Products and services for Towing, Transport, Recovery and Road Service will be on display and for sale at the manufacturer and distributor booths: wreckers, carriers, trailers, chassis, service trucks, as well as products and services that will surprise you! Elevated incident lights, specialty ramps, specialty call provider … Most of the motor clubs and call providers are there! It's a great opportunity to shore up relationships and begin new ones with national dispatchers.
There are dispatch, impound, and bookkeeping systems just for towing operations. You'll be able to compare them all on the show floor!
• Looking to streamline lien processing?
There are several companies on the floor who can help you.
• Looking to finally get on board with GPS?
AT Expo has several providers showing their systems on the show floor.
• Looking to purchase a tow truck?
There are several financing companies on the exhibit floor who can approve your credit for purchase on the spot.
Among the 800 exhibits you'll see the world famous Towman Monument, the American Towman Chopper and the world's biggest towing-theme mural: Lifelines, the Towing Industry on Canvas.
The Baltimore Convention Center is packed for the American Towman Exposition.
Friday, Nov. 12, 1pm- 5pm
Saturday, Nov. 13, 11am - 6pm
Sunday, Nov. 14, 11am - 4pm
|The Center is conveniently located to the Inner Harbor with lots of shops and eateries. It is close to a scenic walkway and the Baltimore's World Trade Center which has a fantastic 360 degree view of the City. Discover the Center’s outdoor terrace, complete with a working herb garden and green roof canopy made of drought-resistant, native vegetation. The terrace doubles as space for receptions or networking with colleagues. Experience the perfect combination of advanced technologies and professional services, each successfully executed and delivered by the Center’s dedicated team.|
Baltimore is the towman's home away from home: great food, great accomodations, historic attractions, all there by the water. All the events take place there. The Bull & Pig Roast (Miller Rocks) is at the Hard Rock Cafe by the water. Caltiri's Cuba is a block up at the Power Plant.
American Towman's Welcome Cruise boards right there across from the Sonesta Harbor Court and the Hyatt. Festival Night is right there at the Marriott Waterfront. All the hotels and the Baltimore Convention Center are within two blocks of the harbor.
The 21st Century has seen the Information Age mushroom with Technology and the Internet, and tow bosses with progressive minds have learned when and where to meld their operations with the latest developments. Check out the 2021 seminar roster of the American Towman Academy.
The Seminar Passport allows you to attend as many seminars as you can handle over the course of three days.
Towing & Recovery Conference
Calculating Recovery ResistanceThis seminar will highlight techniques for calculating recovery resistances due to the recovery path surface and slope, as well as rolling resistance. This is essential to avoid overloading equipment and ensuring that the recovery operation will be successful.
Terry Abejuela, American Towman. Friday, Nov. 12, 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 System (HTCBS). Discusses issues with releasing the tension of the HTCBS.
Bobby Tuttle, CIRT. Friday, Nov. 12, 11:00 a.m.
The Business & Economics of Owning a RotatorThinking about getting a rotator? Many tow companies are enjoying the benefits and added business that a rotator brings to their bottom line. Is it the right investment for you? This two-hour seminar tells you everything you need to know.
Bob Fouquette; Big Wheel Towing. Friday, Nov. 12, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Understanding Recovery Equipment RatingsIt is imperative that tow operators know and understand how to apply recovery equipment ratings in order to avoid overloading which may results in equipment failure, injuries or fatalities. Knowing working load limits and determining loads imposed on equipment is required to safely perform recovery work.
Terry Abejuela, American Towman. Saturday, Nov. 13, 9:00 a.m.
"Air Cushion Mystery Theater"An entertaining theatrical review of air cushion jobs dedicated to our fallen brother, Howard "Scooby" Eagan.
John Sweezy Jr., Jeff Martin, Matt Barlett, Matjack Jumbo Safelift. Saturday, Nov. 13, 10:00 a.m.
Building a Culture of SuccessThe values of a successful towing company: Selecting the best new hire for today's growing tow business
Casey Burrows and Bear Godfrey, WreckMaster. Saturday, Nov. 13, 10:00 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. Save thousands of dollars in cleanup costs, fines, and bad publicity.
Jim Figueira, Ed Grubbs, Environmental Chemical Solutions. Friday, Nov 12, 9:00 a.m.
How Tow Owners Can Protect Their BusinessDiscover the tools you can use to protect 100% of your assets from lawsuits, Save thousands of dollars each year in taxes and avoid probate and eliminate all estate taxes.
Larry Oxenham, American Society for Asset Protection. Friday, Nov 12, 10:00 a.m.
