||Gary and his Dad, Harold Coe,
started Speed’s Towing in Portland, Oregon,
nearly 40 years ago. They built their company on
high quality customer service, community service,
and business integrity.
Service to the Towing Industry
An organizer of his State and local towing associations,
Gary helped found the Towing and Recovery Association
( TRAA) in 1979, serving as its President from 1989-1991.
In 1995, Speed's Towing received the
Oregon Entrepreneur Award for Most Outstanding Service
Business. “ Tow for Life”, the annual program
which offers a free tow home for motorists who have
had too much to drink to drive safely, is another of
Gary's community service programs that has gained him
recognition and the appreciation of Mothers Against
Drunk Driving as well as the entire community.
In 1997, Speeds became one of the first 18 companies
that merged to form RoadOne, a national, publicly traded,
consolidation of towing companies. After serving as
Regional Vice President for 3 years, Gary left RoadOne
and started Fleet Sales West, a towing equipment distributorship
in partners with his wife, Donna, and her son, Jim Walsh.
After a December 2000 repurchase of
the Speed's Towing assets from RoadOne, Gary now operates
Retriever Towing, a 10-truck impound company, Oregon
Lien Service, and, with his partners, Donna and
Supertow, a 20-truck, light and medium duty towing
service. Since his dad’s retirement, Gary also
Auto Services Group, an automotive repair shop and
a recycled Honda parts store.
With Donna and her son, Jim Walsh,
Gary owns Fleet
Sales West, a tow truck distributorship in Portland,
Oregon, and Golden
West Towing Equipment, West Coast Towing Equipment,
Wheel Lift, in CA.
A former pro-stock drag racer and an
avid car collector, Gary's award-winning, high horsepower,
custom Mustangs have been featured in three national
magazines. Donna and Gary collaborate in outdoor activities
as well. They love to bike, ski, and canoe. They enjoy
their Canondale Tandem bicycle, on which they did a
Summer 2002 Olympic Peninsula tour.