While pursuing a degree in agriculture at the University of Illinois to continue his long family tradition of farming, Jeremy Brown felt an urge to chase his lifelong dream of flying. Soon after, he packed his bags and headed to Daytona Beach, Fla., to work toward a career in commercial aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Unfortunately, while in Daytona Beach and working through his flying training, the tragic events of September 11, 2001 took place and completely re-shaped the aviation industry all but eliminating his opportunity to fly with the airlines. In turn, he found himself back in Illinois still looking for ways to become a pilot and in 2003, he turned to the Air Force.
He was soon stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana, where we he was responsible for supervising in-shop maintenance on equipment for nuclear launch and missile alert facilities. After spending three years as an enlisted maintainer in the Air Force, he transitioned to office corps and was stationed in Oklahoma for two years to complete Undergraduate Pilot Training. Upon completion, he was assigned to the C-17A and was stationed at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.
During his tenure there, he was certified as a C-17A Instructor Pilot and was also certified as an air drop pilot. He received numerous military awards, including two Air Medals for his work in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. In 2012, he was re-assigned to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, and unfortunately, soon thereafter was medically disqualified from flying. Considering this, Brown elected to separate from the Active Duty service and joined the Air Force Reserves. Hoping to put his MBA studies to work, he started to explore new careers both in real estate and entrepreneurship.
Franchising opportunities began to catch his eye, and soon after, he signed on to become a franchisee for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Dover location. Bringing his business experience and extensive military leadership to the location, he has been able to post a 98% customer referral rate for the Dover team.
“The Air Force was a great organization to be a part of and I think I could paint a correlation between nearly everything I did in the military and all the things that go along with being a franchisee,” Brown shared of his military background. “In the Air Force, and more specifically as a pilot, processes and checklists rule the day. They allow you to approach every task with clearly defined steps and standards, which ensures both efficiency and consistency regardless of who is performing the task. These principles seem to translate very well into the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system.”