Towing Legend Voting

Recognizing The Titans of Towing

Learn about the 12 Titans of Towing & Vote Below.

 

 

Name of Towing Legend Entry

Jimmy Southers

Tell us why you think they should win The Towing Legend of the Year Title?

I HAVE WORKED AS A DISPATCHER FOR JIMMY FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS HE IS A VERY HONEST HARD WORKING PROFESSIONAL, HE IS VERY DEDICATED TO TOWING AND LOVES WHAT HE DOES NO MATTER IF ITS 2:00AM OR 2:00PM HE IS ALWAYS QUICKLY READILY AVAILABLE TO HELP YOU OUT IF STRANDED, I HAVE WITNESSED HIM TRAIN MANY OTHER YOUNG MEN WHO HAVE A DESIRE TO WORK IN THE TOWING INDUSTRY, AFTER 40 YEARS OF OUTSTANDING SERVICE HE TRULY IS A TOWING LEGEND!!

To learn more about Jimmy Southers click on his name below.

JIMMY SOUTHERS

JIMMY southers
Living

AUTO TOWING & REPAIR
(1 to 5 years) (5 to 10 years) (11 to 15 years) (16 to 20 years) (20 years+)
Length In Industry

 

OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST 40 YEARS IN THE TOWING INDUSTRY JIMMY HAS ALWAYS WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND TO HELP PEOPLE, NUMEROUS TIMES HE HAS HAD TO LIFT A VEHICLE IN ORDER TO FREE THE OCCUPANTS AFTER BEING EJECTED FROM THE VEHICLE, JUST THIS PAST WINTER JIMMY RESPONDED TO CALL AT 2:00AM FOR A DISABLED VEHICLE ON THE INTERSTATE THERE WERE 2 ADULTS AND A NEWBORN BABY IN THE VEHICLE THE PASSENGERS DIDNT HAVE MONEY FOR A HOTEL ROOM SO JIMMY PAID FOR THEM A ROOM FOR 2 DAYS.
FEATURED IN TOW TIMES MAGAZINE OCTOBER 2012 VOLUME 30 FEATURED IN AMERICAN TOWMAN SEPTEMBER 2013 FEATURED IN TOW PROFESSIONAL VOLUME 5 ISSUE 2 IN 2016
JIMMY IS AN INDUSTRY LEADER WHO IS CURRENTLY PRESIDENT OF THE ROANOKE CHAPTER VATRO (VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION TOWING RECOVERY OPERATORS) HE IS VERY DEDICATED TO THE TOWING INDUSTRY.
EACH YEAR JIMMY DONATES MONEY TO THE NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION HOSPICE, FOR THE PAST 5 YEARS HE HAS HELPED THE LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL IN PERFORMING A MOCK WRECK TO RAISE AWARNESS REGUARDING DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE THIS IS USUALLY DONE AROUND PROM TIME
JIMMY CURRENTLY HOLDS WRECK MASTER CERTIFICATION AND FINISHED TOP OF THE CLASS, HE HAS ALSO SUCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE TIMS TRAINING, JIMMY ALSO HOLDS MANY NUMEROUS AWARDS FROM THE LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS SUCH AS OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD.
BEING IN THE INDUSTRY FOR THE PAST 40 YEARS MR. SOUTHERS HAS OPERATED MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF TOW TRUCKS
I HAVE WORKED AS A DISPATCHER FOR JIMMY FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS HE IS A VERY HONEST HARD WORKING PROFESSIONAL, HE IS VERY DEDICATED TO TOWING AND LOVES WHAT HE DOES NO MATTER IF ITS 2:00AM OR 2:00PM HE IS ALWAYS QUICKLY READILY AVAILABLE TO HELP YOU OUT IF STRANDED, I HAVE WITNESSED HIM TRAIN MANY OTHER YOUNG MEN WHO HAVE A DESIRE TO WORK IN THE TOWING INDUSTRY, AFTER 40 YEARS OF OUTSTANDING SERVICE HE TRULY IS A TOWING LEGEND!!

Name of Towing Legend Entry

Jim Stepp

Tell us why you think they should win The Towing Legend of the Year Title?

Jim Stepp is/was Towing. He lived and breathed and loved Towing. He truly is a legend in the Towing World as well as in our community for being a stand up, honest and honorable man. He was a true family man and didn’t neglect either of his loves. He was the one our competitors wanted to keep up with, beat as well as duplicate. This was never just a job to him. It was in his blood and is in his son’s blood who is now taking over the business. Thank you for considering Jim for Towing Legend of the Year. If you had an honor for a Towing Legend of the Century- I would enter him again. I would think there would be very few applicants with the number of years Jim had being committed to the Towing industry. Thanks for your consideration

To learn more about Jim Stepp click on his name below.

