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Meet Jason Swartz, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Pasadena intern

 Written by Erin VanPortfliet

As the summer continues to fly by, we are excited to introduce yet another intern at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Jason Swartz is interning this summer in the marketing department at our Pasadena, Calif., franchise, and recently graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in business marketing from Azusa Pacific University! Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Jason!

Where are you going to school and what is your major?

“I’m a recent graduate with a degree in business marketing from Azusa Pacific University. Following graduation, I started my Master of Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in organizational science through Azusa Pacific University.”

How did you hear about the internship?

“I first heard about the marketing internship through a friend of mine who actually worked for the Pasadena franchise. I also saw the internship position posted to the university job board and after taking some time to research the company, I quickly applied.”

Tell me a little about yourself

“When I’m not working or focusing on school, I enjoy anything that has to do with activities outdoors. I’m from Santa Barbara, Calif., which has crafted my love for surfing. On top of this, I love hiking, and this past summer I was able to hike Yosemite Half Dome, which was a lifelong dream of mine.”

What is your biggest take away from your internship so far?

“It is hard to pinpoint exactly one biggest take away. The thing that I have learned most in regards to the marketing internship is the amount of research and planning it takes to run a successful marketing campaign. With that being said, launching the campaign is just the beginning. Keeping up and tracking the success and areas of improvement are all aspects that I have had the pleasure of helping with during my internship.”

What are you hoping to learn or accomplish in your internship this summer?

“Growth each day would be the number one thing that I would like to accomplish. There is so much to learn that can help you grow when working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.”

What made you want to join the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® team this summer?

“There were a lot of reasons why I joined the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® team, the first being the core values that are listed on the company’s website. Seeing these made me very interested in the company. After taking some time to do research on the company and seeing the story behind the growth over the past 30 years, I wanted to be a part of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.”

What has been your favorite thing about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® so far?

“My favorite thing about working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has been the hands-on learning I have received from the day I stepped into the office. From the general manager allowing me to sit in on the team’s weekly meetings to the marketing manager allowing me to take on new tasks each week, the overall experience has been great.”

What’s next for you?

“Looking into the future and what is next, the first goal I would like to complete is finishing my master’s program. After that, I would love to one day move down to San Diego, where I can work and enjoy the beautiful city at the same time.”

There you have it, folks – another ambitious TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® intern that we are proud to introduce. Remember, we are nationwide with new opportunities opening daily! Check it out today at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

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Getting to know Anna Stephens, marketing department intern

Written by Ben Laverdiere

If you’ve been around TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s corporate headquarters in Lansing, Mich., recently, odds are you have noticed some new faces. This is because each summer, Home Office hosts a group of interns looking to advance their careers and learn more about their respective fields of study. As part of our intern blog series, we interviewed Anna Stephens, one of three interns in the Home Office marketing department.

Anna will be entering her senior year at Michigan State University this coming fall, where she will be finishing up her degree in marketing. Anna is a Michigan native, born and raised in Grand Rapids, Mich. Anna has been swimming competitively since she was 11-years-old, and now swims for the Michigan State University swim team. We are excited to welcome Anna to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family this summer.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
“When I was a kid, I wanted to be a professional swimmer. I started swimming at a young age, so that seemed like a fun lifestyle. “

What are you hoping to learn or accomplish during your internship this summer?
“I am hoping to gain a general understanding of how the different departments work together to help this company flourish. I think the communication and overlap between departments is interesting, and I’d like to learn exactly how this works.”

What is your favorite thing about working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?
“My favorite thing about working here is the welcoming community of employees. Everyone has been extremely helpful and accessible, and I really appreciate that.”

Can you describe what main projects are you tackling during your internship?
“Independently, I have written several blogs about various moving and home topics. I have also helped to review and revise the translation of the corporate website to Spanish. In addition, I have collaborated on numerous video projects with Cat, my fellow marketing intern. Together, we have made several craft DIY videos including the Halloween “boxtumes” craft that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® does every year. We also have completed instructional videos on the assembly of boxes, and other social media-oriented videos and projects requested by franchises.”

