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Getting involved this Veterans Day

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Written by Chelsea Grzegorczyk

Veterans Day is just around the corner, and many of us are preparing to give back, reach out, and reflect in honor of the courageous men and women who have served our country. Whether you’re a veteran or you know someone who is, consider opportunities with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®! From giving back to those in need to career growth and development, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is dedicated to supporting our nation’s heroes. Read on to learn more!

Movers for Military

movers-for-militaryThe brave veterans who supported and defended our country deserve our support in return. Through the Movers for Military program, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises nationwide partner with local schools and businesses to collect essentials for veterans living in shelters during Veterans Day. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that 39,471 veterans are homeless on any given night, and items such as towels, bedding, and clothing can provide comfort and warmth to our veterans.

To get involved in Movers for Military, connect with your local Movers Who Care® today. Collections are ongoing and will wrap up soon, with items donated to veterans in need on Veterans Day.

Franchise ownership

Through military service, members develop qualities such as perseverance, leadership, and the ability to work well under pressure. The qualities are a great foundation for business ownership, and becoming a franchisee with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® offers veterans opportunities for financial independence and community involvement, and the chance provide employment opportunities to other veterans and active duty service members.

As a member of VetFran, an initiative of the International Franchise Association geared toward helping veterans become business owners, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® offers a 10% discount on our franchise fee to assist veterans and their spouses in becoming franchise owners. We also offer extensive training opportunities to learn the ins and outs of franchise ownership, and a support network of Home Office staff and other franchisees to aid in business development and growth.

Check out our website to learn more about becoming a franchisee, and get started today!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® careers

For veterans looking for a hands-on job in a fast-paced environment, a career with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is a great fit. We actively seek to hire veterans, as their qualities such as dedication to team work and ability to strategize make for successful team members. Positions in operations, logistics, and business development may be especially well-suited for a veteran’s skill set.

Wondering how to start your career with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? Check out careers.twomenandatruck.com for openings. Applications can be submitted online anytime for locations nationwide.

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Why I Love Working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

Written by Emily Sham

The best places to work aren’t always the tech companies and start-ups with nifty perks like slushy machines and napping pods. Sometimes, the best places to work are just down the road, with a focus on community and unlimited opportunities for all team members. In the moving business, one company sets itself apart, and here are a few reasons why I love working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®:

Opportunities for growth, career advancement, and movement within the system
One of the best things about working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is that the opportunities are endless within the franchise system. Movers can become mangers, and even one day open their own franchise. I started out as the marketing manager for the Jackson, Miss., franchise and slowly began taking on more of a sales role within the company. I was soon promoted to the sales and marketing manager and oversaw our two customer service representatives, one in home consultant, and one assistant marketer. This all happened within a two-year span of being with the company. Moving towards my third anniversary with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we opened a second location in North, Miss., in which I temporarily moved and helped with the startup of that franchise. I focused on the sales and marketing, while still overseeing the Jackson office. Within three years I have advanced in my career and had the opportunity to help with a startup franchise, all while gaining awesome relationships all over the state of Mississippi.

emily5Opportunities to give back to the community
My absolute favorite part about working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is being able to give back to the community. Our franchises are constantly working with local non-profits in our areas and participate in Movers for Meals during the fall and  Movers for Moms® during the spring. At our Jackson franchise we are heavily involved in the American Cancer Society Tennis Classic, which is held in memory of our franchisee, Jeff Taylor’s, wife Becky. I have been the event chair for the tennis tournament since it started in 2014. We have had support from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises from all over, Home Office, as well as the founding family. This support for our local American Cancer Society really shows how great our system works together to give back. The chance to give back while I wear the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® name makes my job not only exciting, but rewarding on a personal level.

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Making a difference during a stressful time in life

When I was interviewing for the marketing position at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® three years ago, Mr. Jeff, our franchisee, told me moving was one of the top three stressors in a person’s life, along with a death and marriage. When the phone rings you never know the customer’s walk of life, or what they are about to unveil to you. I strive to focus on each customer with individual detail  to make them feel as if they are the most important person I have talked to all day. We have an “employee recognition wall” hanging up in our dispatch area, and there is a particular customer who we moved in February 2015 who wrote a very detailed email thanking everyone involved with his move.

In his email he wrote, “I decided to call the listed contact number from the website and had the pleasure of speaking with Emily. Emily explained the services TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® could provide, asked me questions about my particular needs, and offered suggestions to help make the move less painful. She was professional, engaging, courteous, and extremely helpful. I felt that she really wanted my business, and that she really wanted to help me out. She quoted me a reasonable price and told me she would also email me that quote within about 30 minutes. After hanging up and waiting for about half an hour, she delivered the quote on time. The quote was detailed and conveyed exactly the information we had previously discussed….