JIM STEPP

Name of Towing Legend Entry

Jim Stepp

Living or Deceased? Deceased

Did they pass away in the line of duty? No

Company Name Stepp’s Towing & Heavy Transport

Length In Industry (20 years+)

Tell us about any heroic efforts performed by this operator.

Jim Stepp started Stepp’s Towing with one truck at a service station in 1960. Stepp’s is now one of the largest towing operations in the country. There are so many interesting stories of peril, amazing recoveries, lives saved and some pretty odd situations at that. Jim was an incredibly humble man who would say they were all in the line of duty. He never thought anything was above and beyond the call. That is just who he was. One thing that could be considered outside of the norm would be that when law enforcement or fire departments call for an extraction, we do not charge them. Jim (and remains the philosophy of the family) always felt that you cannot put a price on these situations. I don’t know of any other towing company that actually does this. Jim passed away this year on April 24, 2017. He was a hero to many, just in the way he stayed true to the early culture in regard to the brotherhood of towing even when the culture was changing around him. He is going to be greatly missed in the industry. Rumor has it, he was somewhat of a celebrity in the industry as well.

News worthy stories. http://www.fox13news.com/news/local-news/255053507-story https://omadi.com/category/news/ Or upload a file of the story.

How have they made the towing industry better? Absolutely. Jim was the first to purchase a rotator in the country. He wanted to have the best equipment to serve. Not ego driven, but to be the very best in the business.Provide the best equipment for his team as well. We continue to set new standards that will only drive the competition to do better as well, in order to stay competitive. It can only be good for the industry overall. Stepp’s has moved forward from a technological standpoint as well. i.e. -Omadi software being one of them. Based on the legacy, work ethic and principle Jim set the foundation for, we will continue to move forward and be an industry leader.

Charitable causes: Shriners Children’s Hospital. Police, Fire, Sheriff’s departments charities. The Jackson in Action Foundation – supporting Military families. Hillsborough County School District – Best Turnaround School. Pediatric Cancer. Because of Jason Foundation to name a few.Too many to list. I am the Community Relations Director for the Company. The community outreach is so extensive, they need a management position to keep things moving forward and to maintain the desire to support our community heavily.

Certifications TRAA. PWOF. SMART2. TIM. HAZ WHOOPER RISC

Innovations https://omadi.com/category/news/. The article talks about how we have moved forward technologically. (using Omadi Software) As stated before, We were the first to buy a rotator in the country will added a whole new capacity to our business. We’ve also grown in the area of Environmental Response, Heavy Transport, Logistics, Salvage as well.

Tell us why you think they should win The Towing Legend of the Year Title? Jim Stepp is/was Towing. He lived and breathed and loved Towing. He truly is a legend in the Towing World as well as in our community for being a stand up, honest and honorable man. He was a true family man and didn’t neglect either of his loves. He was the one our competitors wanted to keep up with, beat as well as duplicate. This was never just a job to him. It was in his blood and is in his son’s blood who is now taking over the business. Thank you for considering Jim for Towing Legend of the Year. If you had an honor for a Towing Legend of the Century- I would enter him again. I would think there would be very few applicants with the number of years Jim had being committed to the Towing industry. Thanks for your consideration.

Name of Towing Legend Entry

Steve Enfield

Tell us why you think they should win The Towing Legend of the Year Title?

Steve works very hard to provide for his family. However, his customers take the priority even over certain family events and functions. He never takes a day off, or an hour, for that matter. His entire lifestyle revolves around his customers. It would be nice for someone to show him some appreciation for the contribution to the industry and the sacrifices that he has made.

To learn more about Steve Enfield click on his name below.

