September feature: Santa Ana Franchisee Juan Reyes

Written by Katie Peterson

For more than 30 years, we have embraced our motto of Moving People Forward®. We love to see people progress through our system, and we are so lucky to play a part in the lives of such great members of our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family. Moving his own career forward, an integral member of our system, Juan Reyes, began his TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® career as a part-time employee while finishing his Bachelor’s degree at Columbus State University. He quickly realized his part-time job was something more and that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® offered a great foundation to begin his career. More than 10 years later, Juan is now franchisee of the Santa Ana, Calif., location with a long resume of experience within the system.

Juan reyesHow did you first hear of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

I first heard of our company while pursing my Bachelor’s degree at Columbus State University. My wife actually brought it to my attention. She thought I would like the company because I preferred working manual labor jobs, and it turned out to be a great fit for me.

What has your climb through the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system looked like?

I think my background is similar to most franchisees and franchise managers in the system. I started off in the system as a mover and held that position for about three months. Being trained and earning my spot on the trucks was really important because it allowed me to gain the experience I needed to move up the ladder. I shifted into the driver’s seat soon after and spent another six months on the trucks. Through some transitions going on at the franchise, I became a trainer for roughly nine months until my position shifted into a sort-of move manager. Around my two year mark I was promoted to operations manager, and after another two years I was promoted to the general manager position. After about six years as the GM, I had the opportunity to partner up and open the Santa Ana, Calif., location as a franchisee.

What is your most memorable moment within the system?

I would have to say my most memorable moment was receiving the email on June 30 of 2014 from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s President Randy Shacka saying I was selected to participate in the first ever Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward. This scholarship program puts candidates through one year of extensive training to further develop their knowledge of a franchise system. During this year, candidates participate in online classes and live webinars, in addition to working with departments at Home Office on management assignments to continually improve their management skills. That was a great day. It was at a very pivotal time in my life where decisions needed to be made for my future. That email made my decision pretty easy and has turned out great for everyone involved.

Did you ever imagine your journey with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® would lead you to where you are today?

In the beginning, I honestly didn’t. I started off working as a mover part-time to keep me busy while I was in school. As time went on, my vision changed and so did my focus.

What are your goals moving forward?

My goals and plans moving forward are to continue to develop my immediate and surrounding areas as a franchisee.

What advice would you offer someone looking to get involved with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

My advice to someone thinking about getting involved in our system would be to take a chance at endless opportunities. It’s a long road so you have to be patient. Take the time to learn your craft and try to make everyone around you better whenever you get a chance to.

What does TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® mean to you?

Family!!

We are so happy to have you as part of our system, Juan. Thank you for all your hard work, commitment to the brand, and for being our September franchisee feature! You deserve it!

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.

From law school to launching a multi-unit operation: Nathan Berns and Matt Rose 

Written by Katie Peterson

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In the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchising system we’ve seen our fair share of success stories. Franchising with us is an opportunity for so many individuals to further their careers and create growth in their lives and the lives of people around them. That’s exactly what Nathan Berns and Matt Rose have accomplished in their short time being TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® multi-unit franchisees.

Matt and Nathan’s story started back in law school at the University of Iowa, College of Law, when they sat next to each other in the same property law class. After getting to know one another they quickly realized they had a lot in common. Both Matt and Nathan grew up in small towns in the Midwest, had farming backgrounds, and best of all, found themselves with more of a passion for business than law. Soon after their initial meeting, the two became roommates and ended up meeting their future wives around the same time, making the two inseparable.

“I think Nathan and I would have been good friends no matter what, but the fact that our wives are good friends and our kids are good friends really makes us more like family,” says Matt.

The decision to become franchisees together began with Nathan convincing Matt that owning a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise was a good investment.

“After he was persuaded, we spent a considerable amount of time investigating the best territories. We searched all over the country since Matt was willing to relocate anywhere. Eventually we decided on the east coast because Matt’s wife had contacts in the area,” recalls Nathan.

Matt remembers making the decision based on the business opportunity as well as the opportunity it presented for his family.

“We decided that Maryland offered a promising business opportunity and it was a great place for my family and I to put down roots. Maryland feels like home and I am enjoying watching our vision come together,” said Matt.

When the pair opened their first franchise together in Maryland November of 2014, it was a one office, five-truck operation. In less than two years, they have expanded to four franchises and 21 trucks. The Maryland franchises have experienced rapid growth while maintaining their 96% customer satisfaction rating; this is in addition to Berns’ Cedar Rapids location growing 300% since being purchased in 2012.

