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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® … Full of Interns! Meet Gracie Wolfman and Katie Peterson

It’s hard to believe the summer is more than half-way over! The summer interns at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®‘s Home Office have been working hard on their projects and preparing to wrap up their experiences in their final presentations. This talented group of students have been immersed in their respective departments from operations to HR, and still have a lot to learn in their remaining time here. Gracie Wolfman and Katie Peterson are two interns working in the marketing department. Let’s meet them!Gracie and Katie with puppies

Gracie Wolfman

This coming fall, Gracie will be a senior at Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C. She is majoring in business with a concentration in marketing, and has played lacrosse for Catawba for three years. Gracie is originally from Texas, but lives in North Carolina while attending school. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Gracie!

Tell me a little about yourself.

Gracie picI like to play lacrosse and hang out with my nieces and nephew. I love the beach and anything to do with water. When I’m on the water I love to go boating with my family and hang out in warm places; being from Texas I’m used to warm weather.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be an ambulance driver. I always thought they were cool and I was always curious to know who they had inside and where they were going when I saw one.

What does a typical day at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® look like for you?

I write headline stories and communication plans for the company intranet system, The Hub, and take part in different meetings the marketing team has, so I can learn as much as possible about what they do. I also talk to franchisees and team members in the franchise system to gather quotes and information for The Hub. I work on events and campaigns, too. There are a lot of different things involved in my job on a daily basis.

What do you like most about working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

Everyone I work with is really nice and enjoyable to talk to. My manager Hannah is very helpful and has taught me a lot so far. There are many parts to my job and she is always willing to help me when I have questions. It’s always fun in the office, too; everyone likes to have a good time while they work.

What has been your biggest challenge this summer while working here?

I think the specific position I have is a challenge because it’s a lot of writing, which is not one of my strong suits. Editing and writing are huge parts of my job, so that’s a challenge that is helping me improve overall. There are a lot of things I needed to know as background information before I started, too, but after I understood more about the way TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® operates, it was a lot easier.

If you could do one job at Home Office for a day, what would you do?

Probably one of our franchise marketing specialists’ jobs, just because you get to visit different franchises and help them and their marketer become successful with what they are trying to accomplish. It’s very hands on.


 

Katie Peterson

This fall Katie will be a junior at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. She is studying organizational communication with a minor in studio art. Katie is working at Home Office this summer alongside four other interns in the marketing department. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Katie!

Tell me a little about yourself.

Katie picI have two sisters, my twin and my little sister. I enjoy playing volleyball and drawing, although when I don’t have time to do either of those things, or I’m feeling lazy, I watch Netflix. I just recently started watching the TV show, The Office. During the summer I love going to my parents’ cottage in Farwell, Mich., for bonfires and boating on the lake.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Honestly, I never had a “dream job”. I always thought I would just figure it out when I got older. The only thing I knew was I wanted to wear a pantsuit.

What does a typical day at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® look like for you?

I usually have a meeting or two throughout the day. Between those I work on writing blogs and content for social media, whether it’s for the corporate page or for franchises. Depending on the week, my other tasks vary a lot. Right now we are running a social media contest so I help my manager monitor and promote it to our audiences. I also interview people to feature in our internal monthly newsletter called Home Office Happenings as well as my blog articles. It really depends, but it’s always something different and exciting.

What do you like most about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

I love the atmosphere and the attitude of the team members. People have so many opportunities to further their careers here, and I think because of that employees really take pride in their jobs and what they do every day for the company. I also love how willing our managers are to give us important projects and assignments, I don’t think many employers would assign some of the projects I work on to an intern.

What has been your biggest challenge this summer while working here?

The most challenging part I think has been taking on the personality and voice of the company in my content and writing. I am so used to using social media and writing for school with my own voice behind it, but writing on behalf of a company is a whole different task.

If you could do one job at Home Office for a day, what would you do?

I would love to have our graphic designer Kristen’s job. She gets to be creative all day long and she works on some pretty great projects for the system (although I would also have to get her Photoshop skills along with the job for that to work).

Both Katie and Gracie have positively contributed to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand and culture with their hard work and creativity. We love having you two here, and can’t wait to see more great things from you!