Steve Enfield
  • Steve Enfield
    • Living
  • A1 Rescue Towing & Recovery
  • (1 to 5 years) (5 to 10 years) (11 to 15 years) (16 to 20 years) (20 years+)
    Length In Industry
  • Tow trucks are used for more than just hauling cars and trucks. We were in the process of moving our family from one house to another. The flatbed was loaded down with household furniture when something in a deep ditch caught Steve’s attention. Never turning down an opportunity to help someone in need; Steve stopped and found a vehicle had driven off the road and into a tree. The car was barely visible from the road. The person inside was barely breathing and coughing blood. One of our other drivers called 911. Steve did everything he could to help the unconscious driver until a medical team arrived. To this day we do not know who the person was or his condition.
  • To the Editor: I pass through Mora regularly during the autumn as I travel from St. Cloud to N.E. Pine County. I sometimes stop for fuel, beverages, food and the like. Everyone is always friendly and helpful. This past Saturday further proved the friendliness and helpfulness of your community. As I passed through my trailer had two flat tires. I pulled into a station off TH23 to examine the damaged tires. As I wondered about my predicament, a sheriff’s deputy with “City of Mora” on the squad car pulled up alongside me. He greeted me while I asked, “did someone call in and say there was some idiot driving down the highway with two flat tires?” He replied, “Something like that” with a smile. The friendly deputy contacted his dispatch center who then contacted A-1 Towing. The nice gentleman and his young son from A-1 Towing were there to pick-up my trailer in a few minutes. For a fair cost, the trailer was taken up the road to Glen’s Tire that was closing in ½ hour. I suggested that I could leave my trailer so the tires could be replaced. The reply to me was, “no, we’re about to close but we’ll get you on the road in a few minutes. About 15 minutes later, for a fair cost, I was on the road with two new tires. Thank you to all involved (including the people that called 911) that saved my weekend trip from disaster. I was only delayed an hour for what elsewhere might have been overnight or longer. I’ll be stopping in Mora more in the future. Michael Williams St. Cloud
  • Most people think towing companies are just out for another payday. When a person’s vehicle breaks down and they have no money they panic and don’t always know what to do. Steve has a heart of gold and won’t leave anyone stranded even for their inability to pay. Steve will work out payment plans, give discounts, or just request that they tell their friends. If Steve could survive on thank you’s alone; he would.
  • Steve’s makes certain he is involved in the “Touch A Truck” program every year. He loves watching the little kid’s faces when they climb all over his trucks. He also sponsors a 6 year old go-kart racer. (Pictured with Steve below.)
  • Steve is almost 100% self taught over the past 20 or so years. He teaches others the lessons he’s learned over this time. Steve holds a class A CDL and has his diploma in the Repossessor’s Comprehensive Training Program. The 2015 American Towman Ace Award for Service Excellence. Best of the Best Towing Company; Reader’s Choice winner.
  • Steve has devised the quickest, most efficient, and safest ways to clear scenes and cover call volume without jeopardizing the safety of his customers or his crew. Steve comes from a generation that didn’t have accessible Wreck Master classes and things of that nature. Some of the equipment, spikes for example, are of his own invention.
  • Steve works very hard to provide for his family. However, his customers take the priority even over certain family events and functions. He never takes a day off, or an hour, for that matter. His entire lifestyle revolves around his customers. It would be nice for someone to show him some appreciation for the contribution to the industry and the sacrifices that he has made.

Name of Towing Legend Entry

Freddie Scroggs

Tell us why you think they should win The Towing Legend of the Year Title?

Freddie was truly a legend. Two years later his coworkers still wear his patch on their jackets. He was loved by all, including the police and firemen he assisted. He will never be forgotten.

To learn more about Freddie Scroggs click on his name below.

Freddie Scroggs
  • Freddie Scroggs
    • Deceased
    • Yes
    • Their Family
  •  (734) 6584681
  • gcmulrooney@yahoo.com
  • Westland. Car care
  • (1 to 5 years) (5 to 10 years) (11 to 15 years) (16 to 20 years) (20 years+)
    Length In Industry
  • Saved a woman’s life moments before he died
  • Died in the line of duty, saved a woman’s life.
  • Leader in the industry. Loved his job. Kicked ass everyday
  • Was involved in animal rescue.
  • Freddie was truly a legend. Two years later his coworkers still wear his patch on their jackets. He was loved by all, including the police and firemen he assisted. He will never be forgotten

Name of Towing Legend Entry

Robert Oravec

Tell us why you think they should win The Towing Legend of the Year Title?

Robert should win The Towing Legend of the Year Title because he has spent 40 years in the towing industry and helped countless people during his time as a towing manager. Robert has knowledge that he passes down to younger generations of workers that come to work for Sirl’s Automotive and makes sure that they understand that their job truly does help people who are in a helpless situation. He worries for all of his employees when they are on the road because he wants for all of them to return home safely and come back to their families. While Robert has helped countless people over his 40 years of towing service, he has also had to watch people perish right in front of his eyes. On one of the very first calls he was ever sent on, he sat and talked to a person who had been crushed by their steering wheel and were bleeding internally. He kept them calm and continued to have them talk to him until the paramedics came to rescue him from the car, he unfortunately lost his life that day. The life of a tow truck driver is not glamorous and is often a very thankless profession. Other’s often fail to see the burden that individual’s in the towing profession take on and Robert has had to tackle countless burden’s as a tow truck driver, such as missing important family functions because he was called out to a police call or arriving home daily with his tow truck because he’s never truly off the clock, but his passion for the job is what drives him.  He started his career in 1977 when cars were far more simple and less advanced, but throughout the years he has learned how to adapt to new technology and cars and attends as many training’s as he can to learn about how to safely deal with new cars. While Robert doesn’t believe that what he’s doing is anything out of the ordinary, there are a few honors he’s received that highlight how much he has done for the towing community. The company has received the ACE award twice and Robert was called to receive that award both times. He also received the Order of the Towman award in 2014 and has since then become a captain of the Order. While other towing professionals may have other certifications that Robert does not, they do not have the drive and heart that he does. He is always willing to help people no matter what he has going on in his own life and has knowledge about the job that not many other people possess. The true mark of a Hero is someone who doesn’t believe what they have done was truly anything out of the ordinary. That trait can be extended to Robert as well because when people call him a Hero, he doesn’t see himself as such because he sees his actions as something that anyone else would have done had they been there. He is not only a tow truck driver, but also a loving husband and supportive father to his two children who have watched him work countless holiday’s and birthday’s because he had to. Robert should win the Towing Legend of the Year Title because the knowledge that he possesses about the job is timeless and he spends his time educating new comers to the field about how to be safe. He is also dedicated to the field and also loves his job and that shows in the work that he does every single day.

