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 nations at the end of World War II.
In 1958, at the age of twelve, Roger was struck with polio, and came out a survivor. In 1963 he received his degree in accounting with high honors. He began his towing business in 1968 in the northeast of France in a city called Mulhouse.
He married a German woman in 1970, and his son Yves was born a year later in 1971. In 1984 his company received a special permit to tow damaged and inoperable vehicles both inside and outside of France. In 1990, he was elected the representative of the towing industry in Alsace in the larger towing association in France. He still holds this post today.
In 1991 he accepted the post to be a delegate for his region to the Automobile Syndicate located in Paris.
In 1992, at the end of his military service and associated studies, Yves returned home and joined his father in the family business. From 1996 to 2001, Roger was appointed to the Central Bureau in Paris to represent the interests of France in the IFRS (International Federation of Recovery Services) in Brussels, Belgium.
After a visit to the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum in Chattanooga, Roger found himself moved by the museum and its members and joined Friends of Towing. He has found belonging to the museum with a group of inspiring colleagues a wonderful experience.