TWO MEN AND A TRUCK provides rewarding opportunity for veterans looking to build a business

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Written by Erik Sargent

As the country spent the last week honoring the brave men and women of this country by celebrating Veteran’s Day, it reminds us all how important the sacrifices are these individuals have made for our freedoms we enjoy daily

This sacrifice is something we reflect on here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK year-round, not only in the work we do to give back to the veterans in the communities where we work and operate, but also in the employment opportunities we provide for veteran members. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has become appealing to veterans looking to get into business ownership, and the resources we provide speak for themselves. Continue reading

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® core values make franchising an easy transition for veterans

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-Written by Erik Sargent

For the men and women who bravely serve our country, transitioning into the working world is a crucial step as they move forward in life. Everything from the type of work to the people they’re surrounded with, and even the employer’s values, it’s best to make ensure future opportunities align with personal beliefs. Continue reading

Honoring our Veterans

Written by Jessy Herman

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, an estimated 39,471 veterans are homeless on any given night. In addition, 1.4 million of our veterans are considered at risk of homelessness due to a variety of factors such as poverty, overcrowding housing, and a lack of support networks.

To hear those who have sacrificed so much fighting for our country’s freedom are struggling with these hardships, it begs the question how can we help? It is our belief the brave service men and women who have selflessly served us should never be without basic needs including shelter, food, and most importantly a support system.

As the Movers Who Care®, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® developed the Movers for Military program in an effort to aid veterans in need across the country. Across the country, locations team up with local businesses and schools to collect essential care items and deliver them to veterans living in shelters during Veterans Day.

Our system is very fortunate to have several franchisees with a military background. These men and women are proven leaders who align with our core values and bring an unmatched work ethic.

One of these Franchisees being Joey Hale who was awarded Franchisee of the Year by the International Franchise Association in 2015, a top honor among franchisees throughout the country.

“Prior to joining TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, I served as an intelligence officer for the United States Air Force,” said Hale. “I enlisted while in college. My dad flew in the Air Force, and I had tunnel vision to follow in his footsteps.”

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We are proud to have received several recognitions celebrating our commitment to actively recruiting and supporting veterans. This year we have been ranked 10th on the Military Times’ 2017 Best for Vets Franchise Opportunities, jumping 10 spots on the list from our 2016 ranking.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has also earned a place on the Franchise Business Review Top Franchises for Veterans list in 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Despite the many efforts to assist veterans across the country, we know there is still a great deal of work to be done to provide hope for our country’s heroes. In an effort to raise awareness of veterans in need and honor  active military and veterans this Veterans Day we are changing our website colors to reflect the colors of the land of the free and home of the brave.

 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us move your career forward. We are proud to be part of the VetFran network!  If you are interested in learning more about franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® visit, franchise.twomenandatruck.com.

How a former Navy aviation electronics technician became a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisee

Written by Jessy Howe

After graduating high school, Michael Sham joined the Navy where he served for six years as an aviation electronics technician (AT). During this time he worked on S-3B Vikings and P-3 Orions in San Diego, Calif., and Jacksonville, Fla. His duties included working on tactical air navigation (TACAN), radios, radar, instrument landing system (ILS), and other electronic devices in the aircraft. At the young age of 19, Sham was given a great deal of responsibility, sometimes giving orders to men twice his age.

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“It certainly prepared me to be a leader and taught me how to be ready for anything that may come up,” said Sham. “There were so many different types of personalities in the military that it made me a better people person.”

Prior to joining TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® in 2013, he attended Belhaven University and earned a degree in exercise physiology. While pursuing his dream of becoming a strength and conditioning coach, which would allow him to train athletes, he ran a small moving company.

After working as a mover for two months, Sham took on the role of general manager at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Jackson, Miss., franchise and truly launched his career within the system. As a participant in the first-ever Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® scholarship program, he and seven other managers across the system dedicated one year of extensive training to further enhance their knowledge of the inner workings of the franchising system, and ultimately lay the foundation for them in becoming a successful franchisee. As a result, Sham was awarded $10,000 to go toward opening his own franchise.

