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Towing and Recovery Association of America, Inc.®
Nominations and Election Notice

Officers

Notice is hereby given by the Nominating Committee of the Towing and Recovery Association of America, Inc.® that nominations are now being accepted for the following Officers positions: President, Treasurer, First Vice-President; Second Vice-President; Third Vice-President, and Fourth Vice President.

The Nomination Committee shall solicit potential candidates through a notice in the TRAA publication via electronic and/or printed format at least 150 days prior to the Annual Meeting.  The annual meeting for this election will be held in Orlando, FL on April 12, 2018, making November 13, 2018, the solicit date.

The nominating committee shall complete its selection of candidates at least 120 days prior to the annual meeting making December 13, 2018, the due date for the slate of officers.

  • A candidate must have attended two of the last three Annual Meetings.
  • A candidate must be a member of his State Association if there is one.
  • A candidate for office must be a Regular Member of TRAA in good standing at the time of their nomination, election and during their term in office.
  • A candidate for President of TRAA shall have served at least two terms as an Officer of TRAA.
  • There may be more than one candidate nominated for each position.
  • Officers shall serve a two-year term.

Associate Member Representative

Notice is hereby given by the Nominating Committee of the Towing and Recovery Association of America, Inc.® that nominations are now being accepted for the position of the Associate Member Representative.

The Nomination Committee shall solicit potential candidates through a notice in the TRAA publication via electronic and/or printed format at least 150 days prior to the Annual Meeting.  The annual meeting for this election will be held in Orlando, FL on April 12, 2018, making November 13, 2018, the solicit date.

The nominating committee shall complete its selection of candidates at least 120 days prior to the annual meeting making December 13, 2018, the due date for the slate of Associate Member Representative.

  • A candidate for office must be an Associate Member of TRAA in good standing at the time of their nomination, election and during their term in office.
  • Nomination requires endorsement by at least ten (10) Associate Members.
  • There may be more than one candidate nominated for the Associate Member Representative position.
  • Associate Member Representative shall serve a two-year term.

To submit a nomination or should you have any questions please contact William E. Johnson in writing at bill@gogtt.net.

Respectfully submitted,

William E. Johnson
Nominating Committee Chair


2018-2019 TRAA Nominating Committee Members

William E. Johnson, Chair
Bill Giorgis
Ken Weber
Ray Drumheller
Steve Palmer


Congratulations to the 2017-2019 TRAA Cabinet and TRAA Awards recipients!

President & Vice Presidents

President- Jeff Roskopf, WI

1st VP- Joanne Blyton, MT

2nd VP– Vaughn Gobel, OH

3rd VP- Tom Brennan, NY

4th VP- Kevin Fox, FL

Treasurer

Mike Wildman, OR

Presidential Appointees

Gary Coe, OR

Past President

Mike Holland, GA

Associate Member Representative

Todd Chase, MA

WTRAA Representative

Gay Rochester, NC

 

TRAA Awards

Presidential Award – Joanne Blyton

Distinguished Service Award – Bill Byers

National Citizenship Award – George Kuntz


The 2017 Towing & Recovery Summit in Nashville will be here before we know it! Thinking about attending the 2017 Tow Summit? Use Coupon Code TRAA17 to save $100 off of the primary attendee registration price and $75 off of the additional second/third attendee price! The event runs from Wednesday, June 28th to Friday, June 30, 2017 at the spectacular Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, TN. Learn more at https://towsummit.com/registration/
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The 2017 TRAA election ballot is set! Visit http://traaonline.com/2017-election/ for complete details.


100 Years of Towing Industry Conference – July 18-22, 2016

Hosted by International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame & Museum 

TRAA recently sponsored several events during the 100 Year of Towing Industry Conference aboard the Ruby Princess cruise from Seattle, WA to Alaska. Over 50 towing and recovery professionals from across the country came together to participate in informative seminars, networking meetings and to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow towers and friends.

