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 educated in Texas, but married his wife, the former Joan LaMarque McColl in San Bernardino, California in 1957. Together they have raised a daughter and two sons, none of whom are in the towing and recovery industry.
History: Jack was virtually born into the towing and recovery industry, following in the footsteps of his father who was first a tower during the depression era and later a factory sales representative for the Ernest Holmes Company. At the invitation of Holmes, Jack joined the firm as an Assistant Zone Manager in 1967, taking over the territory as zone manager upon his dad’s retirement in 1973. In 1975, Jack was promoted to Regional Manager for wreckers and automotive products over an eight state area. In 1976, his sales duties were expanded to include a twelve state area for the Holmes Railroad Crane and in 1977 he was assigned the country of Mexico where he developed a manufacturing and marketing joint venture for the entire Holmes line of equipment. After spending some 17 years representing Holmes in these various capacities, Jack developed a national marketing program for HydraTech, an emerging Texas manufacturer of retractable wheel lifts. In 1986, Jack joined the Century corporation as Regional Manager for the Southwest. Again, following in the footsteps of his father who helped develop the Holmes Railroad Crane, Jack became a heavy duty specialist, introducing HD underlifts and wrecker to the Southwestern United States. In 1991, Jack became the first Executive Director of the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. and has served Friends of Towing in a variety of roles both before and since, including, Vice Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Permanent Museum and Chairman of the History Book Committees. Jack authored the current By-Laws and directed the re-organization of the society into its present democratic form. Likewise, the present Hall of Fame format and ceremony has been developed by Jack, who has served each of the past 4 years as its Master of Ceremonies. Jack strongly supports the Friends of Towing concept. He believes that strong friendships are a necessary first step toward cooperation on the challenges that confront and sometimes confound our industry. Jack is a true “Friend of Towing” and rightfully deserves his place in the Hall of Fame.