LOOKING BACK AT THE HISTORY OF TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

Written by Rachel Christine

It all began in the 1980s in Lansing, Mich., with a 1966 Ford pickup truck as two high school brothers, Brig Sorber and Jon Sorber, wanted to make a little extra money by doing something different from delivering pizzas or flipping burgers. With the help of their mom, Mary Ellen Sheets, they put the pickup truck to use and created an ad for the weekly newspaper with the tagline, “Men At Work Movers”, and a line underneath that read “two men and a truck $25 an hour”.

Later on, their mom advised them to drop the “Men at Work Movers” title and call themselves “TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®”, and as a joke, she drew a stick-men figure on a napkin that would eventually become the original logo that remains with the company today.

When the Sorber brothers left Lansing to attend college, the phones kept ringing for their services, and Mary Ellen called the boys to ask if they would mind her hiring a few movers to keep the business going. As a result, two new team members joined in 1985, and Mary Ellen bought a 14-foot truck for $350. It remains the only financial investment she has put into the company to this day.

 

The business began in May and by the end of the year, Mary Ellen had a profit of $1,000. She took her entire profit and wrote 10 checks to local charities. This dedication to giving back to the community continues to be a staple of the company and is one of the six company core values.

While Mary Ellen ran the moving business, she also worked a full-time data processing job with the State of Michigan, which earned her a spot on a 1988 graduate business panel at Michigan State University. At the event, another panelist suggested she franchise her small moving company, and shortly after, she called her daughter, Melanie Bergeron, to ask if she would join the team. Bergeron had questioned if it brought in any money, and while her mother wasn’t sure yet, she said it was a business people seemed to need. Nevertheless, Bergeron gave up her dream job of pharmaceutical sales and opened the first TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise in Atlanta, Ga. Over the years she has served in many different roles and now serves at the executive chair of the company. Her leadership has been awarded in numerous publications, including the cover of Franchising World magazine and Franchise Times.

Over the company’s more than 30 years in the moving business, lessons and best practices were learned along the way, resulting in 95 consecutive months of growth for the brand.

We got into touch with a few of our first franchises to learn more about how the company has grown over the three decades it’s been in business.

Tim Lightner is a franchisee for the Madison and Racine, Wis. locations. His Madison franchise began with two movers and one truck in May of 1993 and today, they have over 60 employees and 20 vehicles on the road.

Lightner is proud of how far the company has come from the days when they would put rolls of quarters in the trucks’ glove boxes for their movers to use pay phones for contacting the office, and when everything was written in pencil because there were no computers around.

“The accomplishment I love the most is the nearly $1.5 million in donated moves our franchise has given back to the community since we started,” Lightner said. “What a great fun ride it’s been. I can’t wait to see where we are in 25 years!”

Cindy Tometich and her husband, John, purchased their franchise on December 24, 1996 in Des Moines, Iowa. They had three requirements for their business: to be closed on Sundays, to offer growth opportunities to their team members, and to have a service that cannot be replaced by the Internet. This past December, they celebrated their 20th anniversary with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK while employing approximately 75 people and owning 25 trucks.

“As Home Office has grown and developed, we have experienced the joy and sweat-equity of watching our own franchise grow as well,” Cindy said.

The original two men, Brig and Jon, still continue to be involved in the business today with Brig serving as co-CEO and Jon as executive vice president. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has more than 350 locations worldwide and nearly 3,000 traveling trucks. With ongoing growth the company is experiencing, they remain embedded in the core principles that were followed when Mary Ellen first drew the original stickmen logo.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® team members jump into action to assist in rollover car accident

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we put a heavy emphasis on giving back to the community and being as helpful as we can to those around us. This usually means providing top-notch customer service during a move, but sometimes, this goes beyond normal job duties.

For employees Daniel Garcia and Matthew Pennock of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Colorado Springs, Colo., franchise , their responsibility of helping others evolved into a dangerous situation on the highway, and the two had to use quick reaction times and decision making to assist those in need.

