TowXpo is an industry-wide event where towing and recovery professionals get to meet and talk with major manufacturers of wreckers, carriers, trailers, truck chassis and offers all the tools and equipment towers need to be successful.
Attendees will be able to meet with major motor club representatives, dispatch systems providers, GPS companies and equipment finance sources. They will also be able to see the latest in safety apparel and equipment.
American Towman Conferences feature towing and recovery experts from a wide range of industry specialties with a wealth of knowledge and experience. From business operations and staff training to working with your local police and municipalities, digital marketing and better profit margins, there's something to be gained for everyone in these conferences.
When the workday is done, there's plenty of relaxation and fun to be had. 10 Gallon Gala features casino games and a delicious meal. The Big Smoke is great way to catch up with friends and kick back with a fine cigar and a drink. There's something for everyone at the towing industry's favorite summer break at TowXpo.
Friday, July 14, 11 am - 5 pm
Saturday, July 15, 11 am - 5 pm
Western heritage and hospitality meets modern culture and sophistication in this fast-growing metropolitan city that boasts one of the most walkable downtowns in the U.S., a renowned cultural arts district and a historic Stockyards district.
• 25 minutes from DFW International Airport
• Located in the heart of downtown
• Free transportation throughout downtown on Molly the Trolley
• Surrounded by first-class hotels, restaurants, shops, galleries and performance venues
1201 Houston St, Fort Worth, Texas 76102
Discover the Modern West
Fort Worth is the 12th-largest city in the United States, known for Texas hospitality and a dozen remarkable districts full of culture and fun. The historic western Stockyards featuring the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive and Billy Bob’s Texas, the world’s largest honky-tonk and the new Mule Alley, as well as a connected downtown with the 35-block Sundance Square entertainment district. You can visit the stunning museums of the Cultural District, the Botanic Garden and nearby Fort Worth Zoo.
• Relax in Sundance Square Plaza under the enormous umbrellas, grab a bite to eat on a patio or take a selfie in front of the whimsical water fountains.
•See a performance in the acoustically perfect Bass Performance Hall, known for its towering angels carved in limestone.
•Located in Sundance Square, the Sid Richardson is a free museum that showcases the art of the American West.
•Explore the gorgeous Fort Worth Water Gardens, a refreshing urban oasis next to the Fort Worth Convention Center.
•Visit the JFK Tribute in General Worth Square, which honors President Kennedy’s historic stay in Fort Worth.
•Take a break in Burnett Park or Hyde Park – home of the sleeping panther.
•Hop aboard Molly the Trolley, a bus service that circulates between downtown hotels and hot spots.
Once home to cowboys, cattlemen and outlaws, today the Stockyards National Historic District is one of the most popular attractions in Texas. Day and night, visitors come to the Stockyards to get a taste of the true American West.
No one does educational conferences like American Towman. Get in on these in-depth Intelligence Briefings critical to a Commander In Chief of an emergency road service operation. Learn from industry leaders about crucial issues in managing a towing business.
CARTE BLANCHE PASSPORT: Access into all American Towman Conference-Seminars,
$150 with advance registration. $225 after July 11.
AMERICAN TOWMAN WAR GAMESTowmen team up in the classroom in groups of three to collaborate on the approach and implementation of a recovery for a specific incident. Fifteen minutes into the deliberation something unexpected happens and the team must adjust its approach. Two challenging scenarios are presented. Each team is graded on its response. Those receiving a passing grade will be sent an American Towman War Games Certificate. Everyone participating receives an exclusive War Games pin.
James Bennett Jr. Beard’s Towing. Saturday, July 15, 11 am - 12:30 pm
TOWING & RECOVERY CONFERENCE
Running Hard With Family in TowAre you raising young children and feeling like something is missing? Is your work-life balance out of alignment? Being a parent is hard enough but when you add in the stress of being part of a towing family it can become overwhelming. Join Brian and Michelle as they draw from decades of experience raising their families and running successful towing companies.
Brian J Riker, American Towman and Michelle Sukow HDM Truck Center. Friday, July 14, 8 am
Effective Lockout TechniquesExplores How To Safely Unlock Vehicles. Techniques Focus On Damage Prevention And Explain Key Tool Types.
Sam Flores, AAA-Texa. Friday, July 14 8 am
A Safe and EV Fire Compliant Vehicle Storage FacilityA coming storm involves the electric vehicle(EV). A damaged EV can spontaneously ignite anytime up to 45 days after an accident. Know, understand and prepare your facility to minimize this hazard. Since vehicle operating fluids (VOFs) are regulated wastes, understand how good housekeeping practices can eliminate fines and pollution from the damaged vehicle stored at your facility.