What does a typical day at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® look like for you?
“I can’t say that many of my days here have been terribly similar. I usually am working on a project that will eventually turn into a blog or social media post. “

If you could have any job at Home Office for a day, what would you want to do?
“If I could have any job at Home Office, I’d probably want to stay in the marketing department. I am fortunate to be in the department and major that interests me most, so I can say honestly that I am very content where I am.”

If you could travel to any country where would you want to go?
“If I could travel anywhere, I’d go to Switzerland. The pictures all look so beautiful and there’s so much to see there.”

We are excited to have Anna join TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for the summer with her energetic and positive attitude. There is no doubt that Anna will use her interest, knowledge, and fresh perspective to move our system forward.

Are you interested in moving your career forward with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? Opportunities are available now at locations nationwide. Check it out at careers.twomenandatruck.com! Enjoy your summer!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® welcomes legal intern, Christian Fairbanks

Written by Chelsea Grzegorczyk

This summer, the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Home Office in Lansing, Mich., is hosting 19 college students through our annual summer intern program. Continuing with our intern blog series, meet Christian Fairbanks! Christian is heading into his senior year at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, and this summer, he is joining us as a legal intern within the compliance department.

Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Christian!

Tell me a little about yourself.

“I’m from Columbus, Ind., and this fall will be my senior year of college. This will also be my fourth year on scholarship to play for the men’s golf team. I recently took the law school admission test, and plan to attend Michigan State University College of Law in the fall of 2018. I like to play beach volleyball, basketball, tennis, and golf. I also enjoy fishing, wakeboarding, wake surfing, and long-distance cycling. There aren’t really any sports I don’t like, but I also I love to read, learn, and make new friends. As a bit of background, I became an Eagle Scout when I was 17, and won the high school state golf championship when I was 18. I once went on a 12-day backpacking trip in the southern Rocky Mountains of New Mexico, and I have been playing piano since I was seven.”

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

“I try to get to the office a few minutes early so I can read the news online before starting the day. After greeting everyone for the day and having a cup of coffee, I usually continue a project I’m working on or start a new one. I also attend meetings and help with research. After work, I’ll head home or go practice golf.”

What main projects are you tackling during your internship?

“This summer, my main project is creating a user-friendly but dynamic spreadsheet to help Home Office monitor franchise compliance in various aspects of the business to ensure franchises are on the right track. I’m also organizing information on each location’s household goods tariff, reading and organizing contract agreements, and researching tax exemptions in each state’s tax code.”

What are you hoping to learn or accomplish this summer?

“I’d like to learn about the day-to-day duties and responsibilities of an in-house corporate attorney, as well as accomplish all assignments I’m tasked with that would add value to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.”

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

“I like that all the Home Office employees are extremely nice and helpful. I also like that I get my own desk, laptop, and computer monitor.”

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

“I wanted to be an aeronautical engineer. Airplanes used to, and still do, fascinate me. I used to want to design aircraft until I was 15. I found law to be more exciting when I started talking with my uncle who is a real estate attorney in Los Angeles.”

If you could have anyone’s job at Home Office for a day, what would it be?

“I would want to have Jeff Wesley’s job. I’d love to see his perspective as the CEO, and how he views the company as a whole. I’d also be interested in the types of meetings he sits in on and how he works with the other executives.”

What’s your favorite kind of ice cream?

“Death by Chocolate – it’s chocolate ice cream with chocolate pieces and fudge. It’s delicious!”

 

We’re excited to have Christian here this summer. His determination and positive attitude make him a great addition to Home Office!

Interested in starting a career with the world’s first and largest franchised moving company? Check out our careers site and apply online today!

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SAY HELLO TO HANNAH BAROSKO, ONE OF TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s NEWEST INTERNS!

Written by Victoria Trosko

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 more about their respective fields of study. As part of our blog series, we interviewed Hannah Barosko, the new training and development intern with the operations department at Home Office. Hannah recently finished her sophomore year at Lansing Community College, and is looking forward to transferring to Michigan State University in the fall. There, she will continue studying environmental studies and sustainability. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Hannah!

