Mary Ellen Sheets, Founded Two Men and a Truck
, whose revenue exceeds $300 million annually.
In 25 years, Mary Ellen Sheets has taken her sons’ small moving business and driven it to an international corporation with more than 1,900 trucks and 300 locations worldwide. After her sons, Brig and Jon Sorber, left for college, the business continued to receive numerous requests so Sheets decided to take it over. She purchased an old moving truck for $350 – the only money she ever invested in the company – and hired two movers. The business grew steadily and Sheets’ entrepreneurial spirit became well known in the Lansing area. Eventually, she quit her state government job (foregoing her retirement) to put 100 percent into her thriving moving business.
Mary Ellen Sheets has received numerous awards such as:
- 2005 Ernst & Young International Runner-up Entrepreneur of the Year
- 2004 Entrepreneur of the Year by the International Franchise Association for her vision and savvy. She was the first woman to earn this award in its 40 year history.
- 2004 Michigan Women’s Foundation Women of Achievement and Courage Award
- 1995 Michigan Entrepreneur of the Year Award
- 1994 Top 25 Michigan Business Woman of the Year