TRAA would like to thank Randy Olson of Randy Olson and Associates LLC for generously donating his expertise in presenting these valuable seminar topics;Marketing Your Towing Business and What’s Trending in Towing Equipment. TRAA presented a seminar Improving Your Business’s Efficiency and Bottom-line with Traffic Incident Management.20160718_124459
Later in the week TRAA held its TRAA Board of Directors’ Meeting. The meeting floor was opened up for general industry discussion by all those present. Many great ideas were shared and new friendships forged.

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There was a unanimous response from the group requesting TRAA to host a similar event for 2017. TRAA will be sending out a survey to gauge interest and location options. Please keep a look out for the survey in the near future!

Thank you to our 2016 Corporate Sponsors!

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A few scenes from Alaska!

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Thank you to everyone who shared this great experience!


 

Department of Labor Releases Final Overtime Rule

On May 18th, the Department of Labor announced its final Overtime Rule. The Final Rule focuses primarily on updating the salary and compensation levels needed for Executive, Administrative and Professional workers to be exempt. The rule increases the salary exemption threshold from its current level of $455 a week or an annualized amount of $23,600 to $913 a week or $47,476 annually.

The effective date of the final rule is December 1, 2016. Under this rule, any salaried employee that works 40 hours and is paid an annual wage of less than $47,476 could qualify under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to receive overtime pay by their employer.

The rule has implemented a mechanism to automatic adjustment the salary and compensation levels every three years, maintaining the standard salary level at the 40th percentile of full-time salaried workers in the lowest-wage Census region. The final Rule does allow for some bonuses to be considered as part of the employee’s overall salary and the Rule also leaves in place the primary duty test that can be used to determine whether an employee is considered exempt.

Click here for the Final Rule

Final Rule Q & A


Congratulations to our 2016 TRAA Annual Award Recipients!

National Citizenship Award – Kirk Blackburn (not present)

Presidential Award – Belinda Harris

Distinguished Service Award – Patrick WinerAppreicationAwards_JerrDanLadies

Appreciation Award – Brenda Taylor, Christina Foltz, Kate Mulcan, Johanna Sanford, Barb Robinson, Ashley Soverns


 

Winner of the Pink Tow Truck Raffle

The winner of the Pink Tow Truck Raffle is a gentleman from Pennsylvania! The winner has been contacted and we will publish his name as soon as he takes possession of the truck. Thank you all for supporting this charity raffle!


Congratulations to the Hall of Fame Class of 2016!

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TRAA Represents the Towing Industry in DC

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National Traffic Incident Management Program
Executive Leadership Group Meeting
July 9, 2015
Washington, DC

TRAA representatives Jeff Roskopf TRAA President, Frank Gentilquore TRAA 2nd VP and Cynthia Martineau TRAA Executive Director attended the recent ELG 6 meeting in DC.


ITRHFM Announces August as Military & First Responder Month

Due to recent tragedies in Chattanooga, the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum is proud to honor our Military Personnel and First Responders. During the month of August, we will offer free admission for all Military Personnel and First Responders.

Doug Yates Towing Company, along with the museum are proudly sponsoring the free admission.

We are located at 3315 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN

Our hours are Monday – Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 11am to 5pm.

For more information or to plan a visit to The International Towing Museum, visit www.towingmuseum.com

The International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. (ITRHFM), is a museum and hall of fame that is committed to preserving the heritage and history of the towing industry and honoring those who have made unselfish and significant contributions to our industry. The museum is known on an International level because it is the only museum of its kind in the world. The ITRHFM is a non-profit, non-political, non-commercial organization, and has been granted 501-C3  #363488086 non-profit status by the U.S. Government.

ITRHFM Press Release – Military


TRAA 2015 Fall Board Meeting

International Towing & Recovery Museum, Chattanooga, TN
Date: Thursday & Friday, September 10 & 11, 2015

Thursday, September 10, 2015
Committee Meetings: 8 am – 3 pm
Thursday Lunch sponsored by Miller Industries
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Friday, September 11, 2015
Fall Board Meeting: 9 – 1 pm

Click here for full meeting schedule

*Note that that there will be NO Legislative & Leadership Conference for 2015. Please look for details on future TRAA
meeting/event offerings.

