Mid-America's Tow Show
Over 100 exhibitors are accommodated inside the world class Huntington Convention Center. The industry’s wrecker, carrier, trailer and chassis builders all exhibit. Today there are many satellite-distributor booths adding many more tow trucks for sale on the floor.

The suppliers exhibiting cover an amazing sprectrum of products and services, everything you could possibly need to run a successful towing business, plus revolutionary products and services new to the market. Tow business owners have come to rely on the AT Expositions for staying on top of their game and becoming first-class towing operations.

Exhibit Hours:

Friday, October 15, 12 noon - 5 pm
Saturday, October 16, 12 noon - 5 pm

Huntington Convention Center
Convenience is key at the Huntington Convention Center and you’ll never have to travel far to find what you need, whether it’s a bite to eat, help with business services, or a place to park.

On-site, Au Bon Pain Café offers authentic artisan breads, pastries, soups, sandwiches and more. Our Center also houses a Starbucks Coffee, offering a caffeine boost via your favorite specialty coffees and teas, other custom beverages, and small bites.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is within walking distance of hotels and Huntington Convention Center.

We’re also located within a short walking distance of dozens of exceptional restaurants that make up Cleveland’s renowned culinary scene. There’s something to please every palate, whether you’re in the mood for a salad, steak or anything in between.

300 W Lakeside Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113
Discover The Flats
The Flats is a diverse and all-encompassing area of Cleveland where a 15-minute walk can bring you past shipping warehouses, gorgeous homes, the ever-beautiful Cuyahoga River, and state-of-the-art restaurants. Restaurant lovers will find lots to enjoy in The Flats, especially in the way of locally owned pubs that are well-versed in providing both personality and taste. This area delivers comfort food and barbecue, especially Cleveland's famous Polish Boy. Interestingly, traditional Irish dishes are also abundant and sure to impress. For dessert, visitors should leave room for Ohio's famous Buckeye treat, a peanut butter-filled chocolate that's shaped like a nut from the Buckeye tree.

• Make friends with fish and memories with friends at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, located inside the historic Powerhouse on the Flats West Bank. Featuring more than 5,000 underwater sea creatures, visitors are able to discover aquatic life from all over the world.

• See your favorite artist perform at Jacobs Pavilion, the open-air amphitheater on the West Bank of The Flats.

• Gather a group of close buds at Punch Bowl Social and toast one another with local beer, spirits or a large (spiked) punch bowl of drinks. Chat the night away and indulge in some friendly competition with a round of darts, bowling or even shuffleboard.
American Towman In-Depth Conferences
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.

4-Conference special • $295 discounted from $380, Includes 4 Classroom conferences.

Provides opportunity to network with other tow business owners.

Business Growth Conference
Thursday 10/14: 2 pm - 5 pm
Fee: $95


Play Your Hand

Diversify Right Under Your Nose • 2 pm - 2:50 pm
Your towing company is already in position for diversifying into other revenue producers. Learn from a master of diversification.
Bill Johnson • Hampshire Towing
Bill Johnson owns and operates Hampshire Towing with three locations in western Massachusetts and eastern New York. He has experience in diversifying the business into heavy duty recovery, equipment transport, automotive and body repair, accident cleanup, trailer service, credit card processing, car rental, shipping, oil delivery, and more. He has been president of the Statewide Towing Association in Massachusetts for eighteen years.
Accident Remediation • 3 pm - 4:10 pm
Accident cleanup as an independent operation and business model brings in additional revenue and profits from accidents your company handles as well as other companies. Learn from a successful model of operation.
Jim Figueira • Environmental Chemical Solutions (ECS)
For over 30 years, Jim has worked with the emergency response contractors, fire departments, municipalities, HAZMAT companies and the environmental industry in establishing and implementing spill response and pollution mitigation programs. For the past several years, Jim has worked with incident management towers (IMT’s) in implementing a cost recovery program for the cleanup of vehicle operating fluids released into the environment from motor vehicle accidents and traffic collisions. He brings this knowledge to help the IMT to realize their legislative role as environmental stewards and to recognize what the insurer needs to see when they review a claim for spill cleanup.
Revenue Through Traffic Control • 4:20 pm - 5:10 pm
Like accident remediation, Traffic Control is a natural and essential extension of towing. Learn how to make it a primary revenue source.
Ron Myers • Pine Tree Towing & Recovery, Association of Professional Towers of Ohio
Ron Myers is an award-winning towing and recovery plus transport specialist, with more than 35 years of experience. He is an active Operations Manager of Pine Tree Towing and Recovery in Cambridge, Ohio. Through many formal training and certification classes, including Wreckmaster 2/3, 4/5, multiple rotator trainings, air cushion recovery techniques and safety, and Traffic Incident Management (TIM) training, including the SHRP2 Train-the-Trainer, he is recognized as a professional tower and as an expert witness in towing related procedures and pricing. He is an active instructor for Quick Clear and TIM principles and procedures. Myers attends several towing conventions across the U.S. annually to gather industry information and stay abreast of new trends, equipment, and safety programs. He was one of only nine towers in the United States that attended the TIM Federal Highway symposium, as well as the International Association of Chiefs of Police convention, in 2016. Myers serves as President and founding member of Quick Clear Professionals of Ohio, as well as a member of the Towing & Recovery Association of America’s TIM Committee. He is also a founding member and current board member for the Association of Professional Towers – Ohio. Myers currently serves on ODOT’s Quick Clear Steering Committee.
Cost Control Conference
Friday 10/15: 8 am - 12 Noon.
Fee: $95


