02 Nov 2015
The 2016 tow show schedule of towing industry gatherings follows. Tow Shows are a fantastic way to learn more about towing, to discover ways to improve your towing business, and to meet peer towers who know what you go through to make a living. If we need to add or update a show on this list, please let us know!
2016 Tow Shows by Date
April 7 – 10 • Florida Tow Show® • Hilton Across from Disney Village, Orlando, Fla. • 407-296-3316 • www.floridatowshow.com
May 11 – 13 • Las Vegas Tow Show • Southpoint Hotel Las Vegas, NV • http://atshowplace.com/
June 3 – 5 • Empire State Towing and Recovery Association • Six Flags Great Escape Lodge, Queensbury, N.Y. • Mellisa Perlow, 631-728-7752 • estratowshow.com
June 5 – 6 • South Dakota Professional Towing Association Tow Show & School • Best Western Ramkota, Sioux Falls, S. D. • Beth, 605-334-3160 (this is 2015 information; please contact us with the 2016 info)
June 17 – 19 • Wisconsin Towing Association Tow Show and Convention • Chula Vista Resort (855-388-4782) • Wisconsin Dells, Wis. • WTA Office, 608-833-8200
July 17 – 24 • International Towing Museum/TRAA Alaskan Cruise • Angela Roper 423-267-3132
August 4 – 6 • Tow Expo International • Arlington Convention Center • Arlington/Dallas, Texas • http://towexpointernational.com/
November 17 – 20 • Baltimore Tow Show • Baltimore Convention Center • Baltimore, MD • http://atexposition.com/
2016 Tow Shows by State
Alaska • July 17 – 24 • International Towing Museum/TRAA Alaskan Cruise • Angela Roper 423-267-3132
Florida • April 7 – 10 • Florida Tow Show® • Hilton Across from Disney Village, Orlando, Fla. • 407-296-3316 • www.floridatowshow.com
Nevada • May 11 – 13 • Las Vegas Tow Show • Southpoint Hotel Las Vegas, NV • http://atshowplace.com/
New York • June 3 – 5 • Empire State Towing and Recovery Association • Six Flags Great Escape Lodge, Queensbury, N.Y. • Mellisa Perlow, 631-728-7752 • estratowshow.com
North Carolina •
Maryland • November 17 – 20 • Baltimore Tow Show • Baltimore Convention Center • Baltimore, MD • http://atexposition.com/
South Dakota •
Texas • August 4 – 6 • Tow Expo International • Arlington Convention Center • Arlington/Dallas, Texas • http://towexpointernational.com/
Wisconsin • June 17 – 19 • Wisconsin Towing Association Tow Show and Convention • Chula Vista Resort (855-388-4782) • Wisconsin Dells, Wis. • WTA Office, 608-833-8200
This is the complete 2016 Tow Show Schedule as we know it. Leave a comment if you think we should add or change something.
We compile this tow show list every year to build awareness for one of the best assets to tow company owners today: the local Tow Show. Take a break, go to the tow show, and learn about what others are doing and thinking. We’re all in this together, so let’s share our knowledge and experiences to lift up the entire industry.
18 Oct 2015
Free Pass 2015 Baltimore Tow Show
2015 has been a great year for tow shows. The Florida Tow Show was a hit once again. The California Tow Show moved back to Reno and as this year’s tow show season comes to an end its time for the grandaddy of them all; The Baltimore Tow Show.
TowProgram will once again be attending the show. Our booth number is 1311 and we are just behind AW Direct. We have new products and all sorts of new information on how you can become more successful online. We will also be hosting a seminar detailing all of these juicy tips on Sunday morning. The seminar series does require a seminar passport and this pass will get you into the exhibit area, truck beauty contest and all of the after hour events.
As an exhibitor and seminar speaker for the 2015 Baltimore Tow Show, TowProgram has free passes for you and a guest. Just click the Pass Image and print out as many as you need. Each pass is good for two complementary entries into this year’s tow show.
Good luck and we hope to see you at the 2015 Baltimore Tow Show!
02 Apr 2015
I learned recently of the passing of Joe Pedigo of Joe’s Towing in Bloomington, IL. Joe was a committed and fierce advocate for the towing industry and remained active in its causes throughout his life. My personal experience with Joe was serving along with him on the PTRIO (Professional Towing & Recovery Association of Illinois). As I was a new and very green member of the towing community, I found Joe to be always an welcoming and encouraging voice. He was actively involved in the legislation committee and served all Illinois towers well. I would often see Joe at Tow Shows around the country and would always approach him as if we were old friends. Truth be told, I’m not sure he always remembered me as the kid from Naperville. He was a true legend and was constantly being greeted by a long line of people saying hi to Joe as he walked the tow show floor. He was so kind to so many of us I think we all felt like Joe’s good friend.
