Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

Each year, the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame& Museum recognizes individuals who have made substantial contributions to the towing and recovery industry. The tradition started in 1986 when the towing and recovery industry realized it was time to display the roots of the profession. Industry professionals came together and selected individuals who made a difference. To honor those chosen few, the Friends of Towing (now ITRHFM) dedicated an entire section of the museum’s walls for portraits of the inductees. Each September a new class is inducted.

Steve Smith

Born October 1958 in Irving TX Steve graduated high school in 1977, then went on to help his father part time at his Fina gas station and worked… Read More

Nicholas Testa

Nick Testa born July 28th 1952 began his career in 1968 repairing cars out of his parent’s garage. In 1969, after turning 17, he purchased his first tow… Read More

Mike Wildman

Mike Wildman has come a LONG way since Richard Nixon was President! Most people in this room know JUST how long that's been, and without giving away his… Read More

Kenneth Weber

Kenneth J Weber was born in 1952. His childhood was spent at his father’s service station and towing business. In 1972 he married Mary and together they raised… Read More

John Weaver

John Weaver was born January 20, 1949 in Canton, Georgia. An Army veteran John met and married his wife of 46-years Debbie Mauldin Weaver. John not only married… Read More

Garry Leach

Garry Leach was born in WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA in 1951 and gained his first experience with towing while working after school and on weekends in a service station… Read More

Eric Hammond

Eric Hammond was born in 1939 in a small village in Warwickshire, England. After working for Land Rover and helping at his parent’s petrol station and café Eric… Read More

Bruce Campbell

Born March of 1964 in Banff Alberta, Canada is married to Kim and has 5 children two of which are in the business with him today. He served… Read More

Belinda Harris

Belinda was born in 1957 to Elmer and Lib Hiatt of Thomasville, North Carolina. She has one sister, Susan. Belinda graduated from Pfeiffer University with a degree in… Read More

Drew Zuccala

Drew was born in 1957 in Glen Cove, N.Y. and moved to Florida when he was 6 years old and was raised by his father Larry, who was in the… Read More

Randy Sorley

Randy was born May 16, 1954 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  On January 1, 1981 a 26 year old Randy along with his father and two other partners… Read More

John Saunders

John left school at the age of 15 and enrolled in an Apprenticeship as an Agricultural Diesel Engineer repairing Agricultural Vehicles, HGVs (heavy goods vehicles) Plant and Machinery.… Read More

Vaughn Gobel

Vaughn was born in Youngstown, OH in 1966. In 1972, Vaughn’s dad opened Gobel's Auto Body in the family's backyard with his wife and 4 young children by… Read More

Joseph Gagne

Born in 1964 in North Bay, Ontario Canada Joseph had towing in his blood. In the fall of 1983 and on his first date with his future wife… Read More

Bobby Disher

Born September 1945 in Walkertown, NC Bobby Disher started working at a grocery store at the age of 9. That began a lifelong love for work and a… Read More

David Craze

David was born in 1944 in Charlestown, WV. As a young adult David served his country in the US Army and was deployed to Korea. David was always… Read More

Andy Chesney

Andy was born in Union, MS in 1955 and moved to Euless, TX in 1965 where he graduated from Trinity High School in 1974 with a Full Scholarship… Read More

James Bach

Jim was born in East Aurora, NY. He was the 3rd child of Jim and Mary Bach. He earned an Associate’s degree in business at Erie Community College… Read More

Randall L. Schranz

Born Jan 24th 1948 in Red Wing, MN Randy founded “Randy’s High Country Towing” in Colorado Springs, CO in 1974. In addition Randy honed his skills by serving… Read More

Randall C. Resch

Born May 10th 1952 in La Jolla, CA Randall Resch began his career in the towing and recovery industry in 1964 (at age of 12); working in their… Read More

Luc Migneault

Born September 21, 1964 in Ontario, Canada Luc owns and operates D&L Towing in Timmins, Ontario as well as serves as lead instructor for NRC Industries. He began… Read More

Julie A. Hanifen

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Mel Berman

Born April 7, 1937 in Washington, DC Mel Berman founded what is now known as B/A products as Mel’s Auto Parts out of the garage of his home… Read More

Derek Beahan

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Joseph G. Kolodziej, Sr.

Joseph G. Kolodziej Sr. was born in Long Branch, New Jersey on September 17, 1939.  He went to school from kindergarten to the eighth grade and then attended… Read More

Marc De Wilde

Marc De Wilde was born on April 6th, 1959 in Wetteren, Belgium. His business was founded by his father, Jozef De Wilde. After graduating school in 1977, Marc… Read More

William E. Johnson

William E. Johnson came into this world on March 31st 1957, the youngest child of Robert and Barbara Johnson of Granby, Massachusetts. Not liking schools much and with… Read More

Michael N. Pool

Michael N. Pool was born to Neal & Hilta Pool in Odessa, TX. where he has resided ever since. He attended Dowling Elementary, Bonham Jr. High and Permian… Read More

John H. Glass

Born to John H. Jr., and Nancy K. Glass, John spent his early years in Buffalo, NY before moving to New Jersey in 1965 where he attended elementary… Read More

Rolfe W. Johnson

Rolfe W. Johnson was born 65 years ago at Seattle, Washington.  A product of Seattle Public Schools, continuing on to the University of Washington where he earned a… Read More

Marvin R. Harris

Marvin R. Harris, Ray as he was known to everyone, was born June 1, 1926 in Swan Quarter, NC.  Growing up on the North Carolina coast boating and… Read More