Ed Grubbs & Jim Figueira, Environmental Chemical Solutions. Friday, July 14, 10 am
Marijuana and the Truck Driver, When Is Zero Really Not Zero?With the legalization or decriminalization of marijuana and derivative products like CBD oils positive drug tests among commercial drivers has spiked. Join Brian Riker as he digs into why this is happening to good drivers, both CDL and non-cdl, and how a driver can end up with a positive drug test and a driving disqualification without realizing they are doing anything wrong.
Brian J Riker, American Towman. Saturday, July 15, 8 am
BUSINESS OPERATIONS CONFERENCE
Building your Files to Maximize Payment on Heavy-Duty IM Tows and RecoveriesThe work on getting heavy duty towing, recovery, and HAZMAT bills paid begins the moment you get the call. This seminar will discuss how to build your files and document your work in order to substantiate the work you performed and maximize payment. It will cover IM towing fees, where such fees should be documented, how those fees should be charged, photography, insurance research, documents to obtain at the crash scene, and much more.
Brian E. Walters, The Walters Firm PLLC. Friday, July 14, 9 am
Notice Letters, Public Sales, and the Law of Heavy-Duty IM TowingLawsuits over sold vehicles and storage fee disputes have massively increased in Texas over the past year. This seminar will review and discuss recent cases analyzing notice letter requirements, the law of "public sales" (a.k.a. vehicle storage facility foreclosures), possessory / VSF liens, and the cases discussing heavy duty towing. This will include some of the cases that Mr. Walters has personally handled as well as cases that discuss heavy duty towing and recoveries.
Brian E. Walters, The Walters Firm PLLC. Friday, July 14, 10 am - 11:30 am
Electrocution Hazards at Crash ScenesDiscusses electrocution hazards when recovering vehicles at crash scenes that involve roadway infrastructure such as; light poles, traffic signal control boxes, etc...
Bobby Tuttle, CIRT. Thursday, July 13, 11 am
A Chain Is Only As Strong As It’s Weakest LinkThe old adage “A Chain is Only as Strong as It’s Weakest Links” is absolutely true. Choosing the appropriate chain for a specific application is required to safely perform towing or recovery operations. The National Association of Chain Manufacturers (NACM) has developed standards for the chain manufacturing industry that requires grading and labeling. Terminology, identification , working load limits, connecting links, and proper inspection are some of the topics discussed in this seminar.
Terry Abejuela, American Towman. Friday, July 14, 8 am
De-Escalation Prevention TechniquesFact: Dealing with angry customers is a process towers aren’t trained for. Never before has the topic of, “De-Escalation Prevention Techniques”, been formally discussed in tow-seminar settings. With high-profile acts of violence that recur against tow operators, repo agents and tow staff working vehicle releases, this topic is both significant and timely as seen on industry forums.
Randall Resch, American Towman Magazine. Friday, July 14, 11 am
Accident Remediation – Provide and Bill for Environmental Services for Vehicle Fluid CleanupThe incident management tower (IMT) is required to cleanup the vehicle operating fluids (VOFs) released at a traffic collision (TC). The cleanup materials used to pick up these VOFs are classified as hazardous wastes and must be handled according to law. Know and understand the regulations surrounding the proper handling and disposal, what the insurer needs to see to pay for these services, and how to properly cleanup a scene to minimize stormwater pollution.
Ed Grubbs & Jim Figueira, Environmental Chemical Solutions. Saturday, July 15, 9 am
Snatch Blocks 101Most tow truck operators know that snatch blocks are used to reduce line tension and or change the direction of the pull. But do you really understand how they work? Are you able to calculate line loads? Do you know the difference between a simple and a compound layout? Are you able to determine snatch block loads? This seminar will cover the information you need to know to answer these questions when designing your rigging plan for a recovery.
Terry Abejuela, American Towman. Saturday, July 15, 9 am
Risk Management and On-Scene SafetyPresented by veteran towers and American Towman’s, industry (safety) advocates, Randall Resch and Brian Riker; join us in this photo infused seminar focusing on what repeated causes result in tow operator fatalities.
Randall Resch & Brian Riker, American Towman. Saturday, July 15, 10 am
BUILDING REVENUE CONFERENCE
Tow Marketing & Advertising TipsBetter online visibility, more cash calls. Learn proven marketing strategies that can help you grow your business online. The team at OMG Tow Marketing will give tips and tricks to help take your online presence to the next level.
