Eight interns and a truck – Part 6

Written by Cheyenne Yost

Abby King – Marketing

AbbyMeet Abby, she’s a marketing intern and my partner in crime here in the marketing department at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc. We have teamed up on various projects and tasks throughout the summer. Though it’s only her first internship, Abby has gained an immeasurable amount of knowledge and experience in the corporate world. After meeting on our first day back in May, we became fast friends and I couldn’t have asked for a better coworker and newfound pal. Here’s what she had to say about her summer interning at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc.

Q: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your background?

Abby: I was born in Rockford, MI but lived most of my life in Okemos, MI. After I graduated from Okemos High School, I went off to college at Central Michigan University and I’m excited to start my senior year at CMU this upcoming fall. When I graduate in May I will finish with a degree in Advertising and MDPT (Media Design, Production & Technology).

Q: What made you apply at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

Abby: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has always been a familiar company to me. CFO Jeff Wesley has been like my second dad since I became friends with his daughter in first grade, and I also went to school with CEO Brig Sorber’s son, Brycen. When I started to mature and actually understand the history and concept behind TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, I realized how amazing it would be to work for such a highly respected company.

Q: What are your usual day-to-day tasks here at the office?

Abby: The awesome thing about being in the marketing department is there is no such thing as “usual day-to-day tasks”. One day I could be designing an ad for a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise, while the next day I could be walking around as our mascot Truckie at a local event, having kids bombard me. One of the biggest projects I have worked on this summer is updating the marketing grass roots manual for franchises to utilize. Not only have I helped update the content of the manual, but I have been given the opportunity to integrate my own designs with the original designs of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. I will be the first to admit that I do not have the patience or attention span to sit behind a desk and work on the same task all day, every day. That’s why marketing and I are a perfect match, the variety of tasks keeps me engaged and entertained.

Q: Do you have past internship experience or is this your first one?

Abby: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is my first and most likely last internship experience. I think it is safe to say that an internship at any other company would not compare to my experience here.

Q: What is your favorite TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Core Value and why?

Abby: I would have to say my favorite Core Value is THE GRANDMA RULE®. There is always a mutual understanding of the rule when I tell people it means “to treat everyone the way you would want your grandma to be treated.” I love how the concept of the THE GRANDMA RULE® is so simple, yet the message behind it is so meaningful.

Q: What are your interests or hobbies?

Abby: I enjoy being active and I’ve played/attempted just about every sport in high school. I spent the majority of my life playing basketball and soccer, temporarily “enjoyed” running track and cross country, and then resorted to less physical sports like lacrosse and golf. I do not take part in any sports or club teams at CMU. However, walking from class to class and studying 24/7 is about all the physical/mental activity my body can take.

Q: Who has been the best mentor or teacher for you?

Abby: Though both of my parents have equally been mentors for me, my dad has been more of my teacher when it comes to my degree and future career. Being the general manager at WILX 10, my dad knows the ins and outs of advertising and marketing. He motivates me to strive for my future goals and constantly gives me advice, even when I do not necessarily want or ask for it. Aside from my family, I consider Jeff Wesley to be one of my best educators. Ever since childhood, Jeff has been much more than a basketball coach, parent, and family friend; he has been one of my biggest fans and supporters through all of my good and bad times. Jeff Wesley is the perfect representation of the type of person who works for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, which is just another reason why I am so grateful for my internship at this company.

Q: Has the internship taught you anything about your field of study?

Abby: I can honestly say that I have learned more about marketing/advertising from this internship than I have from all of my college courses combined (sorry mom and dad). The amount of information this internship has helped me truly retain, is unreal. Being in an actual work environment with real world situations has taught me communication and coping skills that no professor would ever be able to teach me.

Q: What are your plans after graduation?

Abby: My plans after graduation include getting a job and moving to a city. I would be lying if I said I had any other plans.

Q: Name one goal you hope to accomplish while working here and what you hope to take away from this internship experience.

I hope to leave this internship with a stronger work ethic and a greater ability to adapt to my surroundings. I have a new perspective into the marketing world that I could not have gotten in a classroom.

If you are interested in working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® visit our careers website.

Eight interns and a truck – Part 5

Written by Cheyenne Yost

Kasey Trierweiler – Finance

Kasey TrierweilerMeet Kasey Trierweiler, one of the finance interns here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc. Returning for a second internship this summer, Kasey knows her way around the office and is the second returning intern placed this summer at the corporate office. Being back for a second year allows Kasey to immediately join the team and have an instant impact. We are grateful Kasey came back for a second time. Check out what Kasey had to say about her repeat appearance and her experience as a finance intern.