Joseph A. Wilkinson

Joe’s bought his first tow truck, a brand new 1964 Ford 4-wheel drive Weldbuilt, because he was tired of watching tow trucks driving by his gas station making… Read More

Rene W. Zuber

Rene W. Zuber was born in Fischingen, Switzerland in 1950. Rene entered the towing business in 1970 with his brother Guido establishing Autohilfe Zurich. Over the past 43… Read More

Frank Jay Staab

Elected:           March 12, 1999 Inducted:        August 21, 1999 Frank Jay Staab was born March 5, 1938 in Mineola, New York.  Jay has been working in the towing industry… Read More

Gordon P. Simmons

Born May 24, 1930 inClinton,WAGordon grew up dreaming of being a truck driver. At the young age of 12 Gordon started working on cars and changed the crank… Read More

Robert Sommers

Robert Sommers was born Nov, 22nd 1952 in Los Angeles, CA and passed away far too early in January of 2010. Robert graduated from William Howard Taft High… Read More

Robert E. Schatzman, Jr.

Robert E Schatzman Jr. was born Sept 23rd in Saint Petersburg; FL. Robert was a devoted family man and together with his wife Stephanie has three sons Robert,… Read More

James Satterfield

James E. Satterfield was born in Russellville, Arkansas in 1942.  His family moved to Sikeston, Missouri 6 months later, and as fate would have it, that’s where he… Read More

Jeffrey P. Roskopf

Jeffrey Phillip Roskopf was born on July 18, 1955 at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas to Anthony and Diane Roskopf.  He is the oldest of five children… Read More

Alex Robb

Alex Robb was born April 28 1934 in Bellshill, Scotland. He left school at the age of 16 and spent another 12 months at the school of engineering… Read More

Nicholas J. Ovenden

Nick Ovendon was born in 1958 in Ashford, Kent, England. Nick started in the business with his father as a young child riding alongside him and learning the… Read More

Michael P. McGovern

Michael McGovern grew up in a towing family.  He started driving a tow truck as a teenager for his family’s business in Knoxville, Tennessee.  He worked nights, weekends,… Read More

Darrell H. Mansfield

Darrell Henry Mansfield was born in Cheshire England in August of 1962. Born into the family business of farming Darrell spent most of his childhood working on the… Read More

Paul M. Bressi

Born on May 1, 1946 in Seattle Washington, Paul went to school in Seattle and graduated from Blanchet High School where he started his first job with a… Read More

Robert G. Birrell, Jr.

Robert Birrell Jr. was born in 1952 in Sharon, PA. Robert graduated from Joseph Badger High School in 1970 and from Norwood University in 1974. From an early… Read More

Val F. Reich III

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986 Born:            December 1, 1925                       Chattanooga, Tennessee Married:      Irene L. Reich Children:    Patty, Brownsburg, Indiana                      Elizabeth, Arlington, Texas                      Val… Read More

Stanley A. Wane II

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986 Born:            March 27, 1923                        Kensington, Melbourne                        Victoria, Australia Married:      Josephine Wane, 1944 Children:    Stanley John Wane III  … Read More

Roderick T. MacKintosh

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986 Born:            November 24, 1947                       Ladysmith, Natal, South Africa Married:      Paula Marilyn Norton, 1970 Children:    Kevin, Ross & Dale  … Read More

Robert L. Freeman

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986 Born:            July 25, 1924, Copperhill, Tennessee Married:      Elizabeth Williams,                       Chattanooga, Tennessee - 1945 Children:   Robert Alan Freeman                      Roger Steven… Read More

Phillip A. Kenny

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986 Born:            June 13, 1930                        Melbourne, Australia Married:      Olga Marlene, June 1, 1960 Children:    Edward Peter       History:     … Read More

H. Olov Ekengard

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986  Born:            May 8, 1925  Married:      Ma. Hilda Arrambide de Cortez  Children:    Hilda, Sonia, Bernabé, Alejandro – Monterrey, Mexico    History:     … Read More

Marvin J. “Sonny” Griffin

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986 Born:            June 3, 1934, Alto, Georgia Married:      Judy H. Griffin Children:    Mike, Phil and Tom                       Chattanooga, Tennessee    … Read More

D. Lynn Churchwell

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986 Born:            April 10, 1909 – Shelbyville, Missouri Married:      Gladys D. Churchwell         Children:    Patricia A. Avis –… Read More

John G. Rogers

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986   Family:        John Rogers was born on October 19, 1939 in Leicester, England.  He is married to Louise Law and… Read More

John L. Hawkins II

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986 Born:            October 2, 1916                        Huntington, West Virginia  Parents:      Frederick M. &                       Anna White Hawkins  Married:      Mildred Chelyan Huffman                       … Read More

James H. Blakeley

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986 Born:            July 14, 1928 – Mediapolis, IA Married:      Carolyn Ann Hester,                         San Diego, California - 1951     Children:  Steven… Read More

Hendrickus “Henry” Raubenheimer

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986 Born:            March 7, 1931                       Johannesburg, South Africa Married:      Coba Raubenheimer Children:    Gustav Raubenheimer                                      Randhardt, Alberton                      Rickus Raubenheimer… Read More

Harold D. Markle

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986 Born:            Cambridge, Ontario                        Canada Married:      Lynn Bolender Markle Children:    Shannon Markle                      Tracy Markle       History:      Graduate,… Read More

Gerald R. Plumpton

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986 Born:            December 31, 1911                        Campbellford, Ontario Married:      Aileen Provins Children:    John E. Plumpton                                 Scarborough, Ontario                      Marilyn, wife… Read More

George J. Monsour

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986 Born:            February 5, 1930                        United, Pennsylvania Married:      Carmel Kelly Children:    George Michael                      Meghan                      George James                       Jill Arnold… Read More

Ernest W. Holmes, Jr.