Tell me a little about yourself.

“I have been dancing or teaching dance for 12 years. I am the oldest sibling of four, with two younger sisters and one younger brother. I love to take pictures and be outside in the summertime (preferably near the water!). My wish is to travel out of the country to somewhere in Europe.”

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

“I wanted to be a meteorologist! I used to be obsessed with the weather channel even when I was a little kid. Everyone would be watching Disney Channel, or Nickelodeon, and I would be watching the Weather Channel. My mom can vouch for this!”

What are you hoping to learn or accomplish during your internship this summer?

“I am excited to learn more about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Both of my parents have worked here at some point, so I grew up with their trucks. We’re more than just a moving company and I’m excited to learn about the company. I am already starting to learn a lot about each department from going through training manuals. I am also hoping to get out of my comfort zone a little more since this is my first “big kid” job.”

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

“I love all of my team members and we get along really well. This is a great work environment, and that makes it fun to come to work every day.”

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

“Right now, I spend a lot of time going through Stick Men University®, our online training platform, updating reports, and filling out the 19-page application for the Top Training Award for Training Magazine. The application takes up a lot of time because I am meeting with each department to go over materials.”

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

“I would want to see what it is like to be in my mom’s shoes for a day, or maybe just half a day. My mom, Amelia, is a customer care specialist within the operations department. It would be a learning experience to say the least!”

What is your favorite Instagram account to follow?

“Ballerinaproject_. I have been following this account forever, and it has beautiful pictures of ballet dancers all over the world, in the city, on the beach, and more.”

Hannah’s kindness and hard work this summer are such positive additions to Home Office. We are looking forward to all the great ways you will contribute to our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family in these next few months, Hannah!

Are you looking 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® WELCOMES BACK RETURNING INTERN, STEPHEN JACOBSON!

Written by Erin VanPortfliet

We can finally say it’s summertime! I know we have all been waiting patiently here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Home Office in Lansing, Mich. Not only are we excited for warm weather, camping, and enjoying a Saturday or two on the beach, but we are also thrilled to welcome interns back to the building through the 2017 summer internship program. To kick off our intern blog series, we are reintroducing one of five returning interns, Stephen Jacobson, as he begins his second summer internship!

Stephen is a senior at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., and is pursuing a degree in accounting. This summer, Stephen is interning on our payroll team within the human resources department, where he’ll learn about how accounting, payroll, and human resources all interact. Welcome back to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Stephen!

Tell me a little about yourself.

“I like to spend time with friends and family. In my spare time, I enjoy exercising, watching movies, and studying the stock market. My favorite movie is “About Time”, because it displays a great and relatable message of constantly displaying empathy to the people around you. My favorite sport is basketball, which I try to play frequently. While I attend college, I volunteer for a student-run hedge fund called Student Asset Management.”

It’s great to have so many returning interns! What made you want to come back for another summer?

“The people. I loved the opportunities and the people I met at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® last year, so it was an easy choice for me to return. I was so thankful for the chance to intern at a fun and exciting company for a second year.”

What did you accomplish in your internship last year?

“When I interned last year as a business intelligence intern, I aided in creating competitor analysis for all the franchises in the system. I worked extensively with the annual franchise survey, and used it to compare franchises financially. I would also review franchises’ financial statements to monitor financial health of their business.”

What was the biggest takeaway from your internship last year?

“I learned the importance of how organizational culture can guide a corporation in being a place where employees enjoy going to and want to work hard.”

What are you hoping to learn or accomplish in your internship this summer?

“I am hoping to gain a better understanding of how accounting interacts with payroll and the human resources department overall. I am excited to work closely with the payroll team to learn the ropes of payroll and processes that are in place to better assist our franchises.”

What advice would you give someone in their first internship at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

“My honest advice would be to just really soak up everything you have a chance to learn from your co-workers and mentors, and to just enjoy the experience of working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. The summer will be over before we know it!”

What’s next for you?