As Garcia and Pennock were on their way from Colorado Springs to Boulder for a move, a sudden roll-over accident happened right in front of their moving truck. The two were free of harm, but noticed the car ahead of them was overturned, and there was a mom with her two daughters inside. The two sprang into action immediately, and worked to do everything they could to assist. “I just wanted to make sure everyone was safe inside,” Pennock said. “We couldn’t leave without making sure they were ok.”

After the two assessed the situation and checked on the passengers, Pennock began directing traffic around the accident as Garcia assisted the mom and her two daughters out of the truck and checked to see if they were ok.

The passengers were very thankful for Pennock and Garcia’s help. It’s no surprise, however, the teamwork that was displayed by these two.

“Daniel and Matthew are two of my top guys,” said Heath Toney, the assistant manager for the Colorado Springs franchise. “These guys are always on time, and ready to go on a daily basis. This was just amazing by these guys, and it shows their willingness to go above and beyond for people they don’t even know.”

Pennock and Garcia continued to assist with the accident and direct traffic until authorities arrived on scene. Thankfully, the people involved in the rollover only suffered minor injuries, but the quick thinking by these two guaranteed they remained safe until help arrived.

The dynamic duo reflected on the company’s core values which is what the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand is built upon, and it was second nature for them to step in and help.

“I think that if you can, you should always help people in need, no matter what the situation is,” Garcia said. “We are always willing to help people and give 100 percent in everything we do on the job.”

For the Colorado Springs location management, this was just another strong example of the type of people they strive to hire, and they felt it strongly reflected who they are as a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK location.

“I am very proud of these two young men and their actions,” Toney said. “This reflects so much on the character of our men and our franchise, and how we care about things like THE GRANDMA RULE® and the mission statement. Our team constantly strives to the best, to move people forward and ourselves forward.”

Looking for a career change? Join TWO MEN AND A TRUCK! Openings are available in a variety of roles from coast to coast. Check out openings and apply online today at careers.twomenandatruck.com.

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The dos and don’ts of office Halloween celebration: A guide to ensure you don’t scare your coworkers away

Written by Rachel Christine

Halloween is just around the corner, and we’re here to give you the dos and don’ts when it comes to celebrating at your office. We want to make sure you have fun, but don’t scare your workers away with your love of festivities. Involving yourself with your office’s Halloween activities builds morale and offers a chance to become closer with your colleagues – after all, office friendships increase employee job satisfaction. So we’re here to prepare you for one very exciting day during the year while making sure everything stays appropriate. Who said Halloween is just for kids anyway?

Dos:

  1. Up your attire! If your company is participating in dressing up this year, go ahead and express yourself by throwing on one of your favorite costumes! A wig or cat ears are great ideas that are generally acceptable. Just make sure you aren’t going overboard. Your company wants you to have fun, but the office dress code doesn’t disappear just because it’s Halloween. Confused on what to wear? Check out this site for plenty of office -appropriate ideas!
  2. Did someone say food? No matter your title, consider bringing in a bite to share with your coworkers. Whether you spent the night prior channeling your inner Betty Crocker or picked up a bag of Twix on your way to work, your teammates will appreciate the treat. Plus, who doesn’t like free snacks? If you do bring treats, remember that food allergies are on the rise so be prepared to alert coworkers of any common allergens in your snacks.
  3. Get up and decorate! Help your colleagues when they’re setting up the cobwebs and plastic spiders throughout the office. If your company allows it, consider even adding a few decorations to your desk. This shows everyone you enjoy being involved, and it’s great way to bond with coworkers while celebrating the holiday.
  4. Have fun! Even if you’re swamped with work, try to spend at least five minutes engaging in conversation and having a few treats. People wouldn’t go through the trouble of decorating and bringing in snacks if they didn’t want their coworkers to enjoy them. Halloween is a great opportunity to spend time with others and enjoy yourself!
  5. Ask for advice. If you’re not sure what’s appropriate in your office, don’t hesitate to ask your supervisor. Many workplaces allow dressing up and decorating your workspace, but make sure to stay in line with the norms at your company.