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986 Born:            December 24, 1907 Married:      Mary Belle         Children:    Gerald E. Holmes, Chattanooga, Tennessee                      John David… Read More

Ernest W. Holmes, Sr.

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986 Born:            January 17, 1883 Married:      Hattie Holmes         Children:    Hattie Jane, Mildred, Cornelia, Ernest Jr.  History:      In… Read More

Donald E. Cruse

  ELECTED:            March 24, 1986 INDUCTED:        June 26, 1986 BORN:           March 24, 1945, Midland, Ontario MARRIED:          Mary Helen Cruse CHILDREN:       Shannon Diane Cruse                                   Justin Thomas Cruse  … Read More

Domingo L. Suárez, Sr.

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986 Born:            September 18, 1933                        Mexico City, Mexico Married:      Maria de la Luz Gómez de Suárez Children:    Domingo Suárez, Mexico… Read More

James D. “Dave” Jones

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986 Born:            October 11, 1934                        Burnsville, Mississippi Parents:      Whit D. and                       Tulsa O. Wright Jones     Married:      Helen… Read More

Charles D. Malcolm

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986 Born:            January 2, 1917                       Wichita Falls, Texas Parents:      Samuel and Anna Malcolm Married:      Ann M. Malcolm                       November 29,… Read More

Bythal L. McColgin

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986 Born:            July 31, 1916 –                       “Rural” Jackson, Mississippi Married:      S. Elizabeth McColgin Children:    Mack Levoy McColgin, Miami                      Garry… Read More

William “Bill” C. Jackson

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986 Born:            February 18, 1925,                       London, United Kingdom Married:      Cicely Mary Children:    Bruce Jackson, Mark Jackson       History:     … Read More

D. Bernard Jones

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986 Born:            February 25, 1925                        Wales, United Kingdom Married:      Nan Jones         Children:    Donald, Gatwick, London                     … Read More

Bernabe Cortez Gonzalez

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986 Born:            June 25, 1945 Married:      Ma. Hilda Arrambide de Cortez Children:    Hilda, Sonia, Bernabé, Alejandro – Monterrey, Mexico    … Read More

Arthur W. Nelson

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986 Born:            January 15, 1915                       Bronx, New York Married:      Diana Nelson Children:    Valerie Mullin, New York City, New York                     … Read More

H. Alfred King, Sr.

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986 Born:            December 8, 1923                        News Ferry, Virginia Married:      Charlotte Ruth Helmrich                       January 1948       Children:    H.… Read More

Wim Van Wetten

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William Washam

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William McClaskey

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William Bottoms

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Thomas Boyuk

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Ross Kinman

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Robert Parker

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Richard Pellow

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Rondie E. Welch

Elected:April 12, 1987 Inducted:June 25, 1987 Born:January 26, 1916 in Woodson, Texas Married:Athalene Manning Children: Juanita Welch Procter Clifford Wayne Diane Welch Scott History: Started in a repair… Read More

Oscar Weeks

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Murry Rude

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Max Nussbaum

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L.A. Prince

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John Schrock, Sr.

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John Hubbard

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John Baugh

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Jerry Bullock

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Jack Whitlock

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Howard T. Sliger

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Howard Kauff

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Henry E. Kerstgens, Jr.

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Harry Zipse

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Harold Willard

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Harold Shipp

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H. Roy Runciman

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Guy Benitez

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Gus VanderDonck

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Gerald Holmes

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George Mutch

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Gary Coe

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Frank R. McAllister

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Frank Peterson

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Earl Gervais

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Earl R. Buske

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Don Wagner

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Don Heins

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Creed Byrd

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Claude Ramsey

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Charles Nowell

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Bernard Alm

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Alex Currie

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T. Carter Stringfellow

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Richard A. Chappel

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Lee Martin

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Kelly McKnight

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Karl G. Orgren

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Joseph Milan

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James W. Payne

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Hendrick Van Amerongen

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Harry Saehlenou

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Floyd Bud Pinickney

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Enriques Duenas

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Burt Huffener

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Brian Drury

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Ashley Beasley

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Warren Roosevelt Sr.

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Steve Cardinale

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Rudolph Halicki

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Olin O. Bleau

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Louise Braum

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Louis G Fava, Sr.

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Junior Jay

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John Dryer

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Henry W. Yelvington

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Grace Hawkins

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Charles B. Noble

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Carolyn Blakeley

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Wayman C. McCorquodale

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Val F. Reich Jr.

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Robert S. Short, Sr.

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Robert J. Tracey

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Robert J. Driscoll

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Ralph H. Reavis

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Jerry L. Bullock

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Helen S. Jones

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Gustav A. Neeb

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Frank H. Eley Jr.

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Arnold T. Hughes

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Ann M. Malcom

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Woodrow Herring

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William W. Coxon

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Ted Durig

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Ronald Grice

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Peter M. Aspesi

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Ludwig (Lud) Menzl

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Lennart I. Larsson

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Keith R. Craven

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Junius R. Elmore Jr.