“I am hoping to move to either Chicago, Ill., or Grand Rapids, Mich., after graduation, and find a job at an accounting firm. I am open to the different possibilities that cross my path, and very excited to begin my career after graduation!”

 

We truly couldn’t be more excited to have so many talented faces around the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Home Office. Thanks again, Stephen, for all your hard work. We are excited for your future and everything this summer will bring to assist you along the way.

Are you interested in moving your career forward with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? Opportunities are available now at locations nationwide. Check it out at careers.twomenandatruck.com! Enjoy your summer!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® welcomes 2017 summer interns!

Written by Melanie Kebler

At the start of each summer, the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® corporate headquarters located in Lansing, Mich., opens its doors to a group of interns looking to move their careers forward. Each intern is paired with a manger in the department of their choice, as they dive into the multi-faceted company of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. These young professionals will learn the ins and outs of the business, and will have the opportunity to work on impactful projects to help drive success here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. These few months will race by quickly as the summer fades to fall, but the experience will remain invaluable for these future leaders.

What’s it all about?       

The summer intern program has grown substantially over the years here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Home Office since its conception in 2013. The program kicked off with just seven interns in 2013, and now 19 interns will join the team this summer. The success of the program can be attributed to managers in each of the various departments that are willing to bring on new team members and create a one-of-a-kind experience for these budding professionals. The program proves largely beneficial to each of the interns, as they dive into the work environment and company culture that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® employees hold to the highest standard.

“The internship program introduced me to a professional setting that I had never been part of before,” said former intern and current Recruiting and Retention Associate Victoria Trosko. “I became more confident working around a large number of people, and learned a great deal of responsibility through my experience. The early mornings, full work day, and just the right amount of work without making me feel overwhelmed were all aspects that helped me grow professionally.”

Trosko described her supervisors as “welcoming and patient, while treating me as an equal.” She is now a full-time franchise recruiting and retention specialist with the recruiting and retention team here at Home Office.

What’s next?

Throughout the summer, each intern will be asked to learn and take initiative as they navigate through their project plans. We’ll be interviewing each intern and the projects they’re heading up as part of our upcoming summer intern blog series.

We welcome our summer 2017 interns as the company continues to grow and someday, these interns may return as full-time employees. Here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we stand rooted in our core values, and a promise to keep Moving People Forward®.

Interested in growing your career with the world’s first and largest franchised moving company? Check out the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® careers website and apply online today!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s 2016 Summer Intern Program Comes to a Close

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Written by Corinne DeVries

The experience

They say time flies when you’re having fun, and here we are again with another summer at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® coming to a close. Over the past three months, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Home Office welcomed 20 summer interns and provided them the opportunity to learn about the company, industry, and professional working world in general. While most of our interns this year were first-timers, I had the amazing opportunity to intern here not only this summer, but last summer as well. Looking back at how much I have learned and grown as a person, as well as all of the friends I have made, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

Before starting at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® I was a very quiet person but last summer I interned in the marketing department, where being quiet isn’t really an option. I had the opportunity to do grassroots marketing with a fellow intern where I became comfortable introducing myself to strangers and promoting a company I just started working at! This summer I interned in the human resources department and was still surprising myself with the things I am capable of doing. It’s clear TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® not only pushes to exceed customers’ expectations but they push their employees to be the best they can be, even if the employee doesn’t know what their best is yet.

corinne1Big take-aways

Always growing, always learning, and always pushing people forward. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® continuously surprises me, or I guess I should say it pushes me to keep surprising myself. It has been amazing to return this summer and see how much the company has grown just in the nine months I was gone. Not only has the company grown and welcomed new employees, it has also implemented many new programs and projects! One of my biggest take-aways from my two summers here is you have to be willing to challenge yourself and step out of your comfort zone if you really want to learn, grow, and move forward.  As Brig Sorber, one of the original Two Men, would say, “You have to get comfortable being uncomfortable!”

Thoughts from my intern friends

One thing all the interns agree on about interning at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is we felt important here.

