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 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, August 6, 11am - 5pm
Saturday, August 7, 11am - 5pm
The recently expanded Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center secures San Antonio's competitive position among convention centers nationwide by providing a flexible urban experience that projects the character and spirit of the city and its citizens. This transformation has been truly phenomenal. It's an absolute gem.
900 E Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205
Visit America's Venice
There's nothing like the River Walk in downtown San Antonio. The Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center for TowXpo is right there, as are TowXpo hotels, pubs, restaurants and shops.
Sightseeing, shopping, food and fun. All on a world-renowned 15-mile urban waterway. The River Walk, or Paseo del Rio, is a San Antonio treasure and the largest urban ecosystem in the nation. Tucked quietly below street level and only steps from the Alamo, it provides a serene and pleasant way to navigate the city. Explore by foot along the river’s walking path or jump aboard a river barge for a ride and guided tour. In the heart of downtown, explore nearby attractions like the Alamo, the King William Historic District and more. Or, shop local favorites along the river’s Museum Reach at the historic Pearl. While at Pearl, dine and drink al fresco at our local food hall, The Bottling Dept. Further south, immerse yourself in history at our UNESCO World Heritage Site, the San Antonio Missions, along the Mission Reach. There’s so much to do, see, eat and explore along the river. Join us. And, come see what we mean.
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,
$125 advance registration fee; ($195 after Aug. 4) – Save $70 when you register now! Includes Police Towers Conference
TOWING & RECOVERY CONFERENCE
Tower's Preserving Forensic EvidenceThis class is based on the training I provide to California evidence towers. “As contract evidence provider, companies are held to higher standards in-serving the law enforcement community. Seminar brings focus to industry field techniques and administrative actions when faced working evidence scenarios, tows or off-the wall requests. Participants will gain a more professional approach to working with the law enforcement community. Not to be mistaken for CSI or agency specifics, but an over-view of tow requirements and typical agency expectations.”
Randall Resch, American Towman Magazine. Thursday, Aug 5th, 2:00 p.m.
Defensive Driving for the Tow IndustryPresentation of real world techniques to improve your skills as a professional driver. Tow trucks and carriers have unique operational characteristics that will be explained so that you can be prepared to react to any number of challenges on the city streets or major highways.
Brian J. Riker, American Towman Magazine. Thursday, Aug 5th, 4:00 p.m.
Calculating Recovery ResistanceOne of the most important steps in a planning a successful recovery is to calculate the recovery resistance. In order to avoid overloading of your equipment you must calculate the total recovery resistance so you can choose equipment that will perform the work without damaging or causing catastrophic failure of the equipment. This seminar will discuss techniques for calculating recovery resistance due to the surface, grade and rolling resistance.
Terry Abejuela, American Towman. Friday, Aug 6th, 8:00 a.m.
Understanding Recovery Equipment RatingsIn order to perform recovery work safely, effectively and efficiently you must have a good understanding of the recovery equipment ratings. Staying within the working load limits of the equipment depends on several factors including winch line, chain bridle or synthetic strap bridle angles the type of hitch, and equipment protection. This seminar will discuss snatch block use, choosing the appropriate hitch, and determining the load on each component of your recovery rigging.
Terry Abejuela, American Towman. Friday, Aug 6th, 10:00 a.m.
Recovery from Median Cable Barriers SystemsDiscusses options for how to safely recover all sizes of wrecked vehicles when entangled in the High Tension Cable Barrier Systems (HTCBS). Discusses issues with releasing the tension of the HTCBS.
Bobby Tuttle, CIRT. Saturday, Aug 7th, 9:00 a.m.
BUSINESS OPERATIONS CONFERENCE
The Uncontaminated Vehicle Storage Facility (VSF)A presentation that addresses the leaks and staining at VSF’s from the damaged vehicles. A proper best management procedure addresses and eliminates the staining from these leaks. Save thousands of dollars in cleanup costs, fines, and bad publicity.
Jim Figueira, Ed Grubbs, Environmental Chemical Solutions. Friday, 6th, 9:00 a.m.
TDLR WorkshopJoin the TDLR towing team in covering and discussing recent updates to the notification requirements sent by vehicle storage facilities. The team will also answer any questions members of the industry may have. Learn how to come into, and stay in compliance with Texas towing/vehicle storage facility requirements.
Friday, Aug 6th, 9-12 p.m. On the Show floor.