To learn more about Robert Oravec click on his name below.

Robert Oravec
  • Robert Oravec
    • Living
  • Sirl’s Automotive
  • (1 to 5 years) (5 to 10 years) (11 to 15 years) (16 to 20 years) (20 years+)
    Length In Industry
  • During an accident call that Robert was called out to he saved a young woman’s life by prying her door open and getting her safely out of her car. The woman was trapped in her car and unable to get out due to where her car was hit and the fire personal were not on the scene of the accident yet. Robert took it upon himself to get the crow bar he kept on hand in his tow truck and used that to pry her door open and free her from her car. The woman continuously thanked him for saving her and he humbly told her that he was simply just doing his job. There was another instance in which Robert was on his way to a call that was dispatched to him but he came upon a car that was broken down and smoking. Within seconds, the car had erupted in flames because the coolant in the car had been ignited by the exhaust system. Robert pulled off to the side of the road and saw that there was still a person in the car. He grabbed his fire extinguished from his tow truck, opened the hood and put the fire out and shortly there after the police arrived. The person was extremely grateful for Robert’s help because he had saved his life since he was not completely aware that a fire had started under the hood of his car. One day Robert was called out to a scene on Ames Road and Ridgewood and a person was trapped in their car. EMS services were already on the scene and were using the jaws of life to try and get the steering column of the person. The fire department couldn’t get the steering column up enough off the person so he used the tow truck to support the car and used the wench cable around the steering column to lift it up further to gain access to the person so the fire department could get the person out of the car. By using the wench cable to pull the steering column up enough, it gave the paramedics enough access to pull the person out of the car and give them the medical attention that they need.
  • Robert has taken the initiative at Sirl’s Automotive, where he has been the Towing Manger for 40 years, to make sure that all of his tow truck drivers are educated on how to properly and safely use the towing equipment they are given. From the first day on the job they are taught that there are no short cuts to towing cars and taught how to safely strap each car down and are told that they need to strap every car they tow, no exceptions to ensure their safety, the cars safety, and everyone else’s safety. Robert has also spread the word about the “Move Over” initiative by talking with customers and employees about the law and letting his drivers know they should block other tow trucks or emergencies vehicles if they feel they are in a dangerous area to ensure they do not get injured or lose their life on the job. Robert also supports the fire department and emergency crews of Parma and Parma Heights by supplying them with vehicles for practice and safety seminars. He also donates cars to the local high schools during their Prom Safety week to show students what can happen if they drink and drive. Robert and Sirl’s Automotive is one of the few companies that run an impound lot that will make deals or help customers out when they are struggling financially instead of just having their car get disposed of. They would rather have that person pay a lesser amount to be able to get to and from work.
  • Robert and Sirl’s Automotive donates funds to the SWAT yearly outings which generates money for their equipment for their program. They also donate money to the Knights of Columbus when they are hosting events for different charitable causes that they hold. Robert and the company also donates money to the Veterans of Foreign War which helps support Veterans. Robert also tries to help out as many Veterans that he can by giving them discounts and deals when they come in and are struggling to pay for a tow or work done on their car.
  • Robert has the Automotive ASC certifications.
  • Robert should win The Towing Legend of the Year Title because he has spent 40 years in the towing industry and helped countless people during his time as a towing manager. Robert has knowledge that he passes down to younger generations of workers that come to work for Sirl’s Automotive and makes sure that they understand that their job truly does help people who are in a helpless situation. He worries for all of his employees when they are on the road because he wants for all of them to return home safely and come back to their families. While Robert has helped countless people over his 40 years of towing service, he has also had to watch people perish right in front of his eyes. On one of the very first calls he was ever sent on, he sat and talked to a person who had been crushed by their steering wheel and were bleeding internally. He kept them calm and continued to have them talk to him until the paramedics came to rescue him from the car, he unfortunately lost his life that day. The life of a tow truck driver is not glamorous and is often a very thankless profession. Other’s often fail to see the burden that individual’s in the towing profession take on and Robert has had to tackle countless burden’s as a tow truck driver, such as missing important family functions because he was called out to a police call or arriving home daily with his tow truck because he’s never truly off the clock, but his passion for the job is what drives him.  He started his career in 1977 when cars were far more simple and less advanced, but throughout the years he has learned how to adapt to new technology and cars and attends as many training’s as he can to learn about how to safely deal with new cars. While Robert doesn’t believe that what he’s doing is anything out of the ordinary, there are a few honors he’s received that highlight how much he has done for the towing community. The company has received the ACE award twice and Robert was called to receive that award both times. He also received the Order of the Towman award in 2014 and has since then become a captain of the Order. While other towing professionals may have other certifications that Robert does not, they do not have the drive and heart that he does. He is always willing to help people no matter what he has going on in his own life and has knowledge about the job that not many other people possess. The true mark of a Hero is someone who doesn’t believe what they have done was truly anything out of the ordinary. That trait can be extended to Robert as well because when people call him a Hero, he doesn’t see himself as such because he sees his actions as something that anyone else would have done had they been there. He is not only a tow truck driver, but also a loving husband and supportive father to his two children who have watched him work countless holiday’s and birthday’s because he had to. Robert should win the Towing Legend of the Year Title because the knowledge that he possesses about the job is timeless and he spends his time educating new comers to the field about how to be safe. He is also dedicated to the field and also loves his job and that shows in the work that he does every single day.