“I had no idea what to expect when I first came to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for my internship. It turned out to be such a great experience,” said HR Systems and Projects Intern Hannah Romain “I feel like I was treated as more of an employee than ‘just an intern’. Unlike many college students who find themselves making coffee runs and organizing files during their internships, I really feel like I contributed something of significance to the company during my time here. The people at Home Office are so friendly and approachable and really helped me learn and grow. I’m so thankful for my experience as an intern at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® this summer.”

On the very first day we are assigned with important tasks and projects. This can be a little intimidating, but everyone around TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is so friendly and willing to help that you can ask almost anyone for support if you are confused or just need an extra hand with a project. One of the many tasks that made me feel like I was making a difference was when the Lansing HR intern and I were assigned to assist in conducting interviews for potential new hires.

For Charles Staky, one of five marketing interns, one of his greatest memories was working directly with a franchise marketer. “My supervisor had a lot on her plate that week and received an email asking to look into a radio advertisement buy to determine who it would affect,” said Charles “She gave me the task of splitting up the cost for each franchise who would be involved and relaying the information to the marketer. This was awesome because I had not dealt with anything franchise- facing all summer and I felt accomplished knowing she trusted my abilities enough to let me take the task on by myself.”

interns_16Due to the fact our supervisors entrusted us with so much, most of us walk away from our internships at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® feeling similar to Stephen Jacobson, who was the business intelligence accounting support intern. “I learned many essential skills that are applicable to my fields,” he said.

Along with learning so much about our own departments and fields, the interns had lunch and learn meetings weekly with different Home Office departments.  Subject matter experts presented to the interns the function of that particular department, how they support the company, and how they are connected and work with other departments. This really put a lot of perspective into how the projects we worked on as interns affected the company as a whole, and added to how we were making an impact on the company. I think I can speak for all the interns when I say, we are all so thankful for the awesome opportunity to be a part of such a motivated company. Thank you to every single person at Home Office and the Lansing franchise for making this summer such a wonderful learning experience.

Looking for a new career path? Learn about the great opportunities at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® first-hand. We’re looking for great individuals with experience in the fields of general labor, customer service, marketing, and more! Apply online today at careers.twomenandatruck.com.

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Wrapping up a college internship: Three major insights from a former intern

Written by Katie Peterson

So you’ve just finished your summer internship. Now’s the time when you have probably started thinking, “what in the world happened to my summer?” Whether it was your first internship or you’ve had prior experience, it probably went by in the blink of an eye. Internship responsibilities can range anywhere from being the office barista to having challenging projects and tasks; the latter being our experience as interns at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.TWO MEN AND A TRUCK 2016 Interns

This summer TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® corporate headquarters hosted me and 19 other hopeful college students looking to gain experience and knowledge in the professional world. And,  from this intern’s perspective, we’ve been able to achieve just that. From tackling projects requiring weeks of planning that would be seen by thousands of our customers, to designing training guides for franchises across the system, the 20 of us have gained an invaluable amount of experience. In addition to this experience, there are several other lessons I’ve learned here that might help other college students out as they transition from college intern to successful professional.

  1. Don’t assume that because you’re at the bottom you are incapable of reaching the top.

In my opinion, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the exception and not the rule when it comes to giving meaningful responsibility to college TWO MEN AND A TRUCK 2016 Internsstudents looking for professional experience, however, in many internships, usually your fellow coworkers know exactly where you are on the totem pole. Sometimes your tasks and assignments are given to you because they are tedious, boring, or someone else would prefer not to do them. However, this does not mean your work should be treated with “bottom of the totem pole” effort. Each editing job, spreadsheet, filing cabinet, and errand should be something you take pride in and feel good about completing. Most of the time your superiors are looking for your work ethic and attitude, not your ability to complete assignments. Regardless of the work you are given, keep in mind where you are headed and work for the job you want, not the one you have.

  1. Your attitude and the culture of the company you work for should be in agreement.

Because many of my assignments this summer involved interviewing and writing about employees in the system, I had the privilege of hearing a variety of responses from our employees about what they like most about working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. The unanimous response to my question was a love for the culture and core values of the company. People who work for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® are proud to be part of this system, and that shows in the work they do each day.

