Women in Business
Meet 30 professionals who embody the modern concept of leadership. Each has vision and passion, and each is innovative and collaborative. Learn how these women are transforming old business models and making their workplaces better.
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Jennifer Gondolfo needed to support herself and her five children when her 31-year marriage ended. In 2007 she bought the Two Men and a Truck Delaware South franchise. By early 2009, she had increased her number of moves nearly 77 percent, and her franchise became the second-fastest growing in the Two Men system. (There are 209 franchises.) The single mom and owner employs 15 staffers in a business that thrives “in spite of or because of the recession,” she says. “This economy brings life changes.” Gondolfo respects her movers. “Men who have done labor-intensive jobs aren’t exactly used to working for people who care about them and their families,” she says. “But the moving business is competitive, and it’s an honor when customers pick me. I convey that to my guys. Nobody better mess with my customers.”
HER CHALLENGE The company name, Two Men and a Truck, because there can be several men and several trucks used on a job.
HER MENTOR Mary Ellen Sheets, the single mother who founded Two Men and a Truck in 1985.
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