Want to move your career forward with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? Opportunities are available now at locations nationwide. Apply online today at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® … Full of Interns! Meet Hunter Block and Stephen Lipshaw

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Written by Katie Peterson

Each summer, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s corporate headquarters in Lansing, Mich., hosts a group of interns looking to further their careers and learn a little bit more about their perspective fields of study. Our program pairs each intern with a manager in the department of their choice who assigns them projects and teaches them all they can in their short, three months together. This week, we are introducing two interns from the logistics department, Hunter Block and Stephen Lipshaw.

Hunter Block

Hunter is heading into his sophomore year at Cedarville University in Ohio. He is studying Spanish and global business. Hunter hopes to work overseas someday and use his Spanish-speaking skills in his career. This summer he is working in the logistics department at Home Office. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Hunter!

Tell me a little about yourself.

Hunter picI enjoy lifting weights and playing sports like soccer and golf (I’m probably better than my brother, I hope he doesn’t read this). I have an older sister and two younger brothers. I also enjoy traveling and have been to Europe, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Peru. I would love to continue traveling in the future. I really like camping, too, especially if it’s by a lake.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a personal trainer when I was younger because I am really into health and fitness and lifting weights. I thought it would be a rewarding experience to help other people meet their goals.

What’s your favorite thing about working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

Meeting and hanging out with all the other interns is really fun, everyone is pretty cool. I really like the other employees here, too. The environment here really separates TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® from other companies. They are very intentional to make sure their employees have fun. It’s great to see how much they really care about the customers and meeting their needs and expectations, and it is obvious why they are one of the top moving companies in the country.

What’s something you want to be known for?

I want people to see me as being compassionate and helpful. If someone needs me, I want them to know I will be there to help.

Is this your first internship/how did you learn about it?

No, this is not my first. I had an internship last summer at my family’s company, Block Imaging, in the marketing department. I learned about this internship through a friend who was an intern here last year and had a rewarding experience.

What does a typical day at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® look like for you?

I come to work in the morning, usually I check my email and work on whatever I have assigned for that day. My projects so far have included organizing data and working on processing for the Value Flex long-distance moving service.

Thanks so much for everything you are doing to help TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® this summer, Hunter! Your work ethic and great sense of humor help make Home Office a great place to be.


Stephen Lipshaw

Stephen is going to be junior at Michigan State University this fall majoring in applied engineering sciences with a concentration in supply chain management. Stephen is working in the operations/logistics department at our corporate office this summer. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Stephen!

Tell me about yourself.
Stephen L picI am really big into sports. I love the Detroit Red Wings and most MSU athletics, especially basketball and football.  Traveling to France is on my bucket list. Humor is a big part of my life. If I got up in the morning and didn’t laugh all day long, then why did I get up?

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be an NBA player for the Detroit Pistons. Preferably number 32.

What is your favorite part about working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

I like the environment, it’s more relaxed than a typical office. They treat you like an actual employee here and not just the stereotypical “intern” getting coffee. What I think separates TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® from other companies is the atmosphere, specifically how friendly and welcoming everybody is.

What’s something you want to be known for?

I want to be known for making everyone’s day a little bit better every day.

Is this your first internship?

Yes, this is my first internship. Actually Randy (President of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®) was giving a presentation at one of the groups I’m involved in at MSU and he asked if we all had internships. I did not have one at the time, so he pulled me aside after his presentation and told me about this opportunity. I applied with his recommendation and here I am.

What has been your biggest challenge this summer while working here?

My assignments are pretty hard. I’ve been working on the newly introduced Value Flex long-distance moving service, which provides long distance moves in 16 ft. portable containers at an affordable cost. It is a challenge, but it’s very fun. It’s great to be challenged by a summer job. For my past summer job I worked at a quick-serve bakery and my only challenge was figuring out how many pastries I could take home at the end of the day.

What does a typical day at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® look like for you?

I get here at 8 a.m., and really every day is different. I like it though because routines get boring for me.

Stephen’s great attitude about life and his ability to be challenged by the new opportunities that come his way are assets that greatly impact us here at Home Office. Thank you for everything you do here, Stephen!

Are you a college student interested in moving your career forward? Summer opportunities are available at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations nationwide. Apply online today at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

 

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® … Full of Interns – Meet Tristan Bolas and Mickey Davis!

Mickey and Tristan

Written by Katie Peterson

This summer TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Home Office is hosting 20 interns from various colleges and universities. These interns are learning all they can about their respective departments and the moving business, in addition to utilizing their skills to help us Move People Forward®. Mickey Davis and Tristan Bolas are two interns who are working in a very unique capacity – supporting both Home Office and implementing best practices at the Lansing, Mich., franchise. Let’s meet these two!

