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Meet the Staff

Dale Hartung
President
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Dale Hartung

President

With the experience and skill of working in the truck dealership industry and an interest in pursuing the many challenges in the wrecker business Dale is 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 and production to provide the high quality trucks our customers deserve.

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 Dales spare time he enjoys the outdoors, hunting, travelling and time at the cottage with his friends and family.

June 1 2019 Harold Markle announced the promotion of Dale Hartung to President responsible for the day to day operations of Canadain Towing Equipment.




Tracy Thirtle
Controller
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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.

Tracy strives to keep her finger on the pulse of the company, and is responsible for all aspects of business administration.

Tracy loves working with the CTE team to overcome challenges, achieve company goals and pursue continuous improvement.

In her spare time Tracy enjoys travelling and going to the family cottage.




The CTE Deal Makers

Nathan Orvis
Truck Sales
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Nathan Orvis

Truck Sales

Nathan started in the towing industry in the 80’s and started as a sales rep for CTE in 1997. He has a wealth of experience with tow trucks, car carriers and heavy wreckers.

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.

Nathans hobbies include muscle cars, horses and socializing with friends.

One of the many trucks Nathan has sold.

 

 


Doug Brohman
Truck Sales
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Doug Brohman

Truck Sales

With over almost 30 years of truck sales experience, Dougs exceptional knowledge ensures his customers end up completely satisfied with their buying decision.

Since Doug joined our team he has worked diligently in developing the Northern and Eastern Ontario areas.

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 30 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.

In his spare time you can find Doug behind the helm of his boat.

One of the many trucks that Doug has sold.




Paul Reitz
Truck Sales
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Paul Reitz

Truck Sales

Paul brings over 20 years’ experience in the industry, selling class 6,7 and 8 trucks. Paul likes to meet customers face to face and help them find the right truck for the job.

In Paul’s spare time he enjoys playing hockey, going boating and watching movies.

One of the many trucks Paul has sold.


Kim Jones
Sales Coordinator
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Kim Jones

Sales Coordinator

Kim manages the documentation for the new and used truck deals, assists with the scheduling of truck deliveries and reception.

In her spare time Kim enjoys reading, home décor, watching golf and spending time with family, friends and her three grown sons.




The "Parts-To-Tow" Guys

Gian (John) Comes
"Parts To Tow" Sales - North York
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Gian (John) Comes

"Parts To Tow" Sales - North York

Gian takes pride in treating his customers as he likes to be treated when making an important purchase.

Gian now looks after all Parts Sales and Service Bookings at our Toronto location, he maintains parts inventory and helps our customers get the parts, services and accessories they need.

He loves the changing face of the towing industry. 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 a sports fanatic and likes to follow the Patriots.


Ken Brochu
"Parts To Tow" Sales - North York
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Ken Brochu

"Parts To Tow" Sales - North York

Ken has over 35 years of parts and service management in the auto industry.

In his spare time Ken enjoys golfing, bowling, playing chess and poker.




Adam Smith
"Parts To Tow" Sales - Ayr (Cambridge)
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Adam Smith

"Parts To Tow" Sales - Ayr (Cambridge)

Adam is eager to look after your Parts & Accessories needs.


Marko Sapaterio
“Parts to Tow“ Sales- Ayr (Cambridge)
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Marko Sapaterio

“Parts to Tow“ Sales- Ayr (Cambridge)

In his spare time he enjoys golfing, playing hockey and baseball.




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

Matt Sigman
Service Operations Manager
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Matt Sigman

Service Operations Manager
 Matt originally started working for CTE in our Toronto Branch Service Department in 2011. Matt was later promoted to Toronto Branch Service Manager. Matt left us in 2018 but remained in the industry gaining experience at a corporate level as an Operations Manager. Matt returned to CTE in 2019 as our Service Operations Manager in our Ayr location after Wayne Humphrey our long time Production Manager retired.
Matt has a passion for the towing industry and a willingness to solve issues that may arise.
Outside of work Matt keeps busy with his two children along with supporting his wife through her many successful marathons that she has competed in. Matt also enjoys sports and home renovations.

Don Pipe
Master Installer / Shop Forman
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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.

Don enjoys camping and boating in his spare time.

One of the many trucks Don has built.




 


 




Tony Borodaiko
Master Installer
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Tony Borodaiko

Master Installer

Tony has worked his way up to a master installer of tow trucks, car carriers and heavy wreckers.

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

 One of the many trucks that Tony has built.

 






Brengle Parsons
Master Installer
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Brengle Parsons

Master Installer

Brengle started in the towing industry in the 1980's working as an assembler at the Vulcan Towing Equipment Company.

He has worked his way up to a master installer status for car carriers and tow trucks.

In his spare time he enjoys travelling to Newfoundland.

One of the many trucks that Brengle has built.








Ken Giles
Master Installer
Part of the CTE team since 2005.
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Ken Giles

Master Installer

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.

Ken has worked his way up to a master installer of car carriers and tow trucks.

In his spare time Ken enjoys fishing and sports.

One of the many trucks that Ken has built




Chris Devine
Master Installer
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Chris Devine

Master Installer

Since 2012 Chris has reached Master Installer Status for Light Duty Tow Trucks and Car Carriers.

In his spare time Chris enjoys camping and home renovations.

One of the many trucks that Chris has built.







Mike Lecki
Installer
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Mike Lecki

Installer
Mike is working towards his master installer status.

One of the trucks that Mike has built.




Steven Lee
Installer
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Steven Lee

Installer

Coming from a background with many years of experience in mechanical repair and fabrication.

Steve is currently working towards his master installer status.

In his spare time Steve enjoys working on cars, mountain biking and 10 pin bowling.

One of the trucks that Steve has built.




Alfonso Taylor
Installer
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Alfonso Taylor

Installer

Coming with a background of over 20 years’ experience as a transport technician.

Alfonso is currently working towards his master installer status.

One of the trucks that Alfonso has built.
 


 


Accounting

Olga Pipilas
Bookkeeping Assistant (AR) and Collections Management
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Olga Pipilas

Bookkeeping Assistant (AR) and Collections Management

Olga looks after accounts receivable and collections.  Olga is meticulous and precise.

In her spare time Olga enjoys watching moving and baking sweets.


Pat Cody-Cabral
Bookkeeping (AP) and Administrative Assistant
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Pat Cody-Cabral

Bookkeeping (AP) and Administrative Assistant




Founder



Harold Markle
Founder
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Harold Markle

Founder

Strive for Value and the Customers will follow..

From the first time Harold Markle pulled a car out of a ditch in 1978, 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 CEO, of Canadian Towing Equipment, Harold’s passion is reflected in his dedication to the growth of the towing industry.

In his spare time Harold enjoys travelling, golfing and going to the family cottage.