Larry, Eric, Emily, and Jonathan need to be recognized for their spectacular efforts to make my move seamless and pain free. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® was well represented by this fine team of professionals, and they should each receive recognition for doing an excellent job. From start to finish, each of these folks did their best and provided a high level of customer service and attention to detail. Taken as a whole, this team reflected positively on the business and your brand. Seriously, this is how a business should be operated!”

Customers who appreciate what TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® can offer them during one of the most stressful times in their lives is what makes this job so fulfilling.

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Being part of a larger system

I was two weeks into my new job with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® when I was sent to Home Office for Frontline Annual Meeting. I remember wanting to learn as much as I could about the history, the brand, and the basics of what the company was all about. It didn’t take long to realize the 100+ other TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® representatives were also there doing the same thing, with the same passion. I was able to meet Home Office employees and other marketers, customer service representatives, and managers in the system who I still have relationships with today. Working within such a large system allows you expand your reach much further than you could imagine. I also have been blessed to be able to attend a marketing training session at Home Office, as well as two Annual Meetings since starting with the company. To see how far the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system as a whole has grown in the three year span I have been with the company makes me really excited to see what the future holds.

emily3There is always something new happening
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s middle name should be “change.”  There is never a day that is the same as the last, but this is one of the best things about working here. I will admit I have personally laughed and cried to a customer, my boss, and a mover/driver before. I take a lot of pride in my job and sometimes put a little too much “passion”, as Mr. Jeff calls it, into whatever I am doing. The constant changes and the constant unknowns is what keeps me on my toes and makes the job exciting.

Lastly, my favorite thing about working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the relationships I have made throughout the years. From local business owners, to other employees, I have grown so much as an individual and I owe that all to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.  The staff in Jackson, Miss., and North, Miss., are incredible and they really make working here fun. When you walk into our offices people always say they feel like we are having too much fun, and that is because we are. We have some of the best employees  who love what they do and make where we work a fun place. I also have to give TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® credit for introducing me to my husband! If I wouldn’t have accepted the marketing position three years ago I wouldn’t have met my husband and I wouldn’t be awaiting the arrival of our little baby. I cannot wait to introduce little Taylor Marie Sham to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system and how much this company means to her daddy and me.

 

emily1Emily is a Sales and Marketing Manager for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations in Jackson and Horn Lake, Mississippi. As part of her role, Emily especially enjoys chamber events and meeting people, and everything related to community involvement and holiday events.

Ready to make a career move? TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is hiring! Check out open opportunities and apply online today at careers.twomenandatruck.com.

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Creating great culture through community involvement

Written by Chelsea Leser

Cultivating a positive workplace is imperative to business success. Emphasizing culture enables companies to have tenured, happy employees, which leads to satisfied customers and business growth.  TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Home Office often combines two core values to achieve this goal. By fusing “be your best and have fun” and “give back to the community”, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® enlivens employees while giving back. Here are four ways we make this happen.

Create a team

The most successful community efforts in the workplace are those driven by the team members, rather than by management. Create a team to encourage and promote efforts, and ask people from all different teams to join. The community engagement team at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Home Office organizes fun activities throughout the year which benefit local charities while cultivating engagement in the workplace. Since this team represents all different departments, members are able to gather feedback from the whole company on what people enjoy doing or would like to see in the future.

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If there’s a community initiative your staff absolutely loves, make sure to bring it back year after year. Movers for Moms® is one of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s annual community support programs which gathers personal care items for moms living in women’s and family shelters. The greatest part about this program is that it is centered around Mother’s Day so mothers in need can feel loved and valued through a difficult time. The teams at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® are enthusiastic about this program and have grown its success tremendously. This year, locations were able to help thousands of moms living in shelters, thanks to the dedication of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® team members  and those in the community.

Think outside the box

When we think of “community involvement”, events such as charity jeans days or blood drives often come to mind, but getting creative will cultivate excitement. For example, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s CEO Jeff Wesley is participating in the annual Dapper Dads event in Lansing, Mich., which raises money for Women Working Wonders, a charity that supports women’s health. To get everyone involved, the community outreach team at Home Office created a very unique raffle. Each vote a team member casts earned them a raffle ticket to enter to win one of 13 different prizes. Allowing team members to designate each vote to a prize of their choosing has created fantastic buy-in and interest. This has also created friendly competition within the office, which has generated even more votes cast and money raised for a great cause.

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Get social!

Don’t forget about the influence and reach of social media. If there is an initiative you’d like to drive forward, share it! Get your team, and the community, involved by creating a contest. Each like, share, or comment can count as an entry to win a great prize. A charitable component could be added to this by allowing the winner to split the prize with a charity of their choice.

