-Written by Erik Sargent
A mother’s influence in life can have a profound impact on people, and with Mother’s Day approaching, we wanted to take the time to recognize all of the outstanding moms in the world.
We’ve been running our annual Movers for Moms® charity campaign this spring, where we focus on collecting charitable donations across the country at our more than 350 TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations, and donate them to various women’s shelters. Our goal is to help mothers who come from unfortunate situations and aren’t able to experience the love and appreciation other mothers get on Mother’s Day.
The company was founded by an outstanding mom, Mary Ellen Sheets, as she started up the brand with her two sons, Jon and Brig, over 30 years ago in Lansing, Michigan. Her mother – Grandma Eb – was a big influence when the company was just starting out, and became the basis for one of our top core values, THE GRANDMA RULE®.
With Mother’s Day right around the corner, we reached out to a few of our franchisees from around the system and asked about the influence their mothers had on them as they were growing up, and even now as business owners.
How did the influence of your mom shape you as a business owner?
“My mom taught me hard work and grit. She took care of three kids, and was always doing extra things for our family. She babysat, taught classes, and for a few years she ran a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise out of our house in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. When a mover didn’t show up, she went on the move and did the full job. When I face challenges, which are to be expected as a business owner, I think back on the challenges my parents overcame, and it reminds me to have faith and dig deeper.” Alicia Sorber Gallegos, Franchisee – San Diego, Calif.
“My mother worked as a stay at home mom until my siblings and I were in middle school. She went back to school at Michigan State University, and graduated at the age of 45 with a degree in accounting. She was the first to graduate from a four year college in her family. I remember her trying to juggle the challenges of going back to school at an older age, and being there for her family. The determination and resilience she demonstrated has taught me to stay persistent in my goals as a business owner.” Chantal Rose, Franchisee – Torrance, Calif.
How does your mother support you as a business owner?
“My mother retired from her career shortly before my husband and I started on our venture to open a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise. We have been fortunate that she lives close and is extremely helpful when I’m out of town working at our California franchise. She helps with our son, Peyton, after school, helping get him to his water polo practices or to orthodontic appointments. She even takes our dog to our home to watch so my husband doesn’t have that extra responsibility with his busy work schedule.” Chantal Rose, Franchisee – Torrance, Calif.
“Having opened my first TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise with my mother, we became business owners together, so she has been here every step of the way. She has strongly influenced the culture in our office, and with so many family members around, has become an extension of our home environment. Consequently, we have a core group of movers and office staff that have been with us for a while – some as long as 15 years – that have grown with us and are definitely part of the family. No one even notices when they call her ‘Mom’.” Britt Lanier, Franchisee – Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
How has your mom been there to help out on your journey to becoming a franchisee?
“Even though we are a thousand miles apart and I’m her only boy after four girls, we talk every morning. We talk about family, life, work, challenges, and opportunities. She brings me back to reality when things go astray, she is always there to congratulate me when we succeed, and helps me out when times are not going so good. It is the everlasting love between a mother and her son that will make me successful in whatever I do!” Greg Micklos, Franchisee – Pensacola, Fla.
“There have been many tough challenges on this journey, and I am so grateful I can always count on my mom for guidance and support. Last summer, she came out to visit, and she helped me paint my office on her vacation. It’s a simple thing, but it was something I didn’t have the time or energy to do myself. Now I think of her when I see the cheerful color on the wall. That’s how she is – she makes the situation better.” Alicia Sorber Gallegos, Franchisee – San Diego, Calif.
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