Thomas Tedford III
Mr. Tedford, 48, has over thirty years’ experience serving the towing industry at various levels of office. He began his career with Caron Towing and Caron Transport in Hartford, CT, Chaired a CEO Advisory Committee tasked with beginning United Road Services turnaround by implementing cost reductions and operational restructuring for their Towing Division, served United Road Services as the East Region Operations manager, charged with overseeing all aspects of business including cost reduction within their operating facilities. Since March of 2003 until present Mr. Tedford has served as Senior Vice President of Operations for United Road Towing the Nation’s Largest Towing Company working on operations, purchasing, cost reduction, safety, training and marketing. He has held numerous executive offices in both state and national trade organizations regarding the industry, including past Treasurer for ITRHFM where he was part of a team that created and managed secure funds and established a Museum investment fund that had grown from $0 to over $500,000 when he left office, also combined with the Survivor Fund he Managed and created a portfolio for the museum that successfully controlled $1.6 million dollars in total and led a charge that returned the Museum to profitability and allowed it to function on a day to day basis that returned value for the membership annually. He has held positions on the Survivor Fund and Wall of the Fallen Committee’s and was instrumental in a charge that increased the death benefits to their current levels for those lost in the line of duty, he has served on the Board of Directors for TRAA and Executive Board as Treasurer and is recognized for his knowledge in lobbying, cost control, marketing and administrative training. As a speaker and trainer Mr. Tedford has given educational seminars to thousands of towing professionals across the country regarding billing practices, business presentation, rate structure and management.
2005 TRAA Presidential Award
2007 Ford Motor Company Lifetime Leadership Award for Industry Contributions
2007 American Towman “Towman of the Year”
2008 International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame Inductee
2009 CT State Republican Businessman of the Year
2011 United States Auto Club Hall of Fame Inductee