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 offers 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, June 17, 11am - 5pm
Saturday, June 18, 11am - 5pm
Western heritage and hospitality meets modern culture and sophistication in this fast-growing metropolitan city that boasts one of the most walkable downtowns in the U.S., a renowned cultural arts district and a historic Stockyards district.
1201 Houston St, Fort Worth, Texas 76102
Discover the Modern West
Fort Worth is the 12th-largest city in the United States, known for Texas hospitality and a dozen remarkable districts full of culture and fun. The historic western Stockyards featuring the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive and Billy Bob’s Texas, the world’s largest honky-tonk and the new Mule Alley, as well as a connected downtown with the 35-block Sundance Square entertainment district. You can visit the stunning museums of the Cultural District, the Botanic Garden and nearby Fort Worth Zoo.
• Relax in Sundance Square Plaza under the enormous umbrellas, grab a bite to eat on a patio or take a selfie in front of the whimsical water fountains.
•See a performance in the acoustically perfect Bass Performance Hall, known for its towering angels carved in limestone.
•Located in Sundance Square, the Sid Richardson is a free museum that showcases the art of the American West.
•Explore the gorgeous Fort Worth Water Gardens, a refreshing urban oasis next to the Fort Worth Convention Center.
•Visit the JFK Tribute in General Worth Square, which honors President Kennedy’s historic stay in Fort Worth.
•Take a break in Burnett Park or Hyde Park – home of the sleeping panther.
•Hop aboard Molly the Trolley, a bus service that circulates between downtown hotels and hot spots.
Once home to cowboys, cattlemen and outlaws, today the Stockyards National Historic District is one of the most popular attractions in Texas. Day and night, visitors come to the Stockyards to get a taste of the true American West.
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,
$150 with advance registration. $225 after June 15.
TOWING & RECOVERY CONFERENCE
High Tension Cable Barrier SystemsDiscusses options for how to safely recover all sizes of wrecked vehicles when entangled in the High Tension Cable Barrier Systems (HTCBS).
Bobby Tuttle, CIRT. Thursday, June 16th, 2 pm
When Does A Tower Need A CDL?Join 30 year veteran tower and CDL instructor, Brian Riker, as he explores when a tower requires a commercial drivers license. Although there is a limited emergency exception to some CDL regulations you will be surprised how often a tower actually requires a CDL and what seemingly insignificant differences can trigger the CDL requirements.
Brian Riker, American Towman. Friday, June 17th, 8 am
Effective Lockout TechniquesThe AAA Texas session covers foundational lockout theory and application with a focus on damage prevention. Topics include an overview of lockout procedures and techniques, discussion of locking mechanisms, airbag safety, and review of essential tools and equipment. The session will conclude with Q & A.
Michael Steven, AAA. Saturday, June 18th, 9 am
BUSINESS OPERATIONS CONFERENCE
Structuring Your Business to Maximize ProfitabilityThis seminar shows you how to structure your business as a business. Many owners just go through some motions and call it business and don't know if they're profitable.
John Borowski, Auto Return. Thursday, June 16th, 3 pm
Putting a Handle on the Real Profit Center of your BusinessHow to operate and maintain your office and getting the people answering your phones to maximize profitability. Your dispatch is the first thing given to the customer to evaluate their needs.
John Borowski, Auto Return. Friday, June 17th, 8 am
Building the Best Heavy-Duty Recovery ClaimDiscussion on how to build a winning heavy duty recovery claim. The goal of this seminar is to help you get paid for your work quickly.
Brian Walters, The Walters Firm PLLC. Friday, June 17th, 10 am
Maintaining Aging EquipmentThis seminar will present some challenges faced with older equipment and solutions to help the tow boss keep their older equipment on the road and in good working order longer. A must attend for those that can’t get, or don’t want, a brand new truck in today’s market.
Brian Riker, American Towman. Saturday, June 18th, 8 am
Maintaining a Clean Compliant VSF (Vehicle Storage Facility)Your facility needs to be in compliance with stormwater and hazardous waste laws. With simple “good housekeeping” practices you can establish a Spill Prevention Containment and Cleanup Plan (SPCC).
Jim Figueira, Ed Grubbs, Environmental Chemical Solutions. Saturday, June 18th, 10 am
Strategies for Building Your Future Tow BusinessFact: All successful tow companies and their owners have one thing in-common; they all started from meager beginnings. Tow company success doesn’t happen overnight, yet, there’s a progression of considerations that help navigate a path to success and survival necessary to enduring an extremely competitive and cutthroat industry. Because there’s no single book or source specific to the tow and recovery industry, this seminar is directed at currently active businesses as well as start-up companies.
