Monthly Archives: June 2015

Interns Who Care – Ashley Henderson

Written by Corinne DeVries

Ashley was born in Lansing, Mich., and has lived there her whole life. As a child, Ashley developed a strong interest in swimming and decided to try out water polo in middle school. At that time, there wasn’t a water polo team at her school, so she got together with the athletic directors of Haslett and Williamston schools to put together a program for water polo. She also started co-ops for the swimming program at Lansing Christian by getting the athletic directors on board.

During a water polo tournament in California, she was recruited to play at Grove City College (GCC) in Pennsylvania. GCC is an academically challenging school which was a selling point when she made the decision to attend college there, and study entrepreneurship

Ashley1Tell me about yourself.

Ashley: I’m 21 and have two siblings, a 19-year-old brother, and a 14-year-old sister. The three of us are extremely close, we’re a really tight knit family. We all like to swim and bike. My parents are more like my friends than parents, we get along very well. Both of my parents are really supportive of me.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Ashley: In my free time I like to hang out with my friends and family. I also enjoy reading when I can, but it’s hard in college. I do like to work out when I’m not in season for water polo. I enjoy going to Zumba classes and I like yoga and Pilates.


Have you had a human resources internship before?

Ashley: No, this is my first one! I am enjoying it a lot so far. I have been learning a lot about policies, payroll, and how human resources varies from company to company. It has been a fantastic experience.

What made you want to intern with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

Ashley: I went to high school right across the street so I always heard about what a strong company TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is. I love the entrepreneurship aspect and I loved their story about how they built it up from basically nothing. I’m looking forward to learning more about what they’ve done.

What is your favorite part about interning at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® so far?

Ashley: My favorite part of the internship so far are the meetings with various departments. All of the interns are able to meet with executives throughout the company and talk about how all the different facets work together. I also really enjoy the culture, everyone is so professional but also really relaxed and I think that’s very unique.

Ashley2What are you looking to get out of this internship?

Ashley: I’m looking forward to learning and gaining skills in HR that would be applicable in my career. Also learning about how the corporation works. I’m hoping this internship helps me narrow a direction on what job I’m going to want in the future.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Ashley: Hopefully employed. I’m looking at jobs in North and South Carolina, Pittsburgh, Michigan, just wherever God leads me. I want to be moving up in my career, hopefully happy, and maybe even married!


If you could have one superpower, what would it be? And why?

Ashley: I’d want to fly, because I always have dreams about flying and it’d be a freeing experience.

If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be and why?

Ashley: Harry Potter because if he was real, who wouldn’t want to eat lunch with him?! I love Harry Potter. I’ve read all the books and I love the movies. I think it be cool to meet him or even the author of the series, J.K. Rowling.

Ashley is a super positive and motivated individual. She is supportive and ready to help with whatever task needs to be done. We are very excited to have her on the human resources team this summer!

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Interns Who Care – Jason Daman

Written by Corinne DeVries

Jason is an intern at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® in the marketing department. He is originally from Holt, Mich., and graduated from Holt High School in 2013. Jason played baseball, tennis, and hockey in high school. This fall, Jason will begin his junior year at Michigan State University with a major in marketing.

Jason DamanTell me about yourself.

Jason: My parents are extraordinary people. They’ve been a big part of helping me grow as a person, and have always been there and supported me. I have a younger sister, Abby, who is a junior at Holt High School. She’s pretty cool. I also have a dog, Champ. He is a five-year-old golden retriever who loves to play Frisbee. Every summer we go up north and visit Traverse City, Mich., or Mackinac Island, Mich. The peanut butter fudge is my favorite!

What do you like to do in your free time?

Jason: Recently, I have picked up running. I love how it frees your mind. I also like to hang out with the boys and chill. I love watching a TV show, Entourage. It’s extremely entertaining.

What made you want to intern with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

Jason: My dad was the one who told me about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®‘s internship program. I looked into the internship more and found TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is a great company. There are quite a few people that work in this office, but you have the ability to communicate with upper-level management easily. You get every advantage of a big and small company in one. It’s also interesting to look at how a franchise company is run. How there’s a corporate headquarters and hundreds of franchise owners throughout the system.

What is your favorite part about interning at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® so far?

Jason: So far it’s being in a good atmosphere. I’m also looking forward to video projects I’m working on with the other marketing interns for our final presentation. There’s always work to be done, so I’m always busy.

What are you looking to get out of this internship?

