TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® comes together to celebrate during Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas

Written by Jessy Howe

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The founding family welcomes the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system to Annual Meeting! From left: Executive Chairman Brig Sorber, Executive Vice President Jon Sorber, Chair Melanie Bergeron, and Founder Mary Ellen Sheets.

The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system traveled to Austin, Texas February 29 – March 2 to celebrate what is perhaps the most beloved event of the year, our company Annual Meeting. As nearly 500 franchisees, franchise team members, and Home Office staff arrived at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort, we couldn’t help but feel excited for the three-day event filled with networking, education, and plenty of celebration.

There were many highlights of the meeting, which was a hit with attendees this year.

  • Pastor Coye Bouyer kicked off day one of Annual Meeting with a prayer breakfast, a truly inspiring and motivating message as the system celebrates 2015 wins and looks ahead to 2016.
  • The founding family was welcomed to the stage to celebrate all of 2015’s wins, in addition to the company’s 30th anniversary last year. Founder Mary Ellen Sheets, Chair Melanie Bergeron, Executive Chairman Brig Sorber, and Executive Vice President Jon Sorber reminisced on the last 30 years sharing trials and tribulations, their fondest memories, and a few funny moments in between.
  • CEO Jeff Wesley, President Randy Shacka, and COO Jon Nobis took the stage and welcomed attendees with the state of the system. In 2015, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® saw 17% growth, and as of the end of the year, has continued success with 73 consecutive months of growth and 57 record growth months in addition to hitting $3 billion in all times sales last March. With the overarching theme of opportunity throughout the meeting, President Randy Shacka posed the question, “How can we go from good to great, and provide more opportunity for our people?” He concluded by encouraging each employee to stay committed to being the best they can be each and every day.
  • CEO Jeff Wesley, President Randy Shacka, and COO Jon Nobis discussed competition in depth and noted that although the company has achieved record success, it is important to stay innovative and focus on customers and overall growth as we look to maintain and expand our position.
  • During day two, attendees took advantage of several opportunities including education sessions on a variety of topics and roundtable discussions with subject matter experts.
  • Following a full day of learning, attendees let loose and had some fun meeting a number of our incredible vendors, making funny faces in the photo booth, and even winning some prizes during the Vendor Marketplace.
  • Annual Meeting guests were honored to have keynote speaker and decorated, retired Navy SEAL Jocko Willinck speak on the topic of extreme ownership.

First-time Annual Meeting attendee and Norfolk, Va., Location Manager Ashley Mancuso was very pleased with the sessions and educational opportunities she was able to partake in during the day.

“Being a newer location manager, and having a background mostly in sales, I was able to participate in quite a bit of operational topics to become more familiar with that aspect,” said Mancuso.

During the third and final day, additional education sessions were presented providing several opportunities to sharpen skills and grow attendees’ knowledge base.

Pam Runyon of the Lorain/Medina, Ohio location, will return home with many takeaways for the franchise team to implement.

“Overall I really liked the classes and learning what others in the room had to say,” Runyon said. “I was really impressed by the willingness of people in my sessions to share ideas. Everyone wants to help one another out for the better of the brand.”

Annual Meeting concluded with the awards night ceremony honoring many franchises and team members in the system based on their accomplishments and milestones achieved in 2015. Awards presented include The Founder’s Award, Significant Service Awards, Safety Award, Highest Gross Revenue Award, Move Hero Award, Frontline MVP Award, among many more.

“Through alignment and hard work, 2015 blessed us again with a rewarding and successful year,” said Chief Executive Officer Jeff Wesley. “Congratulations again to our system for the record-breaking success and partnering to build the brand.”

It’s safe to say this was an Annual Meeting to be remembered. As we continue throughout 2016, we already anticipate the memories to be made at our 2017 meeting in beautiful Colorado Springs!

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Founder Mary Ellen Sheets and Executive Vice President Jon Sorber have some fun in the photo booth!

As the nation’s first and largest franchised moving company, we’ve learned how to help franchises thrive. Considering investing in us and becoming a franchisee today! Visit franchise.twomenandatruck.com to learn more about franchising opportunities at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®!

Reflecting on 2015, a record-breaking year for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

Written by Hannah Conlin

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To say 2015 was a record-breaking year would be an understatement. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® shattered records across the board, hit the highest revenue month in system history, and introduced a variety of new tools and resources for franchise use. Overall, it surely was a phenomenal year and follows consecutive years of momentum built by the system.