Please RSVP by August 31, 2015 via email to the TRAA Office your attendance for the TRAA Fall Board  Meeting. In this way we can prepare the appropriate materials for all meeting attendees.


IS FEDERAL/STATE REGULATION IN YOUR FUTURE?

June 26, 2015

The Towing and Recovery Association of America (TRAA) President, Jeff Roskopf along with the Legislative Committee chaired by Joanne Blyton are keeping a watchful eye on H.R. 2563.

H.R. 2563 was introduced in the 114th U S Congress on May 21st 2015 by Mr. Chris Van Hollen (D) Maryland and co-sponsored by Mr. Beyers, (D), Virginia. H.R. 2563 was initially proposed as The State and Local Predatory Towing Enforcement Act but it quickly turned into the “regulation of tow truck operations”. In brief, what H.R. 2563 does is amend Title 49, United States Code, to allow States to regulate Tow Truck Operations. The Bill was referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chaired by Bill Shuster, (R), Pennsylvania; then on May 22, 2015 to a sub-committee on Highways and Transit chaired by Sam Graves (R) Missouri. Shortly thereafter Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), DC-At Large, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D), Texas and Rep. Corrine Brown (D), Florida signed on as co-sponsors. Currently this is where it sits, awaiting a hearing. There are some states that already have laws in effect to regulate the towing of private property impounds (PPI) and non-consensual towing, while other states do not.

The current text of the Code 14501 (c) (2) (C) reads “does not apply to the authority of a State or a political subdivision of a State to enact or enforce a law, regulation, or other provision relating to the price of for-hire motor vehicle transportation by a tow truck, if such transportation is performed without the prior consent or authorization of the owner or operator of the motor vehicle.”

The proposed amendment under The State and Local Predatory Towing Enforcement Act (H.R. 2563) readsdoes not apply to the authority of a State or a political subdivision of a State to enact or enforce a law, regulation, or other provision relating to the price of for-hire motor vehicle transportation by a tow truck, if such transportation is the regulation of tow operations performed without the prior consent or authorization of the owner or operator of the motor vehicle.

While the amendment proposed in the Bill may seem simple please do not underestimate its intent, it would allow for the regulation of all non-consent “tow truck operations”.

Predatory towing is not an activity engaged in by most towers. Of the towers that do perform PPI, many use aggressive towing practices.  While the instances of PPI towing problems are limited, they have become much publicized and a concern for the general motoring public. With that in mind, some in Congress believe that all towing industry practices need to be regulated.  In essence the philosophy is to regulate the whole in order to eliminate the problematic minority.

We must continue to conduct ourselves as professionals in our work and in our charges. Those that engage in aggressive PPI towing practices need to develop more professional techniques. Once regulation starts, more will come. This is the time for the towing industry to stand united for the good of everyone large and small.

Click here to follow H.R. 2563. TRAA will continue to closely monitor this legislation and communicate with current sponsors of this Bill to clarify the towing industry’s position. TRAA is the voice of America’s towing industry. It is our firm belief that this Bill should be amended from its current language or tabled.

Contact the TRAA office at contact@traaonline.com to express your opinion on H.R. 2563.


 Election Results

2015 – 2017 TRAA Cabinet

President & Vice Presidents

President- Jeff Roskopf, WI

1st VP- Joanne Blyton, MT

2nd VP– Frank Gentilquore, FL

3rd VP- Tom Brennan, NY

4th VP- Mike Irwin, SD

Treasurer

Mike Wildman, OR

Presidential Appointees

Gary Coe, OR

Glenn Landau, FL

Past President

Mike Holland, GA

Associate Member Representative

Jeffrey Godwin, TX

WTRAA Representative

Michelle Topel, WI


 

TRAA mourns the loss of our sitting President, Joe Pedigo.

