For a brand that continues to see record success like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, it’s important to recognize our standout employees from across the system and empower them with the tools and knowledge for their futures with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. And that’s exactly what happened when the company hosted their Frontline Annual Meeting conference last week.
Held right here in Lansing, Mich., at both TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s Home Office location and the Kellogg Center on Michigan State University’s campus, the top frontline employees were invited to join members from Home Office to meet face-to-face, network, attend educational sessions, and earn recognition for their hard work as they continue to carry the brand to places it’s never been. Frontline Annual Meeting provided people from the system a chance to learn more about areas of interest they may have with the hopes of one day moving up in the system, something that is strongly encouraged within the company.
“I’ve enjoyed all of it – it’s my first time here,” said Edgar Valle, a manager at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Garland, Texas location. “It’s something new for me. I’m always looking forward to trying new things and learning new things, and I’m working to take away as much as I can from this.”
Franchise locations from all across the United States were represented, along with members from our Canadian franchises. Attendees were given the chance to check out the Home Office location on Tuesday evening, while participating in a building-wide scavenger hunt, meeting other employees from both home office and other franchise locations, and dining on delicious snacks.
From then on, it was down to business, and Wednesday morning kicked off with a big breakfast before an opening session that featured speeches from Co-CEOs Jon Nobis and Brig Sorber, as well as TWO MEN AND A TRUCK President Randy Shacka. Attendees were then able to attend a variety of education sessions, covering topics ranging from marketing, operations, IT, sales, and management training, among many others.
“This is my second time at Frontline, and I think every single time I go, I learn something I can bring back to my franchise,” said Sarah Shaw, marketing specialist at the Lakeshore, Mich., location. “I can not only improve myself as a team member, but can help improve my team as a whole.”
After the sessions were done Wednesday afternoon, guests were treated to a TEAM Tailgate night, where they were able to rep their favorite sports teams, try a variety of food at different meal stations, play tailgate themed games, and enjoy a few drinks as they networked with others from around the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK system. Prizes were given away, and parts of the event were even live-streamed on Facebook.
Thursday morning, attendees were back at the Kellogg Center to hear a keynote presentation from Ken Mannie, the head strength and conditioning coach for the Michigan State University football team, where he stressed the importance of hard work and ”earning the jersey”.
To end the day and meeting as a whole, an awards luncheon with the founding family and the executive team was held.
The crowd was addressed by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Founder Mary Ellen Sheets, who spoke about how far the company has gone in the 30 years since she began her small, local moving company with just one truck.
“I just wanted to take a moment to thank you, from my heart, thank you all,” Sheets said. “We know how hard all of you work. I understand the dedication you have for your positions, and I appreciate your commitment to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. While I am proud to be the founder of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, you all are the heroes – everyone one of you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.”
With the entire conference room looking on, top franchises were recognized for their success, along with other various awards and recognition that included the new candidates of the Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward Scholarship program, the Customer Service Achievement in Excellence top performers, Years of Service Recognition, the Safe Driver Awards, the top sales records, and the new Ultimate Move Heroes from throughout the system.
“We never dreamed that this little family business would turn into a company like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, the company that it is today,” said Melanie Bergeron, the executive chair for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. “We’ve endured many challenges, believe me. Building this brand is an ever-changing business, and I’m sure all of you see that. However, we have persevered. What started out as a small company that was run out of my grandma’s barn has turned into a thriving, growing business, and we have no plans of slowing down.”
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