"I enjoyed the show. It had some informative seminars and I plan on going back again." - Al Luna, PAAC Towing, Kaufman, TX
"The best part always ends up being what we learn by mingling with other professionals in the business. Of course, my husband can’t wait to see the trucks." - Christine Puckett, H&H Towing, Corpus Christi, TX
"I went with the boss's wife and we came back with ideas and energy. The ideas we put into use have been successful." - Lauria Moulton, Bennett’s Garage & Towing Inc., Earl Park, IN
"Great show. Well organized. Really did well with the River Walk. Gave something for everyone to do and see for the whole weekend."
- Bob Carey, Carey’s Inc., Laurel, DE
"It was great. Everything was wonderful, very organized and well planned." - Linda Harris, Always Ready, El Campo, TX
The winners' ceremony will take place at the conventention center during the Booms in the Sky Barbecue as part of the show's closing festivities. It is American Towman's way of saying, "thank you," to the contestants and team members who put so much dedication, energy, and pride in their prize trucks.
Whether you compete in the Pageant or take it all in and vote on your choice picks, the spectacle of the world's finest wreckers at the USA Wrecker Pageant is a great experience.
Conference Passport $75 in advance registration $125 on site
allows access and participation in all Friday and Saturday Conference Seminars.
ALERT: Don't fall prey to bogus hotel booking services calling or emailing you and offering cheaper hotel accommodations. Please be aware that they are fraudulent and are not actually booking a reservation for you only taking your credit card information and your money.
Exciting San Antonio at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
Tow Expo Int’l features major manufactures of wreckers, carriers, trailers, truck chassis and all the related equipment and services towers need to ply their trade. “Tow Bosses” will have the opportunity to meet with many of the major motor club representatives as well as dispatch systems providers, GPS companies and equipment finance sources. They will also be able to see the latest in safety apparel and equipment. Everything a Tow Boss may need will be under one roof for viewing.
Stay ahead of your competition when you attend the American Towman Conferences, which features top Industry leaders from across the country related to municipal towing and tow operations. With leaders from both state associations in the lone star state in attendance, your voice can and will be heard at Tow Expo Int’l.
And it doesn't stop there, Participate in the Ten-Gallon Casino Night where gaming and gambling with towing comrades makes for a fun evening. Have a cigar and casual conversation amongst towing professionals during the Big Smoke at the Historic Menger Hotel. Experience the live Recovery Show by Miller Industries and much much more!!!
2014 Tow Expo International Exhibitors
One of the most influential markets in the towing industry - Southwest U.S. - is home to one of the most exciting expositions and conferences for the professional tow operator.
Market Strength of American Towman Magazine
Backed by the marketing power of American Towman magazine, the towing and recovery industry’s premier monthly trade publication with over 38,000 readers, Tow Expo Int’l’s attendee-building program is a hard-hitting combination of print advertising in AT and direct mail marketing to the tow bosses from AT’s extensive database along with email, Internet, and telemarketing.
Tow Bosses in the Southwest
With Texas being the heart of the southwestern market with three of the largest metropolitan areas in the country - Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, and San Antonio - Tow Expo International is positioned to deliver an audience comprised of towers not only from the Lone Star State, but also the key states of Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado and Arizona.
A.T. Expo Corp. has built its reputation for producing and marketing trade shows that are professionally managed and target marketed to the most qualified audience in the industry: professional tow business operators.
Special Event Sponsors
Sponsored by: Miller Industries
Sponsored by: Savatech
Sponsored by: Dynamic Manufacturing
Luxury Vehicle Training
Sponsored by: Allstate Roadside Services
The American Towman Cup
Co-Sponsored by: SpeedTech Lights
Offical Lighting Company
of the WRECKER PAGEANT
Sponsored by: GEICO
USA Wrecker Pageant
World-Class Wreckers Compete for trophies
Open during Exhibit Hall hours
Unique for its theme displays alongside traditional wreckers and carriers competing among several classes, the Wrecker Pageant is a true piece of Americana. You see a bit of history mixed with the character and color only wrecker operators bring to their trucks. Attendees vote electronically their choice for each class.