Matt and Nathan remain humble and can’t take all the credit for the executive success. In March 2016, Matt’s wife, Bekah, was added to the franchise agreement. Bekah, who also graduated from the University of Iowa, College of Law in 2010 where she and Matt met, is now a franchisee for all five of the Maryland franchises. With the central role Bekah has played in the business, Matt describes the addition as absolutely necessary to formally recognize her role in the business since its launch.

“Initially, the plan was for Bekah to help the business get off the ground by helping out where necessary, but that quickly changed as the business grew so rapidly. Bekah has been an integral part of our operation from the beginning and has always been a part of any business decisions we have made,” said Matt.

As Nathan and Matt reflect, they are happy to offer their advice regarding what has contributed to their success as franchisees and as business owners in general.

“Successful organizations understand people make mistakes. We know our people can’t truly maximize their potential if they are burdened by potential mistake retribution. Most people value positive encouragement above financial reward,” said Nathan. “Praise your employees, especially during the tough times. If you think hard enough, you can find something positive to say about most situations.”

Matt agrees that there are many strategies towards business success, most of which start on the ground with their employee satisfaction and work ethic.

“When employees see their peers advancing and excelling, it drives most of our employees to improve every day. Our managers are able to better motivate and relate to their employees since the managers were in those same spots not long ago. Additionally, we make a deliberate effort to understand our employees’ situations and be compassionate,” said Matt. “We want to ensure all of our employees feel valued and respected, by taking time to get to know them and learn about their aspirations. With a job this demanding, it is very easy to focus only on areas that need improvement, overlooking all of the positive achievements happening around you. Make it a priority to celebrate the small victories, for yourself, and your team.”

With Matt, Nathan, and Bekah in the front seat, the Maryland franchises have seen enormous growth and success in a short amount of time. Their dedication is exemplary of what franchisees are able to achieve in the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise system with hard work and a passion for the brand. We look forward to seeing the growth and success that is sure to come to Maryland in the future. Congratulations, Matt and Nathan, on being our featured franchisees!

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.

Franchisee Feature: Tyler Whalen and Justin Tangeman

Tyler and Justin front of truck

Written by Katie Peterson

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we value members of our company who exemplify a strong work ethic and core values we were built on, and we love to celebrate them in any way we can. This is where Tyler Whalen and Justin Tangeman come in. The two began working as movers for the same franchise in Iowa during their first summers out of college. Both Justin and Tyler became movers under the assumption they would work for the summer and move on. After recognizing the opportunity in front of them, Tyler and Justin stayed much longer than a single summer, and are now co-franchisees of the Omaha, Neb., location.

Tyler and Justin met on the job when Justin, who had been working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for about a year, interviewed Tyler for a driver position back in 2010.

“We actually didn’t hit it off right away. Tyler was just a pain in the butt employee for a while when he started, he complained about everything,” jokes Justin.

“It’s true. I just didn’t take the job very seriously upon hire. I figured it was just something to get me through the summer,” Tyler agreed.Tyler and Justin pointing to truck

Eventually, Tyler and Justin began seeing eye-to-eye and both their business and personal relationship has grown tremendously over the years. Now the two have teamed up to run the Omaha office that has since grown to be the successful franchise it is today.

Justin and Tyler have been franchisees in Omaha together for just over a year, and in this short amount of time, have executed more than 8,000 moves and in 2015, achieved the highest revenue the Omaha location has seen to date.

What did advancing yourselves in the system look like? What kind of positions did you hold before you became franchisees?

Tyler: I started out as a mover/driver for this small office and then moved into the office to be a kind-of CSR/manager. The office position was really a jack-of-all-trades because we were so small. I was in the CSR/manager position for about a year and was able to become a general manager after the location really took off and began to get a lot of business.

Justin: I was a mover/driver for a while and then I started doing some training, in-home estimates, and scheduling moves over the phone. My position required me to be a jack-of-all-trades doing everything I could for the franchise. After that I just kept taking on more responsibilities. I began on more managerial responsibilities, book keeping , marketing, and eventually moved to Tulsa, Okla., and was assistant operations manager for a large location there, and that’s where I first became a franchisee.

How do you like being a franchisee for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

Justin: We love being franchisees. It’s so fun, every day is a challenge and something different. You get to do all the different tasks that come with it. Some days you have the hoods popped on the truck and you’re making sure it’s ready to run, and other days you’re sitting at the round table having a meeting and working on the business side of things.