  1. Don’t get comfortable with your achievements and expect continued success.

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned from this experience is the place you are standing right now should never be satisfactory. In our first few weeks here we had the opportunity to sit down with Executive Chairman Brig Sorber, one of the original Two Men, and he offered us a bit of a warning, “At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® you will have to learn how to get comfortable being uncomfortable.” I think all of us quickly realized how right he would be. In any successful company, innovation and new ideas are required. This summer I have seen first-hand believing this idea is essential for the success of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Valuing what you have achieved is important, but you should never stop looking forward toward your next opportunity.

 

Katie PetersonKatie Peterson is a junior at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., majoring in Business and Communication. She spent her summer interning with the marketing department at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Home Office.

Are you looking to begin moving 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 Connor Wesley!

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Written by Katie Peterson

With only a few weeks left of the summer, many of our interns at Home Office are heading back to school with their tool belts full of experience from their summer months at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Each department at Home Office had the privilege of hosting one (or more!) interns looking to build their knowledge and grow as a young professionals, and we hate saying goodbye to this great group! One of the 20 interns we will miss is Connor Wesley, who has played a pivotal role here these past three months. Let’s meet him!

Connor Wesley

Connor is heading into his sophomore year at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., pursuing a degree in general business. He worked as risk management intern at Home Office this summer.

Tell me a little bit about yourself.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. When the work day is over, I like to relax, workout or run, and do a variety of different activities with my extended family. On the weekends, I often drive back home to the east side of the state and spend quality time with my mom, dad, brother, and sister. I also enjoy hanging with my friends back at home. For the past two years (and years to come), I’ve attended the Faster Horses Festival at Michigan International Speedway with five of my high school friends, it’s always a fun experience.

What would a typical day at Home Office look like for you?

In risk management every day is different. I am involved with How’s My Driving? calls, in which people who see our trucks are able to call in and provide feedback on how they are driving. I also interact with franchises about Department of Transportation and safety regulations, and assist my co-workers with any of their tasks. I also really enjoy visiting franchises to provide support.

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

I appreciate the opportunities I’ve had to travel with the DOT/fleet safety and risk management teams. I enjoy assisting the consultants in providing materials and information to improve the operations at franchise locations. Also, I enjoy seeing the different layouts of each of the franchises I’ve visited and how each franchise operates and implements policies and procedures.

What was your favorite aspect of this internship?

Connor pic+I liked traveling with Mark List, my colleague and friend. Out of the responsibilities I have at Home Office, my favorite one would probably be assisting the DOT/fleet safety and risk management consultants with various projects. All of the projects are unique and you are faced with different challenges each and every day. For example, one week I assisted my manager in updating the corporate office emergency action plan and the very next week I was assisting another coworker in purchasing a truck for the Value Flex program, a long-distance moving solution to meet our specific requirements.

What was your biggest accomplishment this summer?

The two biggest accomplishments I completed this summer were re-creating and updating the DOT Mock Audit form and documenting the process for handling How’s My Driving? calls. The DOT Mock Audit form was a key accomplishment because the audit form now allows each DOT consultant to easily complete the audit form during the audit process, while creating consistent and unified reports between four consultants on the team. I also worked with one of my co-workers to take on the How’s My Driving? calls. Throughout the beginning stages, we created the process and procedures while dealing with the variety of compliments and complaints concerning our fleet across the United States.

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

I wanted to be a firefighter. It always seemed like it would be a great time to ride around in a fire truck all day.

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

I would want to have the job of a Franchise Business Consultant. I think I would like interacting with the different franchises so often, and it always seems like they are doing fun things (and eating great food).

Connor has made such an impact here this summer with his hard work and commitment to the company. We will miss you, and thank you for everything you have done for us at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®!

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 Avery Bachelor and Charles Staky!