Wrecker Class Fee: $75 Light, medium, vintage (pre-1985): $100 HD Single Axle, HD Tandem, Carrier, Rotator. You must advance register to enter a wrecker or carrier in the pageant. You may enter as many as three trucks (One per class) in the competition. Trucks may enter the hall between 8am-6pm Thursday, Aug. 13, and 8am-11am Friday, Aug. 14. Trucks stay in the hall until the culminating Winners' Ceremony during the Saturday Night event.
Co Sponsored By:
Offical Lighting Company of the USA WRECKER PAGEANT
Repossession Conference Friday, August 14, 8:30 am - 11:30 am • Saturday, August 15, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
This special two-day conference conducted by Joe Taylor of RISC and Mark Lacek of Commercial Asset Solutions will feature panel seminar/discussion/Q-A with the focus on education, procedures, safety, legal and and of course the importance of certification in the repossession industry. Topics will include the difference between a consumer and commercial repossession work, the skip trace and verification process and repossession law in Texas and the nation. The importance of repossession insurance, repossession fees and views on the industry’s future will also be discussed. Joe Taylor, RISC; Mark Lacek, Commercial Asset Solutions.
Friday, August 14
8:30-9:30am The repossession industry, yesterday, today and tomorrow. If your reactive instead of proactive, you are already behind.
10:30-11:30am Repossession Insurance Part 1.
General Liability; including Wrongful Repossession.
Commercial Auto; for tow trucks and other business autos.
Garage Keepers; three types of coverage with Direct Primary being the most important On Hook.
Saturday, August 15
8:30-9:15 am Uniform Commercial Code UCC.
Applicable Federal Law.
9:15-9:45 am Repossession Insurance Part 2.
Personal Property of Others.
Client Protection Bond.
Receiving the assignment.
Verifying the information sent to you.
Sending updates to the client.
Locating and recovering the asset with skip tracing and data brokers.
Removing personal property and storing the asset.
Condition report and invoicing.
Skip Trace secrets.
Ways to make more money in the repo business.
Municipal Tow Conference Friday, August 14, 8 am - 11 am • Saturday, August 15, 8 - 11 am
Municipal Towing: Gaining Best Practices - Friday, August 14, 8 am
American Towman Field Editor Randy Resch will discuss what it takes to serve under the terms of contract, as well as the reasons third-party administrator programs are threatening towers in big cities in all states. This seminar will also cover the fine points of responding to municipal and state bids to provide contract services. Randy Resch, American Towman Magazine.
Why Do I Need a Contract? - Friday, August 14, 9 am
This seminar will explore why towers and police should have contracts in place in order to define roles and expectations. Steps on how to obtain a municipal contract will also be discussed. John Borowski, Police Towers of America.
Protecting Your Business/Law Enforcement Networking - Friday, August 14, 10 am
This course is designed to provide the towing operators with information that would enable them to protect their businesses and comply with statutes and/or regulations. Additionally, the course will cover the advantages of towers networking with law enforcement to create alliances and lay the groundwork for long-term relationships that will enable them to accomplish their goals of operating on a level playing field. Les Cravens, Auto Data Direct.
Protecting Evidence Hold Vehicles - Friday, August 14, 11 am
Many municipal towing contracts require certain criteria for the handling and storage of evidence hold vehicles. Improper handling and storage of these vehicles can disturb critical evidence or render evidence in admissible in court. American Towman Field Editor Terry Abejuela will discuss how to tow or transport, as well as store these types of vehicles, while maintaining the integrity of the evidence that will be crucial to the agencies case. Avoiding additional fingerprints or DNA, providing a user friendly investigation area and documenting the chain of custody are some of the subjects covered in this seminar. Terry Abejuela, American Towman Magazine.
On-Scene Survival for Highway Responders - Saturday, August 15, 8 am
American Towman Field Editor Randy Resch will present a power point presentation specific to law enforcement towers serving the Department of Public Safety on their highways. Randy’s session is designed to go hand-in-hand with the National Traffic Incident Management course now required of tow truck operators to enhance roadside safety. Randy Resch, American Towman Magazine.
Keeping Your Municipality Happy - Saturday, August 15, 9 am
Even though you have towing for many years, is your city happy with your service? Better find out because if they are not, they make changes that you will have to live with! Join John Borowski of Police Towers of America for this informative session. John Borowski, Police Towers of America.