What do you want to tell team members starting out as movers or drivers about the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise system?

Justin: Continuously work hard and strive to get to the next level, nothing is going to be given to you unless you work for it.

Tyler: The possibilities are really endless. It really just comes down to hard work. I remember from annual meeting listening to one of the original “two men” Jon Sorber say how important it is to always act like you are in the position above you. If you are a mover act like a driver, if you are a driver act like a trainer, if you’re a trainer act like you’re the manager, if you’re a manager act like the general manager, strive to take that next step and be proud of what you do and you are going to be rewarded for it. At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® the biggest thing we are pushing right now is to build your bench. Building a solid team and creating a positive  culture with people who want to work hard and take initiative in what they do, there’s a future for them.

Which TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® core value most resonates with you?

Justin: Being my best and having fun. When you’re having fun at work it doesn’t seem like work at all, so we like to try and have fun while still working hard.

Tyler: A big one for me is giving back to the community. It is pretty cool to see  the difference we make with our trucks being able to move stuff. A big one we get into is doing bike drives and working with local businesses where we donate our men and trucks to be able to transport donated bikes. It’s just being able to do the little stuff like that where it takes such a small amount of time but makes such a big difference for the kids receiving the bikes and the people who need them transported. It’s pretty cool to see the impact we can have in our community.

Tyler and Justin know what it means to be part of the company who Moves People Forward®. We want to thank these franchisees for helping to make this brand the success it is and being an example of all you can achieve with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Thank you, Tyler and Justin, for being our featured franchisees! You deserve it!

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.

July franchise feature: Brian Stern and the Boston, Ma., franchise

Within the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system, there are several success stories of movers becoming managers, managers becoming franchisees, and so on. For Boston Franchisee Brian Stern, his story is no different. He’s moved up the ranks in his 10 years with the company, starting as a mover, becoming a driver, trainer, customer service representative, manager, general manager, and now franchisee. To say Brian has experience in every field of the business is an understatement. Now, he’s finding the perfect fit in Boston as he works to grow the brand in a new city.

July FD blog headshot“It is especially rewarding being able to look back and see where you came from,” said Brian. “It allows me to really paint a picture of what this company has to offer when speaking to current managers, CSRs, or even a new hire.”

Currently there are three locations up and running in Boston and year-to-date, the locations have seen more than 30% growth. There are also plans to open a fourth location early 2017, which will be essential in helping with their truck parking needs due to their growth.

Since opening the first Boston location November 2015, the entire team takes pride in the worthwhile community events and charities they’ve had the privilege to be involved in.

“Boston has welcomed us with open arms. One of the most rewarding things we have been part of would have to be the Boston Marathon. Our reputation of giving back to the community apparently spreads fast. Nine months after opening, we were contacted by the Boston Athletic Association. We were able to assist them in fine tuning the logistics and set-up of their 26 course medical tents. This is an area in which they had struggled for years. After several meetings and debriefings on our performance, they are working on a contract to lock us in as a full-time partner. We are thrilled and proud to be part of something that is so important to everyone in Massachusetts,” said Brian.

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The Boston team has also been very active in the Massachusetts’s Mover’s Association, and Brian has recently been voted onto the Board of Directors for the organization.

“Knowing how important these associations are to our industry, I’m really looking forward to the learning opportunity and will put my best foot forward to give back to the association,” he said.

Being a major hub on the I-95 corridor, Brian said they’ve had the ability to partner with many other TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations down the east coast to maximize interstate revenue and move even more people forward.

As TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® growth continues, east coast opportunities are still available! Check out the territories in Bridgeport, Conn., Northern Virginia, Frederick, Md., and Providence, R.I.

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.

People make the brand: Who’s franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

Written by Jessy Howe

In 2015, the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system experienced a record-breaking year concluding with 72 months of record growth and more than $400 million in revenue. Through providing outstanding customer service resulting in a more than 95% referral rate, we’ve continued to grow and set ourselves apart from others in this space.

Over the next four years, the moving industry is predicted to grow and evolve substantially. We expect a similar upward trend and to continue evolving while keeping a keen eye on meeting the needs of our home and business customers. No matter the size or distance, we want to be the preferred mover with a professional team customers can count on for a stress-free, efficient moving experience. With a vision and a franchise system that is committed to Moving People Forward®, our customers can trust we will be here to meet their unique needs.