Jared Fischgrund & Chris Blake, OMG Tow Marketing. Friday, July 14, 9 am
How Towing & Recovery Business Owners Can Become Invincible to Lawsuits & Save Thousands in TaxesIs your financial house in order? Discover the tools you can use to become invincible to lawsuits, save thousands in taxes, and achieve financial peace of mind.
Dale West, American Society for Asset Protection. Friday, July 14, 10 am
How to Increase Your Profits PresentationKey Performance Indicators (KPIs) are the dashboard of your business. But to use these effectively you must understand what they are and how you analyze them correctly. Once you have learned how to do this you will be able to increase your sales and profits.
David Saline, DRIVE. Saturday, July 15, 8 am
What Google Wants From YouLearn what the current demands are to rank well in search, advertise efficiently, earn reviews, and increase your cash call leads throughout your service area.
Kevin McMillan, Lift Marketing Group. Saturday, July 15, 10 am
Winning Growth Strategies for Private Property Parking ManagementBest practices in integrating Permitting and Enforcement – from organizing for success, to penetrating attractive market segments, to delivering superior value to multi-family communities and owners of downtown lots, to achieving high operational productivity.
Jim Shellhaas, Ranger SST. Saturday, July 15, 10 am
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American Towman Quick Clearance Certification CourseArm your company and its tow operators with accepted quick clearance methods, on-scene incident management preparation, essential communications with police and fire command. Test follow 3 hours course, require for American Towman Quick Clearance certification card.
Independent Course - $75/person; OR $150 after July 11. Save $75 by registering now.
Saturday, July 15, 8 am – 11 am
Recovery Business SuccessPresented by: John Borowski, Vehicle Management Solutions, Ron Myers, Pine Tree Towing. A special three-hour course geared towards the business end of recovery. Three crucial steps for recovery business success will be covered: Documenting the Recovery; Billing the Recovery; and Collecting on the Recovery Invoice.
Independent Course - $250/person; OR $350 after July 11. Save $100 by registering now
Friday, July 14, 9 am - 12:30 pm
Alternative Fuel Vehicles - A Continuing Course of SafetyWhat you need to know as a tower is this alternative world and the dangers involved. Certificated class.
Independent Course - $55/person; OR $105 after July 11.
John Borowski, Vehicle Management Solutions. Thursday, July 13, 1 pm – 2:30 pm
Work Smarter Not HarderBecome the True Executive of Your Business
Presenter: Jim Saeli
Length: This is a one-day, six-hour workshop.
To learn the key components for owning and managing a tow business and an auto repair shop with the goal of more profits and greater freedom for the business owner and their family.
• Owner’s vision compared with the current scene.
• Owner’s job and responsibilities.
• The Stages of a business and what they mean for success.
• KPI management and managing trends of the business.
• The crucial areas of the business and how each fit in with greater profits.
• Marketing actions that each business owner needs to take in today’s digital environment:
o Digital advertising.
o Websites and why an attractive up-to-date site is vital for any business.
o Social Media – the various platforms and how to manage. Consistency is key!
o Traditional marketing actions that still need to be enacted.
• Recruiting and hiring – why it’s important to never stop recruiting.
• Finances, profit & loss.
• Production and why it’s important to always keep your eye on this key area.
• Employee Management – get and keep a great team!
• Using Playbooks and why this should be considered the ‘blue print’ of your business.
A business owner who has the knowledge and tools to successfully increase profits and create greater freedom for both the business and their family.
Attendees bring to the workshop:
• Production and sales graphs.
• Current P&L.
• As an added bonus, anyone attending the DRIVE Work Smarter Not Harder event will also receive a 30-minute meeting with a DRIVE Business Consultant. During this one-on-one on the spot meeting, your business will be analyzed with key areas of your business discussed.
Independent Workshop - $195/person; OR $295 after July 11. Includes Lunch.
Thursday, July, 13, 9 am – 12 noon (Part I)
Thursday, July 13, 1 pm - 4 pm (Part II)
Southwest Tow Operators Legislative MeetingWho Should Attend: Tow business owners from Texas (but open to all)
With the 88th Legislation Session approaching upon us it is important to take part in this year's Legislative Conference. This is the time to let your Association leaders know what legislative issues are important to your business. Get involved so that we can keep our industry strong!
Come learn what critical issues we face this session and what you can do to help fight for PRO-INDUSTRY bills. Don't think your voice at the capitol doesn't matter. When we visit the capitol, the representatives TAKE NOTICE. It is critical that we make our voice heard. PLEASE DON'T sit back and expect others to do the work.
