Each company may enter as many as three trucks into the Pageant; one per class.
The winners ceremony takes place on Sunday during the International Feast adjacent to the Pageant, 4–5 pm. The feast is American Towman’s way of saying thank you to the contestants and team members who put so much dedication and individuality into their prize trucks.
Whether you compete in the Pageant or take it all in and vote on your choice picks, the spectacle of the world’s finest wreckers at the American Wrecker Pageant is a great experience.
American Towman Passport:$75 Entry to all Seminars
Products and services for Towing, Transport, Recovery and Road Service will be on display and for sale at the manufacturer and distributor booths: wreckers, carriers, trailers, chassis, service trucks, as well as products and services that will surprise you! Elevated incident lights, specialty ramps, specialty call provider…
All the motor clubs and call providers are there! It’s a great opportunity to shore up relationships and begin new ones with national dispatchers.
There are dispatch, impound, and bookkeeping systems just for towing operations. You’ll be able to compare them all on the show floor!
• Looking to streamline lien processing? There are several companies on the floor who can help you. • Looking to finally get on board with GPS? AT Expo has several providers showing their systems on the show floor. • Looking to purchase a tow truck? There are several financing companies on the exhibit floor who can approve your credit for purchase on the spot.
Among the 800 exhibits you’ll see the world famous Towman Monument, the American Towman Chopper and the world’s biggest towing-theme mural: Lifelines, the Towing Industry on Canvas.
The Baltimore Convention Center is packed for the American Towman Exposition. This is "the MONSTER Tow Show"
2015 AT Exposition Exhibitors
Welcome Exhibitors - Information available in left menu
For 26 years, the American Towman Exposition has showcased the best the towing industry has to offer, from the latest in towing vehicles in both carriers and wreckers to an array of products and services. And, now, the 27th annual trade show, with our three-day show format, will give exhibiting companies more quality time opportunity to meet more new customers and build stronger sales.
In a span covering parts of four decades since its inception in 1989, A.T. Expo has brought together the leading suppliers with Tow Bosses from all parts of the country as well as internationally. When show visitors trek to the Baltimore Convention Center at the Inner Harbor they come "face-to-face" with the most innovative products, services and programs that will help make their businesses grow. For suppliers, it is an unprecedented opportunity to increase market share in this important auto and truck roadside service industry.
Attendees get an eyeful and earful looking at these amazing trucks and talking to their owners. From special chrome accessories to the likes of custom levers and graphics that range from pop to classical art, the AWP is truly a piece of Americana. Enter your own truck or simply enjoy the display and cast your votes on the Pageant’s electronic ballot system. The Pageant experience alone is worth the trip to Baltimore.
There are nine classes in the competition that consists of: Light-Duty (pre-2014), Light-Duty (2014-2015), Medium-Duty, Vintage (pre-1985), Heavy-Duty Single Axle, Heavy-Duty Tandem, Rotator, Carrier and the new class Service/Support Truck. First place winners of previous year can enter in same class they won in, however, not with the same winning truck.
Co Sponsored By:
Offical Lighting Company of the WRECKER PAGEANT
Motor Club Conference - Scroll to view more
Getting Paid by the Clubs
Friday, November 20
Allstate Roadside Services
Saturday, November 21
Sunday, November 22
Disaster-Response Conference - Scroll to view more
Working Within a Disaster Network • Saturday Nov. 21, 8 am
How tow businesses can benefit from participating in a disaster-response network. Jim Hurst, United Road Towing’s Disaster Response Team.
Disaster Force Panel • Saturday, Nov. 21, 9 am
The Response: Natural Disaters and Catastrophic Incidents
WreckMaster’s Don Cerovski moderates panel of experienced disaster-response towers and incident command officials.
Panel includes Bruce Campbell, Scott Eger, Dave Lander.
Disaster Force Panel • Saturday, Nov. 21, 10 am
The Disaster's Aftermath
All the issues of a disaster's aftermath are covered, including payment. Don Cerovski moderates.
Police Towing Conference - Scroll to view more
Working on High-Speed Highways • Friday Nov. 20, 9 am
20 "Aces" on how to perform on the highway and go home safely. Dave Lambert, North American Towing Academy.
Special Requests from Law Enforcement • Friday Nov. 20, 11 am
Examining an officer’s on-scene requests. Randall Resch, American Towman.
On-Scene Survival • Saturday Nov. 21, 8 am
Specific to law enforcement towers and incident management standards. Randall Resch, American Towman.
Securing Municipal Contracts • Sunday Nov. 22, 10 am
Towers make an investment to service municipalities, justifying a contract. John Borowski, AutoReturn.