Don’ts:

  1. Be disruptive: Halloween and decorations go hand in hand, but festivities shouldn’t get in the way of normal business operations. Depending on your office, your desk may include a small pumpkin or a jar of candy for your coworkers when they walk by, but loud sounds or flashing lights are generally a no. Blocking communal areas with large decorations is going to irritate the people around you as well. Keep the animated lurching werewolf and spooky soundtracks at home!
  2. Ignore your work: How easy would it be to spend the entire day wandering from desk to desk, chatting, and seeing who brought the best treats and decor? It may be tempting to avoid your desk on a day like this, but remember the real reason why you’re there. Also, don’t treat customers more casually than other days due to the festivities. Answering the phones with candy shoved in your mouth may turn customers away. Keep it professional!
  3. Ignore your team: Don’t be the person hiding in their office through the entire day because they aren’t amused with the festivities. Halloween may not be everyone’s favorite day of the year, but showing that you’re trying to be involved with your office will help you get to know others better and be part of the office culture.
  4. Question your costume: If you’re wondering whether the costume you’re wearing is appropriate for the office, it’s probably not! Don’t take any chances. Stray away from anything that takes the risk of offending someone. Keep it politically neutral, and don’t involve anything religious. Make sure your costume doesn’t prevent you from doing your job and always show your face!

 

Looking for a career opportunity with a company who takes having fun seriously? One of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s core values is “be your best and have fun” and strive to live out this core value daily! Take the first step in joining our team by applying online at careers.twomenandatruck.com.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s 2017 summer intern program comes to a close

Written by Rachel Christine

The time of the year has come to reflect on our outstanding interns who joined the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family over the summer. As the summer season recently came to a close, so did our internship program, where we said goodbye to our 19 energetic interns who joined us this summer. Whether they’re staying nearby and attending Michigan State University or heading out of state, we wish our interns a successful school year.

Each year, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® welcomes around 20 interns into their Home Office headquarters in Lansing, Mich., to join our various departments these young professionals have interest in. Whether it’s finance or IT, they’re given the opportunity to experience the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® corporate setting. This is not your typical “filing, go get coffee for your coworkers” kind of internship.

When asking these interns what they were grateful for during their internship, many expressed gratitude for the projects they were given. They felt they had many important tasks throughout the summer and that the company continuously improved their work ethic by moving them forward professionally.

“My summer with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has given me real world experience in the marketing field that allowed me to gain skills and insights that will benefit me in my future academic and career endeavors,” said Caitlyn Laidler, marketing intern who supported the Mt. Pleasant, Mich., franchise location.

Similarly, IT Intern Abi Thurman said her experience was a positive one because it left her thinking outside the box.

“Out of all of my internships, I am particularly grateful to this one because I think it has pushed me to grow the most.”

Not only did these interns appreciate the projects they completed, they were also thankful for the teams they worked with. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has established a set of core values that we live by which makes the work atmosphere excellent. Everyone is welcoming and feels they can ask a question when they need help. Mobile IT Intern Jacob Faustyn explained to us how the core values influenced his internship.

“I had an absolute blast. I am beyond grateful for the infrastructure team for welcoming me into the department and really taking the time to teach me things. I owe a special thanks to Technology Implementation Consultant James Silvers for all that he did for me over the summer,” Faustyn said. “In the midst of the busy season, he never hesitated to take the time to explain something to me or help me with my task at hand. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is an unbelievable company that stands on even better values. I learned so much and created so many friendships that I am forever grateful for.”

Our interns attend various colleges throughout the country and told us how their internships at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® helped them determine if their major was the right choice.

“Before I began my internship, I was unsure whether or not business was the path for me. I can honestly say that after the first week I have never been so sure of something. Hearing the executives speak so highly of the company, its employees, and internship program was inspiring,” said Jared Klann, business analyst intern. “Being surrounded by people who believed in me and wanted to see me succeed made the experience even more memorable. The position I held put me in new situations that required me to juggle many things at a time, but I believe it helped me grow as a person and realize what my true strengths are. The opportunity to intern at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has been a blessing, and is something I will bring with me and cherish for the rest of my life.”