Franchises experienced many changes, updates, and new projects, resulting in shared learning and noted areas for improvement; however, from these hurdles, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® continued to expand and thrive, resulting in a record-breaking year of growth and success. The system is concluding with 72 months of record growth, more than $400 million in revenue, a 95.04 percent customer referral rate, and a 4.72 satisfaction rate.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has grown and thrived, as a system, since the housing crisis of 2008/2009. The company has gone through tremendous change yet the results continue to show progress as a brand. Over this period, results are impressive compared to the industry, franchising concepts, and many companies of similar size.

As we enter 2016 and reflect on 2015, we remember the achievements of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®:

  • TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® expanded into its 39th state with the opening of the Sioux Falls, S.D. franchise.
  • The annual Career Move Month campaign hit record numbers. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® exceeded their amount of hire goals during the third annual Career Move Month, with 1,209 hires for the month of March 2015. Additionally, the system attracted 8,748 applicants.
  • The 2015 Movers for Moms® campaign gathered an incredible 230,000 items for moms across the country, increasing the donation items collected last year.
  • Franchise Business Review ranked TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® as one of the 50 Multi-unit Franchises for 2015. This was TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s 10th year in a row earning high rankings in the Franchise Business Review.
  • We celebrated the 5.5 millionth move by donating $550 to a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® customer.
  • The first-ever Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® scholarship program concluded in September 2015, naming Randi Bloodworth as the winner and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s newest franchisee. Bloodworth is expected to open the new Pearland, Texas, franchise in March 2016.
  • The Canadian franchises achieved a nine percent growth and increased their referral rate from 92.43 percent in 2014 to 94.16 percent in 2015. In addition, Canada opened two new territories this past year.
  • TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® celebrated its 30th anniversary. Thirty years ago Founder Mary Ellen Sheets took the plunge to start a local moving company with the assistance of her two teenage sons, a moving company that would later turn into an internationally-franchised system with more than 340 locations world-wide.
  • Twenty-two new locations opened across the country.
  • Every TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise dedicated countless hours to giving back to their local communities and helping others across the country, truly living out our core value.

Goodbye 2015 and hello 2016! Another record-breaking year being projected with 18 percent growth, 30 new locations, and exceeding a 96.5 percent referral rate!

Visit franchise.twomenandatruck.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!

Expanding the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand on the West Coast

It should come as no surprise, California is a market on the minds of many franchisees. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has experienced significant expansion in the state over the past several years, but the growth has really just begun in The Golden State. The potential opportunities are very exciting, especially when you consider the following:

  • California is the largest state, with a population of 39 million
  • If California were a country, it would have the 8th largest economy in the world (just behind Brazil, and ahead of Russia and India)
  • 20% of all moves in the United States either originate or terminate in California
  • Median home price in California is $448,000, and has gone up 4.9% in the past year

Needless to say, California is a state where many potential customers have access to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system. With more than 50 viable marketing areas across the state, California is a huge piece of the development puzzle for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand and will help set the tone for the company’s aggressive goals over the next decade.

With this in mind, it would seem to make all the sense in the world for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisees to look at obtaining franchises in California as part of their expansion plan. In fact, it will make complete sense for some, but not without remembering the old adage that “nothing good ever comes easy.” Despite the large and growing economy, California has a well-deserved reputation as a challenging state in which to do business.

Alicia Sorber Gallegos, and her husband Pedro, are multi-unit franchisees in San Diego. They were attracted by the weather, quality of life, and sheer size of the market. They also knew there were unique challenges with doing business in the state.

“This state has incredible potential, and the upside is huge. There is a lot of work to be done to increase brand recognition and reach critical mass, but we are making good progress.”

Alicia added that it is essential for anyone looking at California to consider a few key things:

  • Must have a long-term investment mentality. It is hard work, and you won’t necessarily see the initial rapid growth that franchisees have experienced in more mature TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®
  • Must be creative. Labor laws, tariff restrictions, real estate costs, and other business challenges present real hurdles; but they can be overcome with creativity.
  • Marketing is essential. Of course, marketing is key to any market. However, because of the vast size of the markets in California, franchisees must have an aggressive marketing mindset and the budget to go along with it.