Don't miss this opportunity to be heard. Your voice matters!
Saturday, July 15, 8:30 am - 11:00 am
The nation's top trainers are here at TowXpo to provide the best learning experience in these areas:
• CIRT Heavy-duty Training / Level B
• WreckMaster Rotator Training
• ERSCA Advanced Winching and Rigging
• Southwest Tow Operators TDLR Approved Classes
• Certification Testing
CIRT Heavy-Duty Training / Level B12-HOUR HEAVY-DUTY TRAINING COURSE
$595 - ($695 after July 11);
Thursday, July 13, 8 am – 5 pm (includes lunch);
CIRT Heavy-Duty Training Course / Level B: Part I 8-hours Classroom: Training on Towing & Recovery Techniques by CIRT Instructor Bobby Tuttle, Lunch & Passport Included
Friday, July 14, 8 am – 12 noon
CIRT Heavy-Duty Training Course / Level B Hands-On: Part II 4-hours Hands-On: Location: 1653 Houston Rd, Burleson, TX 76028 (Shuttle Provided)
by CIRT Instructor Bobby Tuttle
Classroom topics include:
• Critical Roadway & Scene Safety Tactics
• General Tow Truck Ratings
• Equipment Ratings: Chain, Nylon Rigging, Wire Rope, Winch
• Various Heavy Duty Towing Techniques
• Techniques for Air Brake Release & Driveline Removal
• Recovery: Winching Resistance, Anchoring, Snatch Blocks, Attachment Points
Classroom instruction includes:
• Demonstration Props
• Attendee Handbooks
• Certificate of Completion
• Door Prizes
• Q & A
Hands-on techniques include:
• Proper Attachment and Rigging for Recovery
• Rig and Perform Upright of Overturned Vehicle
WreckMaster Rotator TrainingIndustry's Premier Rotator Training with WreckMaster Instructors: Casey Burrows & Bear Godfrey. 12 Hours.
$695 – ($795 after July 11);
Part I • Thursday, July 13
8 am - 5 pm (8 Hours Classroom Includes Lunch)
Part II • Friday, July 14
8 am - 12 Noon (4 Hours Hands-On)
Location: 1653 Houston Rd, Burleson, TX
Fee also includes Carte Blanche Passport
INTRODUCTION & EXPLANATION OF STUDENTS ROLE
• Introduction of Lead Instructor, assistances and students
• Set Course goals and objectives
• Overview of WreckMaster program
YOU & THE TOW TRUCK SET-UP
• Positioning the truck
• Leveling the truck
• Recommended distances- Utilities Overhead & Underground
• Recommended cribbing
• Safety in General
• GROUND LOADS
• Calculating Out-rigger Loads
UNDERSTANDING THE LIFT
• Determining the weight
• Shock Loads
• Cause and effect of tipping
• Determining the COG “Center of Gravity”
• Calculating “Load Capacity”
• Calculating “Boom Top Load”
• General overview
• Wire Rope, Synthetic & Chain Bridles
• Calculating Bridle Leg Lengths
• Calculating Bridle Leg Loads
• Selecting the Correct Rigging for the job
• PPE “Personal Proction Equipment”
• Operator Training
• Rigging Training
• Site Supervisor Training
ERSCA Advanced Winching and Rigging$295 - ($350 after July 11)
Thursday, July 13, 1 pm – 5 pm
A 4Hrs classroom of intensive training course presented by ERSCA. Instructor, Shane Coleman.
Course will apply to all levels of operator experience and duty- status (Light, Medium, Heavy). Focusing on safety and performance, attendees will address and task real-world scenarios. Resistance, winch performance, winching systems, and knowledge in rigging deployment essentials will be focal points for tasking today's jobs, effectively and efficiently.
TDLR Approved CoursesConducted by Southwest Tow Operators (STO)
CE Provider #1616
Contact STO Directly: 972-247-9454 to Register
Friday, July 14, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
TDLR "STO CE 4 Hour Advanced Course" #26742
$75.00 member, $100.00 non-member
If you are renewing your TDLR CT or PP license, or if you are renewing your 2nd+ year IM license, you will need to take this 4-Hour CE course. Must have TDLR number in order to take this course.
Friday, July 14, 8:30 am- 5:00 pm
TDLR "STO Incident Management 8 Hour Course" #26743
$175.00 member, $225.00 Non Member
The 8 Hour Course is for the 1st year's renewal requirement for an IM License. Must have TDLR number in order to take this course.