Many of our interns joined the team for the first time this summer, but others joined us for a second or even third summer this year. Returning interns often receive the opportunity to experience a different department their second time around. This way, they are able to see several different sides of the corporate office and what keeps us running. Stephen Jacobson was here at Home Office for his second summer and interned with the human resources systems and payroll department after working as a business intelligence intern last year.

“My summer has been great at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® in being able to work on the payroll team where I learned a better understanding of the laws and roles of payroll to a business,” Jacobson said.

Some interns may also have experienced interning in or directly with a franchise, like Jason Bergeron.

“I learned a lot about how a franchise works from the business side, opposed to me learning about the franchise from the moving side last summer. I also enjoyed seeing so many people from different pathways coming together and working hard,” Bergeron said.

No matter what department, everyone here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® did their best to provide a great experience for our interns. From weekly lunch and learns where they were taught information about LinkedIn or interview tips, to intern events where they networked with other companies, we provided them the opportunity to grow as young professionals.

“Working in training and development, I was challenged with the task of reaching out to many different teams within the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system which helped me get out of my comfort zone really quickly,” said Hannah Barasko. “Whether it was setting up meetings with team leads and managers or answering phones for the front desk, everything I’ve done this summer has helped me grow individually and professionally.”

While this time of year is particularly sad with saying goodbye, we hope to see familiar faces around the office next year by welcoming back some of these interns. They dedicated hard work the past several months and stayed motivated the entire time. We thank every one of our interns at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and can’t wait to see what they do next!

 

Interested in a new career path? TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has great opportunities in many national locations. We’re looking for inspired individuals with experience in the fields of general labor, customer service, marketing, and more! Apply here today careers.twomenandatruck.com.

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Introducing Human Resources Intern, Rachel Christine!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s summer internship program brought 19 young professionals to our Home Office in Lansing, Mich., to learn and work on projects in key areas throughout the company. One intern who made a great impact in our human resources department is Rachel Christine! Rachel supported recruiting initiatives and generated careers content, including writing many of the blog posts we’ve published here this summer, and continues to support the team this fall.

Tell me a little about yourself.

“I am a senior this year at Michigan State University, finishing my degree in business and Spanish. I’ve always desired to work in today’s corporate business world, and have studied Spanish since I was young, so I’m very happy to be finishing college with these two degrees! I’m originally from Chicago, Ill., and moved to Saugatuck, Mich., several years ago. Saugatuck is extremely fun in the summer, but it’s also very small, so I definitely miss living close to a big city. Before my internship, I completed a nine-week program in Valencia, Spain, where I finished my Spanish degree in a university there. I feel very confident in my ability to speak Spanish, and would love to eventually incorporate these skills into my job one day.”

What main projects are you working on during your internship?

“I interned with the human resources department this summer and continue to work in the areas of recruitment marketing, corporate writing, and interviewing. One project I’ve worked on is recruitment brand content generation. For example, I interviewed our interns for our Moving People Forward® blog just like this! I’ve also assisted our company in developing ways to stay competitive for talent through forward-thinking and research. Posting recruitment ads and developing knowledge of the recruitment software TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® uses is a huge part of my internship as well! I’ve had an interest in human resources for a while, so I’m very lucky to have an opportunity to intern with this department – especially for a large company!”

What’s your favorite thing about your internship?

“My favorite thing is how TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has a clear goal of developing their interns into young business professionals. Whether it’s learning how to execute something in a specific department or being trusted with an important project, the people within this company are constantly doing what they can to help you improve professionally. This is definitely not the typical filing documents or fetching coffee internship. For example, you receive your own cubicle, laptop, and monitor! You sit in on meetings and conference calls and receive real-life projects that are actually important to the company. They set up weekly presentations throughout the summer for their interns to learn how to be competitive and marketable within our specific fields, presenting anything from improving our LinkedIn profiles, learning a perfect handshake, or providing exceptional answers in an interview. The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family truly cares about their interns, and that’s something I’ve noticed since day one!”

If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?