At the end of the day, Alicia and Pedro are very happy to be in San Diego. They have learned a lot, and have helped pave the way for future locations. Alicia noted she is excited about the growth of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® across the state, and she envisions a time when the brand will dominate California like it currently does in many other areas across the country.

Franchisees Mark Snyir and Chad Arnold have opened multiple locations in the Sacramento area, and share Alicia’s enthusiasm for California.  Mark and Chad have been in California since 2000, and they recently signed an agreement to expand into additional marketing areas, making them sole franchisees in the entire Sacramento market. Mark acknowledges the state presents challenges, but he believes every market has its unique issues.

“We have just learned to adapt over the years, and we really believe in this state. There are so many moves to do, and the economy here is really strong. This is a great place to be,” said Snyir. “The more locations we get out here, the more we will be able to increase brand awareness and take market share.”

It is exciting to watch the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system grow throughout 2015 and see that franchisees are already engaged in planning for 2016 and beyond.

Noelle Burak is the Franchise Development Manager at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. She works hard to guide prospects and franchisees through the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise process as well as create marketing initiatives in key development areas.

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!

Third quarter results indicate a continuously strong year for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

Written by Jessy Howe

We can’t help but feel proud of our system for the accomplishments that took place and goals surpassed in Q3. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® employees share a vision and aren’t afraid to work hard. There is a lot to celebrate as Q3 came to a close!

“The enthusiasm and momentum we built from a successful first half of the year continued into the third quarter, and has set us up to close out 2015 on a strong note,” said Randy Shacka, president of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. “We have repeatedly surpassed our growth goals with continued investment in our infrastructure and striving for exceptional customer service ratings. These focuses will continue driving our momentum to accomplish our goals for the next few years.”

Record growth

The last 18 months boast double-digit increases with July being the second highest revenue month ever! In addition, we are pleased to have an average referral rate of 95% across the system.

“Our dedicated partners and teams are the reason we’re able to accomplish our growth goals,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® CFO Jeff Wesley.

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Multi-Unit Franchisee Joey Hale was recognized as Franchisee of the Year by the International Franchise Association (IFA), a top honor among franchisees across the country. Hale, who has been with the system since 1998, began as a mover and driver in Knoxville, Tenn., and is now continuing to expand the brand on the West Coast in multiple cities in California.

“We are extremely proud of Joey and all he has done to continually represent greatness as a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisee,” Shacka said. “He is a true testament to the caliber of franchisees in our system and he exemplifies all of the qualities we look for in potential TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisees.”

Expanding the brand

Our newest franchisee, Fred Schaard, signed to open three TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® offices in Portland, Ore., one of our top development markets. Schaard is an experienced financial planner and is a great asset to the system.

“We know our company wouldn’t be great without the concentrated efforts from our franchisees and their teams to provide top-notch customer service, diligently working on the trucks and in our customers’ homes,” Wesley shared.

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To say the first-ever Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® scholarship program was a success would be an understatement.

Tampa, Fla., Franchise Manager Randi Bloodworth was announced as the first ever Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® scholarship winner and received the surprise of a lifetime when Mary Ellen presented her the $50,000 check. By March 2016, she will be expanding the brand into Pearland, Texas.

Two of the seven managers who were initially a part of the program IMG_20150929_125856078are now current franchisees, and the remaining participants were awarded $10,000 that will go toward opening their own franchise, as all of the managers plan to open their own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location in the future.

We’re exceedingly proud of the entire TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system for the continued dedication and constant hard work put in by each team member. We are excited for the accomplishments that will be made in Q4!

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!

From fraternity brothers to franchisees: How Chad Arnold and Mark Snyir secured an entire California territory

Written by Jessy Howe

After becoming brothers in Sigma Chi Fraternity at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Mark Snyir and Chad Arnold evolved their friendship into a business partnership.

Chad began at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® after coming across a general manager position in Detroit, Mich. Within a year and a half, at the age of 25, Chad purchased the location from the current chair of the company, Melanie Bergeron, and her husband, Noel.

“The opportunity came as a transitional plan; I didn’t realize the opportunity the company held. When I learned about the ownership opportunity, I could not pass on carving out a future career with such a great company,” Chad explained.

Chad and Mark receive the 2 million dollar award for Sacramento at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Annual Meeting.

Chad and Mark receive the 2 Million Dollar Award for Sacramento at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Annual Meeting.

