my service in the Army, and I’ve never thought business would be so good.”
The same sentiment was echoed by Franchisee Michael Sham, who is the franchisee of the Jackson, Miss., location, and was also able to complete the Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® scholarship program.
“Being a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisee was an easy transition for me from the military,” Sham said. “The job is similar in many ways. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® makes ownership of a franchise easy, and even gives veterans of the military a discount on the purchase of the location.”
For those who weren’t able to attend this event but are still interested in learning more about franchising opportunities with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®., G.I. Jobs and the franchise development team will be hosting a Google Hangout on Wednesday, April 26 to spread the word and educate interested prospects on what it looks like to be a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisee.
The hangout will give people a chance to learn more about the system, speak with the franchise development team about how to become a franchisee, and talk with current franchisees in the system, who are also veterans, about their experiences and why they believe this franchising opportunity is a great fit.
“Our brand continues to serve more customers and have record success, and one of the biggest reasons is the proud military veterans we have as team members and franchise owners,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® CEO Jeff Wesley. “Veterans are perfect in reflecting our core values, following a proven system, and being passionate about the standards we have at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. We are proud to give back to veterans and share the opportunity with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, and it is incredibly rewarding to have them as a part of our system.”
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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