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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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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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BECOME ACQUAINTED WITH OUR NEW INTERN, JACOB FAUSTYN!

Written by Rachel Christine

No two days for the interns at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Home Office in Lansing, Mich., are the same. Whether they’re starting a new project or taking part in a “lunch and learn” seminar, our company is constantly striving to make them future leaders of the corporate business world. Jacob Faustyn is an intern who has joined us this summer with a desire to work within business management, and we are excited to introduce him!

What’s your major and why did you choose it?

“I am a business management major, attending Hope College in Holland, Mich., where I’ll be a junior this fall. I chose to study business because of the possibilities it gives me. On top of that, business is something that is always growing, which has always intrigued me. I love expanding and evolving my network, working with others, and solving problems that hinder growth. A business degree would put me on a career path that would allow me to do all of those things.”

What’s your main focus in your internship?

“My main focus is to get the feel of the information technology and infrastructure side of a business. With the way technology is expanding in today’s society, being proficient in technology would greatly benefit my future and my future career. I have been interested in technology since a young age, but have hardly scratched the surface. Working with the infrastructure team has allowed me to see a side of business and technology that I have never seen. While my focus lies on helping the team with whatever I can (setting up tablets, reimaging computers, and helping with whatever else possible), I have also focused on learning as much as I can about the field.”

What’s a typical day at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for you?

“A typical day puts me at the office at 8 a.m. I log into Outlook, catch up on some emails, and then I get to the task that presents itself for that day. I love working in the infrastructure department, because I am always working on something new. Rarely do I ever work on the same thing over and over, so I am always on my toes and ready for the next challenge. I sit in on meetings and calls with the technology implementation consultant and I get to experience all the work he does for the office.”

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

“If I could travel anywhere, I would probably visit Southern Italy and the Amalfi Coast. I have seen pictures of it, and it looks absolutely beautiful.”

What makes an internship through TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® so great?

“Ultimately it is the people here that make the internship so great. From the first day, everyone has been beyond helpful and welcoming. The internship program through TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is one of a kind. The program helps us grow and develop skills we wouldn’t otherwise. They give us a chance to see a thriving corporation in action, and that gives us a great perspective of the workforce. From the networking events to the “lunch and learn” meetings, the internship program here is very rewarding.”

Where do you see yourself in five years?

“It’s tough to look five years down the road and tell you exactly what I want to do, but I do know I want to get my MBA following the completion of my undergraduate program. I couldn’t tell you where I want to live or what I want to drive, but I want to enter the business world with enough experience to land myself a career where I can continue to grow. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has given me an amazing experience, and I am forever grateful for that!”

 

We have so many talented interns working throughout the office every day, and it’s great to be a part of a community where so many people desire to keep learning more! We can’t wait to see what the rest of this summer brings!

Interested in working with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? Get your application in today at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

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GETTING CREATIVE WITH IT INTERN ABI THURMAN!

Written by Rachel Christine

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® interns are offered many opportunities throughout the course of our summer internship program. From networking events to “lunch and learn” seminars, our interns experience the ins and outs of the business, and get to learn and gain skills within their chosen fields.

Meet Abi Thurman! Abi is one of our very creative interns here at Home Office in Lansing, Mich., and currently interning within the information technology team helping create graphic designs.

Tell me a little about yourself.

“I’ve been studying graphic design for years and have had a love for art my entire life. In high school, I began spending time at a career center where I did graphic communication for two years. I received an internship doing graphic design for my church, and shadowed under a very talented woman there. I’ve been interning at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for several months now, and it’s been everything I have hoped for and more! I hope to be here past this summer.”

Where are you from?

“I’m from Marshall, Mich., so I drive about an hour to and from work each day.”

What was you dream job growing up?

“When I was younger, I really wanted to be an astronaut. However, when I realized I needed to become more realistic, I dreamt of being a vet. When I learned all of the duties that being a vet entailed, I began getting involved with activities dealing with art. Graphic design was the perfect answer.”

What interested you in TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

“My dad has worked here for some time now, and is always talking about what a great company it is. Plus, the work is right up my alley. For example, I’m currently doing the artwork for a mobile game we are introducing: Mini Movers Who Care. I am also in charge of designing icons and logos for different applications. This summer, I’ve mostly been creating the artwork for Mini Movers Who Care. I have the opportunity to develop the designs and seek input from the management team to verify that they will fit into the game correctly.”

What’s a typical day like for you?

“A typical day consists of me getting into the office at 8 a.m. and reviewing the day’s meetings. I spend the day designing and talking with my coworker who codes the game. We work together to make sure my designs will correlate well. There’s always material to be created, so I’m never running out of things to do throughout the day. My favorite thing about this internship is that I’m able to do what I enjoy here and exercise my creativity in a work environment, all while making a career out of it.”

Some of the work Abi has been working on for the game, Mini Movers Who Care

Where do you see yourself in five years?