In 2001, Chad recruited Mark to move from Las Vegas to the Midwest and become a general manager of his newly acquired TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location. In May of 2004, Mark was hired by a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location in Atlanta, where he stayed on as an operations manager for four months. At the same time, Chad was offered the role of first California franchisee for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

Chad then sold his Detroit location and he and Mark set out to build the West Coast team with no plans of slowing down. Two new locations are set to open in February and October 2016, as well as moving into a recently purchased 15,000 square foot building in March 2016 which will introduce a new training center. By the end of 2016, they will have four franchises securing them the entire Sacramento territory.

“Growing up, neither of us imagined that we would become owners of a franchise moving company. But once we were introduced to the system, we knew it was something we wanted to be a part of,” shared Mark. “Any time since we have known each other, if we are going to put in effort at doing something, we are going to invest our entire effort into its success.”

Chad, Mark, and Indianapolis Franchisee Drew Werling spend time golfing during their 2008 vacation.

Chad, Mark, and Indianapolis Franchisee Drew Werling spend time golfing during their 2008 vacation to San Francisco.

While devoting their energy into becoming successful multi-unit franchisees, focusing on the community in which they work and live remained extremely important to them. Growing up, both Chad and Mark were always involved in the community doing everything from performing plays at senior facilities to raising money in college for a camp that benefited children with physical disabilities. They have continued to give back through various charitable efforts both as business owners and leaders within their community.

The friends strive to continue growing professionally by learning from others within the system and performing at the high standard they feel is expected from their humble upbringings.

“Growing those professional bonds with like-minded people helps to develop and strengthen personal relationships with them. This is usually one of the lesser mentioned perks about being a part in the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system,” said Mark.

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!

Congratulations to the first-ever Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® scholarship program winner- Randi Bloodworth

Written by Jessy Howe

It was just like any other Tuesday for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Tampa, Fla., Franchise Manager Randi Bloodworth. Little did she know the surprise of a lifetime was waiting for her.

Founder Mary Ellen Sheets and a small team from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® International traveled to the Florida franchise on Sept. 29, 2015 to personally announce Bloodworth as the very first winner of Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® scholarship program: she was presented with a $50,000 check to cover the franchise fee of her new location.IMG_20150929_122731327

“I’ll be honest, I was shocked. The other candidates in the program are amazing at what they do, I didn’t believe I actually won,” Bloodworth said after being celebrated as the first recipient. “The next thought was, ‘Oh man I have a lot to do!’”

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® International launched the Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® scholarship program during the spring of 2014. The inaugural program began with seven managers from across the system, each undergoing extensive training to further enhance their knowledge of the inner workings of the franchising IMG_20150929_125856078system, and to help lay the foundation for them in becoming a successful franchisee.

As the winner of the program, Bloodworth was awarded $50,000 that will go toward opening her own franchise. By March 2016, she will be expanding the brand into Pearland, Texas. As outlined in the program’s agreements, Bloodworth will have ownership of the location with multi-unit Franchisee Larry Knowles, multi-unit Franchisee Ryan Knowles, and multi-unit Franchisee Jeff Knowles.
IMG_20150929_130043749Randi started as a CSR just a few short years ago,” said Jeff. “It didn’t take long to see that she had a ton of potential. Lucky for us, the Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® scholarship was introduced. The program is the true essence of moving people forward. It’s been such a pleasure watching Randi grow from a CSR to a sales manager to an office manager, and now to a franchisee of a brand new territory. I’m so excited to see where she goes from here. I have absolutely no doubt the tools provided within the scholarship program will guide Randi down a path of success the system will be proud of.”

Randi is excited for this next step and the future of her Pearland location.

“If you had asked me three years ago where I saw myself, my response would certainly not have been a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisee,” Bloodworth shared. “Now looking forward I am beside myself with excitement on what my future with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® looks like. The feeling is still indescribable.”

To say the first-ever Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® scholarship program was a success would be an understatement. Two of the seven managers who were initially a part of the program are now current franchisees, and the remaining participants were awarded $10,000 that will go toward opening their own franchise, as all of the managers plan to open their own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location.

Congratulations to each one of the participants who completed the very first Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward scholarship program. Thank you for your dedication to this brand and for working to move TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® forward:

  • Kelci Parrott; Potomac, Md.
  • Juan Reyes; Columbus, Ga.
  • Michael Sham; Jackson, Miss.

