The winners' ceremony will take place at the conventention center dirung 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.
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 Academy, which features top Industry leaders from across the country and take part in the Municipal Tow Conference. 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, Live Demos on the show floor from leading tow truck manufacturers, The Big Smoker at the Historic Menger Hotel, Casino Night where gaming and gambling take the stress out of a hectic day on the show floor, and 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!!!
2013 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.
Entry fee information available soon. You must advance register to enter a wrecker or carrier in the pageant. You may enter as many as three trucks 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.
Municipal Tow Conference
Veteran tow-industry attourney Mike McGovern headlines an impressive roster of seminars focused on police-towing issues: Municipal Contracts, impound Management, Accident Remediation, Lien Compliance, Auctions, Police Towing & Relationships, Rotation and more. The Municipal Tow Conference will also feature topics and speakers from Law Enforcement, Fire Departments, Government, as well as the towing industry to present issues crucial to the Tow Business Operators. $75 Conferences Passport gets you into any and all Conference Seminars, plus breakfast Friday and Saturday morning.
Tow Boss Management Conference
Whether you have been in business for years or your just starting you can learn how to manage your company smarter and be more profitable. Learn why most businesses fail, how to hire and retain good employees, using Social Media effectively to promote your business, how to avoid fraudulent lawsuits from unscrupulous customers and effective management techniques to better run your company, remediation cleanup, an opportunity to bring additional revenues to your operation.
Regulation and Legislative Conference
New Rules and regulations coming from the Texas Dept. of License and Regulations will take effect September 1, 2013 in Texas. Some of these decisions could have a profound affect on your business. Know and understand what you have to do to stay in compliance. Be a part of this give and take session with leaders from both of the Texas state towing associations – Southwest Tow Operators, Texas Towing & Storage Association. Be a participant, your voice will be heard. Understand how these Laws & Rules were made and how you can have a say in it all before it happens in the future. While this session is about what is happening in the state of Texas, laws, rules and regulations there can happen anywhere.
STO Training Courses
Contact Southwest Tow Operators (STO) directly to sign up: 972-247-9454
TDLR 8 Hour IM Training Course, Southwest Tow Operators • Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
TDLR 4 Hour Continuing Education Course, Southwest Tow Operators • Friday, 8 a.m. - 12 Noon
TDLR Hybrid Safety Awareness Course, Southwest Tow Operators • Saturday, 8 a.m. - 12 Noon
TDLR IM Certification Testing, Southwest Tow Operators • Saturday, 1 p.m.
Medium & heavy Duty Training
• 7:00 am to 8:00 am Light Continental Breakfast for Attendees (Provided by CIRT)
• Demonstrate Various Types of Under-Lift Hookup Procedures
• Demonstrate Proper Attachment & Rigging for Recovery
• One Lane Barrel Roll of Tanker Trailer with Two Heavy Duty Tow Trucks
• One Lane Upright of Overturned Tractor-Trailer with Two Heavy Duty Tow Trucks and Catch Truck
• Class Photo & Hand-Out Certificates of Completion for Training Class
• Class Dismissal and Return to the Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center or Menger Hotel
Two-Day Training Class on Rotator usage and application using live recovery situations; combination indoor and outdoor, hands-on instruction.Saturday morning session takes place at Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center; participant will be able to enjoy Tow Expo on exhibit floor in afternoon before being transported to outdoor training site.
Includes: OSHA Qualified Rigger Certification, breakfasts and lunches: transportation to outdoor training site. Instructor: Patrick Zozaya American Towing and Recovery Institute. Fee also includes Passport to Friday Conferences/Seminars.
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. Exhibitors contribute prizes to the winners' shares. "Gamblers" from all over the Southwest flock to this event.
Southwest Chili Cook Off
Saturday, August 9, 6-9pm
Hosted by Southwest Tow Operators, 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.
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!
Friday, May 16, 9pm - South Point Hotel Pool Gazebo
American Towman’s Desert Smoke, co-sponsored by SavaTech, takes place under the big gazebo by the pool at the South Point Hotel & Casino, site of the American Towman ShowPlace exhibits. Meet up with towing industry hot shots who enjoy a great smoke. A must event for tow bosses everywhere who knows how to savor the moment.
The Desert Smoke VIP Passport includes one Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 and one American Towman Signature cigar, one bar drink ticket, and a gift for the cigar aficionado, compliments of Savatech. Passport also includes filet mignon hors d'oeuvrs and premium chocolate to enhance the tobacco flavor of your smoke.
A $40 value, your fee is $20.
You may bring one nonsmoking guest at no charge to enjoy the cash bar.
You may also be part of the Desert Smoke without fee and receive a handrolled cigar, compliments of Savatech. This option is also on the online registration form.
VIP passports are limited, so advance-register today!
The Big Smoke
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 and here is where the kids get a chance to have some fun while Mom or Dad look over all the trucks on display. 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.
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 in the heart of downtown San Antonio, offering sweeping balcony views of San Antonio's fabulous Riverwalk district.
The Menger Hotel
With a style and tradition befitting the oldest continuously operating hotel west of the Mississippi, the Menger Hotel offers a splendid bridge between San Antonio’s colorful border town past and its cosmopolitan present.
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 485 guest rooms with private balconies and a range of thoughtful amenities including modern 37-inch HDTVs, high-speed internet access, and a connectivity center. Unwind with a great night’s sleep in a comfy bed and admire breathtaking panoramas of San Antonio.
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.