Tell us a little about your business and how you started out.
Having worked for a towing company in Edmonton for over 7 years and truly loving what
I did, I wanted to take the next step, to have my own truck. I wanted to be an owner
to set my own direction but the company I worked for would not allow me. There
were many nights when I would go to my girlfriend Leanne’s house in Fort
Saskatchewan after my shift and Leanne’s father Don (aka “Papa”) would
just be getting home as well. We spent hours talking
about business ownership and he encouraged me to follow my dream. He helped me do
up a business plan and after researching the market, we discovered that Fort
Saskatchewan was in need of a towing company. I sold my Acura RSX that I worked
so hard for, took out a private loan and Papa dissolved some assets to purchase our first
tow truck. The dream was coming together.
I remember the first couple of weeks in May, 2007, pacing in Leanne’s parents’
backyard, mowing their lawn twice a day and washing trucks at night. It was a very
stressful time as I went from working 2 full time jobs to waiting for the company phone
to ring. The 1st call I received was from Fountain Tire in Fort Saskatchewan where I was
to go out to the Shell Scotford plant and tow a truck back to them. While hooking up to
the truck, a hydraulic line burst, leaving a pool of fluid on the plant site and I was unable
to tow the truck back. So began our life in the business of towing.
Within 3 months, we were in need of a second tow truck and a driver. We purchased a
flat bed and hired our very first employee. Papa and Leanne did the company books from
home. By December that year, we were so busy that we purchased another flat bed and
hired our 2nd employee Stefan, who has been with Titan ever since. Now, 5 years later,
we have a medium duty wrecker, 5 flat beds, 3 one ton wreckers, 2 service trucks and
a battery express truck.
Our team consistes of 10 hard working and diligent tow operators and 1 dedicated
Trucking has been in my blood from the time I was 6 years old and “borrowed” the
corn-binder (International) highway tractor and 40 foot high-boy bale trailer for a
spin around the farm yard. That summer, I learned how to make grain on the run
and to back the truck up to the auger.
Since that time, (50 years) I have driven a huge variety of trucks and hauled
everything from groceries to bulk sulphuric acid in Super-B tankers – with
exception of a tow truck (being a passenger doesn’t count.)
Listening to Jason talk about the industry motivated me to help get the
He has the right personality for the business and a great business sense.
His working knowledge of all aspects of the towing industry and the players
is phenomenal and necessary. He truly loves the job, even on those bad days,
he has the determination to make this work. We work well as a team, both of
us on the same page most of the time and willing to listen to each other. We
jumped in with both feet and there is no turning back now!!!