The Intersection of Towing and Business

Towing and Recovery Management Summit

Capital Hilton,
Washington, D.C. 

July 31 - August 2, 2019

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Towing and Recovery Management Summit

Capital Hilton,
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July 31 - August 2, 2019

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Towing and Recovery Management Summit

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July 31 - August 2, 2019

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Our 2019 Seminar Speakers

Chip Thompson

ANGELO DENISI

Angelo Denisi is Professor of Organizational Behavior, and Albert Cohen Chair in Business. Prior to coming to Tulane, he was the Head of the Management Department at Texas A&M University, and held faculty positions at Rutgers, The University of South Carolina and Kent State University. He has also taught credit and non-credit courses in Singapore, Santo Domingo, Kuala Lumpur, and Hong Kong.

Angelo’s research interests include performance appraisal, expatriate management, and work experiences of persons with disabilities, and it has been funded by the Army Research Institute, the National Science Foundation, and several state agencies. His work has been published in a number of top journals in our field, and his research has received awards from the OB and OCIS Divisions of the Academy, The Academy of Management Executive, and SIOP, and SIOP named him the co-winner of the 2005 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award.

He also serves, or has served on a number of Editorial Boards, including AMJ, AMR, JAP, Journal of Management, and Journal of Organizational Behavior, and he also served as and as Editor of the Academy of Management Journal.

Chip Thompson

BERT KING

Bert became a second generation tower after leaving the corporate banking world and purchasing Guy’s Towing Service of Lafayette, Louisiana on April Fools’ Day in 1997. He has grown Guy’s Towing and several business ventures into successful operations each in their own right. Currently, he is training his son, Addison, to be the third generation of towers.

Bert believes in business first and that towing businesses need to be run like professional businesses to optimize success. Currently, he is a member of a professional towing consulting group and also owns a consulting company for towing operators. Prior to his corporate banking experience, Bert earned an MBA graduating first in his class from the University of Mississippi and a BS in Business Management and Marketing from the University of Louisiana (formerly U of SW Louisiana).

Chip Thompson

DOUG NELSON

  • Active in the automotive industry since 1961.
  • Owned and operated a successful Western Star Truck Dealership 1972 – 2004
  • Has operated tow trucks since 1961 and has been continually involved in Heavy Towing and Recovery since 1973.
  • Training and Certifications include; Class “A” Automotive Service Technician, (Inter-Provincial), Truck and Coach Technician with Diesel Endorsement, Heavy-Duty Equipment Technician, Boat and Marine Technician, Light, Medium and Heavy-Duty Towing and Recovery Services, Rescue and Extrication of Accident Victims.
  • Successfully completed U.S. Coast Guard Captains Licence (OUPV 6-Pac).
  • Lectured many Firemen and Provincial Police Officers, the Ontario Fire Marshals Office and for a variety of large fire departments from within the Province of Ontario on mechanical hazards involved in heavy truck accidents.
  • Past President and Chairman of the Ontario Recovery Group Inc.
  • Former member of many steering committees with the Ministry of Transport and guest speaker at a North American Incident Management Conference in Toronto
  • Guest speaker at many Canadian Fleet Maintenance Seminars on the subject of Heavy Duty Towing and Recovery and planning for Incident Management.
  • Published articles on Heavy-Duty Towing & Recovery Pricing and many other industry related subjects.
  • Lectured many training courses on Tow Truck Operations and Recovery Services, Driving for Cost Control and Business Management.
  • Named “Towman” of the year 2004.
  • Inducted into the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee U.S.A. in 2004
  • Former Executive Director of the Provincial Towing Association (Ontario) Inc.
  • Currently Executive Director of the Ontario Recovery Group (ORG Inc.)
  • Declared an “Expert Witness” by the Ontario Court of Justice in Towing and Recovery and accident scene management.
  • Has worked with many law firms throughout Ontario and Canada to resolve towing issues.
Chip Thompson

JULIE COURET

Julie works from home, but good luck finding her there.  As an executive coach, civic volunteer and engaged mother she’s always on the go. No two days are alike. One day, you may find her running a meeting as the youngest female President of the Greater New Orleans Executive Association. Another she is executive coaching a client or facilitating a Board of Directors retreat. Julie truly understands her clients’ needs as she too serves on the Board of Directors for the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce and Advisory Council for the New Orleans Baby Cakes.

From her kitchen table with a three-month-old in her arms in January 2011, Julie built her business and her reputation as a leader’s leader.  By sharing her life experiences and own unique message of empowerment, she’s become a popular guest speaker at universities, conferences and special events. 

As an executive coach, she wears many hats, facilitating workshops, training programs and corporate retreats.  But at the heart of it all, she helps organizations empower their leaders and staff through improved interpersonal workplace communications.  She is often asked to speak at leadership conferences aimed towards high achievers, including Tulane University’s Women’s Leadership Symposium, American Heart Association, or the Women’s Success Conference in Biloxi Ms.

Julie’s clientele now includes Ochsner Health System, Accutrans, Habitat for Humanity New Orleans,  Hoist Crane Service Group, Jefferson Economic Development Commission, Tulane University, Latter & Blum, and Nolan Power Group, just to name a few.

Chip Thompson

MIKE PORTER

Mike Porter started with the Speed’s organization in 1985. Over the last 33 years, he has attended college, managed a lien company, helped start the city of Portland Tow Desk, managed Speed’s dispatch and become the only non-college grad ever to become a stockbroker with Prudential Securities. In 2001, he returned to Speed’s as COO and for the last five years has served as CEO of Speed’s Enterprises, helping guide the corporation’s five companies that include towing, a town car service and financial services.

Mike believes in being busy. In addition to his career with Speed’s, he is sole proprietor of three companies:  PB Leasing, Tri-County Towing and CoolManConor Sales training.

Mike is a Dale Carnegie graduate and avid reader, with over 10,000 books read on leadership, sales, marketing and self-help. He has been a guest speaker at events across the country, addressing leadership, body language, sales techniques and business profitability.

Mike is past president of the Oregon Tow Truck Association, and a current board member of the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum.

Chip Thompson

REX DUNN

Rex Dunn spent 20 years working for top organizations in the industry. His career at Citigroup, General Electric, and Allstate Insurance provided him with unparalleled experience as a Senior Vice President in business management, organizational success, client relations, sales, and contract negotiations.

Rex has negotiated and contracted with over 13,000 independent towing companies in three countries, 16 manufactures, 10 direct to consumer businesses, 2 government agencies, and countless industry events. Along with contract execution, Rex was responsible for over four large call centers located in the United States, Canada, and India. His successful career has yielded year-over- year growth of over 30% over a span of 18 years in the roadside assistance field.

For his achievements Rex was awarded five President Awards and two America’s Awards. Rex has had extensive training in Six Sigma achieving not only Green and Black belt level training, but Lean training as well. Rex has experience and training in many corporate training programs ranging from media to unions. Rex recently co-founded TowZing, a company created to provide a solution that would revolutionize the towing industry as we know it.

Thank you to our 2019 Summit sponsors who help make this innovative event possible.

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Capital Hilton, Washington, D.C.  |  July 31 - August 2, 2019