New Revenue Conference - Scroll to view more
New Money Thru Diversification • Friday, Nov. 20, 10 am
How one tower makes it all work: accident-cleanup, car rental, oil delivery, auto & body repair. Bill Johnson, Hampshire Towing.
Auction Unclaimed Cars Online • Friday, Nov. 20, 11 am
The simplicity of setting up your online auction is illustrated. Brandon Richard, TowLot.com.
Private lot towing in a hi-tech, lot-owner friendly way. Rick Chambers, Online Parking Pass.
Don’t Crush Your Cash • Friday, Nov. 20, 6 pm
Realize your assets in unclaimed vehicles and capitalize on them. Ron Walters, Insurance Auto Auctions (IAA).
Make Money thru Traffic Control • Sunday Nov. 22, 10 am
Traffic control can be a separate revenue source; a proven model. Bruce Campbell.
Operations Conference - Scroll to view more
Leading Customer Service • Friday Nov. 20, 9 am
Achieving a professional image through customer service. Chris Griffin, Road America.
Guarding Your Reputation • Friday Nov. 20, 5 pm
Handling Internet Reviews. Mike Rappaport, OMG National.
Telematics for Everyone • Saturday, Nov. 21, 9 am
Putting technology to work for your fleet, large or small. Matt Gunzenhaeuser and Ty Lambert, Tom Tom Telematics.
Effective Succession Planning • Sunday, Nov. 21, 9 am
Prepare for handing down the business in a tax-savvy way. Matt Winslow; Automobile Training Institute.
Towing & Recovery Conference - Scroll to view more
Scooby’s Mystery Theatre • Friday, Nov. 20, 10 am
Review of air cushion jobs worldwide. Howard "Scooby" Egan, Matjack.
Synthetic Rope–Right for You? • Friday, Nov. 20, 11 am
Performance characteristics and inspection protocol. Terry Abejuela, American Towman.
Recovery Night • Friday, Nov. 20, 5-7 pm
Towing’s legendary trainer illustrates difficult recoveries. Tom Luciano, Miller Industries.
Car Carrier Securement Techniques • Saturday, Nov. 21, 8 am
The many ways to use hook, straps, chains and binders in tie-downs. Terry Abejuela, American Towman.
Bus & Coach Towing • Saturday, Nov. 21, 9-11 am
The challenges of hooking up coaches and high-end buses. Tom Luciano and John Hawkins, Miller Industries.
Light Duty Rollovers Made Easy • Sunday, Nov. 22, 9 am
The Standard, Reverse, and California rolls are illustrated. Terry Abejuela, American Towman.
Recovery Billing Course - Includes Academy Passport
Led by Bob & Eric Fouquette of Recovery Billing Unlimited
Fee: $1850, includes two company personnel,
the Boss and billing clerk.
This is the famous 8-hour course that teaches you how to charge the value of recovery work and collect from insurance co’s.
8-hour course covers:
• Remediation of the Accident Scene
• Proper way of writing recovery invoices
• Billing liability Insurance
• Billing for vehicles that only have property damage coverage
• Obtaining payment from insurance companies
Miller Rocks on Friday Night at the Hard Rock Cafe, sponsored by Miller Industries, has been a tradition at AT Expo for 13 years. There’s nothing like it as towing professionals take over the Hard Rock Cafe. It's first come first serve for the Bull & Pig Roast, but the party keeps on playing! Whether you’re inside the Hard Rock or out in the Miller tent by the water, you'll chill out like never before!
VIP Passport: Cigar aficionados will enjoy a VIP experience at Calitri’s Cuba, featuring the world’s finest cognac and Winston Churchill's favorite brandy, Dvin, distilled and imported from Armenia; plus AT’s own signature, premium cigar along with a second premium cigar, compliments of Savatech. Passport includes one drink of Dvin, two cigars, and the premium gift. A $60 value, all for just $20 for advance-registrants. You may bring one nonsmoking guest at no charge to enjoy the cash bar.
You may also be part of Calitri's Cuba without fee and receive a handrolled cigar, compliments of Savatech. This option is also on the online registration form.
VIP passports are limited, so advance-register today!
Here’s what Mr. Industry, John Borowski, said about the Int'l Feast: "I’ve never seen a feast as grand and diverse as this! I need to get a hold of whoever supplied the Bavarian sausages." Sunday’s International Feast features cuisine from many countries, including American favorites, Roast Suckling Pig and Beef Brisket. Plus German/Bavarian Sausages, Mexican Tamales, and more!