Q: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your background?

Kasey: I am 21 years old and hail from Grand Ledge, Mich., which is just west of Lansing. I have four brothers, one sister, and a dog. I go to Madonna University where I major in accounting and play on the softball team. I’m planning to graduate in May 2015.

Q: What made you return to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

Kasey: I interned here at the corporate headquarters last year and I loved it! I am glad they let me come back. I like the flexibility and work environment. I also had the chance this year to work on some projects related to the company evolution and investments that are associated with the Franchisees. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is in the midst of multi-million dollar automation project and the support of these projects has been critical to our 20% per year annual growth.

Q: What are your day-to-day tasks here at the office?

Kasey: I am working on three projects right now: Open Sales Order Review, Missing Tracking Number Review, and Special Fees Review. The purpose of these reviews is to make sure franchisees and their administrative teams are utilizing our operating system in the most efficient and effective way possible.

For the Open Sales Order Review I run a report to see all the open sales orders for each franchise. If they have open sales orders, I send them a ticket asking them to close it and inquire if they need any assistance in doing so. This is important for royalty processing and for franchises to have the most up-to-date reporting as most reports are driven from closed sales orders. It’s really a critical piece to a smoothly running, transparent system. This data supports the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® dashboards which are critical to ongoing continuous improvement training that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® relies upon.

For the Missing Tracking Number Review, I pull up a report that shows all of the sales orders not yet printed off. I then go into our software and send out tickets to the appropriate franchises. This review prompts a notification to the franchises they may have missed printing a sales order to place in their files. If there is ever an on-site audit or a question from a customer, the franchise will be able to access the record quickly and with accuracy. The Special Fees Review is where I analyze all the charges franchises put into the special fee category and sort those out. This ensures they are properly classifying fees to aid in reporting and categorizing revenue correctly.

Q: What is your favorite TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Core Value and why?

Kasey: “Be your best and have fun”, because if you are not doing that, then your work will have no meaning. When you have it, it fosters job satisfaction and unleashes creativity in all you do!

Q: What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned while interning at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc.?

Kasey: I have learned about many different computer programs and software which will be useful to me in the future. I have also learned a great deal about time management and priorities when as it relates to project coordination and accountability.

Q: Has the internship taught you anything about your field of study?

Kasey: It has taught me that there are so many different areas within accounting. It’s also opened my eyes to the fact that this profession offers a lot of unexpected variety on a daily basis. At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® the team I worked work with included the accounting area, the financial analyst team, the QuickBooks team, the procurement team and the project coordinators. There are so many different areas of expertise within this organization and lots of opportunities for great people.

Q: Do you have any advice for the other interns?

Kasey: Advice I would impart to other interns is to get to know the other workers in your department and to absorb the interactions as part of the learning experience. Also, ask any questions you have along the way. Everyone is happy to help the learning process along; they were there once upon a time! Helping each other is part of the culture at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

Q: What are your plans after graduation?

Kasey: After I graduate with my Bachelor’s degree, I plan to go back to school so I can attain the extra credit hours I need and take the CPA exam.

Q: One goal you hope to accomplish this summer/what you hope to take away from the internship?

Kasey: After this summer, I hope to become more knowledgeable with all of the accounting software that we use such as QuickBooks and AX.

If you are interested in working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® visit our careers website.

Eight interns and a truck – Part 3

Written by Cheyenne Yost

Mark List – Human Resources

MarkMark List is one of two human resource interns here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/International, Inc. I call Mark a veteran intern because he knows the ins and outs of Home Office, and it is his second summer interning here. When I met Mark on my first day, I didn’t even realize he was an intern, he was very helpful and organized; I assumed he was a long-term employee! After interviewing Mark, here’s what he had to say about his second summer as an HR intern.

Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself and your background.

Mark: I was born and raised here in Lansing. My father is a civil engineer for Golder Associates, an international firm, and my mother works here at Home Office as the IT service operations manager. I have one older sister who is an electrical engineer at Dematic in Grand Rapids, Mich. I attend Grand Valley State University where I am majoring in business with a human resources emphasis and considering using it as a pre-law degree. I also run cross country/track and field for Grand Valley.

Q: What made you decide to intern at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for a second summer?

Mark: This company has directly influenced my life. My mother has worked here since I was eight years old, and I am so thankful for that. After I interned here last summer, I was really just excited for the brand and telling people how I worked here. Once I got back to campus and started my classes, I saw the bigger picture with everything this company had taught me. I learned so much here last year that I wanted to return because of the practical knowledge I gained at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

Q: What are your day-to-day tasks here at the office?