Joe served the towing industry for most of his life and was inducted into the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame in 2007. Through his work with TRAA and PTROI his impact has been felt far and wide across the country. Joe will be greatly missed by all of us at TRAA and by the towing community at large. We will share the arrangement information as it becomes available.

Joe Pedigo
December 1, 1943 – March 23, 2015

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TRAA Election Candidate Biographies

President

Joe Pedigo – Candidate for TRAA President
Prior to becoming TRAA President two years ago, I served as Legislative Chair for six years.  During that time I and several other Board members met many times with Federal Congressional aides and with the DOT/FHWA staff members to promote towers as a vital part of the Traffic Incident Management (TIM) team…not to just be the “clean up” part of the TIM program, but to be active members of the management at an incident scene.  Through this vital TIM program, more and more towers all over the country have been a greater asset at incident scenes.  They have worked efficiently with all the other TIM responders to open roadways, restore traffic flow and clear incident scenes faster to promote a safer roadway for all parties involved.

Two years ago I was elected President of TRAA at a time when the association was at a low point …very little income…fiscally in the red…low membership and the loss of our Washington, DC, office space.  At that time, it seemed to be a disaster.  Under my leadership, the TRAA has not only survived, we have increased membership and have improved our fiscal status to be in the black.  None of this could have happened without the strong support and dedication of the TRAA Board of Directors and our supporting members including manufacturers, associate and regular members.  History will also remind us that the WTRAA has been a great supporter of TRAA over many years!

So here is my vision of how TRAA will move forward in these coming years, if I am reelected as President:

  1. We will be able to certify more towers with the recently implemented online certification program.
  2. We are working towards opening communication between all industry trainers to discuss training and TRAA certification testing working hand in hand.
  3. We have created an ad hoc motor club committee with Chair Bud Gruber to work on the industry issues we have as towers with all motor clubs.
  4. We will continue TRAA’s vision to work with and support all state associations with our goal of promoting professionalism for all towers in the towing industry as well as the motoring public.
  5. We will continue to work on increasing membership and improve our fiscal outlook.

I want to thank you for your support of myself and the TRAA over the past two years that I have served, and I am asking for your vote now for reelection as President of the TRAA.

 

Jeff Roskopf – Candidate for TRAA President
Owner, Roskopf’s Service & Towing, LLC – Menomonee Falls, WI established in 1984. I am married to Geri Roskopf and we have two children Greg 35 and Jessica 32.

I currently am a member of TRAA, the Wisconsin Towing Association, the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum (Hall of Fame Member – Class of 2012), BBB, Menomonee Falls Community Chamber, Knights of Columbus #4240, and St. Mary’s Parish.

Currently serving as TRAA 1st Vice President (2011-2015), serving on the TRAA Executive Board from 2007 to present, Chair of the TRAA Membership Committee, Active Past Chairman of the Wisconsin Towing Association and member of the WTA’s Education, Legislative and Convention Committees, WI DOT SE TIME Committee, Fleet Maintenance Council of Southeast Wisconsin, Past Vice President of Friends of Towing and Past Director of the Waupun Trucker’s Jamboree. Industry awards received include 2012 TRAA Presidential Award, 2006 TRAA Diamond Appreciation Award, Wisconsin Towing Association Service Award, and Knights of Columbus Knight of the Month Award.

My goals for TRAA:

● Grow active membership by personally inviting all towers to join their state association and All towers – if you own one truck or a 100 trucks –  should unite together as one voice – my motto is all for one and one for all

● Keep open and strengthen the lines of communication between TRAA members and state associations to help address all issues both in the state and federal levels concerning the towing, recovery and storage industry

● Educate the motoring public of the towing industry as true professionals.

● Promote and continue to educate the motoring public about the Move Over Slow Down Law to help save the lives of towers working on the road

● Promote educational and safety programs and the TRAA Certification Program

My wife Geri and I support both our community and regional service needs.  Geri has served as WTRAA Board Member and President and is committed to WTRAA, TRAA and the towing industry. I am strongly committed to the growth and “forward movement” of TRAA – I envision TRAA reaching their greatest heights in representation of towing professionals across the Nation.