Tristan will be a junior this fall at Elmhurst College in the Chicago area studying business administration. He is working in the operations department at Home Office and helping out with the training and coordination of frontline movers and drivers at the Lansing franchise. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Tristan!

Tell me a little about yourself.

Tristan picI have two older siblings, a brother and a sister. I really enjoy hanging out with my friends and golfing when the weather is nice. I like pretty much any kind of music, and I enjoy playing music on my guitar. I love food, too! It’s hard to pick a favorite food but I really like sushi and Panda Express (especially their orange chicken).

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a veterinarian because I grew up on a horse farm and there were vets at our house a lot. I thought it would be a cool job to work with horses every day.

What would be your dream job?

It sounds cliché but I eventually want to own my own business, maybe even open a franchise at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

What is your favorite part about working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

I would say the people and the environment. Everyone is so friendly and helpful. I also think it’s awesome to see people move up in the business and hear employee success stories.

What is it like seeing the movers in action?

I was a mover in 2014, so it’s interesting to see the other side of the business and how much actually goes into it. I see what the managers go through and I have more appreciation for them than I did as a mover.

What is something you would like to be known for?

I want to be someone who can be trusted and depended on for things to be done the right way. I think it’s important for people to know I can do the job right.

With his experience as a mover and passion for the company, Tristan is a great addition to our team for the summer. We look forward to hearing more of the great things he will accomplish!


Mickey is heading into her junior year at Michigan State University with a double-major in psychology and human capital and a minor in leadership organizations. She is working in the human resources department at Home Office and the Lansing franchise this summer. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Mickey!

Tell me a little about yourself.

Michelle picMy family is really important to me, part of which is my little brother, Sam, who was adopted from Korea. I work a lot, as I have a job at the MSU museum and I work as a crisis counselor in addition to this internship. I like to read when I have free time, mostly mystery and case solving books. Also, I played guitar for 10 years until I graduated high school.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a ballerina. I went to one class at the YMCA and I was messing around on the bars in the studio and I got yelled at by the teacher. I never went back after that.

What would be your dream job?

To do research in industrial and organizational psychology. I want to work with the diversity and hiring practices of different companies. I think this opportunity at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is a great stepping block for me in order to get to the place I want to be.

What is your favorite part about working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

I like the environment and the people; you can tell the employees all live by their core values in every part of the business. I think this is such an important part of business.

What is it like seeing movers in action?

I like being involved in the front line of the business. I’m working on a really fun employee development project right now where I’m creating additional ideas to motivate movers as we care about them and want to be supportive as they grow and move up within the system. It’s such an interesting project to see how everything works and the steps the movers and drivers go through.

How does this experience change how you view the moving industry and/or TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

I never really thought about moving as a business before. Now I know how stressful moving is and how much is really involved in the business, especially because I work at the Lansing franchise and see the work that makes the business what it is.

What is something you would like to be known for?

I want to be known for helping people in their jobs to be and do their best, and also just helping them to be happy in general.

Mickey’s positive personality and passion for helping people has been very beneficial to the Lansing franchise and the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family. We look forward to seeing her continue the great work this summer!

Want to move your career forward with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? Opportunities are available now at locations nationwide. Apply online today at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

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Workplace Tips: Keeping office attire professional during the summer months

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Written by Chelsea Leser

In addition to sky-high temperatures and burgers on the grill, summer months bring along a change in wardrobe. Navigating what to wear in the office during the summer can be a tricky balancing act between maintaining a professional image and staying comfortable. For those whose jobs don’t have a set uniform, follow these simple tips to refine your professional wardrobe this summer.

If you would wear it to the beach or gym, leave it at home.

This is a great test to determine if an article of clothing is suitable for work. If you’ve lounged in it at the beach or it’s part of your regular work out attire, it likely doesn’t belong in your office rotation. For shoes, flip-flops are a summer favorite, but a more structured shoe is best for the office. Wedges or flats are great for ladies, and men can opt for loafers or dock shoes. Similar for tennis shoes, which are great for basketball but can squeak on office floors and the casual style makes them look out of place in most offices.

Attire2Layer for comfort.

