"Overall I believe the show was successful, the quality of attendees was strong (lots of owners and decision makers), which is great." - Matt Gunzenhaeuser, Tom Tom Business Solutions
"We had a great time at the show. We met so many people from our area in Utah that we have never had the chance to meet. It was a pleasure and a great opportunity to show our product at American Towman ShowPlace in Vegas. Thanks American Towman." - Chris Nielsen, Rocky Mntn. Wrecker Sales
"I have been doing tradeshows for 30 years and Las Vegas was the best western show I have ever exhibited at, bar none! The traffic, the demographics of the attendees and sales were solid both days." - John Sweezy Jr., Matjack Int’l Wreckers
"We were pleasantly surprised at the number of attendees, the traffic flow and the fact that this was not just a regional show, but attracted people from all over the country and from other countries.
We’ll be back next year.
" - Jim Hurst, USAC
"We were very impressed with the tower and exhibitor turnout at the inaugural American Towman ShowPlace last spring. It was well-organized and well-attended--we'll definitely be back next year!" - Tina Condon, Progressive Commercial Insurance
"As always AT has made a great show presence! To Showcase an Expo in
Las Vegas had a exceptional draw from all over the country.
" - Shane Coleman, Jerr-Dan Corp.
"We were able to meet a lot of good customers from the West and Northwest whom we normally don’t get a chance to see at most of the other shows where we exhibit! I thought the show was well attended and well managed for a new show." - Tom Welsh, AW Direct
"I had mixed feelings flying out to the American Towman Show Place in Las Vegas in May. When I visited the Las Vegas Conference centre I was pleasantly surprised. Nice show with all the major players exhibiting. When you opened the door, there were way more visitors than I could have imagined. We had customers on our booth from many states and countries. A lot of customers from "Back East".
Looks like this show could be a permanent entry in our diaries. Well done.
" - Stephan Pigeon
"I was impressed with the over all quality of the attendees at the show. We were busy in the booth from the time the exhibits opened throughout the show with qualified buyers and decision makers from across North America and several foreign countries.
It was one great show. Period.
" - Randy Olson, Miller Industries
"The American Towman Team put their experience and network of vendors and other resources together to work to host the first Las Vegas Showplace and made it a success.
We saw qualified leads, a filled room for our workshop and a show floor that was busy for the hours advertised. We can always count on AT to host a professional event as well as give vendors the ability to make the sales we come to the show for.
" - Al Stoeberl, SSCS
"This was the first time our agency has had a booth at any tow show.. I really enjoyed it. I met some my current clients and are hoping to get some new ones.. I believe it was money well spent. Thank you. " - Leah Beaudette-Berg, A & H Insurance
I was completely impressed with the attendance– both quality and quantity. The isles were crowded almost all day Friday and well into the afternoon on Saturday. This was by far the best inaugural event where I have exhibited. We look forward to exhibiting next year. " - Dennis Roberts, DewEze
"There is no place like Las Vegas. We have all been waiting for years for the possibility of another show in Las Vegas, and "The American Towman" delivered.We met providers from all over the country and made some new international friends as well. We're already making plans to be there again next year." - Patrick Nahoum, Nation Safe Drivers
"I thought it was a hit! Well done American Towman! Looking forward to the new venue mentioned. The live indoor demos in the Arena will be great! I think this show has the potential to be very big." - Wade Pierce, LodarUSA
"American Towman ShowPlace was the best tow show west of the Mississippi that Ford has ever participated in. The Calitri’s just know how to market and execute to perfection. It wouldn’t surprise us that one day this Las Vegas tow show will become as popular as the one in Baltimore." - Stan Kovaleski, Ford Commercial Trucks
"Much busier than I anticipated; all the vendors were extremely friendly from that part of the country. We had a very successful show and will be sure to attend again next year." - Brad Glazier, Quest Towing Services
"As a new exhibitor to the Las Vegas Show it produced over 200 new Towers for our network, great interest by all vendors, convention hall people were very accommodating and easy to work with for the first time." - Ralph Sacco, Transit Pros
"Las Vegas was a tremendous success for Professional Dispatch Services, Inc.
We will be back next year....
" - Dave Emmons, PDSI
"The show was great! I must say that all your American Towman team members are really a pleasure to work with and we look forward to coming again!