“I see myself doing graphic design full-time in five years. I would love to be here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® working my way up in graphic design. I would eventually like to try web design as well. I like how web design is a mix between graphics and coding, and coding is something I’ve always taken interest in. One day, I would love to move across the country and live in Washington. The weather in Washington is great, and makes everything looks so green. I think I could really enjoy myself in Washington, however I need to establish my career first.”

If you could have any job at Home Office, what would it be?

“I wouldn’t want any other job than mine! I’m really enjoying what I’m doing, and learning exactly what I’ve always wanted to. One of the greatest things I’m learning is how to use Adobe software, because it’s going to help me further my career. I’m also learning all the inter-mechanics of different programs we work with, which has taught me so much through this internship as well.”

What’s next for you after this internship?

“While I’m not exactly sure what’s next, I hope to turn this internship into a career. I hope I’m hired into a full-time job here doing graphic design. If not, I hope to find an opportunity as good as this internship has been so far!”

Having creative minds is what keeps our business going. We are so happy to have you, Abi!

Interested in moving your career forward with an internship at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? Apply online today at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

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WELCOME CAITLYN TO TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

Written by Rachel Christine

While many TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® interns are working within our Home Office in Lansing, Mich., others have the opportunity to work directly within a franchise! One intern currently taking this route is Caitlyn Laidler! Caitlyn will be a senior this year at Central Michigan University, and is extremely dedicated to the business world. We interviewed her in order to get a better idea of what she is up to in her role and what happens inside a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise!

Tell me a little about yourself.

“I graduated from Haslett High School in 2014, which is not far from Home Office! I am now beginning my senior year of college, and am majoring in integrative public relations and minoring in recreation and event management. This summer I am working as the marketing intern at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Mt. Pleasant, Mich., franchise location.”

What was your dream job growing up?

“For a very long time I wanted to be an interior designer. That eventually changed to an event planner, which is what I began to study my freshman year at CMU. However, I changed my minor to event management, and made public relations my major because I felt it would be more employable. I have always enjoyed creating relationships and meeting new people, so it’s a perfect fit for me!”

How did you hear about the internship through TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

“My mom, Sherry Campbell, is the franchise marketing manager at Home Office, and she urged me to apply for this internship. I’m really glad she did!”

What’s your favorite thing about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® so far?

“I love that I feel like part of the team and not just an intern. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has a really awesome atmosphere and set of core values and is a company I am really proud to say I work for.”

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

“I have always wanted to learn American Sign Language. I’m not really sure why, but it has always been of interest to me, and I’m actually taking an introductory course next spring at CMU.”

What do you recommend to an incoming intern?

“My advice to an incoming intern is to not be afraid to make mistakes. Owning your mistakes and improving upon them is the best way to learn!”

 

We’re lucky to have Caitlyn to the team this summer, and glad she is able to experience working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® through eyes of a franchise! This company offers very unique opportunity in order to make our trainees to the best of their abilities. We’re so glad to have you, Caitlyn!

Interested in continuing your career with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? Apply today and see how you can begin your experience with our company at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

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SAY HELLO TO MARKETING INTERN, CATHRYN!

Written by Rachel Christine

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we welcome interns from all over the country! One of our summer interns is Cathryn Armstrong, who is joining us all the way from Seattle, Wash. She’ll begin her junior year at Michigan State University this fall, and has a serious interest in graphic design and social media marketing in businesses! We interviewed Cathryn to talk about her internship and how she plans to use the experience she’s gaining in the future.

What’s your favorite thing about where you’re from?

“I’m from Seattle, Wash., and my favorite things about it are how beautiful it is and what it has to offer. There’s the city, countryside, ocean, and mountains all within a 30-minute drive!”

What are some of the main things you do throughout your internship?

“For my internship, I work closely with the graphic design specialist and video and animation specialist to generate content for the marketing team. I make a lot of social graphics, ranging anywhere from happy holiday designs to promo items for social contests or cause marketing campaigns. I also record, edit, and produce short videos for social media. They are mostly tutorial videos for moving tips, but some are fun, DIY crafting videos!”

Why did you choose TWO MEN AND A TRUC for your internship?

“I chose TWO MEN AND A TRUC because of the great culture, impressive history, and exciting growth within the moving industry.”

What is the greatest thing about your internship?

“The best part about my internship is that I’m getting hands on experience in areas I’m really interested in, such as graphic design and social media marketing.”

If you could have any job here at Home Office for a day, what would you choose?

“If I could have any job here at Home Office, it would most likely be Dawn Kroeger’s job. She is the marketing and communications director and oversees the marketing department, including local franchise marketing, public relations, lead generation, social media, graphic design, and internal communications.”

What would your “perfect” day be?

“My perfect day would be back in Washington where I would go on a long day hike in the North Cascades and end with a cookout and bonfire with my family and friends.”

What’s next for you?

“Next for me is finishing up my junior and senior years at Michigan State University and then hopefully finding a marketing job somewhere on the West Coast!”