Mark: I monitor scores and information through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration about our franchises and their safety on the roads. I bounce back and forth between here and the Lansing franchise to help with monthly meetings and spot checks. I also assist with the internal risk management newsletter and gather that information. I get to see a little bit of everything, and I’m very lucky to always be on the move!

Q: What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned while interning here?

Mark: The most valuable thing I’ve learned is to always ask questions if you don’t understand or are unsure of something. The people at this company have always been so helpful. Last year I had so many questions as I tried to figure out who handled what and inevitably had to go outside of my department to find the answers. No matter who I asked, they were always patient and very helpful toward me. The Home Office employees are amazing like that!

Q: Has the internship taught you anything about your field of study?

Mark: Risk management is “in” if you will. The priority for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is to keep its employee’s safe while exceeding our customers’ expectations. This means always updating policies and finding new technology that helps keep us safe in the office and out on the roads.

Q: Do you have any advice for the other interns?

Mark: Absolutely! I have two things: First, get to know everyone you possibly can here, and at the Lansing franchise. I asked for help so much last year and everyone supported in any way they could. Second, take this whole experience in. This is an international company and interning here means something, so continue to grow.

Q: What are your plans after graduation?

Mark: I’m hoping to stay on here in the risk management department if the opportunity arises. If not that, I am considering going to law school and specializing in employment and labor law.

Q: Okay, final question. If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 items, what would you choose and why?

Mark: Alright the three things I would bring are:

  1. A Bible. I’d bring this because my parents raised me in the church and it always has the answer.
  2. A hammock. Reading my Bible in a hammock in the shade …yes please.
  3. A fishing pole. Going fishing in my spare time would be pretty great. Not a bad life to live!
  4. A best friend named Wilson (who happens to be a volleyball). Simply because without anyone to talk to, I’d feel like a castaway.

If you are interested in working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® visit our careers website.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

Eight interns and a truck – Part 2

Written by Cheyenne Yost

Michael Harbert – Human Resources intern

Mike HarbertMeet Michael Harbert, a human resources intern at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc., who started his internship in early June. I met Michael during my second week here and couldn’t help but notice how professional he is. After interviewing Michael, this is what he told me about his experience after just a few weeks into the job.

Q: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your background?
Michael: I am a recent graduate from Hope College where I played college football. I graduated with a business management degree and went to Williamston High School.

Q: What made you apply to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?
Michael:  I was really looking for a reputable company to work for during the summer and one close to home so I could make extra money to pay off student debt and gain valuable, hands-on experience.

Q: What are your usual day-to-day tasks here at the office?
Michael: So far, my day-to-day tasks have always been varied, but a few things I’ve done so far are posting and refreshing online jobs, coordinating sales orders, and creating links and users for franchise teams. I have also done research on manual labor jobs comparing what we pay our movers and drivers to similar jobs and have researched additional information on wage deduction laws.

Q: What is your favorite TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Core Value and why?
Michael: The Grandma Rule® is my favorite Core Value. I choose The Grandma Rule® because I like the idea of treating everyone as if they were your grandmother. Always treating people with kindness and respect should come naturally for people of integrity.

Q: Who has been the best mentor or teacher for you?
Michael: Here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, I would say the entire human resources department as a whole has been involved in mentoring me, especially Staffing Support Specialist Johanna Morrisett. However, each person makes a point to teach me new things and answer any questions I have.

Q: Has the internship taught you anything about your field of study?
Michael: This internship has taught me a ton about the business world and what it takes to be a continuously growing company, that nothing is as black and white as it may seem from the outside looking in, and there are always changes that need to be made and things to be improved.

Q: What are your plans after graduation?
Michael: I graduated this spring. So after the internship I will be job hunting.

Q: One goal you hope to accomplish while working here and what you hope to take away from this internship experience.
Michael: I hope through this internship I will gain more confidence in myself as a young business professional. I’m eager to gain the experience and continue growing for the future, wherever I end up.

Q: Okay, final question. If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 items, what would you choose and why?

Michael:

  1. Knife – so that I can hunt and build things
  2. Sleeping Bag – so I can sleep
  3. Radio – mostly for music but also to signal for help

If you are interested in working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® visit our careers website.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

Eight Interns And A Truck – Part 1

Written by Cheyenne Yost

Jay Burzych – Finance

JayJay Burzych is one of the finance interns here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® / INTERNATIONAL, Inc., and he’s also a fellow Spartan! When I first met Jay in the office, my first impression was that he was funny and was always cracking a joke. Jay definitely has the right mentality of working hard while having fun. Here is what Jay had to say about being an intern.

Q: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your background?