Steer Towards Profits

Leaving Money on the Table No More • 8 am - 9:20 am
Examples so real they will hit home. Learn how to save thousands of dollars in your towing operation.
John Borowski • AutoReturn
John Borowski is VP of Tow Industry Programs for AutoReturn. John has over 45 years experience as a tow business owner, wrecker manufacturer specialist, trainer and writer. He was awarded the first “Towman of the Year” by American Towman magazine and two Towman Medals for heroism. He was inducted in the Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame in 2001.
Keeping Insurance Costs Down • 9:30 am - 10:40 am
One of towing biggest challenges today with spiking insurance costs. But there are proven methods of reducing premiums.
Rob Austin • Austin Insurance Inc.
Rob Austin, President of Austin Insurance Inc. located in Paducah, KY. Opened his agency in January of 1986 and along with his wife, Sharon, began specializing in the towing and recovery industry in 1993. Today, they are joined by their sons, Tyler and Todd. Their agency insures towers all across the United States. "We'll Come See You!" is their motto and they truly mean that. They want their customers to fully understand what they are buying and that they have all the coverages needed. When he is not at the insurance office he enjoys caring for his herd of Angus/Wagyu cattle and spending time with his perfect granddaughter!
Proper Maintenance Saves Money • 10:50 am - 12 noon
Are repairs breaking your budget? Learn how proper maintenance and understanding of equipment life cycles can make you money instead of costing you a fortune. You may just cut out enough fat to afford that new truck you have always wanted.
Brian Riker • Fleet Compliance Solutions
Brian J. Riker is a third-generation towman, with 26 years of experience in the ditch as a tow operator, and president of Fleet Compliance Solutions. He specializes in helping navigate the complex world of federal and state transportation regulatory compliance.
Recovery Business Boot Camp
Friday 10/15: 6 pm - 10 pm.
Fee: $95