Fleets and Motor Carrier ComplianceExplanation some of the key differences a towing company needs to be aware of between operating a traditional towing company and a full service trucking company. Focused on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations; a must-attend for fleet owners and managers in interstate commerce.
Brian J. Riker, American Towman Magazine. Saturday, Aug 7th, 10:00 a.m.
Let There Be Light...or Not!Join John Borowski as he discusses how to use your emergency lights as many tow company owners don't train their drivers on proper usage.
John Borowski, Auto Return. Friday, Aug 6th, 11:10 a.m.
Roadside SafetyTow industry veteran Bobby Tuttle will discuss: responder struck-bys from D-Drivers, Slow Down/Move Over laws, emergency lighting, and the need for roadway safety tactics for all levels of towers, and customer safety.
Bobby Tuttle, CIRT. Saturday, 7th, 8:00 a.m.
“Some Gave Their All”The industry’s Wall of the Fallen lists approximately 464-names, not accounting an additional 900-plus killed in the line-of-duty. Seminar has focus on tow operator fatalities and why operators may be their own worst enemy. A discussion to consider what preventable actions towers should take versus complacency, laziness, or lack of competent skills when responding to industry scenarios; a reminder that every call is capable of ending a tower’s life.
Randall Resch, American Towman. Saturday, 7th, 11:00 a.m.
“Top Gun” How Being the Best Will Lower Insurance CostsOne of the most in-depth presentations on insurance cost-control ever presented by an American Towman Academy. Discussion includes: laying a real foundation for the image that will be looked on favorably by insurance companies, the factors that determine the price you pay for insurance, and the factors that influence your insurance profile.
Rob Austin, Austin Insurance. Thursday, Aug 5th, 3:00 p.m.
BUILDING REVENUE CONFERENCE
17 most Impactful Marketing TacticsYou will learn the 17 most impactful marketing tactics to set your business apart from the competition. Tactics include simple but effective social media strategies, how to leverage customer reviews to win new clients, and the best ways to measure your marketing to keep those dollars accountable.
John Seal, Hangar Marketing. Thursday, Aug 5th, 1:00 p.m.
How To Get More Cash CallsIf they can find you, they can call you. If not, they will call somebody else. Get found online.
Jared Fischgrund, Chris Blake, OMG Tow Marketing. Friday, Aug 6th, 10:00 a.m.
Get Found Online, Get More Cash CallsLearn strategies to improve your rank on Google.
Jared Fischgrund, Chris Blake, OMG Tow Marketing. Saturday, Aug 7th, 8:00 a.m.
Beating Your Competition for Online Cash CallsSecuring online cash calls has become a contact sport. Learn how to outsmart your competitors and drive cash call profit for your tow company.
Kevin McMillan, Lift Marketing Group. Saturday, Aug 7th, 9:00 a.m.
Billing for Liquid Debris CleanupLiquid debris cleanup is an untapped revenue resource for towers as first responders. This seminar will also address the law and regulation, dealing with the insurer, proper cleanup and getting paid.
Jim Figueira, Environmental Chemical Solutions. Saturday, Aug 7th, 10:00 a.m.
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Police Towers ConferenceStrategies for increasing your town's regulated rates. Having statistics to back up one's case for a rate increase can mean all the difference. The Conference will also cover ways to cultivate a strong relationship with the town and the police department.
Ron Myers, Police Towers of America. Saturday, Aug 7th, 11:00am-1:00pm
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Southwest Tow Operators Legislative Meeting|
Who Should Attend: Tow business owners from Texas (but open to all)
With the 87th 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!
Sat., Aug 7, 8:30am-11:00am
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The nation's top trainers are here at TowXpo to provide the best learning experience in these areas:
• CIRT Heavy-Duty Training
• WreckMaster Light-Duty Training
• Southwest Tow Operators TDLR Approved Courses
• Certification Testing
CIRT Heavy-Duty Training / Level B12-HOUR HEAVY-DUTY TRAINING COURSE
$595 - ($695 after Aug 4th);
Fri. Aug. 6th, 8am–5pm (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 & Thursday Passport Included
Sat. Aug. 7th, 8am– 12noon
CIRT Heavy-Duty Training Course / Level B Hands-On: Part II: Location: Mission Wrecker Service, 4535, FM 1516 North, Converse, TX 78109
by CIRT Instructor Bobby Tuttle (Shuttle Provided)
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 Light-Duty Training(12-HRS) • Classroom & Hands-on with WreckMaster instructor
$595 - ($695 after Aug 4th);
Thur. Aug. 5th, 8am-12noon and 1pm-5pm (includes lunch);
Part I: 4-hours of Classroom Training with WreckMaster Instructor
Part II: 4-hours of Hands-On Training; Location: Mission Wrecker Service, 4535, FM 1516 North, Converse, TX 78109 (Shuttle Provided).