Name of Towing Legend Entry

Jim Hampton

Tell us why you think they should win The Towing Legend of the Year Title?

Jim should be The Towing Legend of the Year because he started as a tow truck operator in 1988 and after determining his real passion in life was to own a towing company, so he pursued the purchase of the company in 2005 and has continued to grow it ever since.  You can often hear Jim on the radio sharing how his primary business is ‘taking care of customer and towing is simply the profession I chose to do it.”  Not only is the most trusted towing and roadside service company in downstate Illinois, he continues to improve the industry’s image and standards of how to best take care of the customer.  Not only has he been awarded the AAA Motor Club ‘Service Excellence Award’ four years in a row, he had more than 100 5-Star Google reviews, a level unmatched in most of the United States.

To learn more about Jim Hampton click on his name below.

Jim Hampton
  • Jim Hampton
    • Living
  • Tatman’s Towing
  • (1 to 5 years) (5 to 10 years) (11 to 15 years) (16 to 20 years) (20 years+)
    Length In Industry
  • I don’t know if Jim has saved any lives, but he and his ‘roadside heroes’ can be found 24 hours a day, 7-days a week running modern, well-maintained equipment throughout east Central Illinois.  His motto of being the ‘most trusted towing and roadside service company in downstate Illinois’ can be heard out of the mouths of police officers, hospital security officers, moms and customers all across the area.  One thing is for sure, with the background checks, the high standards of hire and stringent interview criteria of Tatman’s Towing, when you see one of their trucks/drivers, you know the day can only get better.   Although I don’t know if he’s saved a life, I do know he has helped roll a tractor off of a gentleman; he was trying to load his tractor on a trailer and it rolled over and onto him.  Jim and his equipment was able to relieve the gentleman and recover the equipment.  There was also  time when a van full of family ran off the road and into a pond and patron, Jim and his crew were able to recover the vehicle and take care of the passengers until help medics arrived.
  • Yes, is always performing news worthy stories, though not often ‘in the news’.  With the many charitable causes, parades hauling the winning sports team and donating time and equipment to local events, Jim is often part of new worthy stores, but not in the lime light.  He does, however, make it a point to thank others who do. For instance, after the Polar Vortex of 2014, Tatman’s Towing’s team of roadside heroes had pulled many fire trucks, ambulances and national guard vehicles off of ramps and out of ditches, even with the roads closed.  Not taking the credit himself, he created and paid for a Thank You commercial to all the first responders for working together during this critical time to keep our community safe and operational.
  • Jim is constantly striving to improve the industry from his ‘hire up’ philosophy of making sure every hire is better than the average of his crew, to working with local authorities to ensure the rotation criteria for police ensure reliable, trusted companies are on the list, to working with technology companies like Omadi to improve their software and ability to quickly and accurately retrieve information to better serve the customer; Jim’s attitude is there’s always a better way of doing it, and I’m going to find a way to do so.  More than half of his tickets are ‘non-towed’ services like battery replacements, fuel, lock-outs, tire changes, etc, but he even tows and relocates motorcycles, ATVs, equipment, playhouses, and a most recent addition bicycles for those caught in rural Illinois with a busted tire and no way home.
  • Jim and Tatman’s Towing can be found throughout east Central Illinois whether spending the night in a cardboard box to help raise money and awareness for the homeless via CU at Home, to sponsoring and moving equipment for the Crazy K which raises more than $300,000 for 15 local charities in Champaign County, to working directly with local fire departments hauling buses from St Louis to his property to be rolled over and extrication exercises performed to train our first responders; Jim is an active and integral part of our community.   Other notable events include the Free Ride Home for You and Your Car on New Year’s Eve as well as many local events like the Working Women’s Expo.http://www.cuathome.us/one-winter-night-2017/ http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2016-02-24/future-crazy-k-may-look-different.html
  • In addition to working early on with Omadi to customize the program for his operation including 4-corner photos pre and post call, pre and post shift inspections; the concept of even determining ‘profit per tow ticket’ was a revolutionary concept of the industry.  By accurately tracking, recording and calculating the operating costs by truck, he is able to know how much money is ‘made’ on each tow ticket using Omadi as the database.   Of course his dispatchers continue to use the GPS features, radios and cell phones to communicate effectively to the customer the response time with a philosophy of under promising and over delivering, but the drivers will often even take the passenger and their families to their final destinations as an added level of service.
  • Jim should be The Towing Legend of the Year because he started as a tow truck operator in 1988 and after determining his real passion in life was to own a towing company, so he pursued the purchase of the company in 2005 and has continued to grow it ever since.  You can often hear Jim on the radio sharing how his primary business is ‘taking care of customer and towing is simply the profession I chose to do it.”  Not only is the most trusted towing and roadside service company in downstate Illinois, he continues to improve the industry’s image and standards of how to best take care of the customer.  Not only has he been awarded the AAA Motor Club ‘Service Excellence Award’ four years in a row, he had more than 100 5-Star Google reviews, a level unmatched in most of the United States.