Saturday, July 15, 1 pm - 3 pm
Southwest Tow Operators Certification Testing for IM or PP License
$75.00 Members, $100.00 non-member
Must take Certification Testing BEFORE being eligible for an IM or PP license.
Allstate Roadside Safety and Information SeriesAllstate Roadside will present informational sessions led by industry experts. During exposition hours, attendees will have the opportunity to expand their industry knowledge and skills by attending presentations on topics including growing your business, becoming a “Next Level Operator,” technical updates from General Motors, and electric vehicle best practices.
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Towers work hard and play hard. TowXpo offers plenty of time to have fun after a day of working. Check out The Big Smoke VIP cigar smoker, Masters of Chaos Dinner, and 10 Gallon Gala.
Masters of Chaos DinnerDinner honoring the tow truck companies and operators who cleared the multi vehicle accidents and participated in massive recovery efforts.
Honorees will receive a commemorative "Masters of Chaos" pin at the dinner. The dinner is open to all show attendees.
Thursday, July 13, 6:30 pm. Reception, 7 pm - 9 pm Dinner. Hilton Fort Worth, 815 Main St, Room Crystal A, 2nd floor. All Towers Welcome!
Ticket Price: Adult $85 pp & Kids $55 pp
Sponsored by American Towman
The Big Smoke - VIP SmokerJoin us for a relaxing night where you can network and kick back with fellow towers and friends to enjoy great premium cigar & drink!
Friday, July 14, 8 pm - 10 pm; $30pp
Location: Winchester Tavern, 903 Throckmorton Street Fort Worth, TX 76107
10 Gallon Gala - Casino NightJoin in all of the fun!
Towers take their chances while playing for a cash pot in the annual Ten-Gallon Casino Night. "Gamblers" from all over the Southwest flock to this event. Get yer loaded dice and marked poker cards ready! Just kidding, pardner! But seriously, this event is not to be missed! Yee-haw!
Friday, July 14, 5 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Fort Worth Convention Center - Concourse level
Bites & BrewSaturday, July 15, 3:30 pm
Sponsored by American Towman
Kids KorralJoin in all of the fun!
TowXpo is a family affair. The Kids Korral area sponsored by GEICO is set up on the show floor to accommodate all the children who want to color, get their very own balloon animal "pet", or have their faces painted. It's a great spot for the kids to have fun… and the grown-ups, too!
Location: On the Show Floor during Exhibit Hall hours.
Sponsored by GEICO
World-Class Wreckers Compete
The towing industry's most amazing wreckers compete. Pageant contestants vie for the Cup in several weight classes.
The spectacle of the world’s finest wreckers at the USA Wrecker Pageant is a great experience. Competition will also include a “Best In Show” winner as voted by you!! Each person will receive a voting ballot at registration and you are welcome to review all the trucks in the pageant area then cast your vote for your top choice at the Voting Booth.
Then come to the Winner’s Ceremony to see if your favorite wins!
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Wed., July 12, 8 am to 5 pm - Trucks and Trailer
Thurs., July 13, 8 am to 5 pm - All other exhibitors plus Wrecker Pageant trucks.
Fri., July 14, 8 am to 10 am - Any late arrivals, small exhibitors only
|USA WRECKER PAGEANT CEREMONY • Exhibit Hall near pageant area
Hilton Hotel - Headquarters Hotel
815 Main Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102
Only 1 Minute walking till the Convention Center • Price : $182
Free WiFi, fitness center, overnight parking discount.
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Discount Deadline: June 27th
Aloft Fort Worth
334 W 3rd Street, Fort Worth, TX
0.4 miles / 8 min. walk to Fort Worth Convention Center • Price: $145 Standard
Free WiFi, fitness center, indoor pool, restaurant, convenience store.
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Discount Deadline: June 11th
600 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, TX
.3 miles / 6 min. walk to Fort Worth Convention Center • Price: $179 2 room suite
each adult after 2 is an additional $10/night
Free continental breakfast & complimentary evening reception, free Wi-Fi, indoor pool, fitness center, restaurant.
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Discount Deadline: June 12th
Hampton Inn & Suites
1001 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, TX
Across the street from Fort Worth Convention Center • Price: $125
Free hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi in room & lobby, indoor pool, fitness center.
Click here to book online
Discount Deadline: June 11th
American Towman LegionAs an attendee you earn a merit-based membership in the American Towman Legion, no fees or strings attached.
Travel DiscountsClick Here for Travel Discounts