Randall Resch, American Towman. Saturday, June 18th, 11 am
The Tower as Incident CommanderA breakdown of the recovery work and road clearance of the Great Texas Pile-up, and the role the tower plays with incident command.
James Bennett Jr., Beard's Towing. Friday, June 17th, 10 am
Ensuring Every Tow is SafeAs a tow truck operator, you have a responsibility to ensure every tow you perform is completed safely. Exceeding the towing equipment or cab & chassis ratings, no secondary attachment chains (safety chains), no tow extension lights, improper steering wheel securement and towing damages are still common issues in the light duty towing industry. This seminar will explore these elements of your tow to assist you in ensuring every tow is safe.
Terry Abejuela, American Towman. Friday, June 17th, 11 am
Risk Management and On-Scene SafetyThe industry has lost focus on what techniques are advantageous to tow operator safety. For tow business owners, focusing on on-scene safety is far more important than learning how-to operate new wreckers, carriers and rotators. This seminar brings focus to best practices necessary for safety operations on all calls including industrial scenarios, driving operations, choosing the right tool for the job and complete on-scene awareness. Consider this a one-hour survival course for professional tow operators typically not covered in big box training.
Randall Resch, Brian Riker, American Towman. Friday, June 17th, 11:30 am
Safe and Effective Car Carrier OperationCar carriers have become the equipment of choice for many towing companies to provide damage free service for their customers with late model or high end vehicles. Car carrier operators must be properly trained and follow manufacturers recommended procedures to effectively utilize the equipment safely and effectively without causing damage. This seminar will cover equipment ratings, loading techniques, load distribution, securement techniques, and customer and operator safety.
Terry Abejuela, American Towman. Saturday, June 18th, 9 am
Energy Security Agency: Electric Vehicles - Challenges and Solutions for Tow and Recovery professionalsTow and Recovery professionals are faced with the largest technology change in the last fifty years. Electric Vehicles are taking over the roadways and first and second responders have been largely overlooked with education, training, and support. Come learn from the Global Experts on how to protect your agency, position yourselves as a market leader, and maximize profits.
Dalan Zartman, Energy Security Agency. Saturday, June 18th, 11 am
The DO’S & Dont’s That Affect Your InsuranceManaging Claims, Managing Drivers and Managing Coverages.
Rob Austin, Austin Insurance. Thursday, June 16th, 1 pm
BUILDING REVENUE CONFERENCE
Grow Your Towing Business OnlineLearn strategies on how to improve your presence online from the team at OMG Tow Marketing.
Jared Fischgrund & Chris Blake, OMG Tow Marketing. Friday, June 17th, 9 am
Accident Remediation, Making money and getting paid for supplying environmental services.Making money and getting paid for supplying environmental services. Learn the issues and responsibilities relating to the required cleanup of the vehicle operating fluids released at a traffic collision. We discuss insurance liability, proper billing techniques, proper disposal and handling. We also address TSA’s, legislation and Billing Support.
Jim Figueira, Ed Grubbs, Environmental Chemical Solutions. Friday, June 17th, 9 am
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Southwest Tow Operators Legislative Meeting|
Who Should Attend: Tow business owners from Texas (but open to all)
With the 88th 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!
Saturday, June 18, 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 / Level B
• WreckMaster Rotator Training
• ERSCA Quick Clearance - Advanced Carrier & Wrecker Training
• Southwest Tow Operators TDLR Approved Classes
• Certification Testing
CIRT Heavy-Duty Training / Level B12-HOUR HEAVY-DUTY TRAINING COURSE
$595 - ($695 after June 15th);
Friday, June 17th, 8 am – 5 pm (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 & Passport Included
Saturday, June 18th, 8 am – 12 noon
CIRT Heavy-Duty Training Course / Level B Hands-On: Part II: Location: 1653 Houston Rd, Burleson, TX 76028 (Shuttle Provided)
by CIRT Instructor Bobby Tuttle
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 Rotator Class Training(16-HRS) • Classroom & Hands-on with WreckMaster instructor
$795 - ($895 after June 15th);
Thursday, June 16th, 8 am - 12 noon and 1 pm - 5 pm (includes lunch);
Part I: 8-hours of Classroom Training with WreckMaster Instructor
Friday, June 17th, 8 am - 12 noon and 1 pm - 5 pm (includes lunch);
Part II: 8-hours of Hands-On Training; Location: 1653 Houston Rd, Burleson, TX 76028 (Shuttle Provided).