Validate And Get Paid

Documenting the Recovery • 6 pm - 6:50 pm
The essential first step toward a credible invoice and successful collection.
John Borowski • AutoReturn
John Borowski is VP of Tow Industry Programs for AutoReturn. John has over 45 years experience as a tow business owner, wrecker manufacturer specialist, trainer and writer. He was awarded the first “Towman of the Year” by American Towman magazine and two Towman Medals for heroism. He was inducted in the Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame in 2001.
Billing the Recovery • 7 pm - 7:50 pm
A smart invoice validates the fees being charged and makes an airtight case on the value of the recovery.
Ron Myers • Pine Tree Towing & Recovery, Association of Professional Towers of Ohio
Ron Myers is an award-winning towing and recovery plus transport specialist, with more than 35 years of experience. He is an active Operations Manager of Pine Tree Towing and Recovery in Cambridge, Ohio. Through many formal training and certification classes, including Wreckmaster 2/3, 4/5, multiple rotator trainings, air cushion recovery techniques and safety, and Traffic Incident Management (TIM) training, including the SHRP2 Train-the-Trainer, he is recognized as a professional tower and as an expert witness in towing related procedures and pricing. He is an active instructor for Quick Clear and TIM principles and procedures. Myers attends several towing conventions across the U.S. annually to gather industry information and stay abreast of new trends, equipment, and safety programs. He was one of only nine towers in the United States that attended the TIM Federal Highway symposium, as well as the International Association of Chiefs of Police convention, in 2016. Myers serves as President and founding member of Quick Clear Professionals of Ohio, as well as a member of the Towing & Recovery Association of America’s TIM Committee. He is also a founding member and current board member for the Association of Professional Towers – Ohio. Myers currently serves on ODOT’s Quick Clear Steering Committee.
Collecting on Recovery Invoice • 8 pm - 8:50 pm
Proven and effective methods for collecting from commercial accounts and their insurance companies.
John Borowski • AutoReturn
John Borowski is VP of Tow Industry Programs for AutoReturn. John has over 45 years experience as a tow business owner, wrecker manufacturer specialist, trainer and writer. He was awarded the first “Towman of the Year” by American Towman magazine and two Towman Medals for heroism. He was inducted in the Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame in 2001.
Economics of Recovery Equipment • 9 pm - 9:50 pm
Join Brian Riker as he explores the true cost of ownership for common pieces of recovery equipment. Can’t afford that piece of specialized equipment, like a Rotator? Well maybe you can. Learn how to maximize your return on investment when selecting recovery equipment.
Brian Riker • Fleet Compliance Solutions
Brian J. Riker is a third-generation towman, with 26 years of experience in the ditch as a tow operator, and president of Fleet Compliance Solutions. He specializes in helping navigate the complex world of federal and state transportation regulatory compliance.
AT Quick Clearance Certification
Saturday 10/16: 8 am - Noon.
Fee: $95


Arm your company and its tow operators with essential quick clearance methods, on-scene incident management preparation, and American Towman Quick Clearance certification card.
Ron Myers • Pine Tree Towing & Recovery, Association of Professional Towers of Ohio
Ron Myers is an award-winning towing and recovery plus transport specialist, with more than 35 years of experience. He is an active Operations Manager of Pine Tree Towing and Recovery in Cambridge, Ohio. Through many formal training and certification classes, including Wreckmaster 2/3, 4/5, multiple rotator trainings, air cushion recovery techniques and safety, and Traffic Incident Management (TIM) training, including the SHRP2 Train-the-Trainer, he is recognized as a professional tower and as an expert witness in towing related procedures and pricing. He is an active instructor for Quick Clear and TIM principles and procedures. Myers attends several towing conventions across the U.S. annually to gather industry information and stay abreast of new trends, equipment, and safety programs. He was one of only nine towers in the United States that attended the TIM Federal Highway symposium, as well as the International Association of Chiefs of Police convention, in 2016. Myers serves as President and founding member of Quick Clear Professionals of Ohio, as well as a member of the Towing & Recovery Association of America’s TIM Committee. He is also a founding member and current board member for the Association of Professional Towers – Ohio. Myers currently serves on ODOT’s Quick Clear Steering Committee.
Training & Hands-On Education
The nation's top trainers are ready and eager to teach YOU how to be the best tower you can be.

Meal-time provides opportunity to network with other towing & recovery professionals.

Partnering with APTO (Association of Professional Towers of Ohio) on Training Logistics, Educational and Networking Events.
Advanced Rotator
The Nation’s Premier Rotator Training course

classroom & hands-on • 16 hours
Thursday 10/14, 8 am - 12 Noon, 1 pm - 5 pm • Friday 10/15, 8 am - 12 Noon, 1 pm - 5 pm.
Fee: $695 Includes Lunch


• Proper setup and staging of a rotator in various situations.
• Cribbing, what to choose, size, when it’s needed and how to place it.
• Rotator environment when working near excavations and power lines.
• Understanding tip loads and rotator capacity when vertically lifting.
• Rotator best practices as it relates to incident management and quick highway clearance.
• Working load limits for overhead lifts and your choice in rigging attachments.
• Understanding angles and how they effect your rigging and how to calculate the forces.
• Utilizing spreader bars on various loads and casualties.
• Recovery and uprighting with rotators; what you should and shouldn't do.
• Overhead lifting in a limited work zone.
• Full color rotator manual and online training dashboard.