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George W. Stevens

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G.L. Bud Anderson

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Esa Pyyhkailainen

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David W. Marks

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Colin B. Parlett

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William R. Tomlinson

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Wilfred A. Clearwater

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Roger J. Dines

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Robert E. Brough

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Gladys E. Johnston

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Donald L. Rolling

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David W. Walsgroove

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Richard A Stearns

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Mark R. Parsons

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Jurgen Fieres

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George M. Lanser

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Donna Brookout-Coe

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Dennis Di Giovanni

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David F. Humphries

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Virgil E. Coonrod

Elected:       April 9, 1994 Inducted:    June 24, 1994 Family:        Virgil E. Coonrod was born on February 21, 1910 in Martelle, Iowa.  Virgil and Lillian Rawson were married on… Read More

Robert L. Surman

Elected:       April 9, 1994 Inducted:    June 24, 1994 Family:        Born January 2, 1931 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  He presently resides in Burnaby, British Columbia with his wife,… Read More

Robin “Bob” C. Berry

Elected:       April 9, 1994 Inducted:    June 24, 1994 Family:        Bob was born March 28, 1952 in Reno, Nevada.  He married the former Sylvia Risban in August 1970 in Alameda,… Read More

Richard E. Smith

Elected:       April 9, 1994 Inducted:    June 24, 1994 Family:        Born January 21, 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio.  Married June 11, 1955 to the former Patricia Sullivan and together they… Read More

Norbert Pigeon

Elected:       April 9, 1994 Inducted:    June 24, 1994 Family:        Norbert was born November 22, 1942 in Saint Madeleine (Quebec) Canada, where he was raised.  In 1969, he married… Read More

Jack W. Schrock

Elected:       April 9, 1994 Inducted:    June 24, 1994 Family:        Born January 29, 1935 in Wichita, Kansas to John and Marjorie Schrock (John Schrock HOF 1987), was raised and… Read More

Duane F. Rogers Sr.

Elected:       April 9, 1994 Inducted:    June 24, 1994 Family:        Born October 2, 1932 in Beloit, Wisconsin where he grew up, attended school and married the former Marilyn J.… Read More

Charles “Chuck” Swider

Elected:       April 9, 1994 Inducted:    June 24, 1994 Family:        Born December 5, 1949 and married October 1982 to the former Janice C. Roffo.  Together they have two daughters… Read More

Russell Iodice

Elected:       January 15, 1995 Inducted:    May 18, 1995 History:      In 1950, the North End Boys Club of Bridgeport, Connecticut had a tumbling team.  During their performances the team… Read More

Peter M. Fuerst

Elected:       January 15, 1995 Inducted:    May 18, 1995 History:      Peter began working for the local AAA contact station while going to school.  Over the next few years he… Read More

Jiro Yanase

Elected:       January 15, 1995 Inducted:    May 18, 1995 History:      Mr. Yanase is chairman of the Board of Directors of Yanase Co., Ltd., and 80 year old company, which… Read More

John “Jack” Gratzianna

Elected:       January 15, 1995 Inducted:    May 18, 1995 Family:        Born May 6, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois.  Jack married Gail Wagner in 1963 and in the following years they… Read More

Charles W. “Wid” Dickison

Elected:       January 15, 1995 Inducted:    May 18, 1995 Born:            October 23, 1920 History:      Attended school in Doaktown, New Brunswick.  Economic conditions necessitated leaving school after grade eight and… Read More

Charles H. Kuebler

Elected:       January 15, 1995 Inducted:    May 18, 1995 Personal:     Chuck Kuebler was born October 29, 1937 in Baltimore, Maryland.  In August of 1959, Chuck married the former Irene… Read More

C. Thomas Luciano

Elected:       January 15, 1995 Inducted:    May 18, 1995 Thomas is the son of Dominic M. Luciano & Carmella Palmotti Luciano of South Glen Falls, NY.  Born on June… Read More

Arden D. Bowman Sr.

Elected:       January 15, 1995 Inducted:    May 18, 1995 History:      Arden D. Bowman, Sr. (Pap) was born in Roanoke, Virginia, July 25, 1913.  He joined the army where he… Read More

Wallace E. Shriner

Elected:           April 13, 1996 Inducted:        August 16, 1996 We are here to honor a man who had accomplished many goals, and has overcome many obstacles to become the successful… Read More

Rodney Nakoa

Elected:           April 13, 1996 Inducted:        August 16, 1996 Born:                 Born on February 4, 1942 in Honolulu, Hawaii Family:             Rodney and Patricia have four children, Conrad, Lara, Muzzette and… Read More

Norbert (Bert) Bertling

Elected:       April 13, 1996 Inducted:    August 16, 1996 Born:            September 2, 1942 – Worthington, Iowa Married:      Virginia Kuebrich – April 25, 1990 – Las Vegas, Nevada Children:    Tammy… Read More

Marshall A. Pieczentkowski

Elected:           April 13, 1996 Inducted:        August 16, 1996 Born:                Ski was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts on March 1, 1939.  He attended grade and high school in Colorado, California… Read More

John R. Howell

Elected:       April 13, 1996 Inducted:    August 16, 1996 Born:            John was born on September 1, 1931 in Oceola Township.  Howell, Michigan.  He attended Rumsey County School, was graduated… Read More

Joe Sroga

Elected:           April 13, 1996 Inducted:        August 16, 1996 Born:                Joe was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 19, 1947 Family:            Joe married Rosalyn Zqutowicz on June 8, 1968. … Read More

Eugene A. Bertani

Elected:       April 13, 1996 Inducted:    August 16, 1996 Born:            July 19, 1929 – Detroit, Michigan Married:      Yvonne Hunt – February 1956 Children:    Gene and Yvonne have four sons. … Read More

Charles W. Morris

Elected:       April 13, 1996 Inducted:    August 16, 1996 Born:            Charles William (C.W.) Morris was born to Elijah and Cora Lee Morris on January 22, 1921 in Lawrence, Kansas. … Read More

