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. Continue reading

Family culture makes TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® a top franchising choice

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-Written by Erik Sargent

For many business professionals, the chance of owning their own business not only provides them with a way to take care of their family while taking pride in building something of their own, but it also presents the opportunity to one day pass down that business to their loved ones. Franchising is a system of flexibility, and makes this transition possible for families going into business together. Continue reading

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisees share how their fathers provided guidance in their lives

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-Written by Erik Sargent

After celebrating Mother’s Day last month, it’s now time to celebrate another important day of the year – Father’s Day.

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we often talk a lot about the influence of a mother in our lives, but the role a father plays is equally important. Whether it’s grilling out in the backyard, going fishing, watching or playing a sport together, the memories and bonds people form with their fathers can last a lifetime. Continue reading

First-Class Franchising Father

Being a dad is full of both rewards and challenges. Being a dad AND a business owner takes strength, grit, and courage. As Father’s Day approaches, we want to highlight an exceptional franchisee who is a father and grandfather.

Tom Connolly is the franchisee for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Delaware North. He’s also a loving husband to his wife, Pat, dad to Don, Doug and Maureen, and grandpa to Kaley, age two, and Liam, six months.

Tom ConnollyAfter a successful career in pharmaceuticals, Tom decided to retire early. But, being the business man he is, he soon became bored. That’s when he and his son, Don, began considering owning their own business. Don was doing well managing a franchise outlet in another industry and it seemed like owning a business was something they could build together. In the late 80s, Tom used TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s services after his brother told him how great it was. Coincidentally during their search for franchising opportunities, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® popped up. Tom believed the brand was very strong and the customer focus was something he and Don respected and shared.

“We opened our franchise in July of 2007 just in time for the worst economic setback anyone less than 90- years-old has ever seen. We could have let the times derail us but we believed in the power of the brand.” – Tom

After more than 30 years of working in corporate America, including senior roles in Fortune 500 corporations, Tom believed he had learned it all. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® proved to be both a fresh learning experience and a chance to build something special with his son.

“The mutual respect we have now for what we each bring to the table might have never been possible. It leaves me wishing I could duplicate that with my other two children.”- Tom

Don ConnollyFrom day one the father-son duo worked side-by-side, sharing in every key business decision.

“Don was very good at some skills I lacked and conversely, I think he realized and embraced my career experience.”- Tom

Today Don acts as general manager and runs the day-to-day operations. In early 2012, Don was added to the franchise agreement which formally added “franchisee” to his title.  Tom believes most of the success of the last year was built on Don’s efforts.

Father’s Day

Every Father’s Day Tom and his family make an effort to spend the day together.

“I lost my Dad before I turned six. The lack of those early memories impacts every Father’s Day for me. Not in a sad way so much but more as a reminder that my kids and I should enjoy the moment and each other while we can. In that spirit, I am forever feeling my best memory is still to come.”- Tom

Every year is different for the family, and this year, little Liam is being baptized on Father’s Day. Tom believes that trumps any tradition.