Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® Scholarship finalist Dan Conlin takes on franchising role with New York City locations

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-Written by Erik Sargent

When Dan Conlin joined the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family more than five years ago, it didn’t take long for him to realize where he wanted to go within the company.

After joining the Arlington, Va., franchise as a driver right out of college, Conlin quickly saw what the company had to offer to its employees, and knew this could be more than just a paycheck. He realigned his goals to ensure a future with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK – to become a franchisee one day. Continue reading

Liz Friedmann announced as 2018 Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® Scholarship winner

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-Written by Erik Sargent

Like any other day of work for Liz Friedmann, it was business as usual as she arrived to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® St. Louis, Mo., office on Thursday, September 27.

Friedmann had spent the last year participating in the Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward Scholarship program, a year-long program designed to train managers from within the system all aspects of the business to transition them into the franchisee role. She knew the winner announcement was looming, but didn’t know where she stood in the rankings. Continue reading

2017 scholarship winner embracing new role as TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee

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-Written by Erik Sargent

Around this time a year ago, Robbie Barnes was working as an operations manager for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Greenville, S.C., franchise location, a position he had held since 2013.

Fast forward to March 2018, and the phones went live and the first official move booked for the new Beaufort, S.C., location, which is now under the leadership of Barnes as he transitioned to a new franchisee role. Barnes was the winner of the 2017 Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® Scholarship program, an extensive, year-long training program where winners are awarded $50,000 toward the opening of their own franchise location. Continue reading

Franchisee hopefuls prepare for $50,000 scholarship program

Written by Jessy Howe

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Mary Ellen's Moving People Forward Scholarship Program

We believe in Moving People Forward®, personally and professionally, after all it is our core purpose. In 2014, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® launched Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® scholarship program in order to provide managers an opportunity to transition into successful franchisees.

As a catalyst for system expansion, the scholarship program guides candidates through one year of extensive training, further developing their knowledge of all aspects of a franchise system. This training period requires online classes, live webinars, and working closely with the departments at Home Office on managerial assignments. The potential franchisees attend internal TWO MEN AND A TRUCK events including the fall Frontline Annual Meeting held in Lansing, Mich., as well the company’s Annual Meeting in which they co-present on important topics and system happening to attendees. The scholarship program concludes with a visit to Home Office to interview and present a comprehensive business plan to the executive team.

The scholarship winner is awarded $50,000 to go toward opening their new franchise location, in partnership with their current franchisee, who works closely with the candidate during the duration of the program. Remaining program participants are each awarded $10,000 toward the opening of their new franchise expected to open within two years.

With the excitement of recently announcing this year’s recipient, Jason Washburn, we are pleased to introduce the 2017 scholarship candidates! These individuals embody the drive and determination it takes to successfully run their own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location, making them ideal candidates for this type of program.

Lauren Trost – Multi-unit Marketing Manager

How long have you been a part of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family? Moving People Forward Scholarship Candidate Lauren Trost

I have been the marketing manager for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Chicago for three years.

What has been one of the most important things you have learned during your time within the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system?

I think one of the most important things I have learned from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is “if you can dream it, you can do it.” The owners of our franchise group, Joel Trost, John Judson, and Jason Judson are very supportive and have a vested interest in the future of their employees. Their support inspires confidence and has helped me to achieve goals I would have otherwise never thought possible. In addition, the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system as a whole is consistently breaking records and experiencing growth while maintaining the highest level of customer service.

What are some of the aspects you think it takes to run a successful franchise?

I believe one of the most important aspects of running a successful franchise is having the right people on board. Creating a positive work environment where employees thrive and feel appreciated inspires them to provide better service to customers. Another important aspect is setting goals and implementing systems to measure performance in order for goals to be achieved.

Aside from owning your own franchise, what is one of the biggest takeaways you hope to gain from the program?

One of the biggest takeaways I hope to gain from the program is to have a better understanding of how everything works within the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system. I want to have a unique appreciation for every position in the company and understand exactly what each party contributes to make the company successful.

Is there any one person or multiple people who you can attribute to helping with your success?

Growing up, my dad owned a local run specialty store. Having him as an entrepreneurial role model had a huge influence on my desire to become a franchisee. My dad taught me how to treat employees well, provide exceptional customer service, and come up with innovative ideas to continuously improve a business. Without the support of him and my mom, I would not be the person I am today both in business and in life.

Robert Barnes – Operations Manager, Greenville, S.C.

How long have you been a part of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family?

I have been working as the operations manager with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Greenville, S.C. for almost three and a half years.

What has been one of the most important things you have learned during your time within the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system?

I think that President Randy Shacka said it best, “get comfortable being uncomfortable.” There are many things in this business that don’t fit into a conventional playbook or a manual. You just have to keep moving forward, by learning, growing, and adapting to new experiences that happen every day. Being part of the military and learning to think “on your feet” is a given; I think this position has helped cultivate those areas in a very beneficial way that has aided me.

What are some of the aspects you think it takes to run a successful franchise?