 

We love having a group of interns from various parts of the country to bring a different perspective and add to the welcoming atmosphere at TWO MEN AND A TRUC. We’re so happy to have you, Cathryn!

Looking to begin your career with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? Many opportunities are now available nationwide on our website. Apply here at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® … FULL OF INTERNS! MEET JASON BERGERON!

Written by Victoria Trosko

We are just over halfway through summer, and the interns at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Home Office in Lansing, Mich., are hard at work. While continuing to learn about the company and gain experience in the professional world, they are also living out one of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s core values: be your best and have fun!

Continuing with our intern blog series, meet Jason Bergeron! This fall, Jason will be a junior at Hope College in Holland, Mich., where he is studying business with a minor in communications. A former mover, Jason has joined us this summer for his first internship, working with the operations department and supporting both Home Office and the Lansing, Mich., franchise. Although his official title is “Move Execution Intern”, he likes to refer to his position as “The People’s Intern”.

Tell us a little about yourself.

“I enjoy being outdoors, and I especially like to golf and go fishing. In the summertime, I love going up north with my family, my girlfriend, and my dogs, Walter and Peaches. I have a twin brother, however many people don’t think we look very much alike. I am also an avid collector of Super Trucks® Collector Cards. It’s the little things in life.”

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

“Aside from checking emails, scanning job sheets, and assisting with morning dispatch, every day is different. A lot of what I do is helping people where it is needed. Some days I will run boxes or supplies out to a customer’s home, jump on a move, help Operations Manager Brycen Sorber move storage crates, or assist General Manager Jordan Smith with putting Value Flex® containers away.”

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

“The movers and drivers. I really enjoy working with the guys and getting to know them. I have made a lot of new friends this summer through this internship.”

When you were a little kid, did you know what you wanted to be when you grew up?

“I first wanted to be a comedian until I realized I didn’t have enough jokes to be a comedian. I then wanted to be a UPS driver, but I think that job would be too stressful. I’ve never been good at delivering things, especially punch lines.”

If you could have any job at Home Office for a day, what would you want to do?

“If I had to choose any job right now, I would want to work at the front desk for a day because I love seeing new people and talking to them. When I get older and gain more knowledge, I can entertain some other spots.”

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

“I would want a superpower that allowed me to read any book really fast and memorize it instantly. That way I could speed through an algebra book and just know everything. I’m not sure if that’s really a superpower, but I would like it!”

 

Jason’s experience as a mover and passion for helping people have been huge assets to both the Lansing franchise and the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Home Office family. Thank you for everything you do, Jason!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® movers use quick thinking to prevent potential wildfire

Written by Erik Sargent

To be considered a Move Hero in the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system, you must go above and beyond the call of duty and make a difference, doing anything from taking extra care of a customer, to giving back to the community or being supportive during a difficult time.

For movers Sam Silsby and Elijah Salazar of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Albuquerque, they went above their normal job duties and added a new chapter to the never ending story of great Move Heroes for our brand.

On the evening of Monday, July 3, Silsby and Salazar were completing a move and having a friendly conversation with the customer after a long day in the brutal New Mexico heat. As the two were conversing with their customer, they noticed a nearby neighbor running away in a panicked state, and the two immediately noticed what was causing the commotion – a spreading fire.

“The neighbor came running out of her house looking upset,” Silsby said. “She then said to us ‘there’s a fire in my backyard’. So we instantly sprang into action and thought of what to do.”

Due to the dry climates in the western region of the country and the extreme temperatures, wildfires are a serious issue that causes extensive damage. Every year, you see multiple wildfires wipe out large chunks of land, forcing families to evacuate their homes while the fires wipe out forests, neighborhoods, and towns.

Silsby and Salazar have both known people who have suffered damages from wildfires, and knew they had to act quickly to stop a potential spread. They immediately broke down their options on how to put it out, and acted to stop the situation from escalating.

“First, we tried using the fire extinguisher, but it wasn’t getting the job done,” Salazar said. “We then started covering it with dirt because smothering a fire will put it out. So, the plans we discussed were starting to work. We were just thinking that we needed to get this fire out quickly, or it could spread and cause serious damage.”

The two worked in an efficient manner grabbing shovels and throwing dirt onto the spreading fire, and were able to put it out just before firefighters arrived on the scene. This brave act by Silsby and Salazar shows the kind of individuals TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is proud to have on the team- people who act for the greater good of everyone.

“Sam and Elijah are great employees,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Albuquerque general manager Dylan Southward. “They are always positive and always willing to go above and beyond with helping the team and customers. They both work great together as a team. Their communication was on point, and they both know how to deal with any situation.”

Without the quick thinking and decision making displayed by these two, who knows what damage could have been caused by the growing fire.

The two were just glad to help out in any way they could, and they try to live by the company core values each and every time they are out on the job proudly representing our brand.

“Being a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® mover or driver means always caring,” Silsby said. “We strive to make sure there are no damages on every move, and that the customer is satisfied with the service. We already help others in need by moving them. Doing this was just another way of helping someone in need.”

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