Please remember to exercise your membership right and vote when you receive your ballot. I thank you for considering me as your TRAA President, vote Jeff Roskopf, TRAA President!

1st Vice President

Joanne Blyton – Candidate for TRAA 1st Vice President
Joanne Blyton, hails from Montana, the Big Sky Country. She recently completed her second term in the Montana state legislature serving in the House Representatives.  She has 30+ years’ experience in the towing industry.

Joanne has been a long standing member of TRAA and has served on many committees including the Education Committee, Finance, TIM and the By-Laws committee. She also served as TRAA 4th VP from 2009-2011. Joanne is a member of WTRAA. Because of her commitment to TRAA and WTRAA Joanne was awarded the Tow Woman of the Year in 2013. This is the greatest honor a woman can receive in the towing industry.

She continues to contribute to the towing industry by serving on the board of the Montana Tow Truck Association and is President of the local Yellowstone Valley Tow Truck Association.  She asks for your vote so that she can bring her experience and continued dedication to TRAA by serving as your TRAA 1st Vice President.

Kathy Sellner – Candidate for TRAA 1st Vice President
Greetings fellow TRAA members!  My name is Kathy Sellner, I am currently the 3rd Vice President for TRAA for 4 years and would like to continue on the board as 1st Vice President.  I have attended all meetings as well as many US wide tow shows and the only Director to go to the Tow Summit.  We have 3 locations in Wisconsin offering light to heavy duty towing, recovery, environmental clean-up and repairs.  We have been in business for 19 years.  I continue to practice in my Bachelor’s Degree as a Registered Nurse. I support our Wisconsin Towing Association by heading the children’s party and recovery demonstrations at the tow show. I remain TRAA certified as well as my husband Bill with TRAA level 3.  I have been the chair of the Bylaws Committee and on other committees.  For the first time in about 10 years, I was able to successfully make a bylaw change.  There is a new change of the bylaws on your ballot for housekeeping purposes to keep us up to date.  I am thankful for the help of the bylaws committee to make this happen.  I have been able to assist TRAA with the selection of our new Executive Director by being on the committee.  I have gone to Virginia for personal interviews for the Director position.  I have cleaned out the TRAA offices, helped reorganize our organization and cleaned out the storage room twice.  This has all been volunteer and my own expenses with my Can-do spirit.  I do this because I believe in TRAA. Our team has brought TRAA to a positive account balance! We have cut many areas of expenses, I paid 10 years of dues in advance, and we are back on track and are strong! I am a SHRPS2 instructor and a TIM instructor, I have already implemented my training.  My goal is to increase the awareness of safety for towing operators as a component of the classes.  I continue to be a supportive member of WTRAA as well. TRAA has an excellent team, we have moved to a positive account balance with an energetic and enthusiastic group.   I am confident that I am the best candidate for 1st Vice President!  I would like to encourage and invite you to please vote for Kathy Sellner, 1st Vice President to help me continue and promote TRAA.

2nd Vice President

Frank Gentilquore – Candidate for TRAA 2nd Vice President
My name is Frank Gentilquore of Florida. I have served as TRAA 4th Vice President for two terms and am currently a candidate for the position of TRAA 2nd Vice President.

I have been involved in many aspects of the towing industry for nearly 40 years. I am the newly elected 2nd Vice President to the Professional Wrecker Operators of Florida (PWOF) board and have served in several other capacities with PWOF, SSTA, Palm Beach, Collier and Lee Counties, FEMA, Florida TIM, NTIMC, I-95 Coalition, Florida Safety Council, as well as the TRAA Education Committee, TRAA Education Foundation and IITR as Member at Large. I am the Director of Training for Sunshine State Towing Association (SSTA) and an air cushion instructor for Sava. I am also a three time recipient of the American Towman” Order of the Towman Award”.