Jay: I grew up in Okemos, Mich., and I’m now a finance major at Michigan State University, with aspirations of working in the banking sector after school. I played water polo, golf, and basketball in high school. In my free time I enjoy playing the guitar and saxophone, going up north to Lake Charlevoix with friends and family, and playing golf with my buddies.

Q: What made you apply at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

Jay: Nobody else wanted to hire a freshman. I actually came here when I was younger and job shadowed the CFO Jeff Wesley for a day. He set me up in meetings with different people all day and I really got a good vibe from everybody who worked here. When I discovered the company is in total growth mode right now, I thought it would be a very interesting and dynamic place to work this summer.

Q: What are your usual day-to-day tasks here at the office?

Jay: Working with the procurement and logistics project team, I wouldn’t really say I have a set list of day-to-day tasks. My main project this summer will be projecting future growth and capital needs for all of the franchises when they visit Lansing for the annual Truck Expo in September.

Q: After looking at our core values on the website, what is your favorite TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Core Value and why?

Jay: My favorite Core Value has to be Care. I am a total people person and always think about what’s best for other people. Being surrounded by people who also care about the genuine wellbeing of others is refreshing and fun!

Q: What are your interests or hobbies?

Jay: There are not many better feelings than the cold splash of water engulfing my body. Whether it’s swimming in a pool or water skiing up north, I love being in the water. I am also a huge golfer and love getting away from everything and walking a quick nine or 18 holes with friends.

Q: Who has been the best mentor or teacher for you?

Jay: If I was being honest, then I would say my dad, but I feel like using a parent for this question is cliché. One of my dad’s close friends, Dave Campbell, has been a big part of my life. He has taught me a lot about business and life in general. I am certain wherever I end up, he will have helped me open that door.

Q: Has your internship taught you anything about your field of study?

Jay: Definitely. One particular aspect I like about this internship is that I have gotten exposure to so many different things. I have learned so much about business practices in general. Rather than only taking a finance mindset into a meeting, I am now able to analyze where each participant is coming from and why they might be thinking a certain way.

Q: What are your plans after graduation?

Jay: Well according to the statisticians, 50% of my generation’s eventual professions have not even been created yet, so I guess I will just have to see what is happening in a couple more years.

Q: Okay, final question. If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 items, what would you choose and why?

Jay: If I was stuck on an island, the three things I would want would be a water filter so that I could drink the water, a slingshot so that I could kill things to eat, and a Gameboy Advance because its battery lasts forever.

If you are interested in working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® visit our careers website.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

Eight interns and a truck

Written by Cheyenne Yost

cheyenneI’m Cheyenne, a grilled cheese enthusiast and one of the marketing interns here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® / INTERNATIONAL, Inc. I will be a senior at Michigan State University this fall. I’m a communication major specializing in public relations… go green! I’ll be blogging about my adventures here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® this summer.

My story is a little different from the other interns in how I landed my internship this summer. My journey with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® began at the Las Vegas airport back in March. After making it through security, I sat down with my breakfast burrito waiting for my flight back to Michigan, and sitting across from me was a guy wearing a green, Michigan State Spartan shirt. So, being the Spartan I am, I said “go green!” He replied, “go white!” We started chatting, and after introducing ourselves and learning his name was Chris, and his coworker, Dawn, I learned they were in Vegas for the annual TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® conference. We began chatting for a while and I asked about summer internships. Dawn gave me her card and the rest is history!

My work days are always different. I work on various projects each week, mostly consisting of writing and social media tasks. I also go to meetings and webinars whenever possible to learn more about the brand, and what other roles people have in the building. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® includes interns in meetings and events, which I think is really cool and a great learning experience.

I have only been at the office for a few weeks now, but I’ve learned so much. The most valuable thing I’ve learned at this point is that communication is crucial. Communication connects everything and everyone together and without it, work would not run nearly as smooth!

Prior to joining TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, I didn’t realize how big the company actually was and how awesome of an opportunity I have working here. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® gives back so much to the community and truly cares about its customers. It’s no wonder the company is worldwide!

So far, the best teachers and mentors have been Lindsay (media relations coordinator) and Dawn (communications and external affairs manager). Lindsay is who I report to and she knows so much about public relations and other cause marketing efforts TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® promotes throughout the year. I really enjoy learning from Dawn, too. Specifically on crisis communication situations that arise. There are many aspects that go into handling a crisis situation and it is so interesting to see how the process works. I know I’ll learn even more as the summer continues.

PS: I am also blogging about my fellow interns so stay tuned!

Until next time,

Cheyenne

If you are interested in working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® visit our careers website.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.