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!

California Dreaming: How to introduce your franchising brand to prospects in new markets

Photo 2The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc. franchise development team spent last week in Anaheim, California, meeting with prospects and participating in the West Coast Franchise Expo. After a banner year for the brand which included expansion into Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, we’re California dreaming.  In reality, we were able to gain valuable market knowledge during our visit, and we walked away with new Cali connections and hundreds of local prospects who now recognize our unique business ownership opportunity. This reminded us of the importance of not just looking at a market in terms of dollars but also in terms of cultural fit. You can only assess this symbiosis by letting a market truly get to know your franchising brand.  Here are the top three tips to successfully introducing your brand to a new market prospects.

  1. Get networked in a legitimate way:  You can touch down in a market, attend some networking events, then jump back out with a few connections. However, you might want to consider memberships, more frequent trips, or a consistent presence in a market if you want your brand to be understood completely.
  2. Promote in a new Market with transparency: Did you ever buy a pair of shoes that didn’t fit well? Perhaps the style appealed to you, but you had the perception of scarcity so you squeezed your foot into a half-size too small or too big? When you’re marketing your brand in a new place, be transparent about the type of franchisee  you’re seeking and the kind of opportunity the brand offers. Being in a new market is tough enough even with the right fit in a franchisee.
  3. Leverage any presence in the market: We’re happy to report that we landed in San Diego in 2012, plus we’ve been operating several locations in Northern California for years which are well known in their communities today.  California is a big state, but we still have system team members in franchises who can aid in development efforts in order for the best candidates to end up as good neighbors.

In 2014 we plan to have the same success on the West Coast as we did this year on the East Coast, but this brand believes high-quality, long-term partners far outweigh quantity of candidates.

We felt very welcome in California and look forward to the new partners who will join us from the west as our system continues on its path of growth and success. For more information about our franchise opportunities visit our website.

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