Congratulations, Randi, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®‘s newest franchisee! The entire system is so proud of you and we cannot wait to see your future success as you grow the brand within the Texas market.

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!

Transparency: The assurance you need to invest

When you think of transparency, what comes to mind? In business, transparency refers to freedom from pretense or deceit, or a lack of hidden agendas. Transparency is a vital factor in business more so now, than ever before. You might be wondering why transparency is so important. Consumers and business owners are less trusting of companies and corporations than ever before.

It is important that a potential franchisee is assured the brand he or she is considering investing in is honest, trustworthy, and transparent. As an individual looking to franchise, consider the following information.TMAAT102-2258018082-O

Look for a franchise company which allows easy access to financial and other vital information. As a prospective franchisee, you should be able to discern data and financial information quickly and easily. Stats you’ll want to research in your pre- investment planning are average location initial investment costs, average annual revenue per location, average profit per location, average length of time for a new location to become profitable, percentage of royalties paid to home office, franchise renewal fees, timing, and parameters.

You should also research the variety and quality of corporate office services available, such as human resources, training, marketing, accounting, information systems, and other functions. Also, make sure the franchise fee and royalties paid per location are appropriate for the level of corporate support offered.

What characteristics define the company’s culture? This can be just as important as the financial health of the company. Are current franchisees pleased with the company’s business model, executive management style, and the general direction in which the company is heading? Do the current franchisees feel valued, listened to, and supported by the franchisor? Are franchisees engaged with the system; do they meet regularly, communicate with each other, and attend annual or semi-annual meetings to stay in touch and engaged? These are all important gauges of a company’s overall values, culture, and management philosophy. It’s critically important to evaluate these attributes when deciding whether a franchise system will be a good fit for you.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® prides itself on honesty, integrity, and transparency. Our core values are based on the Grandma Rule®, the founding family’s belief that all customers should be treated the way you would treat your grandmother – with kindness, integrity, and honesty. Our business practices exemplify our core values, and these values are purposefully considered with each company policy decision. Prospective franchisees are encouraged to contact current franchisees for open, honest feedback about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

All current franchisees can access real-time online reports showcasing each location’s financTMAAT044-2257997453-Oial performance, customer service, community service, and key metrics. An overview of these metrics is available to prospective franchisees as well. The popular and well-attended Annual Meeting is held every spring which is attended by approximately 90 percent of franchisee, along with their key team members; this indicates a robust employee interest in company events and culture. At the Annual Meeting, franchisees are encouraged to network, share best practices, collaborate to identify solutions to their challenges, learn more about the evolving industry and specific business practices, and interact with the corporate office staff – all activities which characterize a true “system of one.” TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has more than a handful of franchise owners who have “grown up” in the system, starting as franchise location movers, drivers, or CSRs and eventually becoming franchisees of their very own franchise.

Transparency, simply stated, means a company has nothing to hide. They’re not afraid to share financial, cultural, or business policy information because they’re confident in its accuracy and how it fosters a culture built on trust. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is defined by a strong vision which is executed by honest, caring people who treat others as we’d want our grandmother to be treated. Grandma would be so proud!

For more information on starting your own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise location and the performance information available to prospective owners, visit our franchise development site.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® celebrates second quarter success

At the close of this year’s second quarter, numerous milestones were achieved and records broken — we couldn’t be more proud of our system! All of these achievements would not be reached without the incredible TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® employees and franchisees throughout the country. As the biggest franchised moving company in the United States, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® continues to remember where they came from and how they can improve as a system.

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Thursday, June 11, was a spectacular day for our brand.

We opened our second corporate-owned franchise in Pasadena, Calif. Our first corporate-owned franchise is located in Lansing, Mich. Opening a corporate hub on the west coast was instrumental for our company’s future success. There are multiple TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises in California, and having a location in Pasadena has opened the door to many additional opportunities for us. As TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® continues to expand throughout California and the entire West Coast, the Pasadena location will serve a significant role as the hub of our system in the West.

Breaking records

June was an astounding month for our system. For the first time ever, we conducted more than 50,000 moves in one month. This recomoverd-breaking month was a true testament to the hard work and dedication of our system, and puts us well on our way to 5.5 million moves over the course of the company’s existence.

