Catch a glimpse into what life is like as a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee

For any franchise brand, the bottom line of company success comes when the franchisees within your brand find happiness and achieve their own success.

Successful, dedicated franchisees who are bought into the mission of the company are crucial for any franchised brand, and here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we have just that. Since the beginning, when TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Founder Mary Ellen Sheets made the decision to franchise her local moving business based out of Lansing, Mich., we’ve gone on to open more than 350 locations across the United States, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

A commitment to high-quality moving services and customer care were key in the growth of the brand, but it’s a franchisee network of like-minded individuals from all backgrounds who keep pushing this mindset and allowing TWO MEN AND A TRUCK expansion. Many of our franchisees started out as movers and drivers before working their way up and know exactly what it takes to open and operate their own successful moving franchises.

Are you interested in learning more about franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK? Check out some of these success stories below to see what is possible when investing with us!

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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.

The possibility of business ownership is what drew this North Carolina franchisee to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

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Throughout the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand, you’ll find endless stories of employees who began their careers within a franchise before working their way up to open their own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises.

This theme stuck out to Rich Rivera, who was drawn to positive feedback he saw about the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchising system and the available opportunities for business ownership. Prior to joining TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, Rivera worked as a delivery driver and an operations manager for over two decades in the freight transportation industry. He found himself looking for a change in his career – specifically one that would put him on the path to his dream of business ownership – and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK immediately stood out.

“I started off as a delivery driver for FedEx about 25 years ago, then continued to work in freight transportation for many years before working in household good as an operations manager,” Rivera said. “I started at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK approximately four years ago as a franchise manager at the Durham, N.C., location before becoming a regional manager for an ownership group consisting of six TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises.”

With this role as a regional manager for so many TWO MEN AND A TRUCK locations, Rivera now had the footing and the experience necessary – as well as the knowledge of the brand and its operations – to set himself up for franchising. He eventually opened his first location in Goldsboro, N.C., on August 1 of 2021, and finalized years of hard work and a dream of business ownership.

“I was always interested in franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK,” Rivera said. “One of the reasons I was interested in working with the company in the first place was the opportunity to eventually become a franchise owner. After a while working as an operations manager, I figured it was time to open my own [franchise]. The opportunity for growth drew me to the company.”

Rivera originally comes from the state of New York, and this is where he got his start in the freight transportation industry and his early professional career.

He later on moved down to North Carolina, which is where he first started noticing the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand, as there is a strong presence across the entire state. More so than just noticing the brand moving so many people in the state, he continued to learn more and read how much career promotion from within comes from the brand.

“I was well aware of the brand’s track record of employees becoming franchisees,” Rivera said.

Now, he’s finally running his own location, and the next step is being able to give others the same chance he was given when he joined on with the brand originally.

“I’ve enjoyed my career with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, and now I have the opportunity to own a franchise and help the community and create a positive environment for my employees.”

If you’re looking to learn more about franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, visit our Franchise Development website to learn more!

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.

California franchisee finds ideal balance between motherhood and business ownership

Like so many people around the world, Samantha Miller was growing in her marketing career for a large retailer when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, causing her office in California to relocate to New York.

She found herself faced with a difficult choice: move to New York with two newborn twins or move into a new position elsewhere. After some time off to mull the decision, she ultimately opted for a new role in marketing for an environmental science company, but during this time began to explore the world of franchising and what it might entail. After researching more than 20 franchising brands, she came across TWO MEN AND A TRUCK and began the process – a move that ended up being a completely new start for Miller.

“After speaking with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK and learning about their core values and what they stood for, I was hooked,” Miller said. “I knew I could be successful with their support behind me. Growing up, my brother worked for a local moving company, and I saw how successful the owners were. By partnering with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, I didn’t have to wait to build brand recognition, I could jump right in.”

Jump right in she did, as Miller and her husband Aaron recently opened their first TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise in Pomona, California.

