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The Walkaround Getting to Know You

Dennie Ortiz Publisher

Yes, there is cause for celebration as we end this year with the American Towman Exposition, just as the towing industry has done for 31 years prior to 2020. It’s going to be gangbusters, because we welcome back towers and suppliers alike to Baltimore’s famed Inner Harbor. This year’s revelry will be unsurpassed, the show that is not to be missed! We look forward to seeing you there. The excitement continues as I am very pleased to introduce to the industry, American Towman’s new Editor Steve Temple. A veteran writer, Steve is a self-proclaimed “Diesel Head”, and sports car enthusiast with an extensive background in commercial vehicles. And if that’s not all, Steve is also a skilled professional photographer whose eyeballs were popping while he was taking in the Pageant Trucks at our last two shows in Texas and Vegas. Be sure to check out the Vegas Pageant winners on pages 52 and 54, they are some real beauts. Now on the scene, Steve has taken quickly to our unique industry and is very passionate and eager to cover all aspects of this one-of-a-kind profession. Come meet him in Baltimore. This issue covers many useful topics, from emergency light usage to securing your roadside work space to employee non-compete agreements and of course an exciting successful recovery. Cheers to all and stay safe out there!

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From “The New Guy”

Steve Temple Editor

While Dennie’s enthusiastic introduction of me as the new Editor of American Towman is certainly appreciated, I’m less inclined to focus on myself and more interested in sharing some observations and future plans. Having attended a couple recent tow shows in San Antonio and Las Vegas, I came away impressed by the caliber and professionalism of towers, along with equipment suppliers and manufacturers. While some folks might perceive the towing industry as somewhat mundane, the reality is dramatically different. The technology, innovations, and “get ‘er done” ingenuity are frankly amazing. As for upcoming issues, my plan is simple: showcase great towing equipment and skilled operators in a lively and informative way. You all deserve it!

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