-Written by Erik Sargent
Long before Curtis Newman became a successful TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee, the same goals and customer service he works on daily to grow his franchises were what caught his eye initially as a customer.
Newman – who grew up in Iowa – had seen the success of the brand in his area, and had even used the company for moving services himself. His parents also used TWO MEN AND A TRUCK and had another wonderful experience. At the time, Newman had no idea he would one day be a part of the brand, but both experiences stuck with him.
“I was attracted to becoming a franchisee with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK because of how successful the brand was in the state of Iowa,” Newman said.
Newman had been working as a tennis pro at a fitness center in Ames, Iowa, and then as a financial manager for a car dealership when he decided it was time for a change in his career. Joining forces with his two brothers – Kevin and Steve – the trio purchased their first location in San Antonio, Texas, and were well on their way to a successful franchising journey.
“I became a franchisee for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK in December of 2014,” said Newman, who is now a multi-unit franchisee with locations in Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas. “The process was very detailed and organized in the months leading up to everything. We were fortunate enough to be able to speak with the Home Office First Gear Team on a weekly basis, and they made sure we had everything in order to be successful.”
Since that day in 2014 when he signed his first franchise agreement, it’s been a constant push forward for Newman and his franchise partners.
With their continued acquisition of franchise locations, they have shown the ability to operate at a high level in multiple states, and although it’s been hectic at times, Newman feels it’s been incredibly worthwhile.
“I feel my journey has been a bit of a whirlwind,” Newman said. “Acquiring five franchise territories in four years has been exhilarating, but also took a lot of time. The first few years were full of learning through trial and error. I have never regretted the decision to become a franchisee, and I can’t wait to keep growing within the brand.”
Some of the challenges that Newman faced at first were learning to operate locations in multiple cities at the same time, but over the years, he feels he has a better grasp on it. He has learned to enjoy all of the aspects of franchising, and helping people grow professionally has been one of his favorite aspects of franchising.
“I spend a majority of my time working on employee development,” Newman said. “The more we are able to grow our employees, the more opportunities we will have for expansion. One of my favorite things about this career is watching employees grow. It is great when you hire someone as a mover then watch them transition through the ranks.”
Working with his two brothers fits right in with the family-first mentality of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, and paired up with their business partners and fellow franchisees Tyler Whalen and Justin Tangeman, there is no ceiling for what the group is able to do within the moving industry.
Moving forward, Newman said his biggest goals will continue to be working toward expanding their current locations and working to develop the people they hire. It’s been a wild ride since 2014, but Newman would recommend this career path to anyone.
“I would recommend franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK because of the support you receive from the Home Office support teams,” Newman said. “I have owned other franchises in my professional career outside of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, and I can honestly say that none of them provide as much support as you get with this company.”
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