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2017 will bring another round of AT Expo trade shows for the towing industry to meet, learn and do business against a backdrop of awe and excitement. It all kicks off with Tow Industry Week in Las Vegas, Nev., May 10-12 at the South Point Hotel & Casino. This year will be extra special as the The California Tow Truck Association joins forces with American Towman Magazine by bringing its annual convention to the show. Look for upcoming announcements about CTTA's leadership meetings, conferences and formal membership banquet. Tow Industry Week will also offer conferences, AT's legendary hospitality, special events and the American Towman ShowPlace, featuring the industry's top suppliers. This year all activities and the show will be inside one of Las Vegas' most unique exposition facilities: South Point Hotel & Casino which boasts of its own exhibit pavilion and arena. Stay tuned to atshowplace.com for more on this show in the coming weeks.
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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingDecember 07 - December 13, 2016

Committee Passes [b]Ohio Tow Bill

Sub. Bill 341, formally known as H.B. 341, unanimously passed the Ohio Senate Transportation Commerce and Labor Committee on Dec. 6. According to a release by the Association of Professional Towers-Ohio, the bill retains the towing and storage deductions, establishes a new "destruction-only" title option and ensures the private tow-away zone rate will be established by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio within one year with a review every five years. The bill now goes to the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives for voting. Source: aptohio.com.
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JD Junior.

Jerr-Dan Introduces 'JD Junior'

Jerr-Dan Corp. recently unveiled "JD Junior," a comic tow-truck character, on the company website. Designed to introduce children to the world of towing, JD Junior is designed to be instructional and entertaining. Through an interactive web page, JD Junior shows children the challenges of towing and illustrates the hard work and commitment their parents and others bring to recovery every day. The website is full of activities, including interactive adventures of JD and his family of trucks, online games, printable coloring pages and more. "We're changing the way we reach and relate to the tow community, engaging with the drivers of tomorrow to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for the industry," said Jeff Irr, senior director of sales and marketing for Jerr-Dan. Source: jerrdan.com.

Felony Charges for Joy Ride

A tower and his friend were in court Monday facing charges related to taking a towed car on a joy ride. Travis O'Sullivan and Ryan Jayce Spencer are accused of taking Brian Montgomery's Nissan GT-R on a joy ride of speeds that topped 70 miles per hour after O'Sullivan towed the car in October. The whole thing was caught on a dash camera. They're both charged with felony unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. A third man was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass in a motor vehicle. Source: abc13.com.
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Jerr-Dan Introduces ‘JD Junior’
Interactive character and website introduces kids to towing
Committee Passes Ohio Tow Bill
Bill now goes for vote in state senate and house
Felony Charges for Joy Ride
Tower took customer’s car for unauthorized drive
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Towmen Rain Praise on AT Expo

Not since the very first American Towman Exposition in 1989, when the show's success caught the industry by surprise, have so many attendees expressed their appreciation for the moment. In short, the Greatest Show of All Time lived up to its billing for thousands of tow business owners and the 250 exhibitors inside the Baltimore Convention Center this past weekend.

The highlights of the event are too many to list here, but here are a few standouts: the "100 Years" song performed at the Centennial Celebration saluting 100 years of towng; the sheer immensity of the show that took up the entire convention center for the first time in the show's 28 year run, from the exhibit hall, through the new Garage District to the American Wrecker Pageant that wowed the crowd; one military wrecker and one homemade light duty rotator representative of a most unique Pageant.

Towers came from all 50 states and some 21 nations. One American Towman Medal winner travelled from Australia to receive towing's most prestigious honor. Total attendance surpassed last year's all-time high by150 people, over 14,000 in all over the three day showing of exhibits.
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Emily Oz Reports • December 07 - December 13, 2016

Sign 'Em Up!

Right now, the baseball winter meetings are happening in Maryland. There is a lot of wheeling and dealing, and rumors flying about proposed trades, free-agent signings and team needs.

My New York Mets already did what they needed to do by re-signing slugger Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year pact. General Manager Sandy Alderson did the things he had to do to keep their most dangerous hitter.

It got me to thinking about tow companies; specifically, what do they do to retain their "most valuable player"? To what lengths does a company owner go to retain that employee who does a great job, is respected by the people in the office and can always be counted on in the clutch?

Driver retention is a consistent challenge, and holding onto valuable drivers and employees is critical. As this year winds down, think of the ways you, the tow owner, can get even better in this regard in 2017. Put your company in a position that it can always be "in contention."

Having a good team will invariably get you first place.
--Charles Duke
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