TWO MEN AND A TRUCK provides rewarding opportunity for veterans looking to build a business

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Written by Erik Sargent

As the country spent the last week honoring the brave men and women of this country by celebrating Veteran’s Day, it reminds us all how important the sacrifices are these individuals have made for our freedoms we enjoy daily

This sacrifice is something we reflect on here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK year-round, not only in the work we do to give back to the veterans in the communities where we work and operate, but also in the employment opportunities we provide for veteran members. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has become appealing to veterans looking to get into business ownership, and the resources we provide speak for themselves. Continue reading

After 17 years in the Marines, Ed Razo takes on a leadership role with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

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-Written by Erik Sargent

Throughout the history of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, our company has always tried to welcome in and provide opportunities for the brave veterans of this country.

Many similarities with the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK working environment – from the structure to the comradery with the moving teams – translate well for veterans when they’re complete with their service, and we have veteran members in roles ranging across our entire company.

Nobody understands the similarities between military life and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK quite like Ed Razo, who after 17 years in the Marines, is now general manager for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK corporate store in Pasadena, California. Continue reading

How a former Navy aviation electronics technician became a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisee

Written by Jessy Howe

After graduating high school, Michael Sham joined the Navy where he served for six years as an aviation electronics technician (AT). During this time he worked on S-3B Vikings and P-3 Orions in San Diego, Calif., and Jacksonville, Fla. His duties included working on tactical air navigation (TACAN), radios, radar, instrument landing system (ILS), and other electronic devices in the aircraft. At the young age of 19, Sham was given a great deal of responsibility, sometimes giving orders to men twice his age.

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“It certainly prepared me to be a leader and taught me how to be ready for anything that may come up,” said Sham. “There were so many different types of personalities in the military that it made me a better people person.”

Prior to joining TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® in 2013, he attended Belhaven University and earned a degree in exercise physiology. While pursuing his dream of becoming a strength and conditioning coach, which would allow him to train athletes, he ran a small moving company.

After working as a mover for two months, Sham took on the role of general manager at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Jackson, Miss., franchise and truly launched his career within the system. As a participant in the first-ever Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® scholarship program, he and seven other managers across the system dedicated one year of extensive training to further enhance their knowledge of the inner workings of the franchising system, and ultimately lay the foundation for them in becoming a successful franchisee. As a result, Sham was awarded $10,000 to go toward opening his own franchise.

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“The scholarship program taught me what it takes to get a successful new franchise off the ground. There is a lot that goes into getting an operation up and running and all the bases were covered in the program,” said Sham. “The relationships that were built during the program with Home Office and other franchisees and managers are invaluable. A lot of what I learned, I was able to implement at my current franchise.”

Sham plans to open his new franchise in Southaven, Miss., May 2016 alongside Jackson, Miss., Franchisees Jeff Taylor and Jack Christopher.

“Michael has been a successful manager and is a shining example of the hard work and development that leads to success in our system. We are blessed as Michael moves forward to ownership and the great things he will accomplish,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® CFO Jeff Wesley.

“I’m so thankful to have been brought on by my partners to live the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® dream,” said Sham. “I never imagined that one day I would be a small business owner.”

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

Veterans finding a perfect fit with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® was recently named a hot franchise for veterans in 2015. We have employees and franchisees within the system from various military branches. These vets work as movers and drivers, customer service representatives, managers, corporate employees, and franchisees.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is a perfect fit for veterans, giving them an opportunity to grow their professional lives and move their careers forward. Franchisee Joey Hale is one of many vets in our system who has leveraged the opportunities TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® gives.

“Prior to joining TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, I served as an intelligence officer for the United States Air Force,” said Joey. “I enlisted while in college. My dad flew in the Air Force, and I had tunnel vision to follow in his footsteps.”Joey Hale

Soon after returning to Birmingham Ala., Joey’s family members, Jess Langley, Jason Langley, and Marty Langley, had recently became TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisees in Knoxville, Tenn.

“They asked me if I was interested in helping, so I commuted for close to a year working as a mover/driver before I worked with Jess to open a location in Chattanooga, Tenn. I moved my family to Chattanooga in 1999 and have been there ever since.”

Like many veterans, Joey believes his military background was perfect for the type of work TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® does. In the military you learn many valuable skills to help yourself succeed in business while learning how to work under pressure.

“Owning a small business has many unexpected challenges, and in the military, you have to be ready for any situation or mission,” said Joey. “I learned how to work in a disciplined environment and it helped me create a business with structure and rules to help keep people motivated but also focused on excellence. Lastly, it taught me how to be a leader and a follower. In business, employees will look to you for answers, but there are other times that you must recognize the talents of others and let them shine.”

Today, Joey has seven franchises in three states: California, Maryland, and Tennessee. He employs more than 100 people and has over 50 trucks in his fleet. He credits much of his success to his military background which has been a staple in his business structure and strategies.

“Being a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisee has allowed me to achieve personal goals, become financially independent, and has given me the flexibility to enjoy life and family,” said Joey. “I still wake up every day and want to go to work and be around the wonderful group of people at our company.”

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is proud to be part of the VetFran network! If you are interested in learning more about franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® visit, twomenandatruckfranchising.com.

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