DJ Cook and David Woods humbled and honored by National Move Hero nominations

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-Written by Erik Sargent

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Annual Meeting – held this past March in sunny Orlando, Fla., – is a chance for members of the company to gather and discuss new ideas, services, and plans as we continue to build and grow the company to new heights.

Attendees – who range from frontline employees all the way to franchisees and Home Office team members – sit in on keynote speakers, informational training sessions, and participate in other activities as they learn more about where we’re heading as a brand. For DJ Cook, a driver at our Polk County, Fla., location and David Woods, a move consultant at our Raleigh, N.C. location – their Annual Meeting experience had a different feel from the rest of the attendees. Continue reading

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.

Moving retirees with comfort and ease

Written by Jessy Howe

Moving retirees with comfort and ease

Making the decision to move is often the hardest step in the moving process for retirees. Saying goodbye to the home which they have spent a majority of their life making fond memories and raising their family is not an easy thing for anyone to face.

As the Movers Who Care®, we are experienced in handling senior moves and work hard to provide the best moving experience possible. We live by THE GRANDMA RULE®, which is to treat everyone the way you would want your grandma to be treated, a core value modeled after Founder Mary Ellen Sheets’ own mother, Grandma Eb.

Whether the customer is downsizing from their family home of 40 years, or moving into a retirement or assisted living community, our uniformed movers and drivers are professionally trained and committed to making the transition as comfortable as we possibly can.

Nearly 52 percent of all moves are for customers age 50 or older. This number is expected to increase substantially with the baby boomer population in the coming years. In 2015, 19.4 percent of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® sales were to customers 60-69 years old, while 14.3 percent were 70 years or older.

We understand that each move comes with a unique set of needs, which is why we provide tailored services for these more specialized moves. Nothing makes us more proud than hearing from happy customers whose expectations were exceeded during this stressful, and often scary, moment in their lives.

“The moving team, Robert and Mike, were amazing. They were friendly, kind, and courteous. They took great care in handling my property. Moving into a retirement community has been a difficult move for me. Their respect was much appreciated. It was a good start for the next phase in my life.” –Juanita, Downers Grove, IL

“Eric and Thomas were excellent. I’m an 88yr old senior citizen and very nervous about moving. They took special care of me and my property. Eric hugged me when I told him how nervous I was and he said they’d take good care of me. Eric even helped me walk to my front door. They made my move so easy and I thank them.” – Glenna, Hamilton West, OH

“Xavier and Cody did a great job for us. They were polite, friendly, and helpful. They were very careful with Mom and Dad’s things and placed them exactly where we wanted them in their new apartment. This was an emotional move for my parents out of their home of 62 years into a retirement village. At one point Dad told Mom, “I think we are getting special treatment!” Thanks guys for making a potentially difficult day go smoothly.” –Jeanne, Canton, OH

In addition to overwhelmingly kind customer reviews, we are honored to have been named best moving company in ideal-LIVING Magazine’s 2016 Best of the Best feature publication!

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.