Joey Hale was a mover and driver for Two Men and a Truck, the home and business moving and packing service, before he was ever a franchise owner. That's why he likes to say he knows the business from the ground up. In 1998, he was working for his father-in-law, who owned the Two Men and a Truck franchise in Knoxville, Tennessee. "I liked the hard work of it," he says. "There were different people every day, and I was good at it."
As his father-in-law began to phase out of the business, Hale took on increasing responsibilities for running the company, until in 1999 he bought the franchise outright from his father-in-law. Since then, he's expanded the business and now owns six franchises in three states — Maryland, California and Tennessee. In Maryland he has 16 employees and six moving trucks.