Jason: Gain experience in marketing and working with a group of people in a real work environment, not just in a classroom.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? And why?

Jason: Read peoples’ minds, because then I could always be one step ahead of everyone at all times.

Jason2If you could have lunch with any one person, who would it be and why?

Jason: I want to say Walt Disney because he was a visionary, but I think I have to go with my great grandmother- Grandma Powers. I heard she was a great person. She had to take care of 13 kids, grew up in Tennessee, and lived on a farm out in the boonies. I’ve also heard she made good biscuits and gravy and I always wanted to try them!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Jason: I see myself being a millionaire —just kidding! I see myself with a stable job. I want to go out to California and/or get an internship with a movie studio like Paramount or something similar.

Jason is a hard worker and determined to make every project a success. We look forward to having him on the marketing team this summer and seeing all that he accomplishes.

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Interns Who Care – Ellie Muñoz

Written by Corinne DeVries

Meet Ellie!

Ellie is an advertising and public relations major at Michigan State University and transferred there after her freshman year. She originally went to Loyola in Chicago, but wanted to attend bigger school.

Ellie studied abroad in Rome and participated in a networking program in Los Angeles for a week, where she was able to talk to employees at advertising agencies, Warner Brother Studios, and Miramax, a movie production company. At MSU Ellie is involved in PRSSA— Public Relations Student Society of America— which is nationally affiliated with the Public Relations Society of America which connects with public relations professionals all over the United States.


Ellie MunozTell me about yourself.

Ellie: I was born and raised in Okemos, Mich. I have an older sister and an older brother. My older sister, Christie, has a 3 year-old-daughter, Allie. I enjoy returning home in the summer to visit my parents who live on a lake. My family has a lot of fun together and we enjoy boating, jet skiing, and having bonfires.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Ellie: I like to hang out with my friends and family. My family and I like to go on long walks together, which sounds really cheesy, but we’ll walk around the lake which is about eight miles. I also really like to babysit my niece. I’ll go to her dance classes and dance with her because she won’t go up by herself. When I have down time I like to write. Occasionally I’ll read but writing is my passion. I enjoy spending time outside, especially in the summer.

Have you had previous marketing internships?

Ellie: Yes, I had a marketing internship two summers ago, after my freshman year, at McLaren Health Center. I was their only intern for the whole hospital. I’m still in contact with my supervisor and boss who are helping me network.

I really liked my internship there. It was similar to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, in that everyone was accommodating and friendly. I was able to make mistakes and learn from them without feeling like I’d be scrutinized or judged for it. I got a variety of experience and attended different events while I was there. I wrote for their internal blog and helped plan for their 100 year anniversary.

What made you want to intern with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

Ellie: I was looking for an internship and Fran Sorber, an accounting assistant at the corporate office, reached out to me. She mentioned the internship to me and suggested I look into it a little bit more. Then I talked to Rocco, a human resources staffing specialist, who told me more about the internship program –the fact that there were a lot of college interns made it more appealing to enter the work place.

Ellie2What is your favorite part about interning at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® so far?

Ellie: I like that I get to write a lot. I’m also really looking forward to participating in many networking events. I like being out and about, I don’t like being in one place for long. I just like learning as much as possible.

What are you looking to get out of this internship?

Ellie: Even though I like to write, I want to become a better writer. I’m looking forward to learning as much as I possibly can in an actual work environment because it’s so much different than what you learn in a classroom. Having internships at great companies like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is extremely beneficial in your college experience.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? And why?

Ellie: Teleport, because then the world is mine. I could go anywhere in an instant. I could go to Europe or California in an instant and never have to pay for a plane ticket. Not to mention it also saves time!

If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be and why?

Ellie: My paternal grandma. She passed away before I was born. From all the stories my dad has told, he is a lot like my grandmother. She raised six kids in a three bedroom house, a room for the girls and a room for the boys. She was a real (butt) kicker. There is one story my dad likes to tell over and over from his childhood. My aunt and uncle were arguing about who was going to cook the hot dogs for lunch. Finally, they agreed my aunt would cook them, but she turned the stove on too high and it burned off her eyebrows and eyelashes. My dad was standing behind my grandma mocking her while she was yelling at the kids. Then, she turned around and clocked him on his head. He never talked back to her ever again.