Education has been a driving force in my career. I have attended well over 50 training and certification programs and have shared my knowledge with local fire departments (TICE, Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Naples and Estero, FL). Education is critical for industry safety and is the foundation to professionalize the towing industry.

I feel that I have brought a fresh perspective to the Board and have had a positive impact. I am asking for your vote so that I will have the opportunity to continue representing all of you on the TRAA Board of Directors as TRAA 2nd Vice President.

3rd Vice President

Tom Brennan – Candidate for TRAA 3rd Vice President
Thomas A. Brennan owner and President of T & T Inc. of NY Towing and Road Service in Cohoes, New York has been in the towing and recovery industry for over 28 years.  In 1987 he started his business with one tow truck and has grown into a multi-service towing, transport, road service and storage company.

Tom is not just a business owner, but a proponent for safety and education for tow truck drivers as well as first responders and maintenance crews.  Tom works tirelessly with organizations within government, law enforcement, first responders and safety organizations to improve the safety of towers and educate the general public.  He also sponsors hands-on safety and educational training sessions that bring together all aspects of incidence response.  Tom helped with the coordination for the enhanced “Move Over Law” in New York State to include tow truck drivers.

Tom has been trained by the top instructors in the towing profession, including Thomas Luciano, Joseph Sroga, Wes Wilburn and Ross Kinman, and continually upgrades his training. He is a licensed New York State Inspector for light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles.

Tom is in his third year as President of the Empire State Towing and Recovery Association (ESTRA), he has been a past treasurer and served on the board of directors.  Tom is a member of the Towing and Recovery Association of America (TRAA), the NY representative for the Conference of Northeast Towing Associations (CNTA).   He is also the ESTRA State Director to the Towing and Recovery Association of America (TRAA).

Tom and his wife Terri are soon going to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary and are blessed with 2 daughters, Katie and Jennifer.

4th Vice President

Mike Irwin – Candidate for TRAA 4th Vice President
My name is Michael Irwin of South Dakota.  I am currently serving my third term as Vice President of the South Dakota Professional Towing Association.  I am serving my 15th year on my local town’s planning and zoning board.  My memberships include TRAA, South Dakota Professional Towing Association and the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum.

I am a proud TRAA Level 3 Certified Heavy Duty Recovery Specialist and WreckMaster 4/5 certified.  I have been Co-Owner and Manager of M & W Towing & Recovery, Inc. for 15 years offering light to heavy duty towing and recovery.  I am currently serving on the TRAA Motor Club Communication Committee.  Since I became TRAA Level 3 Certified, I have been participating on the Level 3 oral testing.  I enjoy working with the members of the TRAA board of directors and would like a chance to serve on the board and bring a fresh perspective to a constantly changing industry.

Treasurer

Mike Holland – Candidate for TRAA Treasurer
My name is Mike Holland and I am running for re-election as TRAA Treasurer and am asking for your support. I have attended all TRAA meetings and participated on all TRAA executive board conference calls. I have had the pleasure of working closely with TRAA officers and have been pleased to report a budget of positive growth over the past few years.

I have been operating a towing/wrecker service since 1968 and have been a member of TRAA, TRAG and GPTRA since the early 1980’s. I have held several offices in the Georgia State Association and TRAA over several years. I am a lifetime member of the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

I believe in attending meetings and supporting towing associations and the towing industry. I ask for your vote to re-elect me as TRAA Treasurer.

Mike Wildman – Candidate for TRAA Treasurer
Why do I want to be Treasurer of TRAA? It’s quite simple. It’s time to give back, to an industry that’s provided for my family. Consolidated Towing Inc. is a full service company, with 24 employees operating 23 units. Our own Dispatch Center operates 24/7, dispatching over 35,000 calls a year. With family continually assuming more responsibilities, my time commitment at the company is taking a different direction. Sixty and eighty plus hours a week, long the norm, are now looking more reasonable. Whatever that is. After forty plus years in the Towing and Recovery industry, I’m not sure what reasonable is but I’m looking forward to it.

