Today was the grand opening of our newest corporate franchise location, in the city of Mississauga.
We were delighted to have Brig and Jon Sorber, the two original “stick men” from the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® logo come out to celebrate the occasion with us. It all started as an after school job for these two men when they were only high school students. It was an honour to have them with us to celebrate this grand opening.
Jon Sober, Executive VP of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® International shared some memories of our history, saying, “Never did we think we would go from our own green 1966 pick up truck, to more than 300 locations and 7000 employees.”
In the words of Brig Sober, now CEO of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® International, “It’s all about customer satisfaction. As a system, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK does two moves every minute of every hour, and has a 96% customer referral rating.”
John Prittie, President of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Canada, shared his vision for the future of our company, explaining that “2014 will be an exciting year of expansion as we venture outside of Ontario and into the western provinces with franchises in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and beyond.”
Prittie also spoke about our Core Values and our Mission, saying “Our Grandma Rule guides us: to treat every customer as you would treat your own Grandma.”
John Prittie presented Dan Hopkins with a key to the Mississauga franchise.
We were also excited to have a representative from The Mikey Network in attendance.
“As part of our Mikey On Board partnership, every TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Mississauga moving truck will have MIKEY automatic defibrillator on board,” said Eva Szypulska, President of The Mikey Network. “We’re excited to add another partner in our Mikey On Board defibrillator program in Mississauga.”
Dan Hopkins demonstrated how you would use of a MIKEY defibrillator to help someone suffering from sudden cardiac arrest.
As Prittie put it, “We’re not only in the business of moving, we’re in the business of saving lives.”
Esteemed guest Bonnie Crombie, Ward 5 Councillor for Mississauga was also on hand to share in this celebration.
“We’re delighted you’ve chosen Mississauga for your newest franchise. What a success story,” Crombie said.
To represent the city of Mississauga, Mayor Hazel McCallion came out to show her support. “What about one woman and a truck?” she joked.
All in all, it was a great event full of family, friends, colleagues and esteemed members of our Mississauga community. Thanks to everyone who helped make our grand opening such a success!