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Meet the Staff

The CTE Deal Makers

John Hutcheson
Truck Sales
John handles new business and servicing existing CTE customers in truck sales
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John Hutcheson

Truck Sales

John joined CTE in 1993 after having worked as a tow truck driver for Harold while he went to college back in the 1970’s.

John’s responsibilities include cultivating new business and maintaining existing relationships in the sales of trucks as well as actively promoting CTE as a primary source for parts and service. Honest and conscientious, John strives to deliver the exact truck that his customer wants.

Like other CTE staff John is struck by the passion towing operators and owners have for their profession. He loves interacting with both existing and potential customers, and finds the people in this industry unique and interesting.


 


Nathin Orvis
Truck Sales
No matter how big the deal or how long it’s taken to put together, when the day is done Nathan loves to hear a customer report how well he was treated by CTE.
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Nathin Orvis

Truck Sales

Nathan has been selling trucks for CTE since 1994

Always ‘game on’ and ready to make the deal, Nathan takes pride that no other company in Canada can do what CTE can do, and that we provide the best trucks and service anywhere. He trusts in his colleagues at CTE and assures our clients that we have the best people in the industry, bar none. He loves meeting people from very different backgrounds – one day the owner of a million dollar company – the next an owner-operator.

Nathan is most excited by his job when he has the opportunity to make a multi truck deal. The highlights of his career have included making deals for over 20 units at once and putting together a million dollar deal for two 40 ton rotators.

No matter how big the deal or how long it’s taken to put together, when the day is done Nathan loves to hear a customer report how well he was treated by CTE.
 




Doug Brohman
Truck Sales
With over 20 years of automotive sales experience, Doug exceptional knowledge ensures his customers end up completely satisfied with their buying decision.
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Doug Brohman

Truck Sales

Doug Brohman has been part of team since 2001 having joined the company after supplying us with chassis when we were just starting out. Doug and Harold had an exceptional business relationship, and did a lot of business on a handshake. This trust and respect has continued with their work together at CTE.

With the heart of a customer driven sales rep Doug loves to see the excitement of customers as they take delivery of a new trucks. His many years of automotive sales experience gives him the knowledge to ensure his customers end up completely satisfied with their buying decision. He always provides options and does the research needed to make a wise recommendation.

Doug’s best days always include delivering a heavy wrecker. It’s such a huge event for customers that he finds it easy to get caught up in the excitement. He takes pride that his very loyal core group of customers can rely on him to help them make decisions that directly impact their business.  Always happy to hear to hear of customer’s success stories, Doug likes to think that perhaps his contributions have helped along the way.  We have no doubt about that, Doug!


Kim Jones
Sales Coordinator
Kim joined Canadian Towing Equipment in November 2015. Having owned and operated a successful business for over ten years, Kim brings extensive background in overall business matters and customer sales support.




The "Parts-To-Tow" Guys

Gian (John) Comes
Parts & Accessory Sales - North York
John takes pride in treating his customers as he likes to be treated when making an important purchase.
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Gian (John) Comes

Parts & Accessory Sales - North York

If you are looking for parts or accessories Gian is your man. Gian joined CTE in September of 2008. Gian runs the Parts and Accessories department at our Toronto location, maintaining parts inventory and helping our customers get the parts and accessories they need. Need some eye candy for your truck check out what Gian has to offer.

Gian understands that careful listening is the cornerstone of successful customer service, and more than anything loves to interact with towing professionals, owner operators, and other CTE staff.

He loves the changing face of the towing industry, taking special interest in how technology like the internet continues to effect the day to day  business. When meeting new or long-time customers, Gian is eager to share information about the wide range of parts and accessories that can make their life easier and more productive.

Gian is proud to be part of a team that shows great leadership.


Adam Smith
Parts and Accessories Sales
Adam joined the CTE team in April of 2016. He has completed preliminary training and is eager to look after your Parts & Accessories needs.


The Guys Who Build 'em, Test 'em, & Fix 'em

Don Pipe
Master Installer / Shop Forman
Don joined CTE in 1996 bringing with him a wealth of experience from his previous job.
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Don Pipe

Master Installer / Shop Forman
Don does not back down from any type of job no matter how challenging it may be. Customer service is always on his mind and he does his utmost to get the repair done so customers can get back on the job. Don has gained Master Installer status for all models of Miller wreckers and carriers from 4 ton light duty right up to 75 ton rotators.
  One of the many trucks Don has built.



Matt Sigman
Service Manager (Toronto)
Matt is Service Manager at our North York loacation.
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Matt Sigman

Service Manager (Toronto)
Matt has many years of expereince working with Vulcan, Century, Chevron & Holmes products.  His enthusiasm and sincere interest in the towing industry will ensure he looks after current and new customers in the Toronto area.



Tony Borodaiko
Master Installer
Tony has been a part of Canadian Towing Equipment since 2001. His previous work experience and skills he has gained at CTE ensures that our customers can count on him for stellar workmanship.
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Tony Borodaiko

Master Installer
Whether it is the installation of a Light Duty Wrecker, Car Carrier or Heavy Wrecker you can be sure that if there is a challenge Tony can find a way or fabricate a part that ensures the installation is a first class job.

Dedicated staff like Tony ensure the trucks we build are the best in the industry.

One of the many trucks that Tony has built.




