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    International Towing Museum Board of Directors Election Results

    The International Towing Museum has announced the results of the 2017 Board of Directors election. The election process for the nine board positions ran from September 1, 2017, through September 14, 2017.

    The winners of the election are: Patrick Nahoum, Shane A. Coleman, John Weaver, Lee Roberts, Bert King, James Jennings, John Kupchin, Michael Porter and Geoff Russell.

    “We have a significant amount of work to do as we continue the efforts of the leaders who came before and bring growth to the mission of the museum,” stated Bill Gratzianna, president of the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum. “Our members represent many of the best and brightest our industry has to offer.”

    “Museum board members are required to attend board meetings both in person and by electronic means. There are many aspects of the museum governed by the board including the museum, Hall of Fame, Survivor Fund and the Wall of the Fallen. Many new initiatives are underway and the incoming board members will be a part of an exciting time in the museum’s history,” stated an earlier museum press release.



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    Blessing Celebration/Tribute for NRC HIM

    We recently added an NRC 60/80SR HIM (Heavy Incident Manager) to our fleet. For many years Bill Jackson has been a huge influence on my desire to seek out training as a professional towing and recovery operator, and cross training with other emergency service agencies.

    In 2016 I was offered an opportunity to become an NRC trainer, and for that I feel very thankful. When we were getting this HIM, I asked Bruce Jackson if I could dedicate this unit to his father, Bill Jackson, and he gave us his approval.

    We had a blessing celebration on March 12, 2017, which featured the traditional Chinese lion dance, which was extra special to our family as my youngest son, Kolton (age 8), was the head of one of the two lions that performed the blessing.

    Kenneth Tom

    Advanced Towing & Recovery

    Advanced Crane & Rigging

    Honolulu, Hawaii

    Editor’s Note: The Tow Times April issue featured tributes to the late industry trainer and educator Bill Jackson.

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    Taco is our five-year-old mascot here at Fowler and Son Towing and Recovery. He can’t wait to get to work every day, hang out and greet everyone. He makes us all happy even on our worst days.

    We love our little buddy and can’t imagine a workday without him.

    Fowler and Son Towing and Recovery

    Ed Fowler, Jimbob Parris, Diane Parris, owners

    Cowpens, S.C.

    Editor’s Note: Fowler and Son Towing and Recovery has been in business five years and services Spartanburg and Cherokee counties with a fleet of eight trucks.

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FUSO’s Gene Hedbany Promoted to Manager, Field Services

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (FUSO) has announced the promotion of Gene Hedbany to manager, Field Services. In his new position, Hedbany will divide his time between FUSO headquarters in Logan Township, New Jersey, and traveling in the field with the company’s Field Service Manager staff.

Before coming to FUSO in October 1994, Hedbany served as a regional parts and service manager for a seven-state territory for another OEM. He joined Mitsubishi Fuso as a Product Support/Field Service manager (PSM) and, with the exception of a short stint in sales, Hedbany has been a dedicated product support manager throughout his tenure at FUSO, working closely with dealer personnel and customers for nearly 23 years.

According to Jecka Glasman, FUSO’s president and CEO, “Gene’s extensive field and dealer knowledge will serve him well in his new position and makes him a valuable asset to the service department and to FUSO.”

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Source: Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc.

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