-Written by Erik Sargent
The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand has always put a heavy emphasis on moving employees forward in their careers, whether that’s people who started off on the frontline as a mover or someone who came from an entirely different background.
For new Franchisee Tommy Watts, his introduction to the brand was – in his own words –fate. A mutual connection between his wife, Elly, and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Franchisee Charlie Allen would end up creating a path for Watts that led to him opening is own business this spring.
“This was strictly fate. My wife does real estate, and my current franchise partner’s (Allen) wife works in real estate and home building, and they met at a real estate luncheon around February of 2013,” said Watts. “I was tired of staying in the house all the time while I finished my master’s. My wife came home after meeting Kristie and mentioned that her husband was looking for a manager at his TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise. I thought, whoa, I’ve never heard of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, but I sent him my resume. He called me up for an interview, and soon offered me the position.”
Fast forward a couple of months to February of this year, and Watts officially opened first TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise location in Sanford, North Carolina – a rapid journey through the brand.
It started with Watts enrolling in the Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® scholarship program – at the recommendation of Allen – which gave Watts the training and education to one day pursue his own business ownership dream.
“In the spring of 2017, Charlie mentioned the scholarship program to me,” Watts said. “He told me he had faith in me, and that I’ve proven I can run with this opportunity, and if I go through the program we could be franchise partners.”
This was Watts’ first run at business ownership, and also his first introduction to franchising in general. Prior to joining the company, he served four years in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division after earning his bachelor’s degree from Mt. Ida College, and after that, earned his MBA from the University of Phoenix in management.
There was a steep learning curve for Watts, but with the help of his future franchise partners and the scholarship program, he was able to pick up everything he needed to know quickly.
“I knew what franchising was, and I knew it was good to have a Home Office you can always look back on,” Watts said. “It can be scary to do this on your own, but with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, it’s all laid out for you. The legality of it, and just being helped every step of the way. If I would have went into this by myself, I would have been really stressed trying to keep up.”
As Watts takes on this first year of franchising, he plans to emulate much of what he picked up while managing the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Fayetteville, N.C., location. Given his military background, Watts is also planning to put an emphasis on hiring veterans into his company with the Fort Bragg military base nearby.
There’s much to learn as he becomes a full-time franchisee, but Watts is ready to take it head on and create another successful franchise location with the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand.
“I’m a happy guy, and I’m always looking to help. I find great satisfaction in seeing our customers and our team members’ smile,” Watts said. “Knowing I can deliver a positive impact to our community and to our team means everything to me. Through TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, I’m able to give back through excellent customer service, personal advice, and giving back to our community.”
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