As we continue to expand, we rely heavily on our people to successfully move the brand forward as a system of one. In 2016, we will hire more than 9,000 employees in total and sign on 30 new locations. Having been named as one of Forbes 2016 Best Franchises to Buy, we are excited for this significant year ahead.

The infographic below illustrates our growth and breaks down who is franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company. There are currently 349 U.S. locations and 35 internationally between Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. We are proud to have 2,586 trucks and 6,545 system employees helping to complete two moves per minute on average! Each location is independently owned and operated.

For more information or to learn about opportunities in becoming a franchisee at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, visit franchise.twomenandatruck.com to begin moving your career forward!

Franchises prepare to complete 5,400 moves in single weekend

Written by Jessy Howe

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK prepares for busiest move weekend!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – moving season! At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® we are in the middle of moving season and beginning to prepare for the busiest moving weekend of the year.

With the momentum of a record-breaking 2015 continuing throughout Q1, we are anticipating this to be the most successful “busiest move weekend” yet. On June 25 – 26, the company is projected to complete more than 5,400 moves across the country, equating to about three moves per minute during business hours. In 2015, a total of 5,037 moves were completed during the busiest move weekend.

More than 330 franchises across the country are up for this challenge and are preparing early to accommodate the record number of customers being moved during the short time frame. With more than 5,400 moves taking place, franchises can expect to complete roughly 21 moves each.

For TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Boise, nearly 40 moves are projected to take place, a significant increase from the 24 moves they completed last year. General Manager Chris Jones is preparing his team well in advance for this heavy increase in volume.

“We have increased our fleet of trucks, purchased extra packing and moving equipment, and have professionally trained additional employees to ensure everything runs smooth,” said Jones. “Our goal is to maintain our high quality and ensure our customers continue to get the full TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® experience on move day.”

Mississippi Multi-unit Franchisee Michael Sham has outfitted rentals needed in addition to his regular fleet to accommodate nearly 20 moves, six of which are long-distance moves.

“We have ordered additional equipment and supplies for this weekend to ensure that we have everything we need to handle every job,” said Sham. “We have brought on all summer help and trained them thoroughly so that every customer gets the proper TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® experience.”

In Charlotte, N.C., the franchise is arranging for up to 24 trucks to be booked for moves, compared to 20 trucks they had running in 2015.

“We will approach this weekend like we do every other one, with preparation and communication,” said Charlotte Marketing Coordinator Monika Markley. “We have been working really hard this year on recruiting great frontline talent and making sure we are fully staffed to meet our sales goals. Our operations team has been diligently training our new hires as well as bringing our current movers through refresher courses so that everyone is on the same page.”

With frontline teams completing training, locations have been communicating with their customers and providing tips to ensure a smooth transition.

“Customers should always review the estimate the customer service representative sends them and double check for things such as spelling errors in address names or any omissions or changes in the items that will be moved,” said Markley.

Additionally, Markley emphasizes the importance of having adequate parking for the truck near the entrance and ensuring walkways are clear to avoid trip hazards.

And most importantly, if you know you’re moving soon, call us!

“Calling in advance helps you and really helps us! Even if you don’t know the exact day of your move, calling early and giving us an idea makes things easier,” said Jones. “This helps us prepare the resources needed and allows an opportunity to create options to fit the needs of your move. We seem to always fill our schedule on this weekend, so call early and save your spot.”

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.

Why franchise a moving company?

Written by Jessy Howe

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Franchising opportunities

When making an investment and opening a business, it’s crucial you are investing wisely in a viable industry. Moving may not be the first industry that comes to mind, but it should be. The moving industry is predicted to grow substantially over the next four years, bringing in nearly $17 billion in revenue annually.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® had a record-breaking year in 2015, hitting the highest revenue year in system history and completing our 5.5 millionth move. Although the momentum doesn’t stop there as we anticipate another landmark year.

It’s no secret the housing market took a hard hit in 2009, though has been back on the rise in recent years. As the housing market continues to grow, the demand from those in need of moving services does as well. With customers moving into larger homes, downsizing, or relocating for a career change, the moving industry proves itself a valuable investment.

Much like growing families, businesses big and small find themselves with the same need. Whether a business is undergoing renovations, moving across town, or across the country, a professional moving company is who they turn to. Moving companies minimize disruption from day-to-day business operations and are trained to quickly and efficiently move teams and their belongings in order for companies to focus on what’s important … the business!

