-Written by Erik Sargent
When Greg Micklos made the jump to join TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, it changed virtually every part of his day-to-day life, and put him on a career path he’d never seen before.
Micklos joined the Peoria, Ill., franchise as the operations manager after more than 20 years working in sales and marketing – including 10 years with Safelite Autoglass. It was a new beginning for his career, and one that would eventually grow into something he had always hoped would come true – business ownership.
“I met with [Bob] Christensen, and wasn’t really looking for something new at that time, but decided to give it a shot,” Micklos said. “It was a little rough for the first couple of months, but I learned very fast that I controlled my own destiny here. I started having success with each of our franchises, and I knew it was only a matter of time before I would own one. I told the Christensen’s when we met that I wanted to run my own location and be my own boss – and it was on the horizon!”
Micklos’ vision and determination didn’t take long to pay off. After four successful years running the operational side of things, the opportunity came to purchase his own franchise location, and on August 1, 2016, he signed on the dotted line to buy the Pensacola, Fla., location.
It was a monumental moment in Micklos’ TWO MEN AND A TRUCK career, but it also required a bit of perseverance and sacrifice as he worked to make his dream a reality.
“Going from Illinois to Florida, it was a cultural change moving to the south being from the north,” Micklos said. “I was basically separated from my wife and kids for eight months as we worked to transition them down to Florida. I also had to learn a whole new market. Our location had been operating in the Florida panhandle for years, but was only doing the status quo. We knew we had to take it to the next level.”
Despite the challenges of working to rebrand the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Pensacola image, Micklos was all in on franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. He had no doubts with his business training or with the direction of the brand, and that made the transition much easier.
“After I made my first trip to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Home Office in November of 2012, I could really see the family dynamics of this brand, and I knew this would be a place I could call home for a career,” Micklos said. “As a franchisee, I have the ability to make an impact in the community and to move people forward that work under me. These are some of my favorite parts of being a franchisee.”
Micklos would recommend this type of business ownership to anyone out there, particularly those that love working in a team setting, and who are able to see the brand as a whole and not just through their individual lenses.
“If you are not afraid of a little hard work for a great reward, come on board, but always be willing to keep an open mind and to collaborate as one,” Micklos said. “All of us are stronger than just one of us!”
Now a little over two years into franchising, Micklos has made positive strides for the Pensacola location, and is continuously working to improve their overall operation.
There’s always something that is driving him and something he’s focused on, but he knows that first and foremost – it’s paying attention to the people they serve that will make the biggest impact.
“I’m always looking inside the business first. By that, I mean that I can spend a whole lot of money on trucks and marketing, but it is my people that count,” Micklos said. “Hiring the right employees that take pride in their work and see the big picture will help us own this market. Our biggest goal is to put the customer first on every job every time, and to gain a positive review and build our brand across the panhandle of Florida!”
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