Name of Towing Legend Entry

Butch VanDyken

Tell us why you think they should win The Towing Legend of the Year Title?

Wow what can I say that I already have not. Butch’s passion for our industry is his life. He has missed so many holidays birthdays and so on over the past 30 years. His teachings are priceless. His ability to lead our industry forward in a good way should be noticed.

To learn more about Butch VanDyken click on his name below.

Butch VanDyken
  • Butch VanDyken
    • Living
  • Stepp’s Towing
  • Butch has been with Stepp’s Towing for 30 straight years. His dedication goes unnoticed. Butch has been running rotators since the beginning of them. All the hard lessons learned he passes on to us to help make us better operators. He also has a huge foot print on giving advice to the manufacturers on how to make equipment stronger safer for our industry. Butch has saved many lives being utilized by Hillsborough County Tampa Fire and rescue FHP all heavy rescues. This being done with no remote systems. I have heard many stories from all of the above how he has lifted heavy objects off people while their live was in Butch’s hands. The rigging the boom in the proper position. All success stories. Butch is now our Heavy Duty Manager. He will stand tall for you and let you know when you are wrong. He will teach you to be a better operator a better image for our industry. Butch promotes safety Honesty and most importantly family. Butch will do anything to help a fellow operator. His 30 Straight years at Stepp’s says it all. I hope you really consider Butch for this. Thank you.
  • Many Heavy rescues
  • Butch has made our industry better by training operators to be more safe honest and to treat all operators with respect. He a a huge mastermind in sharing has many concerns and ideas with manufacturers. Butch has been a loyal employee to the Stepp’s for 30 Straight years.
  • Butch has been involved in many First responders funerals. He has held our flag for Vetrans. He has done many training classes with fire departments FHP.
  • Many certificates for rigging as well as operating wreckers. Miller Rotator classes.
  • Yes Since the beginning of Rotators Butch has operated one every day since Can Do was put into service. Rotators today have many ideas from Butch.
  • Wow what can I say that I already have not. Butch’s passion for our industry is his life. He has missed so many holidays birthdays and so on over the past 30 years. His teachings are priceless. His ability to lead our industry foward in a good way should be noticed.

Name of Towing Legend Entry

Randy Nolen

Tell us why you think they should win The Towing Legend of the Year Title?

Randy is my husband and he works very hard to do his best at every job he does.  He has been in the business literally all of his life.  He has taught many people, including his two sons and two nephews the nature of the business.  Randy is honest and caring.

To learn more about Randy Nolen click on his name below.

