-Written by Erik Sargent
On the banks of the Grand River in Lansing, Mich., TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisees and managers gathered this week at the Lansing Center to network, discuss new ideas, and prepare for their next year of operations.
Nearly 150 franchise staff members were on hand for Fall Franchise Conference and Expo, an event that is put on each September for these individuals to regroup after a busy summer moving season and to start planning for next year. With coffee flowing, discussions taking place, and some good food to tie it all together – it was a chance for everyone to keep the strong momentum of the brand growing and figure out what’s next.
“I think it’s good after the summer to take a minute, step back, and reevaluate,” said Justin Clarey, franchisee of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Columbus, Ohio, franchise location. “From figuring out what we did really well and what we didn’t do well, to just learning from some of our peers about what their successes were and seeing if we can build on that at our own locations.”
The event kicked off Tuesday morning, where attendees were treated to breakfast before a general session with the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK executive team took place. Here, the executive team highlighted some of the top performers in our franchise network and also painted a picture for the goals of the company and what they were hoping to accomplish moving forward.
From there, attendees broke off into educational training sessions to learn about new technology, new services the brand will be offering, and much more. Tuesday was capped off with another general session before the vendor marketplace opened, providing franchise staff members a chance to speak with vendors about new trucks, technology, and much more for their locations.
“The thing I look forward to coming here is the new technology, because I do think that with some of the things that are coming down the pipeline, I’m interested in spearheading that and getting our franchise involved with these new ideas,” said Steve Barton, general manager of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Columbus, Ohio, location. “I think with some of these new ideas we have coming – it’s something we have been looking forward to at our franchise because I do think there is going to be a revenue stream that will be substantial.”
Wednesday morning started off again with another executive team general session event before attendees were once again dismissed to attend more training and educational sessions. The event finished up Wednesday afternoon with a closing session, where more people were recognized for their success and attendees even had a chance to win a few prizes.
It’s an important event for our franchisees and managers at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK to meet and figure out new ideas, and it’s something that many are looking forward to as the summer winds down every year.
“I look forward to it,” said Joe Tuberville, general manager of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Ann Arbor, Mich., location. “It gets me in a good mindset of looking at our fleet of trucks and seeing what we need to buy for next year. Me and Alan [Oversmith] have always had a meeting a couple of weeks before to get ready for this. Now, this has kind of morphed into a mini-Annual Meeting, which is even cooler because it gets you a little bit ahead of the busy season.”
Along with the planning that franchise staff members are able to do, Fall Franchise Conference and Expo is most importantly a place for networking – which helps grow the overall TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand and lets us continue to reach new heights as a company.
“Being able to network is awesome,” Tuberville said. “I like seeing a lot of people, there’s a lot of energy and motivation in the room. With it being fall, it gets us ready for next year and gets us ahead of the game. I just enjoy being able to come out and see everybody, learning new things, and planning for the following year.”
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