I think care is probably the most important thing you can have for running a successful franchise. You have to care for the employees that work for you. If your employees know that you care for them then they will do their best for you in return. You need to feel confident your team can run the business in your absence, regardless of how short the notice may be. It is also imperative to give your team the time to be heard and care for their needs, as we are all human and need that day-to-day interaction with other people.

Aside from owning your own franchise, what is one of the biggest takeaways you hope to gain from the program?

I want to learn all aspects of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, this way I can train and teach others on some of the best practices within the system. I would like to share it with others and continue to bring like-minded individuals into such a positive, successful, ethical, and customer-centered company as TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

Is there any one person or multiple people who you can attribute to helping with your success?

I have been honored in life to have lots of people who have influenced me over the years. My mentors in the Army National Guard have shown me what good leadership is and how to grow, lead, and motivate people. Here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Greenville, S.C., multi-unit Franchisees Bryan and Rebecca Feldman have giving me the opportunity to grow and learn. And, my parents have always been there to support me when I need it.

Eric Tremble – Location Manager, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

How long have you been a part of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family?Moving People Forward Scholarship Candidate Eric Tremble

I have been with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for more than six years now, since Feb. 1, 2010.

What has been one of the most important things you have learned during your time within the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system?

To give everyone a chance. You never know who will be your next great employee and do big things.

What are some of the aspects you think it takes to run a successful franchise?

Good communication with customers and employees as well as consistency in policies and processes.

Aside from owning your own franchise, what is one of the biggest takeaways you hope to gain from the program?

I would like to have a better overall view of how each department affects each other. I would also like to learn more on how market share and mass marketing campaigns are constructed.

Is there any one person or multiple people who you can attribute to helping with your success?

I would have to say my original managers, Charles Gibbons and Steve Mozola, for giving me a chance to move beyond being a mover and defining what working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® should be. Additionally, Empire Group for continuously keeping me on the right path and giving me opportunities for growing as a manager.

 

We are excited to see such dedicated team members work to move the system forward and wish them the best of luck in the year to come!

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

Congratulations to the second Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® scholarship program winner: Jason Washburn

Written by Hannah Conlin

Jason Washburn receives Mary Ellen's Moving People Forward Scholarship

The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system is Moving People Forward® once again. On Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, Founder Mary Ellen Sheets, accompanied by President Randy Shacka, ventured to Boston, Mass., to present a $50,000 check to the winner of the second Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® scholarship program: Jason Washburn.

In the summer of 2015, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® welcomed five managers from across the system into the brand’s second program. The scholarship is designed to provide current managers with the opportunity to own their own franchise in partnership with their existing franchisee. After more than a year of extensive training in sales, human resources, customer service, and fiscal responsibility, the program saw two final candidates in the running. Concluding a comprehensive, rigorous interview with the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® executive team in which participants must present their business plan and undergo a challenging question and answer session regarding their leader and ownership capabilities, a winner was determined.

Washburn of the Boston, Mass., location will now be resigning his role as multi-unit general manager to hold the title of a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisee. He has been a part of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family since February of 2011, and after learning about the opportunity to own his own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location he jumped at the chance to be a part of the scholarship program.

As the winner of the program, Washburn is awarded $50,000 that will go toward opening his own franchise. By March 2017, he will be expanding the brand into Orange, N.J. As outlined in the program’s agreements, Washburn will maintain ownership of the location with multi-unit Franchisee Jason Judson, multi-unit Franchisee John Judson, multi-unit Franchisee Joel Trost, and multi-unit Franchisee Brian Stern.

“Since Jason took the position as the general manager for our Boston locations, I have seen tremendous growth,” said Stern. “The majority of this growth came shortly after he joined the scholarship program. Once the program began, Jason took his abilities to a whole new level. Since joining, he has a sense of confidence and ownership unlike any I’ve seen from him before. He attacks everything with a desire to be the best and break barriers. Having new franchisees like Jason representing our brand shows just how bright our future is. I couldn’t even begin to tell you how proud I am to see where he is today. He is “old school” and I like that. Jason has worked hard to get to where he is today. He has a motor unlike most, and that’s what separates him from the rest.”

Jason Washburn celebrates with team after receiving Mary Ellen's Moving People Forward Scholarship

Throughout the entire year and half that Washburn was part of the scholarship program, his franchisees truly supported and embodied every opportunity that the project held. They worked with Washburn, guided him throughout this journey, and could not be more excited to step into this next chapter with their new franchise partner.

“We are so blessed to have a scholarship program like this within our system,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Human Resources Director Sara Bennett. “Not only does it allow managers to work closely with Home Office staff and their franchise owners, but it provides them with an abundance of opportunities. People can truly excel their careers within TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, they have the tools and resources to get them to that next level, and this program is just one of many that this system offers.”