The moving industry relies heavily on its people to successfully execute the high number of incoming home and business moves from beginning to end, resulting in ample career opportunities and even more revenue. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® welcomed more than 1,000 new team members in the month of March alone in preparation for the busy summer months ahead and projects to hire more than 9,000 employees in total throughout 2016.

As we continue to lead the moving industry with innovative ideas, we’d be lying if we didn’t say it is an exciting time to be at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®! With plans to sign a total of 30 new locations in 2016, we’ve already opened one new location each week during the first quarter. We are excited to continue expanding the brand across the country focusing on top markets in many states including Washington, California, and Oregon.

In our recent annual Franchise Business Review survey, results showed that 88 percent of current franchisees who responded enjoyed being involved in the system and nearly 90 percent would do it all again.

As the nation’s first and largest franchised moving company, we’ve learned how to help franchises thrive. Let us move your career forward. If you’re good at managing people and would like to join a proven system, this is the place for you. We now have franchise owners that were accountants, bankers, insurance agents, etc. that are looking to own a business or their next investment. Consider investing in us and becoming a franchisee today!

Visit franchise.twomenandatruck.com to learn more about franchising opportunities with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®!

Three generations of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® businesswomen

Written by Jessy Howe

Shayna, Lisa, and Connie of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Macomb County, Mich.

Shayna, Lisa, and Connie of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Macomb County, Mich.

In 1991 Connie Howe made the decision to quit her day job and become a franchisee, opening the doors of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Macomb County, Mich. As she began to grow the location, it naturally evolved into a family-run business. Now with a fleet of 12 trucks and three generations later, the location is about to celebrate their 25th anniversary!

Connie’s daughter and now franchisee, Lisa Gaber, remembers helping her mother from the very beginning when she had decided to join the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system.

“I began by working at home, out of my basement, because I was raising two young daughters. The guys would start the day by coming to my home, where I would hand them the paperwork and ‘dispatch’ for the day! I have done pretty much every job there is to do from driving, moving, packing, marketing, bookkeeping, and managerial duties,” said Gaber. “After several years, my mom and I decided to venture out and open another franchise in Florida. We owned and operated the Fort Myers, Fla., franchise for 13 years until we sold the location to make it easier for Connie to retire.”

After deciding to sell the Fort Myers franchise, Connie’s son Dave became the newest family member to join the team. Most recently, they opened a secondary location within the Macomb County borders, even further expanding the brand and serving their community.

“Working with my mom allowed us to learn together how to run a business from the ground up,” said Gaber. “It helped us grow both as businesswomen and as a family entirely.”

Gaber’s daughter, Shayna, now has the same opportunity to learn what it takes. Shayna began six years ago as a customer service representative before working her way up to an in-home consultant. She currently works as the marketing manager handling a wide range of responsibilities including grassroots efforts, social media, and cause marketing campaigns.

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s annual Movers for Moms® campaign is in full swing with more than 300 franchises collecting essential care items for moms in need. The items are then delivered to local women’s and family shelters just in time for Mother’s Day. With their 25 year history in the community, they are no stranger in helping support it.

“The past couple of years we have been working with two different shelters since we have such a large territory. The first is Turning Point, Inc., which is a shelter for women and children that have been victims of domestic violence. Our second shelter, which we started working with last year, is a non-profit that we are very involved in and actually do two moves weekly for. Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team, or MCREST, is a traveling shelter that has local churches host them weekly with food, shelter, and transportation. Last year, we had incredible community and staff participation and were able to deliver TONS of boxes of amazing gifts to both shelters,” shares Gaber of their local Movers for Moms® efforts. “It holds a special place in our hearts to help mothers as we are in a business and franchise both started and run by women.”

While some find it hard to even imagine working with their family, the three women have proven how to successfully make it work.

“We’ve worked all these years together without an argument or even mild disagreement,” said Howe. “It has been a very great experience to work with my family.”

Like her mother, Gaber is appreciative that it has been relatively easy for the family to work together without much strife.

“We get along well and have found a good balance in our positions,” said Gaber. “One of the most difficult things about working with so much family is knowing when to ‘turn it off’ and stop talking about work and enjoy family time together.”

Lisa and Connie enjoy golfing and traveling, while Shayna and Lisa find fun in cooking and simply spending time together. As for Mother’s Day celebrations, you’ll find the trio eating brunch and spending a quiet afternoon relaxing in each other’s company.

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.

Finding success in franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

Written by Jessy Howe

Franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

As we continue to lead the moving industry with innovative ideas, we’d be lying if we didn’t say it is an exciting time to be at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®! 2015 was a record-breaking year hitting the highest revenue year in system history. During 2015 we also completed our 5.5 millionth move, but the momentum doesn’t stop there.