The Int’l Feast gives attendees the opportunity at show’s end to wind down with new and old friends, and celebrate being part of the world’s greatest service industry! Check off Int’l Feast if you are serious about being there for the Finale, and serious about eating!
AT Hospitality - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Mornings
You'll experience American Towman's Hospitality throughout the weekend. For example, AT provides rolls & coffee Friday and Sunday mornings, eggs to order on Saturday morning for those attending the seminars in the Academy Corridoor outside the conference rooms at the Baltimore Convention Center. Sunday Pie will be offered to those attending the American Wrecker Pageant Winners Ceremony.
Attendees can dig into the Bull & Pig Roast, sponsored by Miller Industries, on Friday evening at the Hard Rock Cafe, and later in the evening smoke a premium cigar, compliments of Savatech at Luckies Tavern in the Powerplant nearby.
Academy Passport holders may enjoy breakfast by the seminar rooms on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings, compliments of American Towman Magazine.
Spirit Cruise - $75 per head through advance-registration.
Celebration is a big part of AT Expo. It starts Thursday night with AT’s Welcome Cruise. Enjoy dinner and then roam on the Spirit of Baltimore as it cruises the Inner Harbor. A great way to kick off the American Towman Experience at AT Expo XXVII.
So join your peers for dinner cruising the Inner Harbor Thursday evening. Get the lay of the land from the water; enjoy Baltimore’s beautiful city-scape.
A great time to network with peers and motor club representatives.
Tow Companies nominated by motor clubs and call providers for service reliability and service excellence qualify for the Towman ACEs award. Recipients receive certificates and press release mailed to their local newspapers. ACEs who attend AT Expo receive the 2015 ACEs Buckle.
Captains of Industry - Dinner & Conf. - Thursday Nov. 19, 7 pm.
Dinner conference sponsored by American Towman Magazine at the Renaissance Hotel. Enjoy a Surf ‘n Turf Dinner, industry key speakers, and the Legendary Captains Long Table.
Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. in the Maryland Ballroom, Salons A & E. The fee is $75 per person. Deadline for receiving your reservation is November 4th.
Break bread with other leaders of our industry on the eve of the 27th annual American Towman Exposition.
Celebrating towing’s legendary trainer, Donnie Cruse, this unique conference Friday at noon dissects and critiques the winning recoveries of the Donnie Cruse Recovery Awards. All recovery specialists welcome.
Join fellow Skeet Shooters for the Towman Skeet Friday, November 20. Transportation is provided and leaves from the Pratt Street Lobby entrance of the Baltimore Convention Center at 9 am to bring you to Prince George’s County Trap and Skeet Center in Glenn Dale, MD. Equipment and supplies are included in price. Trophy awarded to highest score. Lunch will be provided before transported back to the convention center.
$75 per shooter
Allstate Roadside Services Luxury Vehicle Training
On the show floor: Free and Open to All
Allstate Roadside Services will be conducting training classes on the towing methods for various makes and models of luxury and premium vehicles.
Participants will have the opportunity to see how to safely secure and tow a variety of luxury and premium vehicles during exposition hours.
Schedule available soon
All New Festival Night! Convention Center, Saturday, Nov. 21, 6 pm
Now accessible to all attendees, the 2015 Festival Night takes place in the Baltimore Convention Center Hall adjacent to the American Wrecker Pageant, opening the doors when the exhibit hall closes for the day at 6 pm, Saturday, November 21st. By relaxing the dress code and making it convenient for towers on the floor to be there, this year’s Festival Night expects an early sell-out crowd.
The evening features AT’s renowned International Feast, all you can eat; Mike Corbin and Distillery Road performing Booms in the Sky and other towman ballads, plus songs in tribute to The Band, like The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down; plus surprise entertainment.
Not least of all, you’ll witness the storied tradition of the American Towman Medal Ceremony and March of the Heroes. Thrill to the tales of heroism, share in the glory of the spectacle, the pageant wreckers and booms rising to the occasion. $40 per person. Tickets are Limited, sign up today!
American Towman Hotels
All AT Expo Hotels are situated in close proximity to both the Inner Harbor and Baltimore Convention Center. AT Expo negotiated rates are still being honored at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court and the Hilton Lord Baltimore.
The American Towman Exposition Headquarters, Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, offers free shuttle service to the Convention Center. Expo guests receive 10% off all food/meal and gift purchases and special drink discounts. The following events take place at the Renaissance: Festival Night, Order of Towman Ceremony, Captains of Industry Conference, Back Room Exhibitor Hospitality.