Increase Profits Through Environmental Clean-Up - Saturday, August 15, 10 am
Increase your profits and learn how to get started in the environmental clean-up industry on a low budget. Darryl Birdsong will also discuss what supplies/products/equipment are needed for the different types of spills and how to utilize employees and equipment you already have. Learn how to market your business, contract the job, take samples for testing, proper disposals and invoicing. Darryl Birdsong, Birdsong Environmental Solutions.
Heavy Duty Tow Trucks Working with Cranes - Saturday, August 15, 11 am
A PowerPoint presentation providing information to tow truck operators on the basics of performing crash recoveries when working alongside crane companies is the focus of this session. Bobby Tuttle of CIRT will discuss the differences between how cranes operate versus how tow trucks operate, the different needs of the tow company and the crane company when working together, rigging considerations and other concerns and/or issues when working with cranes. The seminar will also include critiquing several photos of crash recoveries performed by cranes and heavy duty tow trucks. Bobby Tuttle, CIRT.
Tow Operations Conference Friday, August 14, 8 am - 11 am • Saturday, August 15, 8 - 11 am
Optimizing Lien Properties - Friday, August 14, 8 am
Save time, money while insuring you are in full compliance with ever changing towing lien notifications. The use of lien processing websites will be discussed where you will still do the work yourself, but you can do it online anywhere anytime. On average most people will save about 30-60 minutes per vehicle and do not have to go to the post office to send the notifications. Jennifer Wall and Mike Haney, Beacon Software.
Improving The Customer Service Experience - Friday, August 14, 9 am
A professional image in all aspects of your business is a vital part of business growth. This seminar discusses recommendations on how your company can achieve a professional image through providing excellent customer service. Chris Griffin, Road America.
Don’t Crush Your Cash! - Friday, August 14, 10 am
Learn how to buy and sell lightly damaged, high mileage, repossessed and abandoned vehicles at auction with a combined live and live-online bidding auction platform. Ron Walters, IAA Insurance Auto Auctions.
Damage Avoidance: Car Carrier/Flatbed Safety - Friday, August 14, 11 am
No company is immune from having claims filed against them David Bouvia of WreckMaster will illustrate some tricks of the trade for loading and unloading car carriers and flatbeds safely. He’ll also discuss methods of executing a four point tie down for today’s vehicles. David Bouvia, WreckMaster.
Understanding Manufacturers’ Equipment Ratings - Saturday, August 15, 8 am
WreckMaster Lead Instructor David Bouvia will discuss towing and lifting capacity in this session. Participants attending this seminar will also gain insight into understanding the manufacturer’s ratings and capabilities of your equipment. David Bouvia, WreckMaster
High Tension Cable Barrier Systems Recoveries - Saturday, August 15, 9 am
This seminar will cover the basics of performing crash recoveries from high tension cable barrier systems (HTCBS). Presented by towing and recovery veteran Bobby Tuttle of Complete Incident Response Training (CIRT), attendees will learn the hazards involved with recovering crashed vehicles from a HTCBS, how to do pre-recovery inspections, using a tow truck to move cables on a HTCBS, and more. Bobby Tuttle, CIRT.
5-Star Reviews and First Page Results! - Saturday, August 15, 10 am
Mike Rappaport will run share actual case studies for towing companies building business with the Internet. Learn how directory dominance translates into cash calls. Experience real ways to practically eliminate negative reviews and discover how Facebook can enhance your brand and profit! Mike Rappaport, OMG National.
Understanding Snatch Block Line Angles - Saturday, August 15, 11 am
Tow truck operators must understand how line angles affect line tension and block loads when using snatch blocks to avoid overloading. In this seminar, American Towman Field Editor Terry Abejuela discusses the affects of line angles in a running block versus a fixed block will be discussed as well as how to apply angle factor multipliers. Terry Abejuela, American Towman.