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“The scholarship program taught me what it takes to get a successful new franchise off the ground. There is a lot that goes into getting an operation up and running and all the bases were covered in the program,” said Sham. “The relationships that were built during the program with Home Office and other franchisees and managers are invaluable. A lot of what I learned, I was able to implement at my current franchise.”

Sham plans to open his new franchise in Southaven, Miss., May 2016 alongside Jackson, Miss., Franchisees Jeff Taylor and Jack Christopher.

“Michael has been a successful manager and is a shining example of the hard work and development that leads to success in our system. We are blessed as Michael moves forward to ownership and the great things he will accomplish,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® CFO Jeff Wesley.

“I’m so thankful to have been brought on by my partners to live the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® dream,” said Sham. “I never imagined that one day I would be a small business owner.”

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Visit twomenandatruckfranchising.com to learn more about franchising opportunities. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us move your career forward. Consider investing in us and becoming a franchisee today!

Supporting veterans through TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Movers for Military program

Written by Jessy Howe

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Alonso High School in Tampa, Fla., with the essential care items collected for veterans in need during TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Movers for Military program.

 

An estimated 49,933 veterans are homeless on any given night and the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans estimates an additional 1.4 million veterans are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions.

After hearing this heartbreaking number, the question that comes to mind is how do we help? How do you lift those who’ve sacrificed so much, and fought for our freedom, back up to their feet? These courageous men and women who have proudly served our country should never be without shelter, food, and support.

As the “Movers Who Care®,” TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® aims to provide critical assistance to local veterans in crisis with a program called Movers for Military. With local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations partnering with schools and local businesses to collect essential items, we are able to deliver essential items to veterans living in shelters during Veterans Day.

Marisa Elias, sales and marketing manager at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® San Diego, worked to coordinate the program locally for their fourth year of participation. Each year, the program continues to grow with new partners coming on board, resulting in even more donated items for local homeless veterans. With the help of her marketing and sales intern James Kearns, the two involved 23 community partners including schools and businesses to host collection sites.

“It is estimated that up to 40% of San Diego’s homeless population are veterans. Movers for Military draws much-needed attention to our homeless right here in San Diego,” said Elias. “With a particularly strong military presence here, we’re eager to do our part to help. These men and women have a tough life and our Movers for Military drive works to make it a little easier by providing them with essential, everyday items including clothing and toiletries.”

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The San Diego team prepares to deliver items collected to the Veterans Village of San Diego for the fourth consecutive year.

The San Diego team is ecstatic to have collected 1,718 items for veterans in need which are delivered to the Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD), a partnership that began four years ago.

“VVSD really does fantastic work, not only housing homeless veterans but also providing them with a range of services including employment, housing, and medical referrals,” Elias said. “Mental health counseling is available every night and AA and NA meetings are held every morning. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is more than happy to help such a wonderful cause.”

Similar to San Diego, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Tampa, Fla., ran the Movers for Military program for the fourth consecutive year.

“Living our core values is very important and we want to show our support for homeless veterans and their families who all deserve care for defending our freedom every day,” said regional sales and marketing coordinator Eugenia Parlow, who focused her efforts to coordinate the program in Tampa.

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Eugenia Parlow with Movers for Military community partner, Armwood High School.

2015 marked their second annual golf outing held at The Ridge Golf Course, a community partner involved with Movers for Military. The event brings the community together with 51 business and individual sponsors and a number of volunteers to assist in set up, registration, selling fifty-fifty tickets, working the refreshment cart, and the many other duties it takes in hosting the tournament. The golf outing brought in $7,600 which went toward buying essential items on the charity’s wish lists.

With the support of 34 community partners and the success of the golf tournament, the Tampa franchise was able to collect a grand total of 13,216 items to be donated.

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Essential care items being delivered to Vietnam Veterans of Tampa.

“Vietnam Veterans of Tampa and Saint Vincent DePaul Veteran Services appreciate our help and support as these items go a long way in helping them get items to our homeless veterans that are living in camps,” Parlow said.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is committed to the communities it is privileged to serve. Through the Movers for Military program, we hope to provide critical support to the brave men and women who have made tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedom. To learn more or to get involved, please visit our community service page.