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    Wisconsin Towing Association Celebrates 50th Anniversary

    On June 7th 1967, a small group of towing and recovery operators with a shared mission to strengthen and bolster the towing industry gathered in Madison, Wisconsin to form the Wisconsin Towing Service Operators Association. The founding members had a goal to protect investments made by business owners, improve conditions within the towing industry, enhance the image of the tow operator, and work together on the many issues faced by the towing industry.

    Fifty years later, the Wisconsin Towing Association (WTA) strives to maintain those goals as it now celebrates its Golden Anniversary in 2017. WTA Chairman Shawn Topel reflects on this historic milestone for the Association and also looks forward to its future.

    “Much has changed in the towing and recovery industry over the last 50 years, but one thing has not: the dedicated men and women who care about the work they do and the service they provide,” said Topel. “New technology, larger trucks, and better equipment mean nothing without the loyal operators who perform this work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days each year.” (more…)

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    Custom-built for AE Collision & Towing Inc.

    AE Collision and Towing IncThis 2016 Ford F-550 4 wheel drive with a Chevron 408TA is from the fleet of AE Collision & Towing Inc. in Eugene, Ore. Custom-built by Fleet Sales West of Woodburn, Ore., the bed can be controlled from inside the cab or the rear of the bed and features rear hydraulic stiff legs — a feature normally seen on medium-duty units.

    Features also include an extendable boom with twin 9,000-lb. winches, a tunnel box that houses the dolly bars on a sliding track so they can be easily accessed from either side of the truck, a Torrent LED light bar with alley lights and fold-away brackets for low clearance situations, four LED strobes and a custom-built grille by Royalty Core. The truck’s custom paint job is green with a matte finish and gloss black accents.

    AE Collision & Towing Inc. offers towing, roadside assistance, private property impound services and repossessions to customers in the Eugene and Springfield areas.

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    MojoThought you might like to meet our tow dog Mojo, a three-year-old Jack Russell Terrier who just loves to tow. Anywhere her tow truck driver (aka John Chase) goes she’s there to help — and the best part is that the people who meet her are often stressed and she helps to calm them down. She recently received her first tip: a $10 gift card to Petco.

    Mojo loves to ride on John’s shoulders and is frequently spotted on his back while he performs emergency roadside services.

    The only thing she likes as much as towing is being a 12th man.  She’s always in blue on Fridays (year round) to support her Seahawks.

    Gail Chase

    ABC Towing Inc.

    Seattle, Wash.

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Advantage Funding Appoints New CEO

Advantage Funding, provider of finance to small and medium businesses in the US, has named Lisa Lersner as CEO and President. She brings more than 25 years of financial services experience to the post.

Lersner most recently held the role of CFO of CapitalSpring, a registered investment advisor with both a specialty finance and asset management platform. Previously she served as president, CFO or COO of several entrepreneurial and rapidly growing specialty finance and technology firms.

Lersner began her career working in the vendor and commercial finance divisions of Citicorp North America and Chrysler Capital.

“Lisa has the expertise and executive abilities to lead Advantage Funding’s development and execute on its growth strategy,” said Evert den Hollander, Chairman of the company. “Her career has focused on managing the strategic, financial and operational activities of growing companies.”

“I am very excited to be joining Advantage Funding and to be leading the company through its next growth phase.” Lersner said. “I appreciate the opportunity to build upon the strong commercial lending platform and market position currently in place at Advantage Funding.”

For more information visit or call 888-246-4091.

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    From our latest issue

    Car Carriers, Wireless Operation and More

    The Tow Times February issue traces the evolution of the car carrier — and tips you can use when purchasing a used car carrier. This issue also focus on how wireless operation of towing equipment and accessories can produce a range of benefits for today’s towing and recovery operator.

    On the cover is the Tow Times 2016 Shine ‘n’ Star Working Truck Winner: a 2001 Freightliner FL120 with a Holmes Detachable Towing Unit (DTU). The proud owner is Parise’s Auto & towing Inc. in Batavia, N.Y.

    And in the Recovery Review department, a North Carolina towing company takes on a job others said couldn’t be done.

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