Randy Nolen
  • Randy  Nolen
    • Living
  • Nolen Paint and Body Works/Nolen’s Towing and Recovery
  • (1 to 5 years) (5 to 10 years) (11 to 15 years) (16 to 20 years) (20 years+)
    Length In Industry
  • Randy’s father started the business in 1967 when Randy was just 6 years old.  Randy grew up in the body shop and wreckers.  As soon as he was able to drive his passion was Towing and Recovery.  Randy worked day and night, whenever the call came in he was always ready to go.  Through the years the business grew, Randy’s dad retired and Randy carried on the family business.  Growing to the point of 5 locations, 20+ Tow Trucks, Tractors, Trailers, and Service Trucks.  Randy also has two sons following in his footsteps and working in the business.   Randy received a call early one morning to assist a car on a new stretch of I-49. Upon arrival he activated the lights on the the truck and pulled to the shoulder in front of the car as the police officer was behind the car.  Randy walked to the car to access the situation when out of no where another car almost hitting the police officer, who jumped across the hood of his car and hit Randy as he was running to get out of harms way.  Randy had some injuries from that incident, but lived to tell his story.  He has had several close calls while assisting a broken down vehicle or working a wreck.  Randy also had a driver who was killed while hooking up to an 18-wheeler.  This is why the “Slow Down and Move Over Movement” is so important.
  • Just by being in it!!! Randy has owned and operated five (5) locations and currently owns and operate two (2) locations.  He has had many employees, many to come and go and come back again.
  • Randy works with schools, churches, Police Departments, etc. to help educate children and adults about not drinking and driving, drugs, and road awareness.  We also do mock wrecks with the Fire Department and MADD.
  • NRC Rotator Training various training certificates (I can’t remember them)
  • Randy is my husband and he works very hard to do his best at every job he does.  He has been in the business literally all of his life.  He has taught many people, including his two sons and two nephews the nature of the business.  Randy is honest and caring.

Name of Towing Legend Entry

Jerry Galyen

Tell us why you think they should win The Towing Legend of the Year Title?

Pops, out of those I know, deserves this more than anything. He was always a hard worker when he did tow and he still won’t give up. This man is definitely a legend in my book where this company is concerned.

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Jerry Galyen
  • Jerry Galyen
    • Living
  • S.T.A.R Towing
  • (1 to 5 years) (5 to 10 years) (11 to 15 years) (16 to 20 years) (20 years+)
    Length In Industry
  • Jerry, A.K.A. Pops, Galyen has been with S.T.A.R for several years, pretty much the beginning. He does all he can for the company and never meets a stranger. Recently, due to health issues, he’s not been able to do as much as he’d like. This is what he’s known for years and he’s really good at it. I think he deserves this for sure. Pops will give anyone the shirt off his back if needed. He’s just that type.
  • He don’t ever give up even being down in health
  • S.T.A.R. does a Christmas exchange every year where they pick families to take shopping who aren’t fully able to purchase Christmas gifts for their children and Pops helps out with it. This money is 100% from the company.
  • I know he’s got some but I do know that he goes to Chicago Motor Speedway to help with the big races there but, again, due to health he can’t.
  • Pops, out of those I know, deserves this more than anything. He was always a hard worker when he did tow and he still won’t give up. This man is definitely a legend in my book where this company is concerned.

Name of Towing Legend Entry

Bythal “Mac” McColgin

Tell us why you think they should win The Towing Legend of the Year Title?

Honestly I never got to meet my Grandfather “Mac” He passed away on my fathers birthday. November,22,1985. I remember my father telling me about him and how he wished I could’ve known him longer. I was only 7 months old when he passed. I got to see his picture on the wall at the Chattanooga Towing Museum. My father said before he passed he had 68 trucks in his fleet. His company was Trio Towing Service in OpaLocka, FL he also had Trio Wrecker Sales across the street where he was also a Century and Holmes dealer.Growing up and hearing the stories of my Grandfather is what got me involved in the towing industry and have now been doing it almost 10yrs.

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Bythal "Mac" McColgin
  • Bythal “Mac” McColgin
    • Deceased
    • No
  • Trio Towing Service
  • (1 to 5 years) (5 to 10 years) (11 to 15 years) (16 to 20 years) (20 years+)
    Length In Industry
  • It wasn’t too many years ago that the largest fleet of trucks in the nation was owned by MAC.                For a long period the most attractive recovery vehicle in the nation was a 750 put together and decorated by MAC.                At one time a vehicle owner left a car in the wrong place, and years later turned up a claim that MAC owed him a ton. The legal case resulting was a landmark one for Florida and has been cited in many jurisdictions. The outcome was unfavorable to MAC, but he bore the burden and caused a statute to be put on the books which helped the other operators in Florida.                When Mac tired of the pressures of operations he literally gave away contracts and business to his former competitors in Miami.                MAC opened a huge distributorship for Holmes and other lines in the Miami suburb of Opa Locka. Those who bought from him, found him fair and always willing to fill in with a spare in an emergency.                When P.W.O.F. started in 1977 one of the first visits the new executive made was to see MAC. MAC attended meetings and provided counsel, advice and support. At the 1978 inaugural at Daytona Beach,  MAC provided about twenty vehicles.                If Florida has a hero and an admiral pioneer, it is MAC. It is interesting to note that very few people knew his last name, but everyone knew MAC. Your author was proud to know this titan of the industry whose full name was Bythal L. McColgan.                But Mac is gone now. In 1984 he suffered a heart attack and finally sold the remainder of his distributorship. Then he joined his family at their mountain home in Asheville, NC. He had wanted to retire to that lovely spot for many years, and it is sad that he only had a year or so at the end to enjoy it.                On November 22nd, 1985 at the age of 69, MAC died at his Asheville home.
  • My Grandfather Mac was one of the original board members for the Professional wrecker operators of Florida (PWOF) Also implemented the Tow Away law statue.
  • The 1st to ever have a set of chrome wheels on a wrecker. The 1st to ever tow a city bus. He also had the 1st show wrecker built.
  • Honestly I never got to meet my Grandfather “Mac” He passed away on my fathers birthday. November,22,1985. I remember my father telling me about him and how he wished I could’ve known him longer. I was only 7 months old when he passed. I got to see his picture on the wall at the Chattanooga Towing Museum. My father said before he passed he had 68 trucks in his fleet. His company was Trio Towing Service in OpaLocka, FL he also had Trio Wrecker Sales across the street where he was also a Century and Holmes dealer.Growing up and hearing the stories of my Grandfather is what got me involved in the towing industry and have now been doing it almost 10yrs.