" - Bill Jonson, Tow Ramps
"The show was run great, the attendance was much better then I expected and both days were a constant flow of customers at the booth. They even gave us ribs to eat on Saturday before the show closed." - Matt Grant, Roadside Safety Supply
"The Las Vegas Show was a great show, well organized! As an exhibitor the attendance was above what we had expected. The golf outing was a great success!, and the Ribsfest was a good time to network the large crowd. Look forward to another great show next year!" - Doreen Aragona, Integrated Leasing
"The American Towman ShowPlace-Las Vegas was our second experience at exhibiting at an American Towman event. As usual the Show was expertly promoted and run. The crowd was much larger than we anticipated being a first year event, the quality of the attendees was excellent-no fluff like usual shows. We picked up some new Dealers and also attained new customers for our Dealers. See you in Baltimore!" - Bob Truitt, Western Sling Company
The winners' ceremony will take place in the convention hall on Saturday, May 17 along with the annual RibsFest as part of the show's closing festivities. It is American Towman's way of saying, "thank you," to the contestants and team members who put so much dedication, energy, and pride in 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 Towman Cup is a great experience.
$75 Conference Passport Advance register now! Onsite Passport fee is $125
allows access and participation in all Thursday, Friday and Saturday Conference Seminars; includes breakfast Friday and Saturday morning.
Tow Industry Week offers five conferences, AT's legendary hospitality, special events and the American Towman ShowPlace, featuring the industry's top suppliers. This year all activities and the show will be inside one of Las Vegas' most unique exposition facilities: South Point Hotel & Casino which boasts of its own exhibit Pavilion & Arena.
Co-sponsored by TowIndustryWeek.com, towing's exclusive online weekly publication, and American Towman Magazine, the industry's leading monthly magazine, American Towman ShowPlace – Las Vegas will put you face to face with suppliers, educators, top trainers, and leading towing professionals from around the world.
2014 AT Showplace Exhibitors
One of the most exciting events in the towing and recovery industry will be taking place May 15-17, 2014 at the nation's number one destination city Las Vegas. American Towman magazine and its online news and information service, Tow Industry Week, will be conducting four days of seminars, conferences, special events and a two-day trade show, American Towman ShowPlace.
A show serving the western U.S. and Canada, American Towman ShowPlace – Las Vegas promises to be one of the most unique show and educational opportunities that a professional tow operator will ever experience.
The American Towman Cup
World-Class Wreckers Compete for the vaunted Towman Cup
Open Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17
The towing industry’s most amazing wreckers from the West compete for the American Towman Cup. Pageant contestants vie for the Cup in several weight classes.
Entry fee: $50 for light trucks and medium duty, $75 for carriers and heavy duty trucks. A towing company may enter one truck per class and up to four trucks.
Light Duty tow trucks enter the South Point indoor Concourse adjacent to the exhibit hall, Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. Medium and Heavy duty tow trucks enter the South Point Arena Friday morning, 8 a.m. to 12 noon.
Police Towing Conference
Saturday, May 17
Accident Remediation Seminar - 8–10am
This exciting conference discusses the specifics of how to turn a non-paying “obligation” into your most profitable business. The Conference discusses what it takes to set up an accident cleanup operation, how to bill and collect successfully from insurance companies, how to make your accident-cleanup operation a desirable partner in the eyes of law enforcement. John Borowski, Police Towers of America, Amber Scene Clean. Darryl Birdsong, Birdsong Environmental Services & Spill Response.
Auto Return - 10am
Auto Return's CEO John Wicker and Dan Scanlan, VP of Towing and Quality Assurance, discuss how Auto Return works with tow companies and municipalities to create greater efficiencies of operation and revenue opportunities for towers. The Auto Return system manages dispatch and rotation for cities across the U.S. This seminar is for tow business owners who seek long-term relationships with the town and police and what can be learned from Auto Return in this regard. The seminar is also for tow business owners who are looking to learn of opportunities offered by Auto Return in their areas of operation.
Preserving Evidence - 11am
Learn the reasons law enforcement demands professional abilities when preserving evidence at towing, recovery, and investigation scenes. Learn why proper tow and recovery techniques are critical to criminal prosecutions relating to the prosecution's chain-of-evidence. Learn how-to satisfy law enforcement requirements and expectations pertaining to evidence tows ... a seminar specific to evidence contractor providers. Police investigators invited. Randy Resch, American Towman Magazine Operations Editor, is a former towing manager and San Diego, California police officer.
Rotator Business Conference
Thursday, May 15, 2–4pm
Bob Foquette talks the business side of owning and operating a heavy duty rotator and how to make the rotator your company's greatest equipment-asset. Fouquette owns Big Wheel Towing and Recovery in Freeport, Mass. and Recovery Billing Unlimited.
Tow Operations Conference
Facebook - Thursday, May 15, 2pm
This Facebook seminar will discuss how to improve your Facebook page, set up Google Alerts to get good local content sent automatically to your email inbox, and how to use an automated posting service to get content on there without spending hours doing it. David Tulkin, Demandforce.
