Businessman

 

I am the founder of Two Men and a Truck, the removal and transportation company.

I’m often asked how Two Men and a Truck started. I certainly didn’t wake up one morning and decide to become a removalist.

I didn’t ask my bank manager for a loan. At that stage I didn’t even have an accountant. Even worse, I had never moved a piece of furniture in my life.

It just happened.

After growing up in Holland, I studied Hotel and business Management in Lausanne, Switzerland for four years.

I did a year of training in Johannesburg, South Africa. It instilled the travel bug in me. I continued with a Hotel Management and Business Degree at the Hilton Hotel Park Lane, London.

Australia was next on the list – seeming such a remote, strange and dangerous place. It was.

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Soon I found myself married with a house and children. I had to make money to survive.

I responded to an ad in the local newspaper for a delivery run, picking up mail from the post office every morning and taking mail back in the afternoon.
That company merged and gave me more and more work. Eventually I needed a large van. That job spanned over a decade.

One day my wife purchased a bookcase from a local pine shop and I picked it up in the van. I then did a few extra deliveries for the shop owner to help him out.

He kept ringing with more deliveries so I bought a second-hand truck. When it was a bigger job he would say “Richard I need the truck and two men”. Pete, the next-door neighbour’s teenage son would help.

That was the start of Two Men and a Truck.

One day Pete and I turned up at a “small move” in Bondi. I still remember – it was huge.

Fortunately there was a truck parked down the road. After a long discussion the driver helped me out. He retired as my colleague 15 years later.

The business evolved from my lounge room to a caravan in the backyard. Eventually when the council complained about the trucks in the laneway, we upgraded to a little shop in Cammeray. Four years later we moved to our current premises in St Leonards.

Two Men and a Truck is now national with trucks in Perth, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Gold Coast and Brisbane.

I have taken the business to where it is now, but that doesn’t mean I was going to take it there.

My friends wonder why I still work. Because the alternatives are disastrous! Gardening and day-time telly?! No thanks!

Sure, I have changed some of my responsibilities since my age became greater than my IQ.  I don’t drive trucks any more and it’s been a while since I lifted a piano over a balcony. But I still love going to work.

My two beautiful daughters have all of the admin under control and we have appointed a new CEO.

VIDEO: Watch the jubilations and frustrations of family business

I must admit it was hard letting go and accepting that I was no longer in control. But we all know the importance of young blood driving the business in new directions.

I thrive on the adrenalin of dramas, decision-making and the day-to-day challenges of this unpredictable and spontaneous industry I call removology.

But it’s time for this old bloke to take some time to reflect and smell the roses. I’ve worked hard. I’ve raised a family and I’ve built a business.

I’m now the Brand Ambassador for Two Men And A Truck. As soon I know what that means, I’m going to give it everything I’ve got!