The 21st Century Towman: Examining New Trends in CommunicationsBrian Jemison will discuss real world applications of dual mode (analog and digital) two-way radios, Push-to-Talk over cellular technology, and body worn cameras as the premier tools for the 21st Century Towman.
Brian Jemison, Two Way Radio Gear, Friday, Nov 12, 10:00 a.m.
Fleets and Motor Carrier ComplianceAs towers continue to diversify as a means of survival the line between emergency tow operations and general trucking becomes very blurry. Join Brian J. Riker as he explains 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.
Brian J. Riker, Fleet Compliance Solutions. Friday, Nov 12, 9:00 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, Nov 13, 8:00 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. Saturday, Nov 13, 9:00 a.m.
Captive Insurance AlternativeAn informative presentation on the Captive insurance approach.
Todd Welch, Charter Partners USA, Friday, Nov 12, 9:00 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. Friday, Nov 12, 11:00 a.m.
Using Technology to Reduce Insurance CostsInsurance premiums are out of control with no relief in sight. Join Brian J. Riker as he explains how technology can reduce the cost of operating your fleet, improve driver performance and reduce your insurance costs dramatically.
Brian J. Riker, Fleet Compliance Solutions. Saturday, Nov 13, 8:00 a.m.
Building Revenue Conference
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, Nov 12, 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, Nov 13, 10:00 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, Nov 13, 9:00 a.m.
Get Found Online, Get More Cash CallsLearn strategies to improve your rank on Google.
Jared Fischgrund, Chris Blake, OMG Tow Marketing. Saturday, Nov 13, 10:00 a.m.
Building Your Dream Team PresentationAnything is possible with the right team. The Building Your Dream Team Presentation is interactive and will give you the skills needed to recruit the best and keep them effectively trained on an on-going basis. When you are ready to take your business to the next level, you will want top-quality employees working with you to help increase profits and efficiency.
David Saline, Drive, Sunday, Nov 14, 10:00 a.m.
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, Nov 13, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
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The nation's top trainers are here in Baltimore to give you a top-tier learning experience in Rotator training provided by WreckMaster, and Recovery Billing.
(additional fee required)
WreckMaster Heavy-Duty Rotator Recovery TrainingIndustry's Premier Rotator Training with WreckMaster Instructors
FEE REQUIRED $695/person. $795 after Nov 8
Thurs. Nov. 11, 8 am - 5 pm. • includes lunch.
Frid. Nov 12, 8 am - 12 noon (Classroom)
Fee also includes Friday Carte Blanche Passport
WreckMaster instructors conduct a special 12-hour training course on rotator recovery; classroom and outdoor hands-on.
Do you know how to calculate the safe distance to an overhead wire or underground gas line? How close your rotator can safely get to the edge of a 23-foot deep hole? How much cribbing is required under your outrigger legs to compensate for a 50,000 pound load?
This 2 day course teaches you everything you need to protect both people and equipment, including formulas for calculating ground pressure and outrigger compression loads. Students spend the morning in the classroom, then it’s out to the field to apply the theory and formulas to real-life scenarios, including properly attaching and lifting cement mixers, tractor-trailers and sea containers.
A WreckMaster rotator course is a risk management must-have for anyone who has a rotator in their fleet —or plans to add one in the future.
ERSCA Quick ClearanceAdvanced Carrier & Wrecker Training
FEE REQUIRED $395/person. $495 after Nov 8
Thurs. Nov. 11, 8 am - 12 noon • includes lunch. 1 pm - 5 pm (Classroom)
Fee also includes Friday Carte Blanche Passport
The use of light-duty carriers and wreckers in highway, quick clearance. Loading damaged vehicles, repositioning to clear lanes, and rigging for recovery, are some of the primary tasks trained in this course. A trained operator can handle a myriad of tasks; but careless use and improper operator techniques can lead to potential injury, fatality and extensive damage to the wrecker or carrier itself.
This, “reality base training”, invites you to acquire fundamental skills, techniques and considerations necessary to avoid tragedy while working in the best interests of Quick Clear Programs and on-going work-place safety.
The course brings a solid focus to light-duty wreckers and carrier specific operations to include discussion regarding on-scene safety and survival practices. The modules of discussion are:
• Roadside and Operator Safety
• Working Off the White Line
• Initiating an Advanced Warning Area
• Can Carrier’s be used for Quick Clear?
• Minimizing lane closures, time of lane closures and distractions to motorists
• Equipment Placement
• Responding to incidents quickly but safely
• Developing Quick Clearance Best Practices
Recovery BillingLed by Bob & Eric Fouquette
8-hour course teaches towers how to become more profitable, Fri. & Sat., 9 am - 1 pm. Approval required.