Stuart Spence

Elected:           April 10, 1997 Inducted:        September 27, 1997 Born:                May 10, 1950 Stuart was born in the small town of Estcourt in the province of Natal in South… Read More

Robert E. Kukuruza

Elected:           April 10, 1997 Inducted:        September 27, 1997 Born:                Robert was born on May 30, 1918 to Nicholas and Udokia, who had immigrated together to Boston in 1916… Read More

R. Richard Myers

Elected:           April 10, 1997 Inducted:        September 27, 1997 Born:                December 1, 1938 in Kansas City, Missouri, where he was raised and educated Family:            On January 21, 1961, he… Read More

Pat Tucker

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Mildred C. Stearns

Elected:           April 10, 1997 Inducted:        September 27, 1997 Born:                June 1, 1931, Mildred was born to Edmond & Bessie Prue, and shares the love of seven brothers and… Read More

Don Landoll

Elected:           April 10, 1997 Inducted:        September 27, 1997 Born:                April 17, 1943 – Steele City, Nebraska Family:            Married Mary Swoyer, February 14, 1973 at Kansas City, Kansas Children:        … Read More

Bill E. McCarty

Elected:           April 10, 1997 Inducted:        September 27, 1997 Born:                February 1, 1945 Family:            Married Carol Cowan, July 26, 1963 in Ventura Bill was born in Paris, Arkansas, the… Read More

Arthur McCaffrey

Elected:           April 10, 1997 Inducted:        September 27, 1997 Born:                April 22, 1940 – Marmora, Ontario Family:            Married Jane Coulter, September 27, 1958 Children:         Three sons, Rick, Rob and… Read More

Roy L. Owens, Jr.

Elected:           March 10, 1998 Inducted:        September 26, 1998 Born:                February 23, 1930 Family:            Wife, Hettie Wyatt Owens, One daughter Betty Owens Surmont Education:      Corbin City Schools Grade 2-12,… Read More

Michael J. Boniface

Elected:           March 10, 1998 Inducted:        September 26, 1998 Born:                January 5, 1955 and has two daughters currently attending universities. After a five year apprenticeship with Dennis, a commercial… Read More

Mark S. Anderson

Elected:           March 10, 1998                        Inducted:        September 26, 1998 Mark was born on October 9, 1948, the eldest of six children of Dr. Ernest T. and Wanda B. Anderson… Read More

Joseph M. Booth

Elected:           March 10, 1998 Inducted:        September 26, 1998 Joe is 57 years old, has been married to Norma 31 years with three sons, David, Joe Jr. and George. … Read More

Jean J. Julien

Elected:           March 10, 1998 Inducted:        September 26, 1998 Jean Jacques Julien, married to wife Danielle for 20 years and has two children.  A daughter Julie, 20 and a… Read More

Dan O. Willsey

Elected:           March 10, 1998 Inducted:        September 26, 1998 Born:                July 23, 1937 in Yakima, Washington 1954-1958       U.S. Navy Electricians Mate 2nd Class Honorable Discharge 1958-1965       Clark Supply, Inc.,… Read More

Garvin W. Robertson

Elected:           March 10, 1998 Inducted:        September 26, 1998 Born:                November 21, 1940 in Alvaton, Kentucky.  Bill and his brothers and sister lived in the home of their foster… Read More

William G. Ours

Elected:           March 10, 1998 Inducted:        September 26, 1998 Born:                October 17, 1938 in Akron, Ohio.  His family moved to Hebron, Ohio when he was six years old. Married:         … Read More

Mary K. Cooper

Elected:           March 12, 1999 Inducted:        August 21, 1999 Mary Katherine Kollman Cooper, or Katy as she is known to all was born July 9, 1936.  After her schooling… Read More

Jeffrey I. Badgley

Elected:           March 12, 1999 Inducted:        August 21, 1999 Jeffrey I. Badgley was born April 8, 1952 to Charles and Betty Badgley, the youngest of three children, in Hobart… Read More

James E. Hoagland

Elected:           March 12, 1999 Inducted:        August 21, 1999 James E. Hoagland was born on April 1, 1929 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Prior to graduating from school, he enlisted… Read More

Gene Gratzer

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Carvel Gay

Elected:           March 12, 1999 Inducted:        August 21, 1999 Carvel began his career in 1965, with the purchase of his first service station.  Selling gas, checking under the hood,… Read More

Axel H. Tischer

Elected:           March 12, 1999 Inducted:        August 21, 1999 The Tischer Company (Tischer Fahrzeugbau) was founded in 1988 in Cham, Germany.  Before forming his own company, Axel Tischer worked… Read More

Arturo Cortez

Elected:           March 12, 1999 Inducted:        August 21, 1999 Mr. Arturo Cortez Gonzalez was born in 1941.  The oldest of eight brothers and sisters in a low-class family.  He… Read More

M. Dennis Jones

Elected:           April 14, 2000 Inducted:        September 22, 2000 A native of the northwest, Denny and his wife Shirley have raised 6 children and presently have 17 grandchildren.  Since… Read More

Leonard W. Schultz

Elected:           April 14, 2000 Inducted:        September 22, 2000 Leonard Schultz and his wife Eileen were married in 1954 and between them had eight children, three of whom now… Read More

Larry G. Cernosek

Elected:           April 14, 2000 Inducted:        September 22, 2000 Larry G. Cernosek was born in 1953 in Houston, Texas.  He has been married to his wife Linda for 22… Read More

Janetta R. Bowman

Elected:           April 14, 2000 Inducted:        September 22, 2000 Janetta R. Bowman was born in Cadiz, Kentucky in 1947.  She came into the towing and recovery business through her… Read More

Evelyn M. Harden

Elected:           April 14, 2000 Inducted:        September 22, 2000 Evelyn and Jim Harden were married in December, 1961 and together they have raised two children, Cheri and Randy, although… Read More

Andrew A. Hovanes, Jr.