Drug Testing - Thursday, May 15, 3pm
This seminar will go over mandated Department of Transportation Drug and Alcohol Testing and how employers benefit from a Drug Free Workplace. Sandra Madina.
Presence & Reputation - Friday, May 16, 8am
Join Mike Rappaport, creative director at OMG National and Co-Producer of American Towman TV as he takes you through a thorough look at your web presence and reputation and how to handle the bad and leverage the good! All Attendees will receive a FREE comprehensive REPUTATION REPORT AND ANALYSIS of their business for review.
Tracking Retail-Call Conversion - Friday, May 16, 9am
Discover the importance of implementing a phone monitoring system to record incoming phone calls and how it can affect your revenue. Learn a step by step process for calculating your retail phone sales conversion rate and discover how much lost revenue you have been overlooking. Daniel Ostrov, Whiterail Media.
Using GPS Intelligence - Friday, May 16, 10am
Tow operators can increase visibility and control over their business to increase profitability. Explore GPS solutions for towers that help reduce operating costs (e.g. fuel, maintenance, insurance, overtime) and better dispatch processes that improve performance, all while creating a safer driving environment; and then discuss ROI that is generated. Ty Lambert, TomTom Telematics.
Tow Tech - Friday, May 16, 11am
Using technology to improve efficiency and increase productivity. Robert Eckenrode, Beacon Software Co.
Light-Duty Recovery - Friday, May 16, 8am
Terry Abejuela discusses challenging light duty recovery techniques. Abejuela is a trainer for AAA South and a field editor for American Towman.
Heavy-Duty Recovery - Friday, May 16, 9am
Classroom discussions on challenging, real-life HD recoveries, including hooking up high-end busses and coaches, conducted by Miller Industries Heavy Duty Specialist John Hawkins.
Private Lot Towing Enters 21st Century - Friday, May 16, 11am
A new service for both private-lot owners and towers is accommodating the trend of requirements that municipalities are placing on towers.
Parking Enforcer marketing manager Dan Kendrick shows you how his company's new Internet based service keeps everyone happy, including vehicle owners. The smartphone as image and data collector plays a key role allowing private lot towers to maintain legal-compliance and offer transparency to both the lot owner and the motorist.
Liens and Impounds in a Digital World - Saturday, May 17, 8am
A presentation on using online tool and systems to comply with state and federal processes and solve common industry frustrations. Tom Drake, Auto Data Direct, Inc.
Preparing Vehicles for Sale - Saturday, May 17, 9am
Important nuts and bolts of vehicle remarketing. The importance of how one lists a vehicle: vehicle options, trim level, engine size, run & drives, starts and noticeable damage; how to take the right photos to sell vehicles online; the importance of having the necessary paperwork available at time of sale; discuss ways to get buyer to participate at your next sale; selling options (3rd party auctions, Auctioneer and Online. Mark Buffa, Alteso.
Auctioning Thru IAA - Saturday, May 17, 10am
Learn how to buy and sell lightly damaged, high mileage, repossessed and abandoned vehicles at auction with a combined live and live-online bidding auction platform. From vehicle preparation and marketing to post-sale payment and paperwork, IAA will teach you the best way to stimulate competition and drive returns. Ray Rodecker, Insurance Auto Auctions.
Unclaimed Vehicle Resolution - Saturday, May 17, 11am
The dollar advantage of auction vs. salvage and how online auction systems help you properly process the lien. How to maximize impound profits and stay legal. John Borowski, Police Towers of America. Borowski will reference the TowLot.com system, which is used at Hampshire Towing in South Hadley, Mass, where he has a management position.
Tow Industry Week Conferences/Seminars
First off, realize there is plenty of food for thought here. In fact all Conference Passport holders receive breakfast Friday and Saturday mornings. The Conference seminars cover a wide range of topics designed to introduce the tow business owner to new opportunties for generating revenue and new ways to efficiently manage a towing operation. Find out more about each Conference and seminar by clicking on a Conference title to the left.
Conference Passport fee: $75 with advance registration, or, $125 thru on-site registration. Passport gains access into all Conference seminars.
Friday, May 16, 9am-1pm, & Saturday, May 17, 9am-1pm
The famous 8 hour course presented by Bob and Eric Fouquette, whose Big Wheel Towing and Recovery company spawned Recovery Billing Unlimited. The 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
The fee for your company’s enrollment is $1850. The company owner may and should bring his billing clerk to attend. The fee includes both individuals. Both may repeat the class twice at no additional fee. Attendees must be at both sessions. Several hundred tow business owners have taken this course since it was first introduced in 2009, and the overwhelming critique has been: two thumbs up. The course typically has been credited by tow business owners for increasing their revenues by hundreds of thousands of dollars.