I would love to meet her and see what she was like because I know my dad was really close with her. Her name is Sophie Muñoz. They moved from Mexico to Detroit. She is such a brave woman. I would like to know what it was like to leave everything and everyone behind. They had my first aunt and brought my great grandma.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Ellie: I hope I have a job working in California! After traveling abroad to Rome, I just want to leave Michigan. I want nice weather for most of the year. I’d also like Chicago if I couldn’t make the jump to LA. I loved the city, the school (Loyola) just wasn’t the right fit for me.

Ellie is a tremendous asset to the marketing team this summer. Her writing skills, go-getter attitude, and attention to detail makes her the perfect fit. We’re excited to see all that she accomplishes this summer!

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It’s that time of year – TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® internship program 2015

Written by Corinne DeVries

It all started with two men — Brig and Jon — and a truck — a 1966 Ford. These two brothers started the company by helping locals move. Little did they know, more than 30 years later, it would turn into a company with more than 320 national and international locations. With steady growth and continuous efforts to improve and standardize our processes, adding people to the team is a necessity. As TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® growth continued over the years, we would hire an intern here or an intern there as needed. In 2013, the official TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® internship program was launched!

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How did the internship program evolve?

Before the program started, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® only had accounting interns and maybe a few IT interns. Nowadays, at our corporate office, we have interns in various departments including marketing, finance, IT, risk management, accounting, human resources, and training and development. A focus is now put on formalized project plans and longer assignments the interns can work on and complete throughout their time at the office. Lunch and learn meetings are also new to the internship program which allow interns to meet with other departments in the building and understand the team’s role and how they support the franchise system. Although each intern will focus on one department such as marketing or accounting, it’s important to know how other departments support the system to understand the bigger picture. As a wrap up of the program, all interns also develop presentations which they give to the executive team on the projects they’ve managed and completed during their internship, along with what they’ve learned and their future goals.

What has made the internship program a success?

Creating a good environment for employees and interns is very important. The internship program has been successful due to the buy-in from the department managers who work with the interns to create a one-of-a-kind experience while they’re here. Creating a positive work environment and culture is very important to us. Having a positive personality and being a valuable team player is something TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® looks for which might explain why all of this year’s interns were discovered through referrals. Many of the interns TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has had, have returned to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® after they’ve completed their internship or graduated.

What do the interns do?

In addition to attending lunch and learns with different departments, our interns complete assignments from their supervisors and collaborate with their department to assist with additional tasks and projects.

This may sound like your typical office day, right? Wrong! No day at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is ever the same. Along with their assignments, interns enjoy participating in serving the community through various activities such as volunteering to serve lunch at the local Volunteers of America or lending a hand with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® sponsored golf outings!

What does the future look like?

This year we are fortunate to have nine awesome interns working at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® corporate office. We look forward to growing our internship program in the future as we continue to grow and need additional support in various departments. We are also hoping some of our interns will return next year or come back and work for us permanently. Options are endless at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and we love to move people forward professionally.

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Frontline staff are the face of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

truck2Written by Chelsea Leser

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, our movers and drivers are the face of the company. Most customers schedule their moves over the phone, so the first team members they meet face-to-face are their movers on moving day. In a lot of cases, this day can be stressful or overwhelming for customers. It is crucial that our movers understand and are willing to adapt to any needs that may arise. Movers have the opportunity to present the brand in a professional, respectable way, and make the customer’s day while doing so. Our most successful movers build a great rapport with customers and turn them into lifelong supporters.

Our new location in Pasadena, California, recently took a few of their team members to their local chamber of commerce gathering. There, Jose Sandoval, Sean Sidders, and Joshua Polanco represented TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® as a gainful employer and community supporter. Our Pasadena team showed how the frontline team can also make a difference when they pull a chair up to the table for discussions about community engagement.

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Sean, Jose, and Joshua at the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast

Jose reflected on this experience and said, “Having the opportunity to speak at the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce breakfast was a great experience. Seeing what goes on from the marketing side of the company was really cool. It was especially cool to see how helpful other companies can be to help spread the word on the outstanding service we provide.” Local chambers of commerce offer great opportunities to teach team members how local chambers operate and local businesses can benefit from being involved in their communities.

In addition to home and business moves, our team members are also instrumental in charitable endeavors. We donate moving, packing, or storage services to local groups in need. The support we have shown to the Indianapolis community by transporting special needs medical equipment, and the Lansing community by storing and moving community pianos are just two examples, and we’re constantly learning of new ways our teams have made an impact nationwide.

Without our movers, drivers, and frontline team members, none of this would be possible; there would be no one to coordinate and book every move, or drive the trucks and safely move items, large and small, for charitable causes, families, and local business partners.

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

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