Elected:           April 14, 2000 Inducted:        September 22, 2000 Andy, Jr. never married so has had no children, however is close to his brothers Steve and Jerry who are… Read More

Terry R. Humelsine

Elected:           April 5, 2001 Inducted:        August 17, 2001 Born:                July 11, 1941 in Hagerstown, Maryland Terry Humelsine first entered the towing and recovery industry while still in high… Read More

Stanley E. Copeland

Elected:           April 5, 2001 Inducted:        August 17, 2001 Born:                February 16, 1928 – Bradford West Gwilliambury Township, Ontario Stan Copeland married his wife Muriel in 1952 and together… Read More

Ronald L. Matthews

Elected:           April 5, 2001 Inducted:        August 17, 2001 Born:                January 6, 1950 in Pekin, Illinois Married the former Melanie Hilst on February 5, 1971 in Pekin, Illinois.  Together… Read More

Paul A. Rottinghaus

Elected:           April 5, 2001 Inducted:        August 17, 2001 Born:                January 29, 1952 Paul first entered the industry in 1974 as manager for Zip’s Auto Body of New Hampton,… Read More

John L. Hawkins III

Elected:           April 5, 2001 Inducted:        August 17, 2001 Born:                 February 3, 1951 John L. Hawkins III, married Karen in September 1981 and together they are raising two children,… Read More

John E. Borowski, Jr.

Elected:           April 5, 2001 Inducted:        August 17, 2001 Born:                March 11, 1955 – Holyoke, Massachusetts Like so many others, John followed his father into towing and recovery as… Read More

W. Franklin Thomas, Jr.

Elected:           April 5, 2001 Inducted:        August 17, 2001 Born:                September 13, 1924 Married the former Mildred Louise Tuttle on July 28, 1945.  Together they have raised four children,… Read More

Dewey A. Farrington

Elected:           April 5, 2001 Inducted:        August 17, 2001 Born:                1940 Dewey Farrington married the former Mary Ann Bradstreet on January 31, 1962 in Bethany, Oklahoma.  Together they have… Read More

Robert F. Hoppes, Sr.

Elected:           April 13, 2002 Inducted:        September 27, 2002 Born in 1924 in Portland, Michigan, he and his wife were married for almost 50 years and together they raised… Read More

Marty D. Oppenlander

Elected:           April 13, 2002 Inducted:        September 27, 2002 Marty has been married to Bobbie, his high school sweetheart for 30 years.   Together they have three daughters, Kelly, Michelle… Read More

Gary W. Rouse

Elected:           April 13, 2002 Inducted:        September 27, 2002 Born May 19, 1953 in Grand Island, Nebraska and married Sharon Kiburz 1972.  Together they have raised three children, Holli… Read More

Duane V. Coonrod

Elected:           April 13, 2002 Inducted:        September 27, 2002 Born January 23, 1935, Duane literally grew up in the towing and recovery business.  His father and mother, the late… Read More

Dennis B. Brewer

Elected:           April 13, 2002 Inducted:        September 27, 2002 Born in 1943 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Dennis married Nancy and together they have raised two daughters, Jodi and Lori,… Read More

David G. Ross

Elected:           April 13, 2002 Inducted:        September 27, 2002 Born and raised in Eastern Canada, David married his sweetheart Lynne and together they have raised three children, Christopher, Michael… Read More

Bill Giorgis

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Arden D. Bowman, Jr.

Elected:           April 13, 2002 Inducted:        September 27, 2002 Arden Bowman, Jr. was born in November 1943 in Nashville, Tennessee.  In 1964 he married the former Janetta Burcham and… Read More

Steven L. Calitri

Elected:           January 15, 2003 Inducted:        October 18, 2003 Born:                January 27, 1952 in Teaneck, New Jersey Steve and his wife Norma have no children, however, Steve is raising… Read More

Remigiusz Witkowski

Elected:           January 15, 2003 Inducted:        October 18, 2003 Born:                February 15, 1949 in Lode, Poland Married to Leokadia, they have 2 children, Tomase (Tom) and Pawel (Paul) who… Read More

Michael R. Scott

Elected:           January 15, 2003 Inducted:        October 18, 2003 Born:                November 3, 1957 in Lucerne, Missouri Married the former Adrienne Brunner and together they have raise one daughter, Holly,… Read More

Linda M. Unruh

Elected:           January 15, 2003 Inducted:        October 18, 2003 Born:                October 9, 1957 in Anaconda, Montana One of 16 children, Linda Unruh was diagnosed with polio at age 5,… Read More

Harold A. Wheeler

Elected:           January 15, 2003 Inducted:        October 18, 2003 Born:                February 22, 1940 in Danbury, Connecticut Married to Kathleen for 35 years and father to David, MariAnn and Ginger,… Read More

Fred W. Knight

Elected:           January 15, 2003 Inducted:        October 18, 2003 Born:                May 8, 1933 in Newmarket, New Hampshire In the summer of 1952, Fred met and dated Roberta (Bobbi) Turner… Read More