For more details on the course, you may call Recovery Billing Unlimited directly to speak with either Bob, Eric or Linda: 508-763-5927. Fee includes Conference Passport and breakfast Friday and Saturday morning.
Thursday, May 15
2pm Drug Testing
Friday, May 16
Presence & Reputation
8am Light Duty Recovery
8am Tracking Retail-Call Conversion
9am Heavy Duty Recovery
9am Recovery Billing
9am-1pm Using GPS Intelligence
10am Tow Tech
Saturday, May 17
Liens and Impounds in a Digital World
8am Accident Remediation Seminar
8-10am Preparing Vehicles for Sale
9am Recovery Billing
9am-1pm Auto Return
10am Auctioning Thru IAA
10am Preserving Evidence
11am Unclaimed Vehicle Resolution
All conferences held at South Point Hotel & Casino unless otherwise noted.
1st Class - Thu. 5/15, 5 pm to 9 pm, Fri. 5/16, 8 am to 1 pm, 5 pm to 9 pm 2nd Class - Fri. 5/16, 5 pm to 9 pm, Sat. 5/17, 8 am to 1 pm, 5 pm to 9 pm
WreckMaster Rotator Training includes 8 hours of classroom and 5 hours of hands-on instruction inside South Point Arena. Bruce Campbell, Terry Humelsine, and Jeff Martin will lead the instruction.
Fee: Advance registration fee is $595 when registering before May 8. Class size limited. Register now before class fills up. Fee includes Conference Passport and breakfast Friday and Saturday morning.
American Towman Welcome Reception
Thursday, May 15, 6pm - In the Concourse at South Point Hotel & Casino
All you can eat buffet featuring beef brisket and roast suckling pig! Join American Towman Magazine’s editorial staff and tow business owners from all across America.
For advance-registrants only! Register online today!
Concourse overlooks the Arena where Miller Industries will be demonstrating its new Century Rotator during the reception.
American Towman RibsFest
Saturday, May 17, 6pm - In the Concourse inside South Point Hotel & Casino
The American Towman ShowPlace’s grand finale is the Ribs Fest. All you can eat St. Louis long ribs and other victuals. Feast inside the Concourse adjacent to the exhibit hall.
Free to all advance-registrants! Sign up today!
American Towman Open
Thursday, May 15, 8am - Revere Golf Club, Las Vegas
American Towman’s Doc Calitri hosts the towing industry’s golf classic. Tee off at 8 a.m. Thursday morning, May 15th.
Fee: $125 per person; includes lunch.
Friday, May 16, 9pm - South Point Hotel Pool Gazebo
American Towman’s Desert Smoke, co-sponsored by SavaTech, takes place under the big gazebo by the pool at the South Point Hotel & Casino, site of the American Towman ShowPlace exhibits. Meet up with towing industry hot shots who enjoy a great smoke. A must event for tow bosses everywhere who knows how to savor the moment.
The Desert Smoke VIP Passport includes one Rocky Patel Vintage 1990, one American Towman Signature cigar, vintage Dvin cognac, and a gift for the cigar aficionado, compliments of Savatech. Passport also includes filet mignon hors d'oeuvre to compliment the tobacco flavor. Winston Churchill once quipped about his secret for long life: "Armenian Cognac and Havana cigars." His favorite cognac was Dvin. A $60 value, your fee is $20.
You may bring one nonsmoking guest at no charge to enjoy the cash bar.
You may also be part of the Desert Smoke 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!
Bowling with Boomer
Friday, May 16, 6:30pm - South Point Bowling Center
Towing's best strike the lanes at the South Point Bowling Center.
$25 per person includes two matches and the shoes. Trophies to best individual and team performance.
Thursday, May 15, 7pm - South Point Arena
John Hawkins, Heavy Duty Specialist at Miller Industries, conducts a heavy-duty recovery demonstration at the South Point Arena during AT's Welcome Reception and supper buffet in the Concourse, which overlooks the Arena. Demo sponsored by Miller Industries.
See the newest innovation in rotator technology as John Hawkins demonstrates the latest addition to Century's lineup of rotators, the new Century 1150.
Mike Corbin & the Boys
Thursday, May 15, 9pm - South Point Casino Showroom
Featuring the Road Calls, I'll Return and other "Towman Ballads", Mike Corbin & the Boys headline the South Point Hotel & Casino, Thursday, May 15. This exclusive Las Vegas engagement will be held at the South Point Casino Showroom, recently headlined by Crystal Gayle. The band's music ranges in style from folk rock to country rock. Corbin & the Boys will be singing many of the songs on the newly released album, The Road Calls. So secure your tickets now while they last for an evening of original music and the unique talents of Mike Corbin & the Boys.