Fri. Aug. 6th, 8am-12noon
Part III: 4-hours of Classroom Training with WreckMaster Instructor
Learn how to:
• Stay safe on scene
• Prevent property damage claims
• Calculate your towing capacity
• Apply towing standards
• Use proper terminology
• Perform basic winching techniques
• Apply your new knowledge of resistance to real-life problems
• Earn customer confidence
All attendees receive WreckMaster Level 2/3 workbook.
TDLR Approved CoursesConducted by Southwest Tow Operators (STO)
CE Provider #1616
Contact STO Directly: 972-247-9454 to register
Friday, Aug 6, 9AM - 1:00PM
TDLR "Continuing Education Towing 4 Hour Course" #24654
$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 Continuing Education (CE) course.
Friday, August 6, 9AM- 5:00PM
TDLR "Texas Incident Management 8 Hour Course" #24655
$175.00 member, $225.00 Non Member
The 8 Hour Course is for the 1st year's renewal requirement for an IM License.
Saturday, Aug 7, 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 Services will be conducting Education 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.
Exhibit Hall 4B Booth #153
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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 cigar smoker, and 10 Gallon Gala.
The Big Smoke VIP – Relax with a cigar. Event sponsored by AutoReturn and Police Towers of America.
ERSCA Rollover Demonstration – Tow Expo is a family-friendly event. The Kids Korral area sponsored by GEICO.
Kids Korral – Tow Expo is a family-friendly event. The Kids Korral area sponsored by GEICO.
The Big Smoke - VIP SmokerThe Big Smoke - VIP - $30.00
One A.T. Signature cigar, one premium cigar, one drink ticket and a gift.
Thurs., Aug., 5; 8pm – 10pm
Hilton Palacio Del Rio, 200 South Alamo Street, Terrace Garden on the 5th Floor.
10 Gallon GalaSign up now to join 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!
Fri., Aug. 6; 5pm–8pm.
Location: By Registration area at the Convention Center
Sponsored by American Towman
ERSCA Light Duty Rollover DemonstrationSATURDAY, AUGUST 7 • TIME: 3:00PM
Located Behind Wrecker Pageant
Conducted by ERSCA
Kids KorralSign up now to join in all of the fun!
Tow Expo 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!
Fri., Aug. 6; 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat, Aug. 7; 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Show Floor, by the Food Concession
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.
Entry fee: $75 for light duty (pre-2020), Light duty (2020-2021), medium duty, Vintage (41+ years), service/support truck. $100 for HD Single Axle, HD Tandem, Rotator, Carrier. A towing company may enter one truck per class and up to four trucks.
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, sponsored by VTS Systems.
Then come to the Winner’s Ceremony to see if your favorite wins!
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Truck Schedule Available Soon
|USA WRECKER PAGEANT CEREMONY • Sat., Aug 7; 4:30pm; Exhibit Hall near pageant area
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, sponsored by VTS Systems. Then come to the Winner’s Ceremony to see if your favorite wins!
MARRIOTT RIVERCENTERHQ Hotel - $199
101 Bowie Street, San Antonio - Newly renovated, indoor/outdoor pool, fitness center, restaurant, lounge.
Short walk around Marriott Riverwalk to convention center.
889 E. Market Street, San Antonio - Brand-new rooms, indoor pool, fitness center, spa, restaurant, bar.
Directly across the convention center.
HILTON PALACIO DEL RIO$175 S - $200 D - $225 T - $250 Q
200 S. Alamo Street, San Antonio - Spanish inspired rooms with balconies, riverfront café, outdoor pool, fitness center, bar & Irish pub.
Across the street to side entrance of Convention Center.
LA QUINTA INN & SUITES$164
303 Blum Street, San Antonio - Free Continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi, outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness center & minifridge, microwave.
6 min walk down Bowie Street to convention center.
204 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio - Historic hotel, free Wi-Fi, outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness center, spa, restaurant & bar.
8 min stroll along the River Walk to convention center.
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
You can reserve your hotel following registration when available.