Price includes 2 people per company. Includes Wed. Carte Blanche Passport.
8-hour course covers:
• Remediation of the accident scene
• Proper way of writing recovery invoices
• Billing liability insurance
• Billing for vehicles that only have property damage coverage
• Obtaining payment from insurance companies
Recovery Business SuccessA special three-hour course geared towards the business end of recovery. Three crucial steps for recovery business success will be covered: Documenting the Recovery; Billing the Recovery; and Collecting on the Recovery Invoice. John Borowski, Auto Return & Ron Myers, Pine Tree Towing.
Independent Course - $250; Sunday, Nov. 14, 9 am - 12 noon
Allstate Luxury Vehicle EducationAllstate 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.
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Featuring the legendary "American Towman Medal Ceremony" honoring towers who stood out for their heroic feats and are recognized for their bravery and courage. The evening will also include the "March of Heroes" for those who were pinned the Order of Towman and Towman Medal winners. Festival Night includes fun entertainment and is the best dinner in town! Enjoy the Marriott Waterfront Hotel's finest cuisine.
The Mike Corbin Band plays several songs interwoven throughout the evening, including Booms in the Sky, Bless the Spirit Riders, and the Road Calls, plus other Towman Ballads and American favorites. Enjoy a dinner event like no other!
Sponsored by American Towman Magazine.
Ceremony of the Order of TowmanNominees for The Order of Towman are recognized for showing extreme dedication to the towing trade and the community they serve. Nominated by their towns police or fire chief, they have stood out as going above and beyond to provide service under difficult circumstances and have a history within their community of getting the job done safely and in a timely manner.
The Order is sanctioned and presented by American Towman Magazine at a ceremony of passage where they will be receiving the Cross of the Order and participating in the March of Heroes during Festival Night.
Saturday, Nov 13, 6 pm. Marriott Waterfront Grand Ballroom
|Price: $85 adults, $50 children
Saturday, Nov. 13, 7 pm, Marriott Waterfront Grand Ballroom.
Tickets required & jacket suggested.
AT Expo is an overwhelming networking experience, whether one moseys about the Wrecker Pageant, shares notes with other Academy goers, engages with the exhibitors, joins the WreckMaster training experience, or partakes in Festival Night.
The stars of AT Expo may be all the equipment but the greatest resource may be all the illustrious characters that make up the towing industry. It doesn't get any better than clicking beer bottles at the Bull & Pig Roast at the Hard Rock where Miller Rocks! Or blowing smoke at Calitri's Cuba in Luckies Tavern (Power Plant). AT Expo is the place where one networks among thousands of towers and suppliers and yet the networking dyanamics aren't much different than they were in the Iron Age where it was all one on one.
Calitri's Cuba VIPThe Big Smoke - VIP - $30.00
Includes (1) Premium AT Cigar, (1) Premium Cigar & Special Gift from Police Towers of America and (1) Premium Drink from AutoReturn.
Friday, Nov 12, 9 pm - 11 pm, Luckie’s Tavern – Power Plant Live
Bull & Pig Roast - Miller Rocks!Miller Rocks! on Friday Night at the Hard Rock Cafe, sponsored by Miller Industries, has been a tradition at AT Expo for 13 years. There's nothing like it as towing professionals take over the Hard Rock Cafe. It's first-come first-served for the Bull & Pig Roast, but the party keeps on going! Whether you're inside the Hard Rock or out in the Miller pavilion by the water, you'll chill out like never before!
Great food, live music, magic, and more!
Friday, Nov 12, 7:30 pm - 11 pm.
Free Event Sponsored by Miller Industries & American Towman
Complimentary tickets available at Information Booth & Registration
ACE AwardsA great time to network with peers and motor club representatives as they honor the nominees of the American Towman ACE Awards.
Nominated by motor clubs and call providers, ACE Nominees are recognized for being in the top 1% of towing operations for service reliability, professionalism and service excellence. Recipients receive the exclusive 2021 ACE Buckle Award, along with a certificate and press release.
Sunday, Nov 14, 2 pm. Convention Center.
Captains of IndustryThe jacket-and-tie event, sponsored by American Towman Magazine, will include dinner at the Legendary Captains Long Table.
We invite you to break bread with other leaders of the industry on the eve of the 32nd annual American Towman Exposition.
Ron Myers of Police Towers of American will give a keynote address on the value of Quick Clearance Training and Certification.
Thursday, Nov. 11, Reception begins 6:00 pm/Event begins 6:30 pm. McCormick & Schmick’s Steak & Seafood/Inner Harbor. Jacket, tie and ticket required. Max 2 per company. Price: $85.