“I was ready to be my own boss, and we had looked into the franchising industry before COVID-19 and saw TWO MEN AND A TRUCK was still going strong two years later,” Miller said.

It was a major life move for Miller, but one she was ready to tackle after thorough research and concluding the decision to step into franchising was the right move.

“I read every page on their website, looked on Yelp reviews, and even searched on their franchisee Instagram pages to see how involved they were with the local community. I called every franchise owner in California and many across the country and basically interviewed them to learn more about their experience with the brand. I didn’t meet anyone during this time who didn’t love TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. I also went to the Pasadena location and walked through their operation – from dispatch to storage – and saw how strong their team culture was.”

Miller was attracted not only to the business model set in place by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, but also their involvement in each of the communities they currently operate in. She also enjoyed how the brand develops employees into becoming leaders, and she looks to provide these same opportunities for her own employees down the road on top of her other business goals – one of which includes future expansion.

“I definitely have plans for growth, and I would love to own multiple territories in the future,” Miller said. “My next goal would be to open another territory in about three years. We’re currently looking to fill our team with six drivers and nine movers.”

Franchising allows Miller to be her own boss and build something of her own – a welcoming change as the mother of two twin toddlers and stepmom to a teenager. Family time is a priority to Miller and this allows her to continue working hard while still giving her the flexibility of spending quality time with her family.

She would encourage anyone who is interested in franchising to do extensive research and don’t give up right away. She pointed out how finding a good fit for you personally is arguably the most important thing in franchising, which is exactly what she found with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.

Now, it’s time for the Millers to build up their franchise and establish themselves in this new California market.

“I want to create a successful business not only for myself and my family, but for my community, which is why I chose to franchise,” Miller said. “If I hadn’t partnered with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, I would be starting in an industry that I didn’t come from and had no experience in. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has the experience and a successful business model developed from trial and error that will give me a head start at success.”

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.

A love for the brand helped drive this New Jersey franchisee’s career path

There’s no one clear cut path to franchise ownership with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, and new franchisee Mackenzie Kilgariff is a perfect example of this.

While a number of our franchisees started on the trucks as movers or drivers and worked their way up, a large chunk of our franchisee network carved out their own path in their professional careers. For Kilgariff, franchising with a moving company might not have seemed like something she’d ever do just five years ago when she was attending college for criminal justice, but a love for the brand and its people is what set her on the journey to business ownership.

“When I was about to finish up my freshman year of college, [franchisee] Brittany Ishman was actually the one to tell me the Philadelphia location was looking for a marketing intern to help with social media and grassroots, and I thought I would be a good fit,” Kilgariff said. “I had no idea what I was doing and hadn’t even heard of terms like ‘ad words’ and ‘SEO’. Once I jumped in, though, I immediately fell in love with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. I quickly switched my major to business management, and I knew I wanted to continue with the company. It was like I had an epiphany.”

This epiphany set off a domino effect for a rapid climb up the franchise system for Kilgariff, who went from marketing intern to working in sales as a customer service representative, before her transition to logistics manager and finally landing as the general manager at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Princeton location.

Throughout this time, she quickly formed a bond with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Franchisee Brittany Ishman, and it paid off in a big way for Kilgariff after she participated in the Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward Scholarship program, which gave her the training and education to open the New Brunswick, N.J., franchise with Ishman at the end of 2021.

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind for the young franchisee, but she’s taking it stride and doing everything she can to grow into the role.

“One of the things I love about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is the sky is the limit. You can hold every single position, you can move to another state, you can work with other franchises, you can work at home office, and so on,” Kilgariff said. “If you love the brand, you can go anywhere with it. I also loved the idea of the scholarship program and that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK gives you the opportunity to grow as an individual. I love this brand and everything it has done for me, so becoming a franchisee was an easy decision.”

While it’s been an exciting time for Kilgariff, it’s also been a challenge to learn the intricacies of business ownership, and it’s something she’s working each day to take on and improve with.