INTRODUCTION & EXPLANATION OF STUDENTS ROLE
• Introduction of Lead Instructor, assistances and students
• Set Course goals and objectives
• Overview of WreckMaster program
YOU & THE TOW TRUCK SET-UP
• Positioning the truck
• Leveling the truck
• Recommended distances- Utilities Overhead & Underground
• Recommended cribbing
• Safety in General
• GROUND LOADS
• Calculating Out-rigger Loads
UNDERSTANDING THE LIFT
• Determining the weight
• Shock Loads
• Cause and effect of tipping
• Determining the COG “Center of Gravity”
• Calculating “Load Capacity”
• Calculating “Boom Top Load”
• General overview
• Wire Rope, Synthetic & Chain Bridles
• Calculating Bridle Leg Lengths
• Calculating Bridle Leg Loads
• Selecting the Correct Rigging for the job
• PPE “Personal Proction Equipment”
• Operator Training
• Rigging Training
• Site Supervisor Training
ERSCA Quick ClearanceAdvanced Carrier & Wrecker Training (8HR)
$395 - ($495 after June 15th)
Thursday, June 16th, 1 pm – 5 pm (Classroom)
Friday, June 17th, 8 am – 12 noon (Hands-on @ 1653 Houston Rd, Burleson, TX, Shuttle Provided)
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
TDLR Approved CoursesConducted by Southwest Tow Operators (STO)
CE Provider #1616
Contact STO Directly: 972-247-9454 to Register
Friday, June 17, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
TDLR "STO/ERSCA CE 4 Hour Advanced 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 CE course. Must have TDLR number in order to take this course.
Friday, June 17, 8:30 am- 5:00 pm
TDLR "STO/ERSCA 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. Must have TDLR number in order to take this course.
Saturday, June 18, 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.
Location available soon
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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 VIP cigar smoker, Masters of Chaos Dinner, and 10 Gallon Gala.
The Big Smoke - VIP SmokerJoin us in the heart of Sundance Square at The Silver Leaf Cigar Lounge for The Big Smoke VIP cigar smoker!
Just a few minutes from your hotel, you can network and kick back with fellow towers and friends and enjoy a drink, a cigar and live music in the hottest cigar lounge in Fort Worth. As they say at the Silver Leaf, escape to the perfect place to knock back and blow smoke.
Thursday, June 16th, 9pm – 11pm; $30pp
Location: The Silver Leaf Cigar Lounge
426 Commerce St. Fort Worth, TX 76102
10 Gallon Gala - Casino NightSign 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!
Friday, June 17, 5 pm - 7:30 pm.
Location: Fort Worth Convention Center - Concourse level
Raffles Donated By:
WreckMaster • Honk • Road Sync • EdgeTech/Hooks • Lone Star Hazmat • American Towman • Allstate Roadside • Everything Tie Down
Masters of Chaos DinnerJoin American Towman as we honor towing companies that participated in clearing “The Great Texas Pile-up" on I-35 West in Fort Worth that took place on February, 11 of 2021. This special evening will recognize towers for helping to save many lives in one of the nations worst pile-ups.
Honorees will receive a commemorative "Masters of Chaos" pin at the dinner. The evening will include remarks by Incident Management Coordinator James Bennett Jr. of Beards Towing, as well as police and fire chiefs who were on scene. The dinner is open to all show attendees. $75/adult, $40/child.
Thursday, June 16, 5:30 pm Reception, 6 pm - 8 pm Dinner. Hilton Hotel, 815 Main St, Fort Worth, Crystal C room, 2nd floor
Sponsored by American Towman
Bite & BrewStop by Copart booth #418 to receive your FREE food & drink ticket
Event starts at 4 pm, Copart booth #208
Tickets will be available @ 1 pm. While supply lasts.
Co-Sponsored by Copart & American Towman
Ice Cream BlastSaturday at 4 pm, Stop by the East Coast Truck & Trailer booth #322 to receive your FREE ice cream cup. While supply lasts.
Sponsored by East Coast Truck & Trailer
Kids KorralSign up now to join in all of the fun!
TowXpo 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!
Location: On the Show Floor during Exhibit Hall hours.
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.
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.
Then come to the Winner’s Ceremony to see if your favorite wins!
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Move-in is Thursday, June 16th, 8am-5pm and Friday, June 17th, 8am-10am
|USA WRECKER PAGEANT CEREMONY • 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. Then come to the Winner’s Ceremony to see if your favorite wins!
AC HOTEL FORT WORTH - HQ
101 West 5th Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102
334 W 3rd Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102
600 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102
1010 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102
HAMPTON INN & SUITE
1001 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102
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