“If I could do anything right now, I would love to move to Dublin, Ireland. I visited this summer, and it quickly became my favorite place in the world. The people were great and I loved the weather. One of my favorite things to do is travel and it’s only a quick plane ride to many other exciting countries in Europe when departing from Ireland. If I wasn’t going to move, I would at least love to spend an extended duration of time there and bring my family and friends. Coincidentally, one of the four countries TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is located is in Ireland as well!”

What’s next for you?

“First, the most important thing is graduating in the spring. One of my goals includes staying on the Dean’s List for my last two semesters at Michigan State University. I will most likely be spending the next several months applying to and interviewing with different companies. I would love to eventually relocate back to Chicago and live in the city for a few years, so I hope to find a company to build my career with in that location.”

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?

“When I was abroad, I had the opportunity to travel to a different country each weekend. I was able to see Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy, Ireland, and The Netherlands. However, the one place I’ve always wanted to travel to is Africa. I’ve seen excursion groups advertising camel rides through the Sahara Desert, which is something I would really love to do. I’ve also always wanted to do a real-life safari and stay in a safari lodge while there.”

 

Rachel’s adaptability and willingness to tackle new projects has been invaluable to the team, and we’re happy to have her! Thanks for being part of the team, Rachel!

Interested in developing your career with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? View open positions and apply online today at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

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GETTING TO KNOW BUSINESS ANALYST INTERN, JARED KLANN

Written by Rachel Christine

Internships through TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® allow our students to receive a better understanding of the field they would like to further their career in. They develop more than just skills through the various tasks and projects they must complete throughout their time here during the summer – they also develop an understanding of their future career paths. Many interns within our company are learning they do enjoy their fields of study and are on the right track toward a career. For example, meet Jared Klann! He’s a student at Western Michigan University and his summer internship allowed him to realize the business world is the right choice for him!

Where are you from?
“I’m from Charlotte, Mich.! It’s not too far from our Home Office in Lansing.”

What’s your major and why did you choose it?
“I’m leaning toward a degree in marketing because I love the idea of collaborating with others about ways to build up a company’s name by utilizing different outlets such as advertising and social media. Having the opportunity to spread the word about something I support excites me, and would be very rewarding. I strive for the innovation and constant progression that marketing shoots for. I also like how with marketing there are no limits, and that it is encouraged to think outside the box.”

What do you love about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?
“What I love most about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the people and how the company operates around its core values. I have met some of the friendliest and most genuine people while working here, and I am so blessed to be under their direction. There has never been a time where I did not feel welcomed or supported in whatever it is I was working on. I also believe the way the company operates around its core values is a major reason why it is such a success. Numerous people have told me that working here has been the highlight of their career, and I can’t help but think to myself how lucky I am to be here.”

Describe what a typical day is like in your internship?
“I usually organize designs for our daily software updates or modification requests made by franchisees and other employees of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. I also arrange meetings with other departments called joint applicant designs, or JADs. There I get my questions answered that I have regarding updates to the system. Every day I have meetings to attend to where I listen and take notes pertaining to one of the projects I’ve been assigned and show the designs I’ve been working on. For example, right now I’m working on many different potential designs for the homepage. Other times, I complete projects for infrastructure and other areas of IT. I also document and create more accurate quick estimate cubing trends, which is how the company measures for moving. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® gives us real life projects that are actually helping the company which makes me feel important here.”

What’s the greatest thing you’ve learned so far in your internship?
“I’ve learned so much, but one of the greatest things has been how everything is a balancing act here. Each department can affect each other, especially in the business world. I’ve also learned how far a simple conversation can go.”

What are you hoping to accomplish this summer?
“I’ve already accomplished so much by determining if business is the right environment for me. Before this internship, I debated business and medical occupations. However, through my time here, I’ve learned that business is exactly what I’m looking for.

What are your goals after the internship is over?
“My goals include applying to more internships and getting as much experience as I can within the field of business in order to get an idea of how other business work since I’m sure they’re all different in their own way. I would also like to graduate with honors.”

Where do you see yourself in five years?
“I really hope I’m able to stick with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® because I love it here. I also would love to move anywhere on the west coast.”