Regulation and Legislative Conference Sunday, August 16, 9 am - 1 pm
Sunday, August 16, 9 am - 1 pm Open to all
Texas law & TDLR Conference
Sunday, August 16, 9 am - 1 pm Open to all
Conducted by Bobby Tuttle / CIRT
Medium- and Heavy-Duty Training • 2 Days
Thursday, August 13 • 8-Hours - 8am to 5pm Classroom Instruction at Menger Hotel
1-Hour Lunch Break (Provided by American Towman)
• Roadway Safety
• General Tow Truck Ratings & Data Plates
• Equipment Ratings
• Medium Duty & Heavy Duty Towing Techniques
• Motor Coach & Large RV Towing Techniques
• Recovery Techniques & Rigging
• Critique of Heavy Vehicle Recovery Techniques
• Haz-Mat Awareness & You
Friday, August 14 • 4-Hours - 8am to 12pm Hands-On at Mission Wrecker Yard
7am Menger Hotel Shuttle to and from hands-on venue
Light Continental Breakfast (Provided by CIRT)
• Demonstrate Proper Towing Hook-Ups
• Rig and Perform Up-righting of Overturned Tractor-Trailer with Heavy Duty Tow Trucks
• Other Hands-on Recovery Technique Involving Medium and Heavy Vehicle
• Class Photo and Hand-Out Certificates of Completion for Training Class
Friday, August 8, 8am-1pm & 5-9pm •
Saturday, August 9, 8am-12noon
Lead by WreckMaster instructor Bruce Campbell.
Rotator Training is a classroom/hands-on component of the new WreckMaster
8/9 R course. You do not have to be WreckMaster Certified to participate.
13 hr. Independent Course.
Fee: $595 when registering now or before July 25, $695 after.
Class size limited. Register now before class fills up.
Fee includes breakfast Friday and Saturday morning.
TDLR Approved Courses
Conducted by Southwest Tow Operators (STO)
Contact STO Directly: 972-247-9454
Friday, August 14, 2015
TDLR 4 Hour Continuing Education Course • 8am-12noon
TDLR 8 Hour IM Training Course • 8am-5pm
Saturday, August 15, 2015
TDLR IM Certification Testing • 1pm
Allstate Roadside Services Luxury Vehicle Training
- On the show floor: Free and Open to All
Allstate Roadside Services will be conducting training classes on the towing methods for various makes and models of luxury and premium vehicles.
Participants will have the opportunity to see how to safely secure and tow a variety of luxury and premium vehicles during exposition hours.
Light-Duty / Med-Duty Training with WreckMaster Friday, August 14, 8 am - 1 pm & 5 pm - 9 pm • Saturday, August 15, 8 am - 1 pm & 5 pm - 9 pm
WRECKMASTER LEVEL 2/3 TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION WHO SHOULD ATTEND
• Operators looking to expand their towing and recovery knowledge.
• Business owners or employees responsible for their company's in-house training.
• Managers responsible for their company’s safety meeting or anyone interested in reducing their level of risk by implementing the latest towing and recovery skills.
• Individuals considering a career change into the field of towing and recovery.
• Towing operators who want to become more efficient by studying the WreckMaster discipline.
This course is the most important course within our training program because it lays the ground work for all of our upper levels. Whether you’re moving a 5,000lb car or a 50,000lb truck we will show you how to calculate the resistance that needs to be overcome.
Each course level in the WreckMaster training program combines both a towing level as well as a recovery level. Students will learn Recovery, Moving, Towing Cars/Trucks, Up-righting and Upsets, with or without wheels. They will discover just how much effort it takes to move a car using our attachment techniques, how to incorporate predictability and efficiency, plus they will earn client confidence by using the correct towing vocabulary.
Our focus is to expose you to some new, efficient techniques that will make your life easier and your career safer. We pride ourselves with sharing current, up to date knowledge while at the same time making it interesting and understandable.
Our Level 2/3 training course is a pre-requisite to our level 4/5 training course.
There are no pre-requisites for this class other than a state or provincially issued drivers licence and any operator with any skill level or experience level can attend this class. Operators with limited experienced such as dispatchers, sales staff or operators with no prior towing and recovery experience have the option of beginning their training at our Level one training course.
ADDITIONAL ITEMS PROVIDED
• Training package with training work book and WreckMaster pen.
• DVD Training Video.
• Level 1 WreckMaster Certification.