Bob J. Swaney

Elected:           January 15, 2003 Inducted:        October 18, 2003 Born:                August 15, 1941 Although single today, Bob Swaney has two children by a former marriage, adult daughters Sharry and… Read More

Allen J. Price

Elected:           January 15, 2003 Inducted:        October 18, 2003 Born:                October 13, 1941 in Greenwood, South Carolina Allen and his wife, Margaret, have raised three children, Allen J. Price,… Read More

Roger Rinder

Roger Rinder was born in 1946 of a French father and German mother. He thinks of the union as the first step in the reconciliation of those two… Read More

Roger E. Barnett

Roger Barnett was born in 1942 in Bisbee, Arizona. His father, George, worked in a copper mine and also owned a gas station and feed store at which… Read More

William R. Houston

William R. Houston (Randy Houston) was born in 1953 in Omak, Washington. He is the eldest of three boys and a third generation tower. His parents, William F.… Read More

Lavern Gibson

Lavern began his towing career while in high school towing for his father’s service station with a 1948 ¾ ton pick-up and a Manley hand crank winch and… Read More

Larry Lancaster

What began as a young man’s love for cars, eventually spanned into a 46 year career and the building of one of the most successful towing businesses in… Read More

Ken Nikko

Ken Nikko was born on January 24, 1944. He attended school in Issaquah, Washington and graduated in 1963. Upon graduating he had a gas station with his father… Read More

George W. Bakker, Sr.

George Bakker grew up across the street from the family business.  This gave him exposure to the towing and recovery business at a very young age.  Watching his… Read More

Gary W. Pipes

Gary W. Pipes was born in 1943 in Cora, Montana.  He began his towing career with one small truck in 1972. By the year 2000, he had built… Read More

Douglas Nelson

Doug was born in 1945 in Toronto, Ontario. He is one of 7 children. He entered the automotive industry in 1960. In 1961 Doug was first introduced to… Read More

Donna L. Brock

Donna Lynn Brock was born in 1952 in Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated GlenEsteHigh   School in 1970, and began working for the automotive industry in 1974.  At age… Read More

Kenneth G. Cruse

Ken was born September 21, 1946 in TorontoOntario, Canada.  He and his wife Anne were married on February 19, 1996.  The two have seven children between them from… Read More

Darrell E. Carmichael

Darrel was born September 18, 1944, in Richmond, Missouri.  He was married to Georgia A. Gensler on January 7, 1966.  Together, they have two children; Kevin and Christene. … Read More

Bruce Schneider

Bruce was born September 13, 1947, in Portland, Oregon.  After graduating high school, he went on to attend the University of Oregon where he also played football as… Read More

Barbara L. Tomlinson

Barbara was born Barbara L. Lumberg on January 15, 1939 in Ashland, Wisconsin and is the eldest of six.  She was married to William Tomlinson on January 5,… Read More

Alan Gregg

Al Gregg was born June 13, 1948 in Rushville, Nebraska, the 6th child of Robert & Theresa Gregg.  Al was married in 1967, and to this union came… Read More

Virginia Bertling

Virginia was born in Iowa City, Iowa on July 3, 1939.  She has two children, Charles Kuebrich and Kimberly Kuebrich-Yordi.  On April 25, 1990, Virginia married Norbert Bertling… Read More

Samuel L. Brewer

Sam was born in Ft. Benning, Georgia on September 12, 1939.  He was married to Ruth Adkins in Brooksville, Florida on December 29, 1990.  Currently, Ruth runs the… Read More

Michael R. DeHaan

Michael R. DeHaan was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan on December 24, 1941.  He was married to Terry Ann Gaffney on February 5, 1963.  Together they have… Read More

Lloyd R. Yates

Lloyd was born on March 26, 1918 in Ringgold, Georgia.  He is married to Maxine Yates and they currently live in Ringgold where they have made their home… Read More

John Giroux

John was born in Welland, Ontario, Canada on October 14, 1963.  He received his Bachelors of Arts of Political Science at Brock University with the intention of pursuing… Read More

George W. Little

George was born in Lowry, Arkansas on March 3, 1943.  He married Gail Patricia Hutchins on June 5, 1971.  Gail is currently in charge of the accounting department. … Read More

Elwin P. Hyatt

Elwin was born in Poughkeepsie, New York on April 30, 1940.  He graduated from Wappingers, Central School District in 1958 and from Dutchess Community College in June, 1960. … Read More

Darrell Johnson, Sr.

Darrell was born in Bushnell, Florida on April 15, 1941.  He was married to Jackie in Orlando, Florida on September 5, 1964.  Jackie has been involved in the… Read More

Charles S. Beard, II

Charles was born in York, Pennsylvania on September 12, 1945.  Upon graduating from high school, Charles enlisted in the U.S. Navy C.B.’s, where he served three years and… Read More

Richard A. Frasier

Little did Dick Frasier know he’d me an Olympic star for towing.  Dick’s towing company, Lakeshore Garage, was contracted by New York to provide 30 wreckers for the… Read More

Richard D. Bays, Jr.

