Veteran business ownership opportunities with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

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-Written by Erik Sargent

With Veteran’s Day just around the corner, our team here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK likes to make it a special point each year to recognize the important sacrifices made by the brave men and women of our military.

People might see our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise locations giving back to veterans in the community through programs like our Movers for Military campaign, but we also work hard to provide veterans with job opportunities – specifically franchising within our brand. Just last year, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK was recognized on the Military Times “best for Vets” list for 2018, which recognizes the top franchising opportunities for veterans around the country. Continue reading

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

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® core values make franchising an easy transition for veterans

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-Written by Erik Sargent

For the men and women who bravely serve our country, transitioning into the working world is a crucial step as they move forward in life. Everything from the type of work to the people they’re surrounded with, and even the employer’s values, it’s best to make ensure future opportunities align with personal beliefs. Continue reading

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According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, an estimated 39,471 veterans are homeless on any given night. In addition, 1.4 million of our veterans are considered at risk of homelessness due to a variety of factors such as poverty, overcrowding housing, and a lack of support networks.

To hear those who have sacrificed so much fighting for our country’s freedom are struggling with these hardships, it begs the question how can we help? It is our belief the brave service men and women who have selflessly served us should never be without basic needs including shelter, food, and most importantly a support system.

As the Movers Who Care®, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® developed the Movers for Military program in an effort to aid veterans in need across the country. Across the country, locations team up with local businesses and schools to collect essential care items and deliver them to veterans living in shelters during Veterans Day.

Our system is very fortunate to have several franchisees with a military background. These men and women are proven leaders who align with our core values and bring an unmatched work ethic.

One of these Franchisees being Joey Hale who was awarded Franchisee of the Year by the International Franchise Association in 2015, a top honor among franchisees throughout the country.

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

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We are proud to have received several recognitions celebrating our commitment to actively recruiting and supporting veterans. This year we have been ranked 10th on the Military Times’ 2017 Best for Vets Franchise Opportunities, jumping 10 spots on the list from our 2016 ranking.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has also earned a place on the Franchise Business Review Top Franchises for Veterans list in 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Despite the many efforts to assist veterans across the country, we know there is still a great deal of work to be done to provide hope for our country’s heroes. In an effort to raise awareness of veterans in need and honor  active military and veterans this Veterans Day we are changing our website colors to reflect the colors of the land of the free and home of the brave.

 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us move your career forward. We are proud to be part of the VetFran network!  If you are interested in learning more about franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® visit, franchise.twomenandatruck.com.

Air Force veteran joins TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® after nearly 12 years of service

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Born and raised in central Illinois, Jeremy Brown grew up on a farm and has a deeply rooted agricultural heritage. He initially attended the University of Illinois to study and carry on that farming tradition but soon realized his fondness for flying airplanes trumped all others. He packed his bags and headed to Daytona Beach, Fla., to attend Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and pursue a career in commercial aviation. Unfortunately, due to the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001, the entire aviation industry changed overnight. He returned home to Illinois and turned to the military, hoping he might still someday have the opportunity to fly.

In 2003, Brown enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana where he was responsible for supervising in-shop maintenance on equipment which supported 200 nuclear launch facilities and 23 missile alert facilities. Here he was prepared to transition to the officer corps and made the official switch in 2006. Brown spent nearly two years in Oklahoma going through Undergraduate Pilot Training and then moved to Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii as a C-17A Aircraft Commander. In addition to his responsibilities as a pilot, he supervised a seven-member team that supported all administrative functions for a 120-member squadron. He earned numerous flying and military distinctions including two Air Medals for his efforts in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

In 2012, Brown was reassigned to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware as a Wing Executive Officer and C-17A Instructor Pilot. Unfortunately soon after being reassigned, he was medically disqualified from flying and would have to change careers. Although being an air force officer and remaining in the military was his primary focus, his MBA studies triggered interests in opportunities which extended outside the walls of the air force. These interests, coupled with his love for real estate, led him to acquire his real estate license.