Are you interested in being your best and having fun while giving back to the community? TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is hiring! Positions are available from California to New York, and many locations in between. Apply online today at careers.twomenandatruck.com.

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Young professionals make a difference with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

Written by Chelsea Leser

Many young professionals want a workplace in which they can gain career development while having opportunities to give back to their community. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Home Office offers team members exactly this through our extensive partnership with Volunteers of America Michigan (VOA). VOA is one of the 12 charities supported through jeans day donations, and team members volunteer at the VOA’s community kitchen and serve food for those in need, monthly.

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Home Office team members who served lunch recently at the VOA.

Taking TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s support of the VOA one step further, last year, seven team members joined the VOA’s Young Pros group to expand upon our partnership and make a meaningful impact. The Young Pros group consists of about 30 young professionals from the Greater Lansing area and serves to take a proactive approach toward homelessness. The group’s core purpose is to be a model for change within the community and members volunteer, attend events, and advocate for the VOA and the community members they serve.

Recently, the Young Pros attended the VOA’s annual Homeless No More event. The theme of this year’s event was “All Walks of Life” as a reminder that homelessness can affect anyone. Home Office was proud to have 11 team members in attendance, including Young Pros members, Founder Mary Ellen Sheets, Executive Chair Brig Sorber, and CEO Jeff Wesley.

Franchise Marketing Specialist Nick Popoff attended the Homeless No More event with the Young Pros Group.

“The event really opened my eyes,” said Popoff. “It’s amazing how quickly good, hard-working people can find themselves staring down homelessness. It definitely helps to put things in perspective. I’m just grateful to be part of an organization and community that takes action on important initiatives like this.”

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Home Office team members at the VOA’s Homeless No More event.

“We have awesome leaders as part of our team and together, we build the brand every day and support the growing record success of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. That is important, but even more so, is the way we take this journey,” said CEO Jeff Wesley. “We achieve this success with people who live the company core values, give back, and volunteer their time in the communities we serve. Striving to impact something more than oneself, making a difference in others’ lives, is true leadership. I’m so proud of our people and all they do to impact people in need and move them forward.”

Young professionals at all TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations have opportunities to get involved with our community service campaigns such as Movers for Moms®, Movers for Military, Movers for Meals, Movers for Mutts, and Truckload of Warmth. Movers for Moms® is our biggest annual campaign, and team members are able to make a difference by developing relationships with community partners, collecting donations, and delivering donations to make Mother’s Day special for moms living in shelters.

Are you looking for a career that helps you give back and also move forward in your career? TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has job openings available nationwide! View job openings and apply online today at https://careers.twomenandatruck.com/.

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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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Making an impact on Mother’s Day

Movers for MomsWritten by Chelsea Leser

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® employees interact with customers every single day. And that makes for the perfect opportunity to create a lasting impression. Countless TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® team members go above and beyond customer expectations, just like we saw in our stories from Wilmington and Atlanta. In addition to this, we also provide the opportunity for all team members to make an impact and give back locally through various TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® programs such as Movers for Moms®.

Movers for Moms®  is our annual initiative that helps bridge the gap between TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and the community and brings together individuals, groups, and businesses to help moms nationwide. This program seeks to celebrate moms and make their lives easier and days brighter by gathering donations for women staying in local domestic abuse or homeless shelters just in time for Mother’s Day.

Every mother deserves to be celebrated with a gift or moment of gratitude, regardless of their situation. This program allows us to recognize those women who may not be recognized without our support. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has many amazing women in key leadership roles, and this is a special way in which we pay it forward.

Jeremy KingMovers for Moms®  is a great way for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, as well as its employees, to help give back to mothers in need,” said Jeremy King, operations manager of the Lansing, Mich., franchise. “Each year TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® partners with shelters and schools to help mothers in need before Mother’s Day. I have worked for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for more than six years now and enjoy participating in this every year. I love being able to help others in need, and this is one way to be able to do that by giving back to the community and supporting one of our core values.”

Movers for Moms® is a unique program because it looks a little different at each location. Locations who are located in rural areas or just recently opened their doors for business may team up with only one community partner, whereas, locations who have been longstanding community members, may have various collection partners and recipient shelters. Some franchises have 5k races, dinners, events outside, booths set up, and many other tactics to get as many donations as they can to help women in need.

Since each shelter’s needs differ, the items that are in high demand will vary from location to location, but popular donations include pillows, blankets, hygiene products, and basic clothing items. If you’re interested in donating, please contact your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for a complete list of requested gifts.

Movers for Moms 2In 2014, Movers for Moms® donated over 220,000 items to moms in need across the country. We’re collecting items now, and with the dedication of our teams and support from our communities, we hope to top this record and help even more moms in 2015!

Want to learn more? Follow Movers for Moms® on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest Movers for Moms® news and updates.

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