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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 previous marriages and 12 grandchildren. In 1972, Ken, his father Lloyd, and his brother Don, started Cruse’s Towing. The company grew quickly to a fleet of ten trucks and they became a distributor for the Vulcan Cradle Snatcher.
As the years passed and Ken began winning many awards for his expert driving abilities, the Cruse’s began looking at the idea of creating a school to teach towers how to improve their abilities. Ken and Don created and founded DC schools which eventually evolved into WreckMaster, Inc in 1991. Currently, Ken is CEO and Vice President of WreckMaster.
Ken holds an Associates Degree in Business Management from MohawkCollege out of Hamilton, Ontario. He is also a Certified S-Cam Air Brake Instructor, a Certified Breath Analyzer Technician, and is certified in CPR and First Aid.
Ken is currently a member of the Towing & Recovery Association of Ohio (TRAO), Michigan Towing Association (MTA), Empire State Towing & Recovery Association (ESTRA), the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame & Museum (ITRHFM), and the Towing & Recovery Association of America (TRAA). He serves as chairman of membership for Roadside Assistance Providers Association (RAPA) and has been President of the “Old Cranks of Niagara Car Club” since 2000, an organization of which he is also the founder.
Over the years, Ken has trained tow operators throughout the world to include Hong Kong; ran the very first training seminar at the ITRHFM Class of 2003 Induction; Producer and Editor of the WreckMaster Training Videos; co-author of the original World of Recovery Book and WreckMaster’s Special Interests Book; contributing author to both American Towman and Tow Canada Magazines; and is author to many state association newsletter articles across the United States.
Ken manages to find time outside the business to volunteer an abundance of hours to the Cancer Fund Drive. He is also a large supporter of the “Hospital for Sick Kids”.
Ken plans to continue to improve the towing industry through education. He continues to create new procedures and tools for the recovery world and will for years to come.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
20th Anniversary Celebration of the Museum
International Towing Museum - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Friday, September 11, 2015
Welcome Reception and Auction (Ticketed Event)
DoubleTree Hotel - 7pm
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Wall of the Fallen Ceremony
International Towing Museum - 10am
2015 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet (Ticketed Event)
DoubleTree Hotel - 6pm
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Breakfast (Ticketed Event) - 9am
General Membership Meeting - 10am
For questions or comments about the museum, contact us
Admission and Hours
Adults - $10.00
Seniors (55 or older)/Military - $9.00
AAA - $8.50
Children 6 - 14 - $6.00
Children under 5 are free.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Summer Hours (March. 1-Oct.31)
Monday - Saturday 9 - 5
Sunday 11 - 5
Winter Hours (Nov 1-Feb.28)
Monday - Saturday 10 - 4:30
Sunday 11 - 5
Closed Major Holidays
The International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame & Museum, Inc.
3315 Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37408