TT Publications Inc. Announces Dave Jones Leadership Award

    Dave Jones Leadership AwardAt the 2014 Hall of Fame Reunion, Dave Jones’ son Jamie Jones, TT Publications President Michael McGovern and Tow Times Publisher Clarissa Powell announced the creation of the Dave Jones Leadership Award.

    “Dave was an amazing icon in the towing and recovery industry,” Powell said at the Reunion. “To honor this great leader, and recognize other leaders who would have been considered Dave’s peers, TT Publications Inc. will annually recognize one towing professional who meets specific leadership criteria.”

    The first award will be presented Friday, September 11, 2015, at the International Towing and Recovery Museum’s Meet and Greet at the Tennessee Tow Show.

    Nominations are now being accepted at Only online submissions are accepted – no fax, email or mail nominations will be considered. Nominees must be towing company owners or employees – no affiliate or associate members please. Nominees can be from towing companies outside the U.S. Nominations close June 30, 2015. Submit online nominations here. (more…)

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    Two-time Champion

    Truck of the month“Dreher Collision Center is a full service auto body repair facility locally owned and operated by William Dreher in Brownsville, Wis. We specialize in paint-less dent repair, frame repair and everything in between. As a local company, we are proud to have served Brownsville and the surrounding communities for over 30 years.

    “One of our local communities hosts an annual event in August called the Waupun Truck-N-Show that pays tribute to the trucking industry and gives owner-operators the chance to show off their rigs. Over the past several years we have been participating in this event by showcasing our 2007 International 4300 rollback. For the last two consecutive years (2013 and 2014) in the “Convoy of Lights Parade,” Dreher Collision Center has been awarded first place for “Best Light Show Tow Truck” and first place for “Best Roll Bed Recovery Truck.”

    “We eagerly look forward to participating in this event next year, when it will celebrate its 26th anniversary.”

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Joel Amsley Retires from Jerr-Dan Corporation

Joel AmsleyJoel Amsley, Sr. Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Jerr-Dan Corporation, has retired. According to an announcement from Richard del Campo, Jerr-Dan Corporation Vice President/General Manager:

“Joel joined Jerr-Dan in 1979; since then he has hired, trained, mentored and motivated many Jerr-Dan team members. His contribution and achievements have been an integral part of Jerr-Dan’s success throughout the years. Joel’s professionalism and commitment to both the towing and recovery industry along with Jerr-Dan have been exceptional.

Joel will continue to support Jerr-Dan’s success as a consultant. Please join me in thanking Joel for his service and wishing him only the best as he begins this new chapter of his life.”

“Joel was the face of Jerr Dan,” says Jack Schrock, former Jerr-Dan Corporation heavy-duty specialist. “At distributor meetings, tow shows and product launches Joel often served as the voice of Jerr Dan as well. Anyone associated with sales was the core of Joel’s team. We all had direct access to him 24/7 and he was quick to pass along advice and offer assistance. Joel showed concern for each and every member of the team for he realized that sales drove the company.

“Joel and I enjoyed mutual respect in that I never questioned his judgment, nor he mine. I am convinced that Joel was the major contributor to Jerr Dan’s success for without him, Jerr Dan would have surely remained a small, regional company serving the northeast market not unlike a couple of other firms nearby.

“I will close with Joel’s usual salutation. As I walked into his office he would always say in a heavy New Jersey accent ”How-ya’-doin’?” delivered with a broad grin. He would close his notebook or computer and turn his entire and undivided attention my way.

“I miss this guy, as does the entire Jerr Dan team.

For more information about Joel Amsley’s retirement, including Jack Schrock’s complete tribute to Amsley, photos and quotes from Jerr-Dan employees, click on Jack Schrock’s blog.

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