 

How great is it that these interns are becoming more confident in their majors through TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? Our company does our best to make these trainees great employees one day. We’re glad to have you on the team, Jared!

Interested in moving your career forward with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? Apply online at one of our nationwide locations today careers.twomenandatruck.com.

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WELCOMING BACK OUR RETUNRING INTERN, DEREK TUBBEN!

Written by Rachel Christine

The summer internship program recently wrapped up here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, and the Home Office family welcomed many new interns to learn the ins and outs of a business setting. While it was the first time for many, others continue to return each summer, such as Derek Tubben who interned with us back in 2015 and joined us to learn with a new department.

Tell me a little about yourself.
“I’m 22-years-old and from Okemos, Mich. In August, I will be entering my final semester at Michigan State University, where I have been studying finance through the Broad College of Business. When I’m not working, I’m usually spending time with family and friends. I enjoy traveling, reading, watching movies, and spending time out on a lake. I’m very laid back and typically go with flow. My friends are similar in that sense, so we’re always finding or coming up with new things to do.”

What was your dream job growing up?
“I don’t know if I ever had a dream job as a kid. I never wanted to be a doctor or fireman or anything like that. I definitely went through phases where I would idolize people within certain professions, but mostly, I think I was content just being a kid and doing whatever made me happy at the time.”

What brought you back to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for another internship this summer?
“Last summer, I worked at a small, family-owned and operated financial boutique and it didn’t take me long to figure out that it wasn’t for me. I learned a lot of valuable information, however, I enjoy working in a very collaborative environment surrounded by people. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® offers exactly that plus I love the people here, which makes it easy to come into work each day. I also like the variety of tasks that I’m given. So far, I’ve created the Department of Transportation (DOT) and fleet safety best practices playbook, researched and created a document describing the steps needed to move household goods into Canada, and with the help of fellow intern Christian Fairbanks, developed a spreadsheet that assists in determining DOT compliance improvements that can be made. I’m most proud of that spreadsheet – the compliance team has already started using it to determine which franchises can make improvements!”

What was your greatest takeaway from your internship last year?
“When I worked here two summers ago, that internship was my first experience working a ’professional‘ job. I learned more about what I wanted do, what I like, and what I don’t like about certain things while working in the office. I had the opportunity to learn from some truly incredible and intelligent people, which was priceless. I also met a lot of people I consider friends, which made working here that much better.”

What are you hoping to learn at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® this year?
“I really enjoy learning about what goes on behind the scenes of a business. I like learning about how to improve a business that is struggling, and as boring as it sounds, I’m fascinated by laws and regulations. The compliance team has been nothing but helpful. Honestly, they’ve taught me more than any one person probably should know about DOT compliance.”

If you could have any job at Home Office for a day, what would it be?
“I would want to trade places with my manager, so I could be her boss for the day. She usually keeps me focused and on a straight line, which is good for me because I can be a handful, but it would be interesting to see how it would be when the tables are turned.”

What’s next for you?
“First, I need to find a full-time job or get into an MBA program. I would be more than happy with either one, if not both of those happening in the near future. After that I would like to backpack around Europe. Other than that, just living day-by-day and enjoying life.”

We are pleased to welcome Derek back to the company this summer and are excited to see what the future has in store for him!

If you’re interested in moving your career forward with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, apply here today careers.twomenandatruck.com!

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INTRODUCING OUR NORTH CAROLINA FRANCHISE INTERN, JACK!

Written by Rachel Christine

Here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we have interns working at our corporate office and various franchise locations across the country to gain experience in their fields of study. These interns bring creativity and additional knowledge to our teams, just like Jack Mishra has been doing in Durham, N.C.! Jack is originally from Lansing, Mich., so he knows the area of our Home Office well and has been familiar with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® from a young age!

What school do you go to and what are you studying?

“I’m entering my sophomore year at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill! My major is management and society, which is an interdisciplinary of business and economics, and some psychology as well. My parents are both business professors, so I’ve always been interested in the world of business. So far, I’ve taken economics and marketing classes, but I’m looking forward to the rest of what I’ll be studying as well. Growing up, I’ve always been involved in business, such as buying and reselling lacrosse equipment, and much more.”