Bruce Campbell • WreckMaster
Years before becoming a WreckMaster lead instructor, Bruce Campbell began sending his tow operators to WreckMaster training classes in 1996. Soon after his towing company began operating rotators, Bruce developed WreckMaster’s first rotator course in 2013. The course has been further upgraded for the Towman Games. Today it’s the nation’s premier Rotator Training course.
Jeff Martin • WreckMaster
Jeff Martin started in the towing and recovery industry in 1989 delivering auto parts for a towing company in Brampton, Ontario. Jeff started performing light-duty tows and recoveries and within a year transitioned into a heavy-duty wrecker. Today, Jeff splits his times as a recovery coordinator, hazmat technician and product representative and trainer for an air lift systems manufacturer. Jeff took his first WreckMaster course in 1998, hoping the certification card would help him receive more respect in his interactions with first responders. Though he initially took the course for the card, it was the education Jeff received that had the greatest impact. He became a Field Instructor for WreckMaster in the early 2000’s before becoming a Lead Instructor a few years later. Jeff believes that as a WreckMaster instructor, he is helping add professionalism to the way the industry operates and change the way public, first responders and even other operators look at towers.
Advanced Heavy-Duty
CIRT 16-Hour Advanced Heavy-Duty Training Class / Conventional Tow Trucks / Tankers.

classroom & hands-on • 16 hours
Thursday 10/14, 8 am -12 Noon, 1 pm - 5 pm • Friday 10/15, 8 am -12 Noon, 1 pm - 5 pm
Fee: $695 Includes Lunch


• Quick Clearance strategies for Traffic Incident Management (TIM)
• Discuss advanced rigging devices
• Advanced rigging equipment ratings
• Floating snatch blocks
• Construction & attachment on tank trailers
• Discussion and review of various heavy-duty recovery techniques
• Classroom handbooks
• Demonstrate various rigging & attachment methods for recoveries
• Demonstrate various methods of anchoring tow trucks for recoveries
• Perform several up-righting techniques for minimizing lanes closures during heavy-duty recoveries
• Perform a recovery from a freeway barrier

Bobby Tuttle • CIRT
Bobby Tuttle has been involved in the towing and recovery industry since 1977 at all levels including Traffic Incident Management response in San Antonio, Texas. He also serves as the Incident Manager for the SAPD towing contract. He founded Complete Incident Response Training in 2003 and official trainer for Southwest Tow Operators.
Quick Clearance
Advanced Carrier & Wrecker Training

Friday 10/15, 8 am -12 Noon, 1 pm - 5 pm
Fee: $395 Includes Lunch


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

Shane Coleman • ERSCA
Shane Coleman is a 2nd generation towing professional with over 33 years in the Towing and Recovery industry. His experience started with training employees at the family business. He developed a strong sense of the need for more training to establish a career for people in the towing industry. In 1995, his training career was initiated as a field trainer at the age 24. Since then, he has held varied training positions within towing companies, manufacture organizations and is an active training consultant.
Terry Abejuela • ERSCA
American Towman Field Editor Terry Abejuela has over 43 years of experience in the light duty towing and recovery industry. He is a Light Duty Level 1 and Level 2 Instructor for the California Tow Truck Association. He was awarded the CTTA Rich Chappel Industry Leader Award in 2019. He holds a State of California Part-Time Vocational Education Teaching Credential to teach Light Duty Towing and Recovery Operation and is an expert witness for towing related matters for ForensisGroup.
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Special Events
American Towman Expositions are more than just tow shows; our Legendary Hospitality puts us a cut above the rest! Select one of the events from the menu to get started and prepare for our networking opportunities, parties, product demos, and more.

The Games
$20 through Advance Registration - $40 On Site

Light-Duty Triathlon • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday 10/16

Fee: $20, includes all 3 competitions

Wheel Lift - Quick Draw
On the clock, back up to a vehicle, lift it (bottom of tires must be 15” from the ground), secure it for the tow. Judged on speed, accuracy and proper securement.