I have been the President and Chairman of my State Association, as well as the State Director to TRAA for the last 20 years. During the last 27 years, I have sat on numerous committees: including the Executive Committee as a Presidential Appointee, Legislative, Education, Election and the past Chair and current member of the TIM. I’m an instructor for the State of Oregon DOT in quick clearance procedures and the Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards & Training for First Responders in Crash Reconstruction. I’m Incident Command & NIMS trained; with Hazardous Material certification @ Technician level and a Federal Highway endorsed Trainer in Traffic Incident Management Concepts.

First and foremost, I am not a bean counter. As an owner of depreciating assets (not counting land), I believe in spending plans that are flexible. Remember, “It’s not how much you make, it’s how much you get to keep.” I’ve known my opponent for a long time. I consider him a friend. He has given his time to this Association in many different capacities and done it to the best of his ability. With that said; it’s time for a change, to re-shuffle the deck with fresh blood and new ideas. Einstein said, “Insanity:  doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

With that said, thank you for taking the time to read this. I ask for your vote as the next Treasurer of TRAA.


Frank Gentilquore, Gay Rochester and Ron Myers, members of the TRAA board and TRAA TIM committee attended the Tri-State (OH/PA/WV) TIM Conference on October 15, 2014 in Wintersville, OH.

Responders from all disciplines focused on the safe, quick clearance of traffic incidents and responder safety attended this first-of-its-kind tri-state conference. The theme for the event was “The Case for TIM: Improving Incident Response, Communication & Safety.”


 TRAA 2015 Election Slate

Ballots for the upcoming election will be mailed to all TRAA regular members in good standing no later than March 11, 2015.

President:    

Joe Pedigo
Jeff Roskopf

1st VP:          

 Kathy Sellner
 Joanne Blyton

2nd VP:         

Frank Gentilquore

3rd VP:          

Tom Brennan

4th VP:          

Mike Irwin

Treasurer:      

Mike Holland
Mike Wildman


TRAA 2015 Election Nomination Notice

NOTICE OF NOMINATIONS

Notice is hereby given by the nominating committee of the Towing and Recovery Association of America that nominations are now being accepted for all positions of the Executive Board. All nominations must be submitted no later than December 11, 2014.

The nominating committee shall solicit potential candidates in the National Towing News at least 150 days prior to the annual meeting. The annual meeting for this election will be held in Orlando, FL on April 10, 2015, making November 11, 2014, the solicit date.

The nominating committee shall complete its selection of candidates at least 120 days prior to the annual meeting making December 11, 2014, the due date for the slate of officers.

• A candidate must have attended two of the last three Annual Meetings.
• A candidate must be a member of his State Association if there is one.
• A candidate for office must be a Regular Member of TRAA in good standing at the time of their nomination,
election and during their term in office.
• A candidate for President of TRAA shall have served at least two terms as an Officer of TRAA.
• There may be more than one candidate nominated for each position.

To submit a nomination or should you have any questions please contact Alan Gregg in writing at dakotatowingservice@mchsi.com.

Respectfully submitted,

Alan Gregg
Nominating Committee Chair


 Move Over Law Billboard in FL

Staff, friends and volunteers from the charity Towers with a Heart, Inc. have sponsored a billboard that is now up on the Florida Turnpike & 595 Express Lanes Interchange in Broward County, Fl.

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 Donny Mesaros Leadership Program

Florence, Kentucky – September 22, 2014 – Interstar Fleet Services Towing Division is honored to publish our recent announcement of the Donny Mesaros Leadership Gift Program in Arlington, VA on March 21, 2014 at the TRAA Legislative and Leadership Conference. We have committed for an annual $500.00 gift to a recipient from the towing industry. These monies can be used to attend the annual TRAA conference or other education offerings by TRAA. Applications will be available beginning in June 2014 on the TRAA, TRAO and Interstar websites. Donny was a great leader in the towing community and an integral part of our strong relationships with the towers in Ohio. We will miss him and all the wonderful qualities he shared with so many. This annual gift will help continue his legacy of leadership. Please contact Gay Rochester, GM Interstar Towing Division, at grochester@interstar.com or 704-902-0883 for additional information.