Joe’s son posted the following on Tow411.
He started this company 46 years ago to support a house full of kids, and although it has changed greatly from the repair shop with a tow truck that it was in the beginning, we are proud to carry on the traditions that he started. Joe excelled at everything he did, from towing for the police departments to impounding illegally parked cars to recovering overturned tractor-trailers to working tirelessly for legislative changes that benefit the entire towing industry. He never took the easy way out, but constantly strived to do it better the next time. Joe was active on the Legislative Committee for many years for both the Professional Towing and Recovery Operators of Illinois, as well as the national Towing & Recovery Association of America. He served 2 terms as President of the PTROI, and was the current President of the TRAA at the time of his passing. His goal was to make the towing industry better for everyone as a whole. Joe was inducted into the Towing Hall of Fame in 2007, had TRAA Level 3 Heavy Recovery Specialist Certification as well was a WreckMaster 6/7.
Joe’s Towing & Recovery will continue on without a pause (because Papa Joe would kick all our butts if we didn’t lol), but please bear with us as our family mourns the loss of a great man, as well as a great leader in the towing industry. … In lieu of flowers, we ask that memorials be made in Joe’s honor to the American Cancer Society, the Towing Survivor Fund or to the Professional Towing & Recovery Operators of Illinois Legislative or Education Funds.
Rest in peace Papa Joe. We love you and we got this. #TeamJoes
20 Mar 2015
We see a lot of tow truck pictures here at TowProgram.com. With the average towing company website containing no less than 20 images we have experienced our share of bad tow truck pics. That is why I was so delighted to see the March 2015 issue of Tow Times Magazine feature an article about how to take a good tow truck picture. The article provides clear detail on how to make your truck look great. Tow Times doesn’t release their magazine online but I do have an image of the article from Van’s Towing’s Facebook page here.
Here are some of the highlights from the article:
1) Wash the Truck (I know, but you’d be surprised…)
2) Cloudy days are best. Always have the light source (sun) at your back when taking the photo.
3) Shoot the truck from an angle. The best angle is called Front 3/4 Angle. The resulting picture should be 1/4 front and 3/4 side of the truck. Just search Front Three Quarter Angle in Google Images and you will have all sorts of examples.
4) Position camera above the “belt line” of the truck (usually about the height of the bottom of the door glass). This way the picture features more of the truck and lettering and less of the undercarriage and tires.
5) Choose a nondescript background. Its your truck’s time to shine so don’t let it be overshadowed by the stadium or fancy hotel in the background. I often recommend park or mall parking lots on Sunday mornings. Tow Times suggests using a business park or a gravel pit. They all work so long as they don’t overshadow your truck.
Since we are often judged by our trucks its vitally important we take a few minutes to ensure the trucks look their best. Spending an hour or two to get some great shots will serve you for years to come.
Tow Times is an excellent resource for our community. The good folks at this magazine work hard to gather and present important information to the towing industry. If you do not already subscribe to Tow Times consider doing so. Subscription information can be found here.
25 Feb 2015
One of the horrors of working in the towing business is we all know someone who has been touched by a roadside accident. Now that the Move Over Law exists in all 50 states its partly our responsibility as emergency vehicle operators to get the word out about what every motorist should do when they see a squad car, tow truck or fire truck in a lane or on the shoulder.
The Florida law is typical and reads:
- On a two-lane roadway, you are required to slow to a speed that is 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit.
- If the speed limit is 20 miles per hour or less, you must slow down to five miles per hour.
- If you are driving on an interstate or roadway with multiple lanes of travel in the same direction, and you approach an emergency or law enforcement vehicle parked along the roadway, you must vacate the lane closest to that vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so. If you are not able to safely move over, you must slow down to a speed of 20 MPH below the posted speed limit unless directed otherwise by a law enforcement officer.
- Violating the move over law puts both yourself and a public safety professional at risk.
The law has plenty of bite to it but I feel the real behavior adoption will occur when people make a personal connection to the issue and understand lives really are at stake. My client John Reynolds from Pizzagoni’s Towing in Brentwood, CA sent me this link to a video produced to help spread the message about just that concern. I think its excellent and should be posted on every tower’s social media outlets and websites.
12 Dec 2014
2015 Tow Show Schedule
The 2015 tow show schedule will bring all sorts of new and exciting experiences to the towing industry. Tow Shows are a great way to learn more about our industry, improve your towing business and meet some folks who know what you go through all day long. Below is a list of shows we are aware of. If we need to add or update a show on this list please let us know!