-Written by Erik Sargent
Like many team members in the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK family, Juan Gallegos found an opportunity at a time in his life when he was looking for a change.
He wasn’t sure what kind of change exactly, but knew he wanted something different. He had recently moved to Rockford, Ill., and around that same time, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK opened a franchise in the area. One thing led to another, and soon Gallegos found himself in a mover position.
“I was in a place where I wanted something more,” said Gallegos, who is now regional manager at the Quad Cities, Iowa, franchise. “I had just moved to Rockford, and found TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. It has been a huge blessing and a great learning experience for me. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is one of those special companies – if you want more, it’s there, you just have to exceed your own expectations.”
Exceeding expectations has become the norm for Gallegos, who after starting out as a mover, worked his way up to driver, then move manager, and finally to his current position as regional manager.
This quick career ladder climb for Gallegos has shown his commitment to the brand and his ability to make a difference, and it also unlocked the door for him to join the Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® Scholarship Program this year, which awards one winner with a $50,000 check to start up their own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise location in partnership with their current franchisee.
It’s a big move for Gallegos and his career, but one he’s confident in making, and he’s ready for the challenge.
“I have always wanted to own a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise ever since I first saw what this company was all about,” Gallegos said. “It’s very easy to tell yourself you’re not ready for something. I knew if I continued to tell myself that, I will never get anywhere, so I went for this opportunity and haven’t looked back.”
The experience has been both challenging but rewarding, according to Gallegos, as he learns the finer details of operating his own franchise and working to learn more of the business aspect of franchising.
It’s a large quantity of knowledge to soak in during a short time frame, but Gallegos isn’t taking any of it for granted.
“It’s just getting myself out of my comfort zone and learning different aspects of the business and learning what makes TWO MEN AND A TRUCK what it is today,” Gallegos said. “Getting to know the Home Office staff on a personal level through various events and projects has been great.”
Gallegos knows all of this training and education will go a long way in determining the rest of his career, and he’s working to apply the knowledge to his day-to-day routine.
“When it comes to detail in your assignment, you can never have enough detail,” Gallegos said. “I am hoping to gain additional knowledge on what it takes to bring my current team and future franchise to the next level while continuing to contribute to the brand’s success.”
There’s still some time until the 2019 scholarship program winner is announced, and the four candidates still have much to learn and complete before it’s all said and done.
Gallegos is taking everything in stride and win or lose, he’s just thankful to be a part of it.
“It’s a life-changing opportunity for me to move forward, and for me to be a part of something special,” Gallegos said.
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