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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingAugust 24 - August 30, 2016

Tow Company Growing Fast

ASAP Towing and Storage in Jacksonville, Fla., was recently cited as one of the city's fastest growing businesses. Started 20 years ago by the husband and wife team of Vince and Vanice Serrano, they now have six locations, 22 trucks and 36 employees. The company has grown 52 percent in the past three years, according to Inc. Vince Serrano said it hasn't all been easy, but the company has grown to six locations taking in $4.3 million a year. Source:
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Towmen Honor Blake Gresham

Dozens of towmen came out to Richard L. Berkley Park in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday night to honor Blake Gresham, an 18-year-old tower who was hit by a truck while on the job in 2012. Even though Gresham worked for his family's tow truck company, GT Tow Service, towers from competing companies came out to remember him. Family members said Gresham had just started working as a tower and was loving his new job. They started a non-profit in his honor called "Move Over for Blake." The organization raises money to help put up billboards that remind people to slow down and move over for towers and emergency responders. Source:

Towman Chased Down Suspect

A tower from Todd's Towing in Philadelphia, Pa., chased down a suspected drunk driver who allegedly ran down a Philadelphia police sergeant making a traffic stop Thursday morning, authorities said. The crash around 12:30 a.m. knocked the officer out of his shoes, according to the police. An alert tower gave chase for about a mile and alerted police to the suspected hit-and-run driver nearby. Colin Murphy, 21, was arrested. Source:
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'Awareness Week' Almost a Reality

Thanks to the efforts of Larry Cernosek of Cernosek Wrecker Service in Texas, Joanne Blyton of Billings Towing and Repair in Montana, TRAA and the support of many members of the industry, National Towing Industry Awareness Week is nearly a reality.

Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee is sponsoring a resolution to recognize the towing industry and its many accomplishments, and it will be presented by Tennessee Rep. Charles Fleischmann at the Wall of the Fallen ceremony at the International Towing Hall of Fame and Museum in Chattanooga on Sept. 10.

TRAA is also urging all of its members to solicit support from their state senators and representatives by contacting Sen. Corker to co-sponsor this effort.

Both Cernosek and Blyton spoke about their efforts at American Towman's Tow Show Dallas/Fort Worth in August.

"Over a year ago," said Cernosek, "we decided that (the towing industry) needed to get recognition from the United States Congress. We got the OK that on September 5 they're supposed to do the proclamation for (the industry's) 100th anniversary. (Congressman Charles Fleischmann) is going to bring it to the museum on (September 10) when we do the Wall of the Fallen (ceremony). It will be read there."

Cernosek said National Towing Awareness Week will be in the Congressional Record and will be recognized annually.

Blyton said that the whole experience of getting this done gave her "goosebumps."

"I am so excited because towing is a viable industry. Washington, D.C., needs to know that we are a force to be reckoned with; and just by them even doing a proclamation or a resolution that says, 'We recognize 100 years,' and that Tow Truck Awareness Week is a giant leap for towers; and we all need to understand that."

"We thank American Towman for all they've done for the industry and all the other partners involved," Cernosek said.


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Keep the Phone Ringing

When I was working my way through school as a musician, one of the things that kept the phone ringing was my ability to be knowledgeable in different genres of music. One weekend I might be playing rock, then a couple of nights later, jazz or rhythm and blues. On some occasions, I even got calls to play Salsa, given my proficiency on Latin percussion. I even played in a reggae band or two.

I'm saying all this to say the more diversified I was, the more my phone rang.

It's the same thing with the tow business owner.

How diversified is your business? What other ancillary areas could be spun off from your primary business? Do you do body work? Do you sell tires? Have you ever given much thought to running a rental car operation?

Giving thought on how to diversify your business is a step towards keeping the phone ringing. If you haven't made the move, you may want to attend the American Towman Exposition this November in Baltimore.

Aside from having a conference on diversification there will also be, for the first time, a "Garage District" of suppliers to the auto body industry that might give you some ideas.

Make plans now to be there. It may be the push you need to ensure those phones don't go silent.
--Charles Duke
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