“This job isn’t for the faint of heart,” Kilgariff said. “At first, it was a struggle for me to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. This is probably the most notable and important thing I’ve learned as a franchisee. A TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise has a lot of moving parts working together.”

Still, learning and all, it’s been a successful journey for Kilgariff already, and she’s just getting started. When asked what her goals are moving forward, she doesn’t hold back when saying she wants to be the “queen of moving” in the state of New Jersey, and wants TWO MEN AND A TRUCK to be the only name people care about when it comes to home moving in the state.

She also is extremely focused on making sure her New Brunswick location lives up to the company core values at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, specifically “inclusion”, and she hopes to build a diverse workplace culture.

The process of being a franchisee has just begun, but the options are endless for Kilgariff. At the end of the day, she would recommend TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchising to anyone who is interested.

“I experience something new and exciting every day,” Kilgariff said. “Owning a franchise never has a dull moment. Don’t get me wrong – it’s a lot of work, but the payoff is equally – if not better – than what you can imagine. Basically, what I’m trying to say is: there will always be a challenge and there will always be bad that comes with the good, but working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK? The good is always great.”

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.

New franchisee brings customer service background to his first TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise


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Sometimes, the advice and persuasion of your friends can be enough to push you in the direction of taking on a new challenge or risk in life.

Chris Raiber had always liked the idea of owning his own business, but was having a successful career in his own right, and wasn’t quite sure how or when he would ever have the opportunity to chase the dream of business ownership. However, that quickly changed with hearing how successful his friends were as TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisees.

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A franchise magazine feature sold multi-unit Arizona franchisee on investing with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK


With so many franchisees in our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee network, there are many stories on how their journey got started and how they heard about the brand.

They can range from someone looking for new business opportunities to families joining forces to open their own franchise, but each brings its own unique story to our proud history. For Franchisee Jim Frederickson, his story would fall in the category of “simple”.

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Multi-unit franchisee spent a decade at the frontline level before becoming business owner


Across so many TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises, you’ll find franchise owners who got their start in frontline positions, working on the trucks as movers and drivers, or even in the office as customer service representatives.

There’s no better way to learn the ins and out of a moving franchise than by doing the moving yourself, and that’s exactly what you get with individuals like multi-unit Franchisee Nick Roerig. For Roerig, he started as a mover at the Columbus, Ohio, franchise nearly 18 years ago, where he learned everything about the frontline operations of a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise. Continue reading

Franchisee Nathan Bocock continues to use effective hiring to grow his franchise locations


Since Nathan Bocock started his franchising journey with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, he’s continued adding to his franchising portfolio with the brand.

He’s worked hard to get where he is now in 2020 – which would be a multi-unit franchise owner, with a large network of franchisees under his leadership and the leadership of his franchising group, NBF Franchising Group. Together, the group now operates locations in the state of Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, and Texas.

He’s come a long way since when he first signed a franchise agreement in 2012, and has no plans of slowing down. Continue reading

Two decades of experience gives Franchisee Rob Wallace great perspective as business owner

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Written by Erik Sargent

When Rob Wallace joined the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK family initially, things were a lot different than they were today.

For starters – he joined on as a mover with the Columbus, Ohio, franchise in the winter of 1996 for a brief stint. He left that job to work in logistics for a few years, but in the 1999, found himself with the opportunity to join back with the company and start fresh. Continue reading

Franchisee Drew Brooks to take over TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Little Rock location


-Written by Erik Sargent

With so many franchise locations across the country, the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee network is incredibly diverse and full of individuals with a wide-range of business backgrounds.

This makes the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK peer network even more important to new franchisees, as each is able to draw on the different experiences that others have. For new Franchisee Drew Brooks, he brings another layer to this network as he recently joined TWO MEN AND A TRUCK to take over the Little Rock, Ark., location. Continue reading