trao Sep 28, 2018
Sam’s Wrecker Service
Give an example of how nominee has shared expertise with fellow tow operators.
Sam considers towing his life. Several years ago, he turned over the business management to his wife Ruth so he could focus more time on working for the industry as a whole. During his years as TRAA President, he traveled frequently, meeting with state towing associations to help with their causes, meeting with federal representatives to further the industry in their eyes and working to move TRAA toward an accreditation source. All of Sam’s efforts help towing operators around the U.S.
Provide details of at least one instance when the nominee has effected positive change in the industry.
Sam currently spends a large part of the Florida legislative session in Tallahassee, networking with legislators to foster pro-towing legislation or protect Florida’s towing companies from legislation that could hurt their businesses.
How has the nominee served as a role model or mentor to younger tow operators?
Sam believes in developing young owners so they one day can assume the leadership reigns. One perfect example in Florida is Marson Johnson, PWOF’s current 1st vice president. Sam recruited Marson to get involved and has helped him along the way navigate the steps to become a PWOF leader.
What leadership roles within the industry has the nominee held?
Sam has been very active with the Professional Wrecker Operators of Florida and holds a current membership with the association. He held the office of President for 6 years; was Chairman of the Legislative Committee for 8 years and was on the executive board for 17 years. Sam also served as the President of TRAA, was a trustee for the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum, of which is he also a member and sat for several years on the Survivor Fund committee. In 1998, Sam received the TRAA Citizen of the Year Award and was awarded the Lifetime Leadership Award fromn Tow Times in 2003. He was inducted into the towing Hall of Fame in 2006