Boom Control - Water Lift
Lift a tire that is laying flat with 6 cups of water on it, extend boom and lay tire back to ground in target area without spilling the water. You will be rated on speed.

Quick Clearance
Car has a damaged front end, a front tire will not roll. Clock starts: Pick your tools, load and secure vehicle. Back in your truck, clock stops. Rated on speed and proper securement.

Heavy-Duty Triathlon • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday 10/16

Fee: $20, includes all 3 competitions

Upright Prep Contest HD
Choose your tools, and properly attach to the truck in preparation for an upright. Knowing proper tools to use will improve your performance time.

Rotator Roulette HD
Rotate a bucket with water from one side of truck around corner and dumped in another bucket and then back to starting point. Time penalty for spilling water.

Boom Control-Water Lift HD
Lift a tire that is laying flat with 6 cups of water on it, extend boom and lay tire back to ground in target area without spilling the water. You will be rated on speed.

Damn The Torpedos VIP
Thursday, October 14
Location: Barley House • 1261 W 6th St, Cleveland, OH 44113

8 pm - 10 pm
Price $30 pp
Shuttle provided

American Towman BBQ
Saturday, October 16
Location: Convention Center - Exhibit Hall

3 pm
Discount Price $10 pp • Charge waived for advance register

APTO Special Events
Sporting Clay Shoot & Clambake Dinner – Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Registration opens at 2:00pm

Join APTO for the 1st Annual Sporting Clay Shoot & Clambake dinner! This event will kick off with the shoot and end with a Clambake dinner and an amazing gun raffle sponsored by Matheny – an A300 Ultima Beretta. You’re not going to want to miss it!

$5,000 Reverse Raffle at the Show BBQ – Saturday, October 16, 2021
Live music begins at 3:00pm – Raffle starts at 5:00pm


Enjoy the American Towman BBQ and buy an APTO Reverse Raffle ticket for a chance to win up to $5,000! Sideboard tickets will also be sold the day of the event.

To Purchase Tickets Click Here

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Pageant of Champions
World-Class Wreckers Compete

The towing industry's most amazing wreckers compete. Pageant contestants vie for the Cup in several weight classes.

Entry fee: $50 for Light-Duty (pre-2020), Light-Duty (2020-2021), Medium-Duty, Vintage (41+ years), Service/Support Truck. $75 for HD Single Axle, HD Tandem, Rotator, Carrier. A towing company may enter one truck per class and up to four trucks.

Truck Schedule Available Soon

You may enter your vehicle when you register for the show.

Voting for Best of Show takes place on show floor.
Sponsored by East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales:



Pageant Trophies
Sponsored by Enzo's Cleaning Solutions:



The spectacle of the world’s finest wreckers at the Pageant of Champions 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. Then come to the Winner’s Ceremony to see if your favorite wins!

Hotels
WESTIN - HQ
HQ Hotel - $174
777 Saint Clair Avenue NE, Cleveland, OH 44114 - Relax with the 4-star service of The Westin Cleveland Downtown, an upscale hotel with spacious suites, an on-site steakhouse and a 24-hour fitness center.
Short walk around Cleveland Auditorium to convention center.

DRURY PLAZA HOTEL
$169
1380 East 6th Street, Cleveland, OH 44114 - Breakfast, Wi-Fi, dinnertime snacks, soft drinks, popcorn, business center, workout facilities.
Across the street, on the corner of convention center.

HILTON
$198
100 Lakeside Avenue East, Cleveland, OH 44114 - Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, FirstEnergy Stadium, Great Lakes Science Center, and Huntington Convention Center are all about a 10-minute walk from hotel.
Across the street from convention center.

MARRIOTT AT KEY TOWER
$172
1360 West Mall Drive, Cleveland, OH 44114 - Spa, business center, bar, 3 restaurants.
Across the street, on the corner of convention center.

You can reserve your hotel following registration
Attendee Services
American Towman legion
As an attendee you earn a merit-based membership in the American Towman Legion, no fees or strings attached.

Travel Discounts
Click Here for Travel Discounts

You can reserve your hotel following registration when available.
For show information please contact: 800-732-3869
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The Towman Games • October 14-16, 2021
Huntington Convention Center, Cleveland, OH.
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