Name of Towing Legend Entry

William Johnson

Tell us why you think they should win The Towing Legend of the Year Title?

If you look at bills history in towing you will agree.  Do a back ground and history check on what he done for towing and you will definitely see why. He also in the towing hall of fame.

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William Johnson
  • William Johnson
    • Living
  • Hampshire towing
  • Bill has been in the industry for over 30 years and has been a association member and the forefront to the industry standards in our area. He has done countless recoverys but one in my mind was when he save a mans life by getting a tractor he was pinned under off of him without injuring him more or allowing the tractor to push the man under the mud and suffocate.
  • Bills is the president of the sta and has done countless things to advance the industry. From fighting for rate increases to helping with the move over efforts.
  • Bill supports many charity’s and he also takes care of a few sick elderly in granby which no one knows about. He sends his crew over to plow there driveway to mow there lawn on his dime.
  • I believe bill has a class a drivers liscence and many others too I am not sure how many
  • Yes bill is partners in a credit card processing company that has brought a process to the industry for mobile mayment that has never been in towing before. Lowers goas and helps prevent charge backs.  While lowering dispatch and drivers time to except payment. It also is pci 1 compliant.
  • If you look at bills history in towing you will agree.  Do a back ground and history check on what he done for towing and you will definitely see why. He also in the towing hall of fame.

Name of Towing Legend Entry

Jim Courtney

Tell us why you think they should win The Towing Legend of the Year Title?

He is a legend by his work ethics and his outlook as the jobs become harder to get to and whatever it takes to make the costumer happy and everyone knows what the green and white  trucks come  to there rescue.

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Jim Courtney
  • Jim Courtney
    • Living
  • MCLANAHAN  TOWING
  • (1 to 5 years) (5 to 10 years) (11 to 15 years) (16 to 20 years) (20 years+)
    Length In Industry
  • He one of the best in the industry .HE take every  job as it’s his first  time working  a recovery  or  standard  Tow little  or big  and hauling equipment  and he make  his operators feel like family  and he owns the oldest Tow company  in Collinsville  since 1908
  • He gets the jobs that no one will take and he makes the costumer  happy and he don’t  get in there pockets  like some Tow company’s
  • Well my boss   hold the job as it would be his own truck being  towed and that change what are company  brings to our town being  the oldest  Tow company
  • He is a legend by his work ethics  and his outlook as the jobs become harder to get to and whatever  it takes  to make the costumer  happy .and everyone  knows what the green and white  trucks come  to there rescue.

What’s on the Line: 

The person who nominated The person who wins The Towing Legend Wins the following:

  • 1 year of Omadi Essential Towing Software or $100 bill credit per month on Omadi Plus or Professional. ($1200 value)
  • 1 TomTom Pro 8275M US & Canada Truck – ($649 Value) & 1 TomTom LINK 530 US ($249 Value)*
  • A class seat to the intro to towing course by CTTA & UCMCS at http://bit.ly/TowingIntro ($60 Value)
  • Towing Legend Swag
  • $100 Gift Card

The Towing Legend Wins:

  • The Title of The Towing Legend—chosen from the Top 12 finalist by vote
  • 1 year of Omadi Essential Towing Software or $100 bill credit per month on Omadi Plus or Professional. ($1200 value)
  • 1 TomTom Pro 8275M US & Canada Truck – ($649 Value) & 1 TomTom LINK 530 US ($249 Value)*
  • A class seat to the intro to towing course by CTTA & UCMCS at http://bit.ly/TowingIntro ($60 Value)
  • Their own Tow Story Episode on TowTV
  • Featured in The Towing Legends Calendar
  • Magazine Article provided by Towing Industry Magazine
  • Towing Legend Swag

*All TomTom units require a WEBFLEET subscription, which is not included.