PHARR — After over 20 years in the classroom as a teacher and a coach, Jose Gonzalez decided it was time to make a change and dedicate himself to business.
Gonzalez entered the business world June 3 when he opened a Two Men and A Truck franchise, a Michigan-based moving company with franchises across the nation. Based in Pharr, Gonzalez’s venture is serving McAllen and the surrounding area.
During summer months, he and his wife started looking into business ideas and eventually decided on the moving company. Now, he typically handles at least one move a day, with the weekends being the busiest.
Gonzalez grew up in Mission and taught math and coached cross country and track. He said he got into coaching these sports as a runner and trained athletes, many of whom took their sports career into college.
“Really I just needed a change from that and coming out to the business world is a lot of the same thing, I’m still coaching my guys. …” Gonzalez said. “We’re still teaching them the proper way of doing things.”
He stressed the need for customer service and adhering to the corporate company’s “core values.”
“Moving people forward is what we strive for, moving them to their new house, or their new apartment,” Gonzalez said.
His business takes him around the country, with moves to Arizona and North Carolina and “pretty much anywhere in the country,” he said.
With just over a month since officially launching his business, he’s still working out the details of getting in-to the workflow.
“It’s been an ongoing process, a lot of phone calls, a lot of meetings, a lot of webinars, that I have to attend to,” Gonzalez said.
He has about nine employees currently under his supervision and two 26-foot box trucks along with a car-go van for smaller jobs in additional rental trucks if needed, he said.
It is a physically intensive business, he said, noting how he climbed 63 flights of stairs during one day at work.
Waking up early in the morning for a move is similar to his duties as a coach with practices in the morning and afterschool.
“Basically the same kind of hours, but now I’m working for myself instead of having kids and going to class, and doing all of that stuff,” Gonzalez said.
His office is filled with heavy pads, stretch wrap, cardboard boxes and other supplies for business.
The former teacher has been involved in business in some capacity.
This is not the former teacher and coach’s first step into the business world. Gonzalez had side ventures as a teacher. However, he finally decided if he “wanted to do this right,” he would have to leave his teaching po-sition due to time constraints.
Although he has good memories and accomplishments during his time as an educator, he does not plan to go back to the profession, he said.
“That was a chapter in my book that was great. I would get up and want to go to work, want to go and teach and coach and do all of that,” Gonzalez said.
“Now it’s transferred to this,” Gonzalez said. “ … You walk into somebody’s houses and all their memories, all their personal stuff is all on the floor or in a box and we put it all together and we take away that stress from them, that we’re going to take care of it.”