The second quarter takes place in the heat of busy move season. Our employees put in extra time working late evenings, weekends, and sometimes holidays to serve our customers.

“The demand for our brand, and our reputation for customer service continues to propel us to record success. We are proud of our system and we’re thankful to our loyal customers for trusting us to help move them forward,” said CFO Jeff Wesley.

Overachieving system standards

Our commitment is to continuously strive to exceed our customers’ expectations in value and high standards of satisfaction. In April, May, and June, we had many franchises who did just that. Collectively, we had almost 20 percent of franchises have at least one month of perfect referrals for the second quarter.

Two franchises went above and beyond and ended second quarter with a 100 percent referral rating for three consecutive months. This means, two U.S. franchises had 100 percent of their customers say they would refer TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® to their friends and family.

Congratulations to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Boston and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Delaware South on your effort to continuously exceed your customers’ expectations!

We hit two remarkable milestones in June, and have enjoyed watching TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® continue its growth before our very own eyes. Everything ties back to our employees. It may be a bit bold, but we truly believe we have the most hardworking, professional staff. Whether you come in contact with a mover, driver, customer service representative, manager, franchisee, or employee at the corporate office, these are the people that continue making our gears spin, in turn making our brand so successful.

Franchising is extremely rewarding. If you’re interested in franchising with us, please visit twomenandatruckfranchising.com! TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchise moving company in the United States. Join the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® team to be part of something bigger.

Who’s franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

Growth was the name of the game for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® in 2014. With much determination from our franchisees and team members, we had an outstanding year. In 2014 we grew our footprint and signed 30 new franchises. This significant progress follows the upward trend of 66 straight months of growth, and 50 consecutive months of record growth.

Check out the infographic below as it illustrates TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s growth and who’s franchising with us.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Visit twomenandatruckfranchising.com for more franchising information.

Learning to work with family

Owning a franchise takes significant time, dedication, and trust in your leadership and business partners (if you have them). The Newman brothers — Curtis, Steve, and Kevin — left their familiar lives in Iowa and jumped on an opportunity to take over two, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises in San Antonio, Texas. Since the three brothers have taken over the franchises they have seen more than a six percent increase in sales growth.newman 1

Before joining the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system, each of the Newman brothers were pursuing very different careers. Steve went to the University of Iowa and earned a law degree and furthered his education at New York University earning a Master’s degree in Laws in Taxation. He worked as an accountant, an attorney, and invested in real estate. Kevin received a finance degree from the University of Iowa and previously worked in data management and mortgages. Curtis graduated from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with a degree in business administration and accounting. After graduating, he spent time working as a tennis professional (after he played competitively all four years in college), and worked as a finance manager. Steve, Kevin, and Curtis each have a unique background and their combined experiences bring a variety of skills to their businesses.

Although new to Texas, the Newmans aren’t strangers to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand.

“Our family has used TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® multiple times in Iowa and we were always very impressed with the service,” said Kevin. “We‘ve used the Des Moines franchise and the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City franchise. Our father and grandfather have each owned their own businesses so that has been our desire ever since we were young kids. Steve and Curtis had previously looked into purchasing FedEx delivery routes, and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® was a similar business model.  When we learned about the opportunity to purchase the only two franchises in San Antonio, we jumped at the chance.”

Owning a business with others requires you to be in constant communication and make large decisions that affect each other and your employee’s lives. You may be wondering how the Newman brothers work so well together.

“It’s actually very easy to work with my brothers,” said Steve. “We all have the same goals and trust each other unconditionally. Furthermore, we know each other so well that we can be unbelievably blunt with one another without affecting our relationship.”

newman 2Kevin agreed and added in the importance of working toward a common goal. “The only way to keep sane with Curtis and Steve is to laugh often and keep reminded of why we decided to become franchisees. Working together has enabled us to have a part in determining each other’s success and while that is something terrifying, I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Owning a franchise is still very new to Steve, Curtis, and Kevin. The Newman’s have realized every decision becomes harder and harder when you are thinking about your brothers’ future along with your own. On the flip side, it’s exciting for them to picture one another living a comfortable lifestyle based on something you’ve helped to achieve.

While the Newman’s are a newer addition to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system, we already see them doing great things in San Antonio. Keep up with Curtis, Steve, and Kevin’s story on our blog! In a few short weeks we’ll dig deeper into what life is like owning a business with your siblings.

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