Brown later made the decision to officially separate from the active duty air force and put all of his efforts into real estate and working on his MBA with an emphasis in entrepreneurship.

With an ever-present entrepreneurial mind-set, a new career plan unfolding, and a transition to civilian life, Brown began researching business and franchise opportunities when he found TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Inquiring about what opportunities were available to him and appreciating the business model of the brand, Brown soon signed to become franchisee for the Dover, Del., location.

“The Air Force was a great organization to be a part of and I think I could paint a correlation between nearly everything I did in the military and all the things that go along with being a franchisee,” Brown shared of his military background. “In the Air Force, and more specifically as a pilot, processes and checklists rule the day. They allow you to approach every task with clearly defined steps and standards, which ensures both efficiency and consistency regardless of who is performing the task. These principles seem to translate very well into the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system.”

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® CFO Jeff Wesley said he’s grateful for the hardworking and dedicated veterans within the system.

“We are blessed to have a number of current owners with a military background. They are proven leaders who align with our core values and bring invaluable work ethic.”

With Brown’s location seeing a 98% customer referral rate, he is no exception.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us move your career forward. We are 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.

Franchising opportunities available for veterans!

It’s an exciting time here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. We’ve seen consistent growth dating back to December 2009 — which translates to 67 straight months of growth and 51 consecutive months of record growth. Our system is well on its way to awarding 30 new locations by the end of the year, and we’re creeping closer and closer to our 2015 goals, while keeping our 96% customer referral rate.

So what’s next for team TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? Veterans!

It has always been a mission of ours to add hardworking, dedicated, and moral individuals to our franchise teams, whether they are movers, managers, or franchisees. However, a larger focus recently has been to showcase TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchising opportunities for our country’s veterans.

JeffW2“We are proud of our veterans and want to give back to these proven leaders by offering them this unique opportunity,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® CFO Jeff Wesley. “Veterans in our system are some of our largest, most successful multi-unit owners. As we look at our growth plans, we are looking for proven partners and want vets to continue to be a significant part of our future.”

Recently, Wesley, along with Multi-Unit Franchisees Joey Hale and David Richardson participated as guest speakers in a program called Vet to CEO. This program is a seven-week, cohort-based program in which qualified veterans and active duty military are exploring franchise ownership as a career path. Wesley, Hale (who is also a veteran), and Richardson presented on the financial aspects of owning a business.

“Being part of the military and the experience they have gained in establishing and running systematically is perfect for franchising,” said Wesley.

Boise, Idaho Franchisee Terry Bruns, who served in the United States Air Force for four years, looked at hundreds of franchising opportunities prior to finding a fit with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. He said the more companies he looked into, the less interested he was.

Terry Bruns“It was to the point I thought I was suffering from what in real estate we called the ‘paralysis of analysis.’ You are so afraid, you find something wrong with everything and it is your way of not doing anything. It turns out that was not the case, I was just really picky in what I wanted. From the moment I discovered TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, I became more and more interested the more I looked. From the time I made my initial contact, through signing the papers, it was much faster than I expected because I grew to like the system so much. The core values and high standards were a very big part and as I did my due diligence and talked to numerous franchisees, I just knew it was a system I wanted to be part of.”

With just over three years since Bruns opened his TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® doors in Boise, he’s seen tremendous success, and is currently at 25% growth year-over-year. He credits his military experience and the alignment of his and the company’s values for his success and ease of transition with the opportunity.

“I could see that to do well, it took a combination of logistics and sales. My time in the Air Force really helped me build a skillset in logistics and that continued with a lot of work I did after the Air Force,” he said. “I also worked in sales previously, including selling homes I bought and rehabbed. I really liked the skillsets it would require of me and thought it would be a great fit. The biggest reason though is the system and core values. I wanted to be part of a system that was striving for greatness and I really felt that with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.”

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.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Come on, join us!