• Upon successful completion of the WreckMaster Certification students will receive a Level 1 WreckMaster Certification, WreckMaster ID number, WreckMaster shoulder crest and WreckMaster photo certification ID card.
Saturday Afternoon, August 15
Live Recovery Show, where the latest in tow truck technology is used to illustrate various recovery scenarios. Show occurs right on the show floor, a Tow Expo exclusive!
Ten-Gallon Casino Night
Friday, August 14, 6 pm
Towers will play for a chance at winning prizes in the annual Ten-Gallon Casino Night. Prizes will be raffled off at the end. "It doesn't matter if you know how to gamble - it's all fun and exciting!"
Booms in the Sky Barbecue
Saturday, August 15, 5 pm
Barbecue and live music with Back In The Day and special guest Mike Corbin; a benefit event for towing's Survivor Fund, featuring Booms in the Sky, and other Towman favorites. Hosted by Southwest Tow Operators and American Towman.
The Big Smoke
Friday, August 14, 9 pm
In the Menger Hotel - where Rough Rider Teddy Roosevelt stayed – across the street from the historic Alamo, American Towman hosts the Big Smoke for the towing industry's cigar afficionados.
Tow Expo is a family affair. Area is set up on the show floor to accommodate all the children who want to finger paint, draw, and have their faces painted.
Schedule of Events
Thursday, Nov. 14
Camden Yards • 8am–5pm Welcome Cruise
Inner Harbor • 5:30–8pm Captains of Industry
Renaissance Hotel • 7:00pm
Friday, Nov. 15
8am–Noon TRAA Level 3 Testing
8am AT Academy Seminars
8:30–11:30am Towman Hunt (Skeet)
9am Police Towers of America
11:30am DC Recovery Luncheon
Noon Exhibit Hall Open
Friday, Nov. 15 cont'd.
AT Academy Seminars
5:10-7:10pm Bull & Pig Roast–Miller Rocks
Hard Rock Cafe • 7:30–10pm Calitri's Cuba
Luckies Tavern, PowerPlant • 9pm
Saturday, Nov. 16
AT Academy Seminars
8–11am Recovery Billing Course
8–Noon TRAA Level 1/2 Testing
8:30am Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
11am American Wrecker Pageant
Opens 11am Towman 500 Luncheon
12:30pm Exhibit Hall Closes
Saturday, Nov. 16
Renaissance Hotel • 6pm Festival Night
Renaissance Hotel • 7pm
Sunday, Nov. 17
8–Noon AT Academy Seminars
9–11am Exhibit Hall Opens
10am ACE Awards
2pm Exhibit Hall Closes
4pm International Feast
4pm Wrecker Pageant Ceremony
All events held at Baltimore
Convention Center unless
The River Walk is an enormously successful special-case pedestrian street, one level down from the automobile street. The River Walk winds and loops under bridges as two parallel sidewalks lined with restaurants and shops, connecting the major tourist draws from the Alamo to Rivercenter Mall, to the Arneson River Theatre, to Marriage Island, to La Villita, to HemisFair Park, to the Tower Life Building, to the San Antonio Museum of Art, and the Pearl Brewery.
More than 2.5 million people a year visit the 4.2 acre complex known worldwide as "The Alamo." For over 300 years, the Alamo has been a crossroads for Texas history. Here the Spanish colonization first took hold, Mexico armed its independence and even the Confederacy stood its ground. Yet most come to see the place where a small band of Texans held out for thirteen days against General Antonio López de Santa Anna.
Located on the world famous River Walk in downtown San Antonio, Rivercenter features more than 100 retailers including 6 restaurants, Macy's, IMAX, AMC Theaters, and a 1,000 room Marriott Hotel.
Rivercenter is the premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination. Discover a beautiful environment with the perfect blend of downtown energy and old world charm.
Music is almost always in the air at Market Square. As one of the city's prime locations for celebrations throughout the year, Market Square hosts family-friends festivals and fiestas that are free and open to the public. Our festivities include musical ensembles, dance troupes, food and crafts booths, and always a fun and welcoming atmosphere. In addition to shops and restaurants along the main pedestrian walkways, Market Square also features a large indoor area with 32 shops called El Mercado. Visitors to this historic square avail themselves to a myriad of activities. They sip margaritas in outdoor cafes, savor the finest Mexican foods including tasty fajitas, listen to the music of strolling musicians and visit shops filled to overflow with pinatas, Mexican dresses, curios, candies, jewelry, art, and an infinite variety of other items.