Brengle Parsons
Master Installer
Brengle started in the towing industry in the 1980's working as an assembler at the Vulcan Towing Equipment Company in Scarborough, Ontario.
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Brengle Parsons

Master Installer
Brengle has been part of Canadian Towing Equipment since 2003. Brengle earned Master Installer status while working for Canadian Towing Equipment and works hard to look after the service needs of the many Greater Toronto Area customers.  His knowledge of the Vulcan, Century, Chevron and Holmes product ensures that our customers are provided with excellent service.

One of the many trucks that Brengle built.






Ken Giles
Master Installer
Ken has been a part of the Canadian Towing Equipment team since 2005. With previous experience as a tow truck operator Ken knows the value of building a truck that can work in the worst of weather conditions.
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Ken Giles

Master Installer
Ken's speciality is assembly of Light Duty Tow Trucks an in particular custom wiring and emergency lighting to meet each customers needs. 

We are glad to have Ken as part of our team.

One of the many trucks that Ken has built




Chris Devine
Master Installer
Chris joined our staff in 2012 and since that time has reached Master Installer Status for Light Duty Tow Trucks and Car Carriers


Doug Master  Master Installer
Master Installer
Doug was in the towing industry for over 10 years as and operator of all truck classes from small wreckers to heavy rotators I enjoy the challenge of building a quality truck.
 


Operations

Dale Hartung
General Manager
"I like leading rather than following"...
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Dale Hartung

General Manager
Dale came to CTE in 2006. With the experience and skill of working in the truck dealership industry and an interest in pursuing the many challenges in the wrecker business he was a perfect fit. He loves the diversity of our customer base – the passion owner operators have for what they do and how their trucks look, the dedication of small towing business owners and the business acumen of the larger towing companies.
 
Dale’s varied responsibilities include working with sales staff to provide the high quality trucks our customers deserve, sourcing the parts that customers need and maintaining the online "Parts to Tow" store. Basically doing whatever HM puts on his plate, no matter what aspect of the company it involves.
 
A friendly, easy going manner is one of the many assets Dale brings to CTE. No matter the problem, he finds a solution and gets onto the next task, no harm, no foul. In July, 2009 Dale was proud to be involved with the launch of CTE’s first online parts website, followed by the “Parts to Tow” fully integrated online store.
 
While the recent economic climate has forced some customers to keep their trucks longer than they used to Dale sees it a testament to what we do. We build great trucks, trucks that last, and Dale’s contribution to this legacy is invaluable.
 
The 2010 Road Show lead by Dale went to 13 cities in Ontario




Wayne Humphrey
Production Manager
Wayne joined Canadian Towing Equipment in 1992 with an intention to lend a hand building a couple of tow trucks as long time friend Harold Markle opened his new business.
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Wayne Humphrey

Production Manager
One truck lead to another, and another, and nearly twenty years later Wayne manages all service inquires, develops and maintains truck build and production procedures, collects NSM/CMVSS data, truck and parts warranties, scrub new deals to ensure compatibility, makes assignments and most of all ensures that customer expectations are met.

When
Wayne first started at CTE many of the tow trucks were sold as a bare bones trucks, and as the industry has grown to demand specialized units Wayne’s keen problem solving skills have helped  to make CTE pack leader in the custom wrecker biz. He loves the challenges CTE faces every year with new vehicle models and wrecker models coming out, and is unafraid of rethinking the way things are done to meet the demands of this constantly changing industry.
 It’s a good day for Wayne when he sees a finished tow truck and a customer pleased with his new unit. It’s a great day when that customer tells Wayne that working with CTE has been a pleasure.

One of the many truck that Wayne orchestrated the building, testing and detailing





Tracy Thirtle
Controller
"I am proud that CTE helps to provide our customers with the tools they need to do their job in a professional manner."
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Tracy Thirtle

Controller
Having grown up in the towing industry, Tracy understands many of the challenges towing professionals face and has a lot of respect for the work they do. She joined Canadian Towing Equipment in 1991 and has seen CTE through its varied stages of growth as a privately and publicly owned business, and was thrilled to play an active role supporting Harold when he  repurchased  CTE from Miller Industries in 2004

Tracy strives to keep her finger on the pulse of the company, and is responsible for all aspects of business administration including human resources management, cash and credit management, financial reporting, office procedures and information management.
 
Her core values of hard work, ongoing skills development and personal integrity are perfectly suited for an industry that has shown such growth in the level of professionalism over the past twenty years. Dedicated to learning, Tracy achieved her CGA designation in 2011. She will continue to further her business education through annual professional development.

Tracy loves working with the CTE team to overcome challenges, achieve company goals and pursue continuous improvement. Her commitment to excellence is a critical contribution to our success.

Harold Markle
President & CEO Canadian Towing Equipment
Strive for Value and the Customers will follow..
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Harold Markle

President & CEO Canadian Towing Equipment
From the first time Harold Markle pulled a car out of a ditch 40 years ago, it was clear he was meant to be a part of the Towing Industry and embrace the challenges and opportunities that it presented. With nineteen years operating a successful towing business, experience developing a training course for the industry and five years of heavy equipment product development, Harold knew he had acquired the background and understanding necessary to provide quality products and service towing professionals needed. Thus Canadian Towing Equipment (CTE) was born.
 
During his time working in heavy duty product development with Vulcan Towing Equipment, he gained valuable insight that he immediately put to work at CTE. In addition to this, his experience training the Canadian military on the operation of the Vulcan military recovery trucks resulted in an in depth understanding of heavy tow truck requirements.

As Vice President of Miller Industries Distribution, Harold gained a global perspective of successful towing and recovery sales and service outlets. Now as President, CEO and driving force behind Canadian Towing Equipment, Harold’s passion is reflected in his dedication to the growth of the towing industry.