All AT Expo hotels listed on the registration page will sell out! If you need accommodations, choose your hotel and advance register now!
Secure hotel rooms exclusively through AT Expo Registration. For information, pleace click on each hotel link on the left.
Renaissance Harborplace Hotel - Expo HQ
- Headquarters Hotel
4-Star, rooms w/harborview, fitness center, restaurant/bar, connected to Mall. Two blocks from Conv. Ctr. Captains of Industry, and Towman Order Ceremony take place here! Guests receive free internet. Show your badge and receive 10% off food/meal purchases at hotel restaurants and room service.
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel sits poised overlooking downtown Baltimore's famous Inner Harbor. You'll find our hotel’s staff is knowledgeable and ready to help you discover the rich character of their hometown. Referred to as Charm City, Baltimore offers a diverse palette of exploration. Baltimore's character is a result of its rich history, once the second largest port of entry for immigrants to the U.S., it remains a city of neighborhoods. One of the most popular areas in downtown Baltimore is the city's main commercial district, home to Camden Yards, Baltimore Convention Center, National Aquarium, and host to the annual Baltimore Grand Prix races.
Sonesta Harbor Court
$169 Sgl/Dbl, $189 T, $209 Q
The Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore offers an elegant hotel in a beautiful location on Baltimore's scenic Inner Harbor.
Overlooking the picturesque waterfront, our Inner Harbor hotel is within walking distance of the business district and many popular Baltimore attractions in "Charm City." This Four Diamond hotel displays a timeless elegance and refinement that guests expect of a world class hotel.
The views of the waterfront are clearly visible from a pair of dining outlets. Brightons restaurant offers daily breakfast and afternoon tea on Friday and Saturday, while Explorers features regional cuisine for lunch, dinner and late night cravings. if you are on the go, Formula Espresso is a great place for coffee, soft drinks, or light prepared foods such as salads, wraps and sandwiches.
Marriott Inner Harbor
One block from Conv. Ctr., fitness center, restaurant. Complimentary Internet. Towmen Specials when you show your badge.
Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards is centrally located in the heart of Baltimore. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy our impressive Inner Harbor hotel's close proximity to Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the Ravens' M&T Bank Stadium. Located on the west side of the Inner Harbor, our hotel provides easy access to all major highways, as well as BWI Airport. With Annapolis, the Chesapeake Bay and Washington, DC nearby, our Inner Harbor, Baltimore hotel’s location is perfect for weekend getaways and family vacations. Our distinctive hotel offers 18,600 square feet of flexible, state-of-the-art meeting space, ideal for conferences and wedding receptions large or small. Additionally, the hotel features 23 event rooms, breakout rooms and a Grand Ballroom that seats up to 800 guests. Our spacious guest rooms, delicious on-site restaurants and state-of-the-art fitness center make us a leader among Baltimore Inner Harbor hotels in style and service.
Days Inn Inner Harbor
Across from Convention Center, bar & grill, fitness center.
Each room in our non-smoking hotel features free Wi-Fi Internet access, a microwave and refrigerator, and handicapped-accessible rooms are available. In the morning, rise and shine with a free USA Today then make a splash in our seasonal outdoor pool. Our hotel is located next to a secure parking facility and nightly parking fees apply. Please ask our friendly staff for details. For your convenience, laundry and valet services are available, and kids 17 and under stay free with an adult.
Sheraton Inner Harbor
$175 Sgl/Dbl, $195 T, $215 Q
One block from Conv. Ctr. with a catwalk, indoor pool, fitness center.
Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel
surrounds you with the best of Baltimore. Connected to The Baltimore Convention Center and steps from the magnificent Inner Harbor and Oriole Park at Camden Yards, we are convenient to everything that makes our city so wonderful.
Holiday Inn Inner Harbor
One block from Conv. Ctr., indoor pool, fitness center.
Located in the same spot it was crafted on nearly 50 years ago, the Holiday Inn Inner Harbor hotel is rooted in the city’s culture and offers a unique place to lodge within minutes of lively Inner Harbor. Perfectly situated near Baltimore Washington International Airport, Baltimore Convention Center, M&T Bank Stadium and several top Baltimore area hospitals such as John Hopkins and University of Maryland Medical Center, you’ll never be more than a short walk or drive to your next desired destination in the city.
Lord Baltimore Hotel
Three blocks from Conv. Ctr., bar & grill, fitness center.
