The winners' ceremony will take place at the conventention center during the Soutwest Chili Cook Off 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; includes breakfast Friday and Saturday morning.
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 then head to the Southwest Chili Cook Off where towers concoct their own special chili recipes to vie for the crown as the Best Chili Cooker in the Southwest!!!
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.
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, Theme Display. 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. 7, and 8am-11am Friday, Aug. 8. Trucks stay in the hall until the culminating Winners' Ceremony during the Chili Cook Off Saturday 6:30pm.
Municipal Tow Conference
Friday, August 8
Environmental Clean-up - Don't Leave $$ on the Ground - 8am
Increase your profits and learn how to
get started in the environmental
clean-up industry on a low budget,
are needed for the different types of spills along with what suppliers to use, and 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
NMVTIS & Towing: A National
Look at Salvage and
Title Information - 9am
Simplify the storage liens and
notification process. Find out how to
get traction in notifying owners and
lien holders when their vehicle is sitting on your lot. Tom Drake, Auto Data Direct.
Cut Out the Middle Man - 10am
Online auction can allow the towlot
owner to hold "his or her" auction and
keep 100% of the sale price. Brandon
Richard of TowLot.com shows why a
middle man is obsolete, giving the
tow business owner the advantage on auctioning off unclaimed vehicles.
Municipal Tow Conference
Saturday, August 9
Preparing Vehicles for Sale - 8am
Important nuts and bolts of vehicle remarketing. The importance of how
one lists a vehicle: vehicle options, trim
level, engine size, run & drives, starts
and noticeable damage; how to take the right photos to sell vehicles online; the importance of having the necessary paperwork available at time of sale; discuss ways to get buyer to participate at your next sale; selling options (3rd party auctions, auctioneer and online). Mark Buffa, Alteso.
Don’t Crush Your Cash - 9am
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. From vehicle preparation and marketing to post-sale payment and paperwork, IAA will teach you the best way to stimulate competition and drive returns. Ray Rodecker, IAA (Insurance Auto Auctions).
Private Lot Towing Enters
21st Century - 10am
A new service for both private-lot
owners and towers is accommodating
the trend of requirements that
municipalities are placing on towers.
Parking Enforcer marketing manager Dan Kendrick shows you how his company's new Internet based service keeps everyone happy, including vehicle owners.
Why Do I Need a Contract? - 11am
John Borowski of Police Towers of
America explains the reasoning for
municipal contracts and their benefits.
Tow Operations Conference
Friday, August 8
The Customer - The Service - 8am
Your customer will determine how
good or how bad your company is, and
what you can do to improve your
service. Dan Messina, Our Way Media.
Using Technology to Improve
Efficiency and Productivity - 9am
Learn about the latest Smartphone
attachments you can use to make your
office more mobile and your life easier
right from the cab of your truck. New
techie add-ons like credit card swipe, Bluetooth amplifier speakers, Bluetooth printers and driver monitoring devices. Robert Eckenrode, Beacon Software.
Your On-Line Footprint,
Reviews and Social Media - 10am
You can't control HOW a customer is
searching for you, so make sure you
are listed EVERYWHERE! Yelp, Bing,
Google, Yahoo & the other directories hold the keys to one important part of your marketing. Reviews & Social Media Marketing play an important part as well, OMG National's Mike Rappaport will explain how!
How to Fatten Your Wallet - 11am
Show more profitability without more work – learn how. John Borowski, Police Towers of America.
Workers’ Comp - What do I Need
& what do I Have? - 11am
Workers’ Comp, PEI or Employee Accident
Plan? Texas does not require worker’s
compensation insurance for employee
accidents. There are other approaches for
employers to take care of employee injuries in Texas. This seminar will review all the options to address employee accidents and protect the employer from job-related employee accident liability. Dock Hanks, Hanks Insurance.
Tow Operations Conference
Saturday, August 9
Driving Skills for the Towing
Professional - 8am
Professional tow truck drivers must use
defensive driving techniques to
minimize the potential for being
involved in a traffic collision. When you drive you must constantly process and evaluate information to make accurate decisions. This seminar will focus on techniques for improving your driving skills. Terry Abejuela, American Towman Magazine.
Improving Your Customer Service
Experience - 9am
Improve your customer satisfaction with recommendations to help your company
achieve a professional image that your
customers will appreciate. Chris Griffin,
Optimize Your Tire Performance - 11am
Reducing tire cost and improving your
bottom line through easy tire
maintenance techniques. Ray Render,
Texas law & TDLR Rules Conference
Learn the new Top 10 Violations and what can and cannot be done to change current rules in place now!
Are you in Jeopardy of losing your City Contracts ?
You May be at Risk
Don't Miss This Important Meeting !!!!
Open to all. -
Marriott Hotel, Sunday 9:00 AM
Medium- and Heavy-Duty Training
Thursday, August 7, 8am-5pm at Menger Hotel with a 1 hr. lunch included. Friday, August 8, 8am-12noon, Hands-on training site
ten minutes away, transportation provided.
CIRT Instructor: Bobby Tuttle. Fee: $495 and includes Passport to Saturday Conferences
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
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.
Saturday, August 9, 5pm
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 8, 6-8pm
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!"
Southwest Chili Cook Off
Saturday, August 9, 6-9pm
Hosted by Southwest Tow Operators with American Towman, this Texas Feast has grown in just three brief years to one of the hottest tickets in town. Towers vie for trophies for the best chili recipe. Barbecue food complements the competing chili recipes and beer washes it all down. The USA Wrecker Pageant Winners Cremony, takes place at 6:30.
The Big Smoke
Friday, August 8, 9pm
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 --- & discountedinternet. 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.
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.