LANSING, Mich., Nov. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Brant Hartle first learned about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK ®, the largest national moving franchise system in the U.S., as a neighbor to one of the brand's original "two men" and former CEO, Brig Sorber. For nearly 12 years, conversations at the mailbox and neighborhood events gave Hartle a unique view into the company, as Sorber told him about the company's growth, hiring initiatives and hiccups on the road to success. Through that unique lens into the company, Hartle formed a deep respect for Sorber as both a neighbor and a company leader—one who always seemed to do the right thing no matter what issue was presented.
"Brig would tell me about the company exactly how it was because there was no reason not to," said Hartle. "I feel comfortable coming into this company because I had the privilege to learn about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK ® from a man who I've known to always live his life doing the right thing ." During this timeframe, Hartle was an audit manager at Andrews Hooper & Pavlik PLC, a well-known firm in Okemos, Michigan, before becoming the CFO at a multi-state insurance agency specializing in Physician malpractice insurance, SCW Agency Group, Inc. Hartle then transitioned into a role as an insurance agency operations consultant for The Doctors Company, helping integrate SCW Agency Group, Inc. into their operations. Always intrigued by learning about new industries and expanding his capabilities in the business world, Hartle became a co-founder and CFO of a Software as a Service start-up, Rentr.com, in the fall of 2015. Looking for business advice during the launch phase of the company, Hartle dialed his former neighbor, Sorber, to tap into his years of experience and expertise as an entrepreneur. While meeting with Sorber at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® offices, Hartle also met former CFO and current CEO, Jeff Wesley, who provided additional business advice on his start-up. Hartle spent the following 15 months working with a lean team of three other men, self-teaching himself how to run a start-up as the only team member without start-up experience. Then, an unexpected call came. In the fall of 2016, Wesley reached out to Hartle and presented a potential opportunity to join the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK ® team. "Upon first meeting Brant, I was excited by his overall energy and interest in learning about different industries and implementing new ideas as an experienced CFO," said Wesley. "With our aggressive growth goals and new ways of diversifying service offerings to our franchisees and customers, Brant's ability to adapt and find ways to win was a really appealing quality. He is a great culture fit and addition to our leadership team."