Heating and cooling systems are not always perfect. Many buildings have areas that are cooler than others, and require wearing layers to minimize discomfort. Layer a sweater or blazer over a light shirt to stay warm, and this also allows the chance to remove the outer piece if you head outside. Win, win!

Ask if you’re unsure.

Some companies have a written dress code and communicate it well, and others require a bit of investigation. Before donning a questionable outfit, note what others wear and clarify any questions with your supervisor or HR department; they will both be happy to help. Asking questions is key, as many workplaces have some aspects of the dress code that you may not expect – for example, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Home Office allows staff to wear shorts on jean days, provided the shorts are of an appropriate length and cut.

Always remember …

When choosing what to wear, always keep attire clean and free of stains, wrinkles, and holes. Utilize a local tailor or find a reputable dry cleaner to maintain suits and professional separates.

 

Ready to put these tips to work with a career change this summer? TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is hiring! With over 300 locations nationwide and opportunities ranging from entry-level to franchise ownership, we’re sure to have the right fit for you. Apply online today at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® … Full of Interns! Meet Rachel Pasch and Monica DeVries

  Written by Katie Peterson

Monica and Rachel pic+Each summer the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® corporate office hosts an internship program in which students are offered the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of our company with specially designed project plans and assignments. Interns have the chance to work in various departments from marketing to IT, and many in between. This summer at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, interns Monica DeVries and Rachel Pasch are sharing more than the names of your favorite Friends characters; these two are taking on the accounting department here at Home Office! Let’s meet them!

Rachel will be a senior this year at Olivet Nazarene University with a major in accounting and a minor in non-profit management. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Rachel!

Tell me a little about yourself.

Rachel picI like running and am actually training for my second marathon right now. My first was the Chicago Marathon and I ran with a group of people from my school called World Vision that helps communities in Africa gain access to clean drinking water. I also have a younger brother who is going to school to be an airspace engineer.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be an art teacher for a while, and then I realized you had to know how to do more than color and paper mache. Then when I was in middle school I wanted to be an administrative assistant because I thought that sounded fun.

What is your favorite part about working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

I love how friendly everyone is. All the people I’ve met here are natural-born teachers and are so willing to take time from their work to help me learn. It seems like everyone genuinely wants to help you if you need it.

Is this your first internship?

I used to work at a non-profit called Hope Center. This is a food pantry and one-stop shop for many human services to aid individuals and families who need it most.

What has been your biggest challenge this summer while working here?

It’s a challenge balancing a 40 hour work week and taking a class, all while maintaining a social life. I think working out a balance with everything is probably the most difficult so far.

What does a typical day at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® look like for you?

We usually spend the first two hours of the day checking email and responding to changes in audits, system orders, and franchise financial reviews. We also respond to incoming franchise requests. They give us a lot of work to do, and there is always work that needs to be done.

Thanks for everything you are doing for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Rachel! Your hard work-ethic and support of our core mission of giving back are great assets to our company,


Monica DeVries

Monica is heading into her junior year this fall at Michigan State University with a major in accounting and a minor in economics. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Monica!

Tell me a little about yourself.

Monica picI like spending time with my friends and family, especially hanging out on our family’s boat. I am in a sorority, and my friends and I go to many different events for charity, or other fun outings such as apple picking or the zoo. I really enjoy traveling, too. My senior year of high school I went to Peru with my Spanish class and we visited Lima, Lake Titicaca, the floating islands, and a ton of other great places there. I also enjoy dominating people in euchre.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

My mom tells me that when I was about two-years-old I wanted to be a mailbox, a flag, and a tree. But after I grew out of that I wanted to work with animals and become a vet or park ranger. Then in high school I wanted to join the Peace Corps.

What is your favorite part about working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

I like that I sit in the middle of my department and all of my supervisors sit around me so if I ever have a question I am surrounded by people who can help me in no time.

What’s something you want to be known for?

I want to be known for being a really positive person.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge while working here?

I think juggling my internship, school (I’m taking 10 credits), and my social life. I think this is a common challenge for many of the interns this summer.

What does a typical day at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® look like for you?

Each week Rachel and I alternate between auditing and accounting. We assess franchises and put all their information together in files. We also do financial reviews and respond to incoming requests from franchises. All the work we do is important for the company, and it makes it fun for us.

We are looking forward to all the great ways you will contribute to our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family this summer, Monica!

Interested in moving your career forward? Summer internship opportunities are available at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations nationwide. Apply online today at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

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