Donny Mesaros was a great leader in the towing industry. His selfless acts to share knowledge and offer assistance to the towing community were an inspiration to many. He had vison and hope for a unified tow industry serving to the benefit of all.

He served in varied positions for the TRAO (Towing Recovery Association of Ohio), and was the current President at the time of his death. Donny was also very active at National level with TRAA (Towing Recovery Association of America.)

Donny was equally committed to sharing his time and service to his community. He responded to provide assistance in the aftermath of super storm Sandy, even as he was fighting his battle with cancer.

His was a tower of strength and left us all with a legacy of leadership to follow.

Donny Mesaros Leadership Program Nomination Form


Association of the Year Award

awards - red carpetTRAA will be honoring an Affiliate State Association each year with our NEW Association of the Year Award starting in 2015. Details and nomination forms are now available! TRAA Association of the Year Nomination Form 2015


WTRAA 2014 Tow Woman of the Year

2014 Tow Woman of the Year

www.wtraa.orgWashington, DC, September 23, 2014– Each year, the Women of Towing & Recovery Association of America (WTRAA) presents the Tow Woman of the Year Award to an industry advocate in recognition of their commitment to the goals of WTRAA and efforts to improve the towing industry in general.

The highest honor that WTRAA can bestow upon one of its members is the Tow Woman of the Year Award.  On September 19th this year’s “crown” was awarded to Gaynell (Gay) Rochester by the previous year’s recipient Joanne Blyton of Billings Montana.

Gay has been involved in the towing industry for over 32 years and during that time has worn many hats and served in many capacities giving her a well-rounded prospective on our industry. Her mission is to do her part to improve the towing industry for everyone and our future generations.

Gay developed the Towing Program for Interstar Fleet Services and serves as its General Manager. She also consults as a Transportation Incident Management Specialist to governmental and private agencies in regard to operations, safety, crash clearance and towing best practices. In an effort to provide solutions, Gay’s company Middle Ground Resolutions works with transportation, insurance and towing companies facilitating communication and better understanding. And if that is not enough she and her husband run a successful towing business in North Carolina.

WTRAA is near and dear to her heart. Gay and her husband Ed, are blessed with 5 daughters, the youngest Molly and her husband are currently apprenticing into the family towing business. Gay is well aware the road blocks that women can face and tirelessly encourages those around her to speak to their strengths and grow to their potential.

Gay has been an active member of WTRAA for many years and now serves as its 2nd Vice President. In an effort to raise awareness of WTRAA and the WTRAA Education/Scholarship Fund, Gay turned her love of all things Christmas into a WTRAA fundraiser. Each year the holidays arrive just a bit early in Baltimore and all are marveled by her annual Holiday Spectacular Open House display.

Education is a priority for Gay. The WTRAA Business Development Series came out of a casual conversation and she went on to Chair the committee. Gay graciously sponsored three of these successful seminars that covered a variety of topics most importantly focusing on women.

Gay is one of the most selfless people anyone can ever know and WTRAA is proud to crown her 2014 Tow Woman of the Year.

The Women of the Towing & Recovery Association of America was established in 1981 as an affiliate of the Towing & Recovery Association of America (TRAA).  Its goals are to provide financial aid to the TRAA, support women in the towing industry and grant scholarships to children of towing professionals to further their education.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Joanne Blyton at joanne@billingstowingandrepair.com.


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2014 TRAA Fall Board Meeting – International Towing & Recovery Museum, Chattanooga TN

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“NEW” 2015 TRAA 50 State Round Up – FL Tow Show, Orlando FL

Thursday-April 9, 2015 – 10-Noon

All State Towing Associations will be invited to participate in an association round table to discuss mutual issues, share their wisdom and knowledge with other states and network. This will be an opportunity for the state association to interact with TRAA so that we can better serve our Affiliate State Members.

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November 21, 2014
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