Needless to say, the second Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® scholarship program was just as much of a success as the inaugural rollout which was awarded to Randi Bloodworth, franchisee of the Pearland, Texas, location. General Manager Dan Pettit of the Grand Rapids South, Mich., location, was the remaining participant alongside Washburn. And, although Pettit was not named the winner, he was awarded $10,000 to go toward opening his own franchise. With his hard work and dedication, we know he will continue to be a successful leader for our system.

“The talent that we see from the scholarship program participants is immeasurable,” said Chief Executive Officer Jeff Wesley. “For more than a year we get to see managers from different locations throw themselves into learning every facet of the franchise business model, while building their TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® knowledge base. We could not have asked for better candidates than Jason and Dan. The two worked so hard throughout the duration of the program, utilizing the support of their franchisees as mentors each step of the way. These heavy lifters are committed, not just to excelling in their own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® careers, but are dedicated to the expansion efforts of this entire system. We are so proud of Jason and what he will do for this brand in the New Jersey market, and we are so excited to see where TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® will take Dan. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for these TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® leaders.”

Congratulations, Jason, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®‘s newest franchisee! The entire system is so proud of you and we cannot wait to see your success as you grow the brand throughout New Jersey.

Be sure to check out the live stream video on the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® corporate Facebook page to see Sheets present Jason with his $50,000 check to go towards the opening of his brand new location!

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

Annual scholarship program prepares to award new franchisee $50,000

Written by Jessy Howe

Mary Ellen's Moving People Forward Scholarship

We believe in Moving People Forward®, personally and professionally, after all it is our core purpose. In 2014, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® launched Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® scholarship program in order to provide managers an opportunity to transition into successful franchisees.

After the success of the program’s first year recipient, Randi Bloodworth, we’re ecstatic for the program’s second year as these system leaders work to move their careers forward and grow the brand’s footprint.

As a catalyst for system expansion, the scholarship program puts candidates through one year of extensive training to further develop their knowledge of the inner workings of a franchise system. During this time candidates complete online classes and live webinars, as well as work closely with departments at Home Office on management assignments to enhance their skills. Candidates attend internal events including the Frontline Annual Meeting in Lansing, Mich., as well as the company’s Annual Meeting to co-present on important topics to system attendees. Additionally, the candidates are asked to write a reflection after visiting another location for a better understanding of the role of a franchisee.

These assignments lead to candidates visiting Home Office to interview with the company’s executive team and present a comprehensive business plan in August. The program winner is announced in September.

The winner is awarded a $50,000 scholarship to go toward opening their very own new franchise, in partnership with their franchisee, who works closely alongside the participant throughout the program. This year’s scholarship recipient is expected to open their new franchise by March 2017.

Remaining program participants will each receive $10,000 toward the opening of their new franchise which will be expected to open within two years.

This year’s candidates are in their final stretch of the program and all three participants began as movers, before working their way up into management positions within the system.

Jason Washburn, Boston, Mass.

Jason Washburn, TWO MEN AND A TRUCKJason Washburn has been a valued member of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family since February 2011 and is working hard to learn as much as he can from this experience.

“I have told myself from the beginning that no matter the outcome, at the end of the program the experience I will get, the relationships I will build, and the knowledge that I will gain is extremely valuable,” said Washburn. “I feel like the program is an open door to many opportunities.”

While focusing on every aspect of the program and taking it all in, he is taking note on what he feels is essential to running his own franchise.

“An important aspect to running a successful franchise is having a vision,” said Washburn. “Instead of planning for the present, plan for the future. This will allow you to always be ahead.”

Dan Pettit, Grand Rapids South, Mich.

Dan Pettit, TWO MEN AND A TRUCKWith more than seven years with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Dan Pettit is no stranger to knowing what it truly means to be the “Movers Who Care®”.

“I hope to just learn and grow. I want to continue to challenge myself and exercise my mind,” he said.

Throughout the duration of the program, Pettit has a clear outlook of what it takes to run a successful franchise.

“I believe it is important to have very specific goals, monitor, find ways to reach those goals, and celebrate your successes with your team. The satisfaction and momentum achieved by meeting and exceeding goals each day, month, and year is invaluable,” said Pettit. “It is just as important to love the franchise system that you work with, and truly appreciate and believe in what you do.”

Chris Jones, Boise, Idaho

Chris Jones, TWO MEN AND A TRUCKChris Jones has been a dedicated employee at the Boise, Idaho office since the day its doors opened back in May 2012.

“I want to be better than I was yesterday,” said Jones. “Our system is always providing great resources to make us more knowledgeable and better in our industry. I feel this program is a great opportunity to learn, gain confidence, and add more value to myself. I know this will help our current location become better. ”

Jones feels when it comes to running a successful franchise, multiple minds are always better than one, in addition to clear communication.

“It’s important to communicate clearly and set proper expectations. This applies to our customers, vendors, teams, and anyone we have a relationship with at our franchise,” said Jones. “When we do this, there are no surprises and everything runs a lot smoother and we tend to be more successful.”

We are excited to see such dedicated team members work to move the system forward! These individuals embody what it takes to owning their own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location, making them ideal candidates for the program.

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