What interested you in working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

“At first it was a family connection to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® that interested me, but during my first year at UNC, I saw a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® booth. I walked up and mentioned my local connection with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® International and how my family has used the service for all the times we’d ever moved. From there, I thought about the summer ahead and began discussing a possible internship. Knowing the history of the company and what it stands for, I couldn’t have looked for a better place to grow as an intern.”

What do you love about your internship?

“The main thing I love about my internship is the sense of family that has been fostered here. I was quite nervous showing up the first day, but I know now that I had no reason to be. Everyone has been so willing to teach me what they do and their mindset behind what they do. I have not just been shown new skills, but also taught how to use them.”

Tell us some interesting things about working at a franchise location for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

“A franchise location has the benefits of feeling like a small business, but has the connections and foundation that Home Office provides. The company’s core values are prevalent, but don’t feel forced whatsoever. Additionally, Franchisees Les and Brooke Wilson also own the Raleigh franchise and two other franchises down in Atlanta. So the work I’ve done has not only created results for Durham, but three other locations as well.”

What are some of the main projects you’re working on?

“I work all over the office. I worked a lot in the marketing department at first, but am primarily involved in operations, and have spent time working for human resources and sales as well. I’ve went to on-site move estimates, helped run booths at events, played in a golf tournament on the franchise’s behalf, and created marketing and social media projects. I have created a manual for the franchise’s tablet program as well. I also do pretty much whatever operations needs of me on a daily basis, and help with customer relations. I’ve worked all around the franchise, which has been part of the fun of it all.”

If you could speak another language, what would it be?

“One language I would want to speak would be something like Latin, because a lot of other languages are rooted in it, which would make learning them easier. It would be interesting to speak a language that few other people in the world speak.”

What’s your favorite activity outside of work?

“My favorite activity outside of work is either exercising or making my own music. I play lacrosse, and do my best to play at least a few times a week. I also lift six times a week, and try to get sprints in multiple times a week as well. I also make my own electronic dance music in my free time.”

What do you recommend to an incoming intern?

“I recommend being open about what you do during your internship. Coming into mine, I made it known I wanted to work in as many areas as I could, and doing so has very much paid off. I’ve received great experience in multiple areas of the franchise, and it has allowed me to further determine what I want to do in the future.”

 

Jack has had a great opportunity experiencing not just one, but several departments within TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®! He’s been a key asset, and we wish him well in his future endeavors!

Looking to move your career forward with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? Nationwide opportunities are available now at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

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SAY HELLO TO HUNTER BLOCK, SECOND YEAR TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® INTERN!

Written by Rachel Christine

With 18 interns at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Home Office this summer, we were very lucky to have had several interns returning for a second summer, and one of those returning interns is Hunter Block! Hunter is a junior this fall at Cedarville University in Ohio, continuing to study Spanish and global business while developing a better idea of what he wants to pursue as a future career. This year, Hunter got the unique experience of building off of what he worked on last summer. Welcome back, Hunter!

How has your internship this summer been different from what you did last summer?
“I am actually working in the same department as last year, which is the operations department.  A lot of the things I am doing are pretty similar, but I am learning some different sides of the business, which is really interesting. It’s awesome to build on the things I learned last year and become more knowledgeable. This summer, I’ve been designing and drafting a best practices playbook for storage and portable storage. I also worked on the playbook for college storage, and am currently working on writing one tailored toward employee culture and motivation. All of these will be distributed to franchises that want more information in those areas. I’m also completing an analysis of our main competitors in portable storage and containerized moving.”

Being a returning intern to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, what do you recommend to other interns?
“Something I would recommend is trying to get to know the people around you. As somewhat of an introvert, it is something I struggle with a little, but it is definitely worth it. I have met so many amazing people here and formed relationships that will last a lifetime. Everyone at Home Office is so kind and helpful, so don’t be shy to ask questions and get to know people. “

What made you want to return to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?
“I really liked the work environment here. There is never a dull moment, and the office is pretty lively. I have been to other businesses where that just isn’t the case, so it makes TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® a very special place to work. The projects that are given to the interns are almost always important, which gives us really good exposure and experience that interns at other companies may not get.”