Originally built to hold the 1968 World’s Fair, San Antonio’s HemisFair Park has been one of the state’s most popular attractions since its inception.
Located near downtown San Antonio, just a short walk from the Riverwalk, the 15-acre HemisFair Park has undergone extensive renovation and additions over the years. Today, it features, among other things, exhibits remaining from the ’68 World’s Fair, a labrinyth of cascading waterfalls, a children’s playground and, the landmark of the San Antonio skyline, the 750-foot tall Tower of the Americas.
Original "Heart of San Antonio,". One square block in the heart of downtown, alive with artists and craftsmen, shops and restaurants.
Marriott Riverwalk Tow Expo International Headquarters Hotel
Our San Antonio Riverwalk hotel charmingly captures the vibrant culture and style of this romantic city, welcoming you and ensuring an enchanting stay. The Marriott San Antonio Riverwalk is located right on the River Walk and offers balcony views of San Antonio's fabulous Riverwalk district. Fitness Center, indoor pool, Spa, restaurant/bar, 50% off --- & discounted Internet. Across from Convention Center and next to River Center Mall.
The Menger Hotel
With a style and tradition befitting the oldest continuously operating hotel west of the Mississippi, the Historic Menger Hotel offers a splendid bridge between San Antonio’s colorful border town past and its cosmopolitan present. Truck parking available. The Big Smoke takes place here.
$105 S/D T/QUAD
Hilton Palacio del Rio
Explore San Antonio from Hilton Palacio del Rio, and enjoy our hotel's contemporary hacienda-style setting. Spectacularly situated on the banks of the river, this hotel in San Antonio by the River Walk offers private balconies with River Walk Views. At the opposite end of Convention Center, two blocks from the alamo, fitness center, restaurants and bars. Free Internet Access.
Description and hotel availability information coming soon
American Towman Magazine
Exhibitors receive free in-depth editorial coverage of the show through the April Issue of American Towman Magazine. Advertising opportunities and circulation bonuses are available to all show exhibitors.
American Towman magazine is the towing and recovery industry's longest published (38 years) and largest circulated (38,000+ readers) monthly trade publication.
American Towman TV
With American Towman TV, suppliers can benefit from the endless boundaries of the Internet with this industry-exclusive television program that provides coverage with a bi-weekly program throughout the year. In addition to its regular programming, American Towman TV covers the show with special show related information on what is being shown on the show floor, special events and other exciting goings-on at the event. Check for details on what advertising opportunities are available.
Tow Industry Week
Online information and industry coverage is afforded exhibitors on the Tow Industry Week website that provides online coverage of the industry as well as features of interest year-round. All pre-show information leading up to the exposition and postshow coverage is right there at a click of the mouse.
Expo Info Program
Placed in the hands of every show visitor at registration, this important program provides event and seminar schedules, floor plan, exhibitor list and NEW this year a complete product reference section linking companies with the products on display. This useful resource helps make traveling the show aisles a more organized experience.
Sponsorship opportunity allows for the distribution of a promotional flyer and traffic builder at the registration counter area.
Badge Holder Inserts
Place your business card-size insert into every attendee's badge holder. It is a guarantee to draw traffic to your booth.
Place your name around every neck of the show's attendees with the Show Lanyard. Featuring your color logo on the lanyard strap, this promotional item is handed out to every registrant.
Six headers (8" x 30" ea.) and six advertising panels (38" x 40" ea.), printed with your advertising messages and seen by all registrants in the registration area, give your company premium exposure.
A source of assistance to show attendees, the Expo Info Booth is located right in the registration lobby for easy access.
Expo Show Bags
Your name and advertising message appear on the oversized Official Show Bag available to all show attendees at registration area and several locations.
One of the fun places to visit when attendees take a break from the busy show floor is the retro diner in the center of the Food Court. The eatery, resplendent with a black and white checkered floor, and emanating an old time 50s ambience is a great place to promote your corporate and product image.
Please check back soon for advertising opportunitues that will be available.