Boston Marathon and the Lone Duck

Written by Claire Schneider

As many of you may know, the Boston Marathon is Monday, April 21. We’re excited to announce Brig Sorber, our CEO and one of the original Stickmen, will be running the marathon for the first time. We are so proud Brig will be taking part in such a momentous event, especially after the devastating events of last year. Brig is very proud to have the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing event and be surrounded by such a remarkable community that is Boston Strong.

BrigSorberSo how does one end up running in such a prestigious race? This may be the first time Brig will be partaking in the Boston Marathon, however it’s his third marathon overall. Brig’s running career launched when he started to run 20-30 minutes, three times a week to stay in shape until his watchful doctor told him to pick it up a notch and gave him the book called “Younger at 50”. He was 46 at the time. After reading the book Brig agreed and started to push his body on the runs and realized it didn’t take much more to run farther.

“Like a rocket that takes 90% of its fuel to lift off and get to space, it only uses 10% of fuel to stay out in space. Running long distance is the same thing. Try a little harder and go to the next level.” – Brig Sorber

Brig’s good friend introduced him to New Form running. It’s a running technique where you take smaller steps and lean forward instead of back while running. He’s now run more than 1,200 miles with this new form of running and is injury free!

Brig’s love for running also turned into a stress reliever. As other CEOs will know, there’s a lot of stress that comes with running a business, especially with the pressures of managing employees and keeping a company profitable. Keeping off weight, burning stress, providing place and time to work through the challenges in his life, and meeting cool people were all good reasons for Brig to continue running.

To run in the Boston Marathon you have to qualify in another race. Qualifying for Boston is a daunting task to do and was always a stretch goal that Brig didn’t talk about for fear of failure. When Brig ran a race in Charlevoix, Mich., to qualify for Boston, he ran a 3:21:41. He needed a 3:30:00 to qualify.

“I mostly run by myself. When I do run with someone at all, it is with Jamie Adams, a co-worker. It’s wild to go from running mostly by yourself (I call myself lone duck!) to running with thousands of people. I’m really looking forward to running Boston and supporting the race after the tragedy of last year’s bombings.” – Brig Sorber

You can follow Brig during the Boston Marathon by going here and following bib number 12269.

National Movers for Moms® campaign recognizes moms on Mother’s Day

Written by Lindsay Dow

Pasco County, Flordia

Pasco County, Florida

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is excited to begin collecting items for its seventh annual Movers for Moms® program aimed at collecting and donating items for mothers living in domestic abuse or homeless shelters across the country.

Locations across the country and internationally collect donations locally each year starting mid-March and running until Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11. The purpose of the program is to recognize those moms living in shelters this Mother’s Day by arranging delivery of small gifts for women who are victims of domestic abuse or homelessness. Every mother deserves to be recognized on their special day!

How can you help?

It’s simple! All you have to do is bring your donated items to a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location near you.

Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska

Encouraged donations include any/all personal items including:

• nice soaps
• hair styling products
• shampoos and conditioners
• pillows
• blankets
• slippers
• robes

No gift is too small!

To sign up to become a Movers for Moms® recipient or collections partner, please visit twomenandatruck.com/moversformoms. There you’ll find a partnership sign up form where you’ll input all of your contact information. From there your form will be forwarded to the closest franchise to you.

Be sure and check us out on Facebook www.facebook.com/moversformoms and follow us on Twitter @MoversForMoms to keep up with the latest program information!

 

Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®: Not just a job, a career

Written by Claire Schneider

To end our second annual Career Move Month, we will share Nick Popoff’s story of how he made a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® career move. Nick was a driver/trainer at our Lansing, Mich., franchise and recently joined the Home Office team as a field training and development specialist.

When Nick started as a mover at the Lansing franchise he thought it would be a “get by” job. He soon realized it was the start of a major career move. And he was right! In his new role, Nick now visits our more than 240 TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations across the U.S. to help train staff and ensure our teams are safe while exceeding our customers’ expectations with every move.

Nick isn’t alone in discovering the opportunities TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has to offer. In fact, 75% of our management started elsewhere in the company.

The video below was taken a few months prior to Nick’s promotion. Watch this video and see what Nick has learned about the career opportunities and recognition at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

Has Nick’s story inspired you? We still have many positions open across the country including movers/drivers, customer service representatives, managers, and much more. Apply today!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®: Hiring quality employees

Written by Claire Schneider

the_shunks_-_fd_site_imageFinding top people with the right attitude is a daily battle for any business owner. Our Career Move Month helps to alleviate this stress and by recruiting talented folks who embody the caring and can-do attitude required to be a part of a big business. Dan and Rene Shunk, franchisees of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Bloomington and Central Ill., know the struggles of finding quality employees. They strive to help their employees not only succeed in their roles but also to grow with the business. See how they move people forward in the following interview:

Q: What are your and Dan’s business backgrounds?

Rene: I have a B. S. in Engineering from the University of Illinois. I worked for over 10 years in research and business development within the agriculture industry. My specialty was research project management and development focused on multi-partner, multi-year research programs with an emphasis on commercialization of new technology.

Dan has a B.S. degree in Engineering from the University of Illinois and a MBA from Washington University. He worked for over 10 years in the heavy equipment industry in sales and branch management. His focus was on selling a high quality product and then servicing that product with excellent customer service.

Q: How long have the two of you been with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

Rene: We both started with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® in 2008 and haven’t looked back.

Q: What has been your experience with hiring quality employees?

Rene: Hiring quality employees is the biggest challenge in a small business. Anyone first starting out is an unknown in terms of what type of employer they will be. Add to that the inherent difficulty of finding qualified applicants for each open position.

Q: In your eyes, what makes a good team member?