In our recent annual Franchise Business Review survey, results showed that 88 percent of current franchisees who responded enjoyed being involved in the system and nearly 90 percent would do it all again.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® was also recently ranked #3 on Franchise Gator’s Top 100 Franchises of 2016 and ranked #20 on Franchise Business Review’s Best of the Best list in 2015 celebrating our 10th consecutive year on the list.

With plans to sign 30 new locations in 2016, our system is excited to continue expanding the brand across the country focusing on top markets including California, Oregon, and Washington. With these additions we will continue to welcome hardworking and dedicated individuals to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family.

We look for motivated individuals that are passionate for providing top-notch customer service and are committed to working closely with their community. Many of our franchisees come from a variety of back grounds bringing diversity to our system. Professionals in careers across multiple industries ranging from law, medicine, military, real-estate, accounting, and many more have found their perfect fit as a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisee. Perhaps the most important thing they have in common is the level in which they believe in the brand.

“We have had six years of record growth and feel blessed as the largest and most successful franchise moving company in the world. More importantly our brand is recognized for its commitment to our core values and a high level of customer service,” said CEO Jeff Wesley. “We are adding a record number of locations with franchisees who love our brand and recognize the vision we have for the future.”

As a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisee you will be provided with the support to move your business forward from the very beginning. Upon signing, new franchisees receive start-up support including business planning sessions and vendor partnerships to recruitment assistance and an onsite start-up team. The corporate office employs several subject matter experts in all fields including operations, training, sales, human resources, marketing, information technology, and national accounts to guide franchise teams through the various aspects of your business.

As the nation’s first and largest franchised moving company, we’ve learned how to help franchises thrive. Considering investing in us and becoming a franchisee today! Visit franchise.twomenandatruck.com to learn more about franchising opportunities at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®!

Learning to work with family

Owning a franchise takes significant time, dedication, and trust in your leadership and business partners (if you have them). The Newman brothers — Curtis, Steve, and Kevin — left their familiar lives in Iowa and jumped on an opportunity to take over two, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises in San Antonio, Texas. Since the three brothers have taken over the franchises they have seen more than a six percent increase in sales growth.newman 1

Before joining the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system, each of the Newman brothers were pursuing very different careers. Steve went to the University of Iowa and earned a law degree and furthered his education at New York University earning a Master’s degree in Laws in Taxation. He worked as an accountant, an attorney, and invested in real estate. Kevin received a finance degree from the University of Iowa and previously worked in data management and mortgages. Curtis graduated from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with a degree in business administration and accounting. After graduating, he spent time working as a tennis professional (after he played competitively all four years in college), and worked as a finance manager. Steve, Kevin, and Curtis each have a unique background and their combined experiences bring a variety of skills to their businesses.

Although new to Texas, the Newmans aren’t strangers to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand.

“Our family has used TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® multiple times in Iowa and we were always very impressed with the service,” said Kevin. “We‘ve used the Des Moines franchise and the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City franchise. Our father and grandfather have each owned their own businesses so that has been our desire ever since we were young kids. Steve and Curtis had previously looked into purchasing FedEx delivery routes, and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® was a similar business model.  When we learned about the opportunity to purchase the only two franchises in San Antonio, we jumped at the chance.”

Owning a business with others requires you to be in constant communication and make large decisions that affect each other and your employee’s lives. You may be wondering how the Newman brothers work so well together.

“It’s actually very easy to work with my brothers,” said Steve. “We all have the same goals and trust each other unconditionally. Furthermore, we know each other so well that we can be unbelievably blunt with one another without affecting our relationship.”

newman 2Kevin agreed and added in the importance of working toward a common goal. “The only way to keep sane with Curtis and Steve is to laugh often and keep reminded of why we decided to become franchisees. Working together has enabled us to have a part in determining each other’s success and while that is something terrifying, I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Owning a franchise is still very new to Steve, Curtis, and Kevin. The Newman’s have realized every decision becomes harder and harder when you are thinking about your brothers’ future along with your own. On the flip side, it’s exciting for them to picture one another living a comfortable lifestyle based on something you’ve helped to achieve.

While the Newman’s are a newer addition to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system, we already see them doing great things in San Antonio. Keep up with Curtis, Steve, and Kevin’s story on our blog! In a few short weeks we’ll dig deeper into what life is like owning a business with your siblings.

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