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Written by Katie Peterson

As the summer season comes to a close, we are beginning to say goodbye to our interns as they head back to college and begin their fall semesters. Throughout the summer our Home Office interns have taken on projects and responsibilities assigned by their department managers, and learned about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® as a brand. They’ve made connections and accomplished so much this summer, we will be sad to see them go! Avery Batchelor and Charles Staky are marketing interns who attended high school together in nearby Okemos, Mich. Let’s meet them!

Avery Batchelor

Avery will be a junior this fall at Tulane University in New Orleans with a double major in marketing and finance. This summer she is one of five interns working in our marketing department. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Avery!

Tell me a little about yourself

Avery picIn high school I was in the musical theater and on the women’s golf team at Okemos High School. I have one older sister, Madison, and my favorite food is chicken flavored ramen noodles. I really like to read when I have free time; pretty much any book that takes me away from reality and I can get lost in is great. I also really like just lying on the beach and doing nothing, but who doesn’t like to do that?

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

I mostly work with the Lansing franchise helping them with their marketing. I go to many events and grassroots visits to promote the brand and tell people about what we do here. Liz, another intern on our marketing team, and I do grassroots marketing together, create social media posts and blogs, and go on really cool adventures a lot of the other interns are jealous of, including a mini photoshoot of our company mascot, Truckie, visiting the casino.

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

I really like how nice and welcoming everyone I’ve met here is. The people are awesome, and everyone makes the place such a great environment to work in. Everyone is very inclusive in their projects and willing to put trust in us to do important tasks.

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

I would say getting over the initial fear of going up to new people and talking to them, especially because one of my biggest jobs here is grassroots marketing where I go to different parts of the city and tell people what we are all about as a company.

What’s something you want to be known for?

I want to be that person who is a good listener. I really like when people come to me and are comfortable talking to me if they have problems.

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

I wanted to be Celine Dion. I remember watching one of the award shows she was on with my family and she was wearing this long red ball gown and I decided I wanted to be her when I grew up.

If you could do one person’s job in the office for a day who’s would you want?

I would want to do Stephen Jacobson’s job, who is one of the interns in the accounting department. Accounting is my other major so it would be really great to have some experience within that department.


 

Charles Staky
Charles will be a senior this fall at Michigan State University and is pursuing his degree in marketing with a minor in sales. He is an important asset to our marketing team and is involved in assisting our franchises across the country. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Charles!

Tell me a little about yourself

Charles picI played hockey and lacrosse in high school and I’m on a men’s hockey league right now. I am the oldest of three children, with a younger brother that’s a senior in high school and a little sister in 8th grade. I enjoy playing sports with my little brother when I’m home. He’s on the lacrosse team at Okemos High School and it’s pretty great to watch him play. After graduation I think it would be really cool to find a job and live in Grand Rapids; there always seems to be something going on there.

How did you learn about this internship?

For a school project I had to talk to a business professional, so I interviewed Jeanie (my manager now) and she asked me for my resume during the interview. She ended up recommending me and I got the job.

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

I meet often with my bosses, Jeanie and Arika, and work quite a bit in Excel to determine if the franchises’ marketing strategies are working for them. I’ve had the opportunity to write a few corporate blog posts as well.

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

Being in the office I get to see both sides of the business. I was on the trucks last summer as a mover and it’s really cool to see the things I just heard about from Home Office come to life now that I am doing and seeing them in person.

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

This is my first internship and professional job, and it’s been a transition to be involved in work that is more mentally challenging, rather than manual labor (although moving furniture was like Tetris sometimes).

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

I wanted to be a jewel thief. I liked all the spy movies growing up, especially when the Oceans movies came out. I wanted to do heists with lasers and equipment like spray hairspray on the trip lines and sneak around the security. Then I realized I wasn’t skilled enough, not to mention stealing jewels is highly illegal.

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

I would want to do one of the Franchise Business Consultant’s jobs. Working with the franchises would be cool, and I think helping them prevent and solve their business problems would be a rewarding experience.

Both Charles and Avery have positively contributed to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand and culture with their positive attitudes, strong work ethics, and motivated personalities. We love having you two here, and can’t wait to see more great things from you!

Are you looking 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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