This is your chance to see Mike Corbin live as his music salutes dedicated towers worldwide. Tickets go for $20/head through advance-registration. Sample songs from just released CD album:
The Road Calls
Allstate Roadside Services Luxury Vehicle Training
- South Point Arena Concourse adjacent to the South Point Hotel Pavilion
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.
...Hotel registration follows show registration for attendees.
Guests can enjoy views of the glittering Las Vegas valley or the serenity of the surrounding mountainscape. Each oversized guest room functions more like a mini-suite with state-of-the-art LED screens and high speed internet connections. Rooms feature pacific color patterns reminiscent of the Southern California lifestyle. Suites range in size from 900 to 2,500 sq. ft. All accommodations feature the finest amenities and materials.
During your stay at South Point Hotel and Casino, your entire family will have fun playing the latest and greatest video games, or honing your skills on Skee-Ball, Spider-Stompin', and other challenging games to win exciting prizes in the Time-Out Arcade!
South Point’s Fitness Center overlooks the pool area and is open to hotel guests 24 hours, 7 days a week. The gym has an array of state-of-the-art workout equipment and televisions throughout the facility.
Soak up some sun, and let your stress melt away into a lagoon style shimmering turquoise paradise pool.
South Point's gaming amenities include more than 2,563 of the most popular slot and video poker machines featuring ticket-in, ticket-out technology.
The casino pit features over 60 table games including 21, Craps, Roulette, Fortune Pai Gow Poker*, Baccarat, Ultimate Texas Hold 'em and Three Card Poker* with Progressive.
A freshly designed Race and Sports Book features over 300 seats with separate viewing areas for horse and sports action. The Del Mar Lounge provides the perfect place to grab a beverage and watch the action.
The bingo room has 600 seats and features Cash Ball and the Progressive Double Action Jackpot.
16 theaters are available for your viewing pleasure.
A premium viewing experience, picture, sound, & luxury seating.
You can also enjoy the "Classic Series" - Your favorite movies digitally restored.
• XD Ticket Price - $13.75 for adults, $10 for seniors/Children
• XD 3D Ticket Price - $15.75 for adults, $12 for seniors/Children
Prices are for South Point Hotel Theaters Tickets (they are not purchased through American Towman)
Bowling at the South Point 64-lane Bowling Center is state of the art, offering a main center aisle with 32 lanes of bowling on each side. Tables are equipped with touch screens so everyone can keep track of the game. A bar adjacent to the lanes allows a guest to enjoy a cold beverage without missing any of the action. There is also a full-service pro-shop, snack bar, locker rooms and an arcade. From the novice to the pro, everyone can enjoy the fun and excitement the South Point Bowling Center has to offer.
• 64-Lane Bowling Center
• Snack Bar
• Pro Shop
• League Meeting Rooms
• Locker Area
The South Point features a variety of menu items and restaurants for every price range and appetite. Restaurants in this new destination resort are designed to provide the foremost culinary experience to all diners.
click below for menu and availability for the restaurants below
Spa Costa del Sur is the place for you. With more than 40,000 square feet, 28 treatment rooms and a full-service salon, relaxation is our specialty. The Spa caters to both the busy traveler who rarely takes time out for themselves and the leisure traveler who is seeking pure indulgence.
Our spa is designed to pamper, relax and rejuvenate. We offer one of the most extensive spa menus in the city. Some of our most popular treatments include our signature Skin Ceuticals Big Cohune Facial and the Surf City Body Treatment and Massage.
At Spa Costa del Sur, we offer the most cutting-edge treatments for men, women, couples and teens, to the tried and true massages, facials and body treatments. We specialize in corrective and rehydrating treatments for the face, hands, feet and body, and offer 10 different flavored massage lotions for guests to choose from.
American Towman Magazine
Exhibitors receive free in-depth editorial coverage of the show through the April Issue of American Towman Magazine. Advertising opportunities and circulation bonuses are available to all show exhibitors.
American Towman magazine is the towing and recovery industry's longest published (38 years) and largest circulated (38,000+ readers) monthly trade publication.
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.
Expo Info Program
Placed in the hands of every show visitor at registration, this important program provides event and seminar schedules, floor plan, exhibitor list and NEW this year 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.
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.
Advertising opportunities are available in the registration area and hallway entrance leading to the South Point Hotel Pavilion & Arena
kiosks (one and two-sided billboards) as well as select banner locations are available. Check with A.T. sales staff for specific details.