Housed in a stunning Art Deco building located in the heart of downtown Baltimore and just three blocks from the famous Inner Harbor, the Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore Hotel features complimentary services such as high-speed wireless Internet access, shuttle service to Johns Hopkins, a Fitness Center and a Business Center. Guests at our Baltimore, MD hotel also enjoy the convenience of on-site dining and easy access to several attractions, including the National Aquarium and Camden Yards. Stay at the Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore hotel in the Business District, and you'll see what makes us one of the best Baltimore Inner Harbor hotels.
$195 Sgl/Dbl, $215 T, $235 Q
Next to Conv. Ctr. with a Catwalk, pool, fitness center.
Welcome to Hilton Baltimore, a AAA Four Diamond hotel. Enjoy contemporary accommodations 15 minutes from Baltimore Washington International Airport and located in downtown Baltimore's Inner Harbor district, a prime business and cultural area in Baltimore, Maryland. Hilton Baltimore is a premier meeting and convention hotel, directly connected to the Baltimore Convention Center. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s prime location next to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, M&T Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens; and the University of Maryland Medical Center.
$170 Sgl/Dbl, $195 T, $220 Q
One block from Harbor and two blocks to Conv. Ctr., fitness center.
Treat yourself to an exceptional experience along the waterway when you stay at our AAA Four Diamond hotel on Baltimore's picturesque Inner Harbor. Host weddings, parties, or business events in our unique meeting space. Our urban contemporary hotel offers a luxury gateway to "Charm City". Impress your guests with an event in the remarkable Pisces lounge, a luxury venue that overlooks the Inner Harbor. Catch an Orioles’ game at Camden Yards, visit museums and historical sites, or explore the wonders of the Inner Harbor.
American Towman Magazine
From American Towman Magazine's Official Show Program issue mailed to 40,000 tow business owners and handed to all attendees at the Registration Desk, to the Expo Info Program, AT Expo has advertising opportunities designed to drive attendees to your booth.
Exhibitors advertising in American Towman's Program Issue also receive coverage of their products/services in the Exhibit Hightlights section of the issue.
American Towman TV
With American Towman TV, suppliers can benefit from the endless boundaries of the Internet with this industry-exclusive television program that provides coverage with a bi-weekly program throughout the year. In addition to its regular programming, American Towman TV covers the show with special show related information on what is being shown on the show floor, special events and other exciting goings-on at the event. Check for details on what advertising opportunities are available.
Tow Industry Week
Online information and industry coverage is afforded exhibitors on the Tow Industry Week website that provides online coverage of the industry as well as features of interest year-round. All pre-show information leading up to the exposition and postshow coverage is right there at a click of the mouse.
Show Program Issue & Expo Info Program
From American Towman Magazine's Official Show Program issue mailed to 40,000 tow business owners and handed to all attendees at the Registration Desk, to the Expo Info Program, AT Expo has advertising opportunities designed to drive attendees to your booth. Also placed in the hands of every show visitor at registration, the Expo Info program provides event and seminar schedules, floor plan, exhibitor list and a complete product reference section linking companies with the products on display. This useful resource helps make traveling the show aisles a more organized experience.
Exhibitors advertising in American Towman's Program Issue also receive coverage of their products/services in the Exhibit Hightlights section of the issue.
Sponsorship opportunity allows for the distribution of a promotional flyer and traffic builder at the registration counter area.
Badge Holder Inserts
Place your business card-size insert into every attendee's badge holder. It is a guarantee to draw traffic to your booth.
Place your name around every neck of the show's attendees with the Show Lanyard. Featuring your color logo on the lanyard strap, this promotional item is handed out to every registrant.
Six headers (8" x 30" ea.) and six advertising panels (38" x 40" ea.), printed with your advertising messages and seen by all registrants in the registration area, give your company premium exposure.
A source of assistance to show attendees, the Expo Info Booth is located right in the registration lobby for easy access.
Expo Show Bags
Your name and advertising message appear on the oversized Official Show Bag available to all show attendees at registration area and several locations.
One of the fun places to visit when attendees take a break from the busy show floor is the retro diner in the center of the Food Court. The eatery, resplendent with a black and white checkered floor, and emanating an old time 50s ambience is a great place to promote your corporate and product image.
Window Graphics - Front Entrance to Baltimore Convention Center
• Left side of Center
• (4) Door Locations
• Right side of Center
Banner Locations - Front Entrance to Baltimore Convention Center
• Right and left side of Escalators – leading to Registration Lobby – 8' x 16'
• Top of Escalators – Leading to Registration 10'x40'
• Pratt Street Escalators–Street Level landing, top and bottom of escalators–8'x12'
• Registration Area, (3) Locations: Above Registration Counter, Right and Left of Registration Counters 10' x 40'