Rene: People usually answer this question with “attitude” and that is the simplest and most honest answer. Work ethic is really significant along with a willingness to work closely with others to see the company succeed. People must be motivated by helping our customers to really enjoy this type of work.

Q: Have you recently promoted someone from within the system? If so, why?

Rene: Yes, we have recently promoted several drivers into both team leader roles and assistant manager positions. They are learning new skills, are helping the business expand, and are providing leadership to new hires. We’re really excited to be able to offer more opportunities for these loyal employees to grow in their careers.

Q: How do you feel TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® allows you to promote from within?

Rene: In the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® culture there is no downside to having customer-facing experience. Each of these team members are viewed as a valuable part of the system, and cultivating a happy team is vital to our success. There are many resources available to encourage promotion including training programs and mentors who have taken those same paths from their start on the front line.

Why do you feel Career Move Month is so important to your business?

Rene: Career Move Month allows us to spotlight the many ways a person could have a terrific career with us, and the initiative allows our potential employees to see the full spectrum of opportunities beyond just viewing us as a small company at the local level. It has enhanced our recruiting efforts, generating more attention to positions which are available at our franchise.

Q: How would you describe the culture at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

Rene: Our personal mission has always been to provide not only a great service to our customers but to provide a great place for our employees to work. We chose to join the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system because of a culture which values our customers, employees, and community.

 Apply now  to be a part of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and begin your career!

Endless career opportunities present. Apply now!

Written by Lindsay Dow

Brian Stern is the general manager of six Chicago locations and has held almost every franchise position imaginable during his eight years with the company. The proof is there; opportunities are endless at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Brian strives to become a franchisee one day, and it all stemmed from his job as a mover eight years ago. See what else he has to say about his time with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®!

Q: When were you hired at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

Brian: I’ve been with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® since January 2006.

Q: What’s your current position and job responsibilities?

Brian: Currently I’m the General Manager. I manage day-to-day operations and sales, manage and maintain our safety program, ensuring compliance with Home Office, DOT, state, and FMCSA rules and regulations, and fleet management.

Q: What positions have you held in the company?

Brian: I started out as a driver but I’ve had many jobs during my years at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.  I then worked my way up and became a driver, trainer, customer service representative, in-home consultant, operations manager, and general manager.

Q: What interested you about working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

Brian: The atmosphere and people I work with daily.

Q: How do you see yourself progressing at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

Brian: I’d love to one day open my own franchise and continue to be a leader in our franchise system.

Q: So far, what’s your favorite memory of working in the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system?

Brian: When I was given the opportunity to open our Chicago locations as general manager. I was able to see a startup location grow from two trucks to over 40 in four to five years. It has been the most gratifying accomplishment thus far in my career. Not so much due to the number of trucks we put on the road every day, but more so the amount of peoples’ lives we provide our great service to daily.

Apply now to be a part of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and begin your career!

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Frontline MVP award winner Trista Roland

CMM2014_FBCoverDuring Career Move Month we’re sharing stories about our incredible team members across the nation. Today we feature Trista Roland’s story!

Trista is a customer service representative at our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Flint location and has shown tremendous drive and passion, which hasn’t gone unnoticed. She recently won the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Frontline MVP Award and was recognized at the company’s Annual Meeting in Las Vegas this week. Unlike traditional MVP awards, the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® MVP award represents Mission, Values, and Purpose, and seeks to recognize those who are committed to the foundation of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

Watch this video to see Trista’s story!

Check out how you can become part of the team on our careers website!

Jumpstart your career with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

Written by Hannah Conlin

Just as last year’s Career Move Month illustrated tremendous success, which garnered more than 550 employees to the system, this year’s campaign will no doubt show even more hiring growth. Although a company founded on moving others’ belongings, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® knows a thing or two about moving people forward professionally as well. We have a history of promoting from within the system, making it so employees have careers within the company, not just jobs. Our franchises take special interest in the growth and development of their team members.

BertKolzBert Kolz, president of the entrepreneurial company, Black Wolf Group, is a major advocate for hiring from within. There are six general managers throughout the various locations the Black Wolf Group oversees, and they all started out at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® as movers and drivers. Here is what Bert had to say about his experience within TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and the potential he sees in each employee.

Q: Explain your position at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®:

Bert: I’m currently president of Black Wolf Group, an entity which owns eight TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise locations within Nevada, Arizona, Florida, and Minnesota.

Q: What is your career background?

Bert: I started my career as a CPA with Arthur Andersen. I then moved into general business and have held management positions at the Rust-Oleum company, Ben Franklin retail stores, Lands’ End, and W.W. Grainger.

Q: Why do you think it is important to promote from within?

Bert: Promoting from within allows us to retain our knowledge base. We also believe that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has the best trained employees in the industry, so our best candidates are already in the system. It’s very important to invest in our employees and provide them with a career path.

Q: Is there someone you’ve recently promoted from within the system?

Bert: Yes, we recently promoted Robby Pennell from operations manager in our Mesa office to general manager in our Tucson office. Robby showed the maturity, drive, and desire as an operations manager. It was a great opportunity to give Robby a chance to run his own location, and moving him from Mesa to Tucson gave a fresh set of eyes to Tucson. Robby is off to a great start!

Q: How does TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® allow you to promote from within?

Bert: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® provides the training at each level for our employees to grow and succeed. They also offer opportunities for our managers to network with other managers from different locations such as during Annual Meeting (our yearly conference) and trips to the corporate office for training. Finally, the culture of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® helps people to grow and succeed. We truly move people forward.

Whether you start out as a mover, driver, or even a general manager, you can advance anywhere within the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system. Throughout March, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® will be seeking applications nationwide to secure 1,000 new hires into the system, ranging from movers to CSRs to managers.

Apply now to be a part of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and begin your career!