What are you hoping to accomplish or learn through your internship this year?
“One thing I am hoping to learn is how the different departments in a business interact with each other. I got a taste of it last year, but it is something that I have been paying more attention to. I think it’s important to know and understand for anyone wanting to work in a company. I have already learned so much, and I’m sure that it will help me in my career someday. “

What’s next for you?
“I am currently going into my junior year at Cedarville University. I have one more class until I finish my Spanish major, and I am starting to take the bulk of my classes for my international business major. I’m just hoping to learn more, travel, and find out what I want to do some day.”

 

We are so glad Hunter spent a second summer interning with us at Home Office. Thanks for your contributions, and for being part of the team!

Are you interested in moving your career forward? Opportunities are available at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations nationwide! Apply online at careers.twomenandatruck.com

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MEET OUR TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® COLUMBUS INTERN, VICTORIA!

Written by Rachel Christine

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® offers several young professionals the experience to understand how a business operates through internships at our corporate office and many local franchise locations. Today, we’re introducing Victoria Basinski, who is an intern with the human resources department at the Columbus, Ohio franchise. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Victoria!

Tell me a little about yourself.

“I’m from the Cleveland area and will be a senior this fall at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.  My major is in supply chain management with a minor in communications. I chose my major because I love learning about the different processes that a company goes through in order to get a finished product or service. I recently added a minor in communications because I’ve learned that I love the human resources field as well. With human resources, I feel like I’m making a difference within a company and also for my co-workers. I have especially grown even more passionate about it this summer after working here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. In my free time, I love spending time outside and practicing yoga.”

What interested you about the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® internship program?

“I was very interested in all of the different core values put in place to ensure a successful and pleasant work environment. Once I saw The Grandma Rule®, I knew this was a place I wanted to work for and represent. Another core value is integrity, and our General Manager Steve Barton is the epitome of a man with integrity. He sits down with all of the new hires and talks to them about his real-life experiences in order to help guide them and show them he cares about them and their experience here as a mover. Our franchise is also always giving back to the community. For example, for the month of May we were collecting items for mothers in need through our Movers for Moms® program. Every day I walk into work, I know my coworkers are there to greet me and support me throughout the day.”

What are some of your main focuses during your internship?

“The main focuses of my job are related to hiring and recruiting new employees. I present weekly orientation classes, hold first interviews for perspective hires, and do daily tasks to recruit for our company. These are very crucial tasks that are important for the day-to-day success of our company. My daily tasks of recruiting include processing applications from prospective employees and reaching out to them via phone call in order to set up interviews. I also do recruiting out of the office by advertising different ways that we are hiring.”

What is the most important thing to you that you’ve learned so far through TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

“I have learned so many things this summer, but one thing that really stands out to me is that every individual has a story. When you’re working in human resources, you really need to take a step back and listen. I have seen managers stop whatever they were doing to listen to an employee and truly help them in any way they can. It has been so great to work with people that truly care about their employees.”

What do you recommend to an incoming intern?

“For a new intern, I would recommend asking questions and working hard at everything you are doing. It is very important you do your best and also try new things, as getting out of your comfort zone helps you learn.”

What’s next for you after the internship?

“After my internship, I am heading back to school to finish my senior year at Bowling Green State University. For my senior year, I want to continue to work hard and enjoy my last two semesters. I’m involved in quite a bit on campus, including being a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority on campus, and participating in Bikes for Tikes for Children’s Miracle Hospital for two years. I plan to make this my third year of biking 180 miles in three days to support Miracle Children all over the country. This organization is very important to me, and I want to help it succeed in any way that I can. My plans for after graduation include taking the LSAT and preparing for law school.”

 

We are excited to have Victoria helping one of our franchise locations this summer! Her positive attitude and drive to achieve her goals make us a better team. Thanks again for all of your hard work, Victoria!

Don’t forget we have new, nationwide opportunities opening daily! Apply today at careers.twomenandatruck.com.

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