Welcome/Dinner CruiseCelebration is a big part of AT Expo. It starts Thursday night with AT's Welcome Cruise. Enjoy dinner and then roam on the Spirit of Baltimore as it cruises the Inner Harbor. A great way to kick off the American Towman Experience at AT Expo XXXII.
Thursday, Nov. 11, Boarding 6:30 pm, departs at 7:00 pm -returns 9:30 pm
So join your peers for dinner cruising the Inner Harbor Thursday evening. Get the lay of the land from the water; enjoy Baltimore's beautiful city-scape.
Donnie Cruse Recovery/Awards LuncheonCelebrating towing's legendary trainer, Donnie Cruse, this unique conference Friday at noon, dissects and critiques the winning recoveries of the Donnie Cruse Recovery Awardees. All recovery specialists welcome.
Friday, Nov 12, 12 Noon
Price: $75 adults, $30 children, Morton's The Steakhouse
AT HospitalityYou'll experience American Towman's Hospitality throughout the weekend. For example, Academy Passport holders may enjoy breakfast outside the conference rooms in the Baltimore Convention Center on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings to include rolls, eggs to order and much more, compliments of American Towman Magazine.
On Friday evening, attendees can dig into the Bull & Pig Roast, sponsored by Miller Industries, at the Hard Rock Cafe.
Sunday Pie will be offered following the ACE Awards and to those attending the American Wrecker Pageant Winners Ceremony.
Towman SkeetJoin fellow Skeet Shooters for the Towman Skeet Friday. Transportation is provided and leaves from the Pratt Street Lobby entrance of the Baltimore Convention Center to bring you to Prince George's County Trap and Skeet Center in Glenn Dale, MD. Equipment, supplies and lunch are included in price.
Friday, Nov 12, 9 am - 2 pm, Price: $125
Sunday PieEnjoy the fantastic assortment of pies.
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World-Class Wreckers Compete
For the towman, doing battle means doing business with wreckers all decked out. Even medieval warriors would have been intimidated. From specially designed chrome wheels to uniquely cast lever heads and paint jobs evoking different ages, different landscapes, the American Wrecker Pageant inside the Baltimore Convention Center is the world's premier truck pageant. Kick back, enjoy the trucks, and jaw with the men and women who proudly own them as they vie for the Pageant's legendary Silver plated trophies.
American Towman Wrecker Cup Pageant and Pageant Voting open during Exhibit Hall hours.
Pageant Voting will be in Booth #3405 sponsored by East Coast Truck and Trailer.
Sunday, Nov. 14, 3:30 pm, American Towman Wrecker Cup Pageant Winners Ceremony, Exhibit Hall Band Stage.
Truck Schedule Available Soon.
Entry fee: $100 for light duty (pre-2019), Light duty (2019-2020), medium duty, Vintage (40+ years), service/support truck. $150 for HD Single Axle, HD Tandem, Rotator, Carrier.
One vehicle per class/three per company.
Marriott WaterfrontHeadquarters Hotel, Festival Night & Towman Order: - $209 Sgl/Dbl
Luxurious rooms with harborview, fitness center, restaurant/bar. Show your badge & receive 10% off food/meal purchases at Hotel Restaurants, Bar or Coffee Shop on Friday & Saturday Night.
Marriott Inner Harbor$209 Sgl/Dbl
One block from Convention Center, fitness center, restaurant. Towman Specials when you show your badge.
Renaissance Harborplace Hotel$209 Sgl/Dbl
4-Star, rooms with harborview, fitness center, restaurant/bar, connected to mall. 2 blocks from Convention Center. Show your badge & receive 10% off food/meal purchases at Hotel Restaurants, Bar or Coffee Shop Specials on Friday & Saturday Night.
Sheraton Inner Harbor$199 Sgl/Dbl
1 block from Convention Center with a catwalk, indoor pool, fitness center, free WiFi
Days Inn Inner Harbor$135 Sgl/Dbl
Across from Convention Center, bar & grill, fitness center, free WiFi.
Royal Sonesta Harbor Court$172 Sgl/Dbl
4-Star Hotel across from Harbor. 2 blocks to Convention Center.
Hyatt Regency$191 Sgl/Dbl, $216 T, $241 Q
1 block from Harbor & two blocks to Convention Center, fitness ctr, free internet & sauna.
Hilton Baltimore$189 Sgl/Dbl, $209 T, $229 Q
Connected to Convention Center by convenient catwalk. Includes free WiFi, fitness center, pool, & meeting room availability.
You can reserve your hotel following registration
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
|Schedules available soon|