Military experience prepares veteran to become successful franchisee

Written by Jessy Howe

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In December 2014, Jeremy Brown joined the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system as franchisee of the Dover, Del., location. After completing 11.5 years of active duty Air Force service as a C-17 pilot, he has since transitioned to the Air Force Reserves in a traditional reservist capacity and serves as the Deputy Inspector General for the 512th Airlift Wing in Dover.

What does TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® mean to you?

For me, right now, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® symbolizes challenge and opportunity. Challenge, because every day it is highly probable I will face a new and unique puzzle that needs solved. I have always thrived in that kind of environment and I appreciate the chance to be a student and hopefully a teacher every day. I also see a great deal of opportunity with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. This system has grown for 70 consecutive months and is averaging 17% growth annually.  I feel my timing is perfect as the brand seems poised for continued, strong growth, which leads to expanded market share across the board. Likewise, the corporate team does a great job with the road map for success and growth on the local level and their continued effort to be exceedingly transparent provides an abundance of model franchises to base strategic decisions on. I am part of a unique system with support in all facets of the model and one that is achieving incredible success.

How do you feel TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® aligns with your military background?  

The Air Force was a great organization to be a part of and I think I could paint a correlation between nearly everything I did in the military and all the things that go along with being a franchisee. Being an officer in the military is very leadership intensive and as a C-17 pilot, I was charged with the safe navigation and movement of a $200 million aircraft all over the globe, and more importantly, the safe transport of the people and goods aboard. The only significant difference as a moving company is that we are confined to the roadways, at least for now.  Also, in the Air Force, and more specifically as a pilot, processes and checklists rule the day. They allow you to approach every task with clearly defined steps and standards, which ensures both efficiency and consistency regardless of who is performing the task. These principles seem to translate very well into the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system.

With your military experience, has it helped prepare to own a business?  

I think the military does a great job of teaching the principles of leadership. While that in itself doesn’t make me a great leader, I feel like it has given me the tools I need to be successful in business and continue to grow as a leader. Additionally, I was afforded the opportunity to work directly for the commander of a 4,500 person organization. This commander, in my opinion, was an extraordinary leader and manager and he was very forthcoming with the how and why of his decision-making. It was a unique perspective with lessons learned that I will never forget.

Do you have any advice for a veteran who was looking to start a business with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?  

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is a great brand to be a part of and the business structure closely mirrors that of a small military unit.  At least from my point of view, it fits the veteran profile nicely. The corporate team also does a wonderful job of providing a foundation and a road map to make a smooth transition from the service to successful business ownership.

We are blessed to have a number of veterans in our system working to lead and grow their own businesses. Like Jeremy, the leadership and integrity they bring is exceptional and sets them up for nothing but success.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us move your career forward. We are proud to be part of the VetFran network!  If you are interested in learning more about franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® visit,

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Movers for Military collection celebrates Veterans

By Dawn Kroeger

Veterans. When I hear the word “veteran”, many words come to mind such as sacrifice, honor, hero, freedom.  Like many others, I don’t first think of words like homeless, jobless, poor or hungry. But all of those words – the words that come to mind and those that don’t – are a reality for many veterans.

According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, one third of our nation’s homeless are veterans. Additionally, the NCHV estimates roughly 1.5 million other veterans are at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks and poor living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.

Much work is being done to combat this crisis for veterans and their families from bills introduced to the Senate and House of Representatives to national and local organizations working on preventing homelessness while serving current homeless.

This year TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc. introduced a new initiative being rolled out in 36 TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations called Movers for Military. The goal of this program is to partner with local agencies serving homeless veterans to provide much needed essentials such as towels, bedding, clothing and toiletries. In an effort to educate children about the needs of veterans and provide an opportunity for service, Movers for Military also engages local schools to join in the collection.

With the support of more than 60 media partners, as Veteran’s Day approaches, Movers for Military has been successful in year one by collecting more than 15,000 items for local agencies and increasing awareness of the needs of homeless veterans.

Check out some of these great clips and photos highlighting the Movers for Military program for our local veterans in need:


Living Better in San Diego radio interview

Miami television station website article

K92.3 FM Orlando website


Veterans Initiative

Last week was incredibly busy for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® employees attending the National Veterans Small Business Conference and Expo in Detroit. Drew Bullard, director of operations at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® in Pittsburgh and Air Force veteran, spoke at the event in a panel titled “Veterans Opportunities in Franchising”. Melanie Bergeron, former franchisee and current chair of the board at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, hosted a special International Franchise Association (IFA) event that educated other franchisors on the importance of employing veterans. We also had a handful of HR representatives ready answer career related questions for curious veterans. At the end of the week, we spoke with more than 100 veteran applicants interested in becoming managers, movers/drivers, and franchisees. Our focus on veterans is something has that been a priority of ours for a long time. We have multiple veteran franchisees and managers who have worked within our system for decades. We also offer interested veterans a 15% discount on purchasing a location.

We believe employing America’s armed services heroes is utilizing skilled, respected specialists who understand that achieving success in life takes commitment, personal integrity and self-discipline. These values align with our standards, and this alignment is why many veterans have built successful careers within our system.

If you know a veteran seeking a civilian career, please direct them to