Making a franchising investment with family

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At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we often talk about how we’re a family-oriented business. Founder Mary Ellen Sheets, along with her children – Melanie Bergeron, Brig Sorber, and Jon Sorber – all were instrumental in taking this company to the heights it has reached today, and each of them are still involved with helping the business continue in its growth.

This family message echoes in many ways throughout our franchises, but some individuals take it to a new level and have invested into our franchises with members of their own family or their spouses. Starting a moving franchise with family members can be both rewarding and exciting, and we have multiple instances to prove it can work.

For Franchisees Curtis, Steve, and Kevin Newman – three bothers – they have had a continued run of success in franchising, and have gone on to expand their locations into multiple states, including Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas.

“Between the three of us, we had no experience in the moving industry, so this was a big change for us,” Steve Newman said. “I had attended law school and worked for a large accounting firm, as well as a tax attorney. Curtis played college tennis and leveraged that experience to work as a tennis pro, and also a finance manager for a car dealership. Kevin worked for an investment company out of college doing data management, and went on to work for Wells Fargo in mortgage processing.”

While the Newman’s have taken the approach of going into a franchising opportunity as brothers, we have other franchisees who come from the same household as husband and wife.

For Franchisees Brooke and Les Wilson – who own multiple TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises across the states of Georgia and North Carolina – they have learned to manage running these locations over 18 years as spouses, and have found ways to remain happy and successful in both their personal and professional lives.

“This has always been a huge task because my husband and I work together and have done so for almost 18 years,” Wilson said in an interview with Franchising.com. “We have a rule that no work is discussed at home and for the most part, we succeed in that endeavor.”

The relationship has worked, and the two have found a way to make the most of it while also finding ways to relate to their customers who are going through the moving process.

“Customers relate more to us as a husband and wife team,” said Les Wilson in this interview. “[I think] it gives them the feeling that we are trustworthy.”

We also have franchisee partnerships that feature teams formed from a parent-child relationship, like Jim and Ben Heslop. Their family comes from a background of commercial banking and learned about the company after doing banking services for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises.

When the opportunity came up to purchase a mini market location in Kalispell, Montana, they decided it was time to take their careers to the next step and invest.

“The two of us came out of the commercial banking business where you’re dealing with a service and you’re leading it with differentiating from your competitors in a very customer-centric way,” Jim Heslop said. “That background that we have – in alignment with the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK core values – meshed very well with us.”

These are just a few examples of how franchising with family members can be a very rewarding and worthwhile experience with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK continues its expansion with new franchises nationwide, if you’re interested in learning more about our brand and franchising opportunities, please visit our franchise development website, here!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

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