Since purchasing his first tow truck in 1971, Rick has followed his passion for the towing industry.  He joined the California Tow Truck Association (CTTA) in 1979 and… Read More

Randall W. Olson

On the way to a tow, Randy’s father dropped off his laboring mother at a hospital in Virginia, Minnesota.  And Randy has been involved in the towing industry… Read More

Pat Herring

J.E. Herring Motor Company is a multi-generation business and Pat has played a role for over 30 years, taking over the helm in 1978.  He has been a… Read More

Joseph Pedigo

In the 1980’s, Joe Pedigo found himself leading a successful state towing association, the Professional Towing & Recovery Association of Illinois.  That’s where he learned the ropes of… Read More

Harriet Cooley

For the past thirteen years, Harriet has been Director of Certification for the Towing & Recovery Association of America (TRAA) and currently serves as it’s Executive Director.  Early… Read More

Edward J. Chambers

Ed started his towing company in 1973 with one small tow truck.  Today, Chamber’s Towing has two heavy-duty tow trucks, one tilt’n’load, two small tow trucks, and air… Read More

William G. Miller

William G. Miller founded Miller Industries, Inc. in 1990.  The same year he acquired Challenger Wrecker Manufacturing, Holmes International and Century Wrecker Corporation.  Champion Carrier Corporation was also… Read More

Thomas A. Tedford III

Thomas A. Tedford III has spent over 24 years in the industry starting at the age of 14 at a neighbor’s garage.  Tom presently works for United Road… Read More

Stephen B. Shinnick

Stephen B. Shinnick was born in London, England during the era of the WWII.  In 1962 he went to work for the British Armed Forces; Royal Corps of… Read More

James R. Poynter

James R. Poynter began his career in the towing industry in 1970 with Fender’s Wrecker Service.  Sadly enough Art Fender suddenly passed away in 1973 and Rodney found… Read More

Richard S. Daley

Richard S. Daley entered the towing industry in 1970 working part time on nights and weekend’s as he continued to strive to finish his high school education.  He… Read More

James L. Salentine

James L. Salentine was born into the towing industry with Ray’s Garage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1936.  The business was started in 1931 by Jim’s father, Ray Salentine. … Read More

George D. Connolly

George D. Connolly started Connolly’s Towing in 1973 and Bob’s Towing & Recovery in 2003.  He runs them as “sister” companies in the Denver metro area and specializes… Read More

Clarissa C. Powell

Clarissa Clifton Powell was born in Berea, Kentucky on July 29, 1961. She is the second of three children, having an older sister and a younger brother. Clarissa… Read More

William G. Bowser

Bill was born on June 15, 1932 in Wichita, Kansas.  After many moves he came to Colorado in 1955.  He met his wife Susan in 1989 and were… Read More

Ronald Gardas

Ronald Gardas was born on May 23, 1959.  He is the oldest son of Ronald and Kathleen Gardas.  He grew up with 6 brothers and sisters in New… Read More

Patrick D. Gilboy

Patrick Gilboy was born on November 29, 1937 in Butte, Montana.  He married Shirley his wife on June 28th, 1968 in Great Falls, Montana.  Shirley was involved in… Read More

Louwrens J. Riekert

Louwrens J. Riekert was born in Pretoria, Gauteng on December 6, 1960.  He finished school in Pretoria in 1978.  We went to join the National Services for 2… Read More

Lloyd D. Yates

Lloyd Douglas Yates Doug was born in      Hamilton County Tennessee on July 13th, 1953 Doug has three children, Shannon Douglas Yates, Kristy Daniel Yates and the late Jason… Read More

James M. Seamon

Born 1958 Mocksville NC Moved to Florida in 1972 Worked at family owned Exxon Station Attended Edgewater High School in Orlando Started driving Tow Trucks in 1975 with… Read More

Harold W. Borhauer II

Harold W. Borhauer II better known as Hal Borhauer was born in Kentfield, California.  Hal is happily married to Lynda and has three children and two grandchildren.  Hal… Read More

Gerald Olson

Gerald "Ole" Olson was bom in Minot, North Dakota on January 17,1952. Ole rnarried his wife Claudia McBeth at the Vincent United Methodist Church in Minot, North Dakota… Read More

David H. Girard

David Harold Girard, was born in Alpena, Michigan, on December 611937. David married Helen Jean Woodson, on March 26,1988, at the home of fellow tower and good friends,… Read More

James M. Williams

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James A. Stewart

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Jimmy A. Bullock

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Edwin J. Kingsmill

Born November 16th 1925 inNew Orleans,LA and passing on in 2003 Eddie was predeceased by his loving wife Vivian and had two sons Calvin and Robert who continue… Read More

Charles J. Ceccarelli III

Born inBruneau,Idahoas a young boy Chuck loved building and fixing things. After repairing his neighbor’s lawnmower and earning a $2 tip in the process Chuck said to himself… Read More

Steven M. Bowman

Born August 19th, 1957 in Burlington, North Carolina, Steve quickly moved into following his dad’s footsteps by starting to work in the family service station at age 11. … Read More

Ronald F. Bauman

Born January 20th, 1938, Ronnie grew up in his 3rd generation family automotive business based in Riverside, California.  Started by his grandfather in 1907 with a horse and… Read More

Timothy J. Vibert

Timothy J. Vibert was born and raised in Farmington, CT one of eleven children and grew up dreaming to be a fireman as most young boys did. In between… Read More

John Douglas McLendon

John Douglas (Doug) McLendon was born in Pensacola, Florida as the second of 4 children to John and Nancy McLendon. Doug spent his early years growing up in Pensacola… Read More

Heather Anne Llewellyn

Heather Anne Llewellyn was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and jumped into the towing industry at the seasoned age of 12 at her father’s towing business helping out in… Read More

Eilis M. Murray

Born in Bray CO. – Wicklow Ireland Eilis grew up dreaming of chasing the glamour and thrills of being an airline stewardess. Little did she know flying and traveling… Read More

Donald J. Mesaros

Donald J. Mesaros was born in Youngstown, Ohio where he grew up dreaming of following in his dads footsteps as a tow truck driver and practicing backing the cars… Read More

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