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RRC Foundation Announces Mr. & Mrs. Bill Byers as 2021 Grand Marshals

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October 12, 2021


RRC Foundation Announces Mr. & Mrs. Bill Byers as 2021 Grand Marshal for the 70th Anniversary of the Rochester Area Hometown Christmas Parade


Rochester, MI – The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce (RRCC) is pleased to announce Mr. & Mrs. Bill Byers as the 2021 Grand Marshal for the 70th anniversary of the Christmas Parade. Grand Marshals are selected based on a person’s involvement and investment in our community.
Byers says, “All in all, I am very pleased and proud to receive this award. It is a privilege to be recognized by members of my community, for something that I have done both professionally and personally, in the area. I have always enjoyed helping others and serving my community. I believe the better one benefits their community, the more others will like their community. This will make for a nicer community to live in, and in turn will be better for business.”
Byers Wrecker Service Inc., a family-owned business has been in the area since it was started by Gene Byers in 1951. In June of 1975, Bill Byers was gifted a wrecker for his 16th birthday, forever changing his future and giving him a passion for the family business. In 1993, he bought the business from his father, starting with 7 tow trucks which has now grown to a fleet of over 45 trucks, with equipment at 3 locations. While headquarters remain in Rochester, Byers Wrecker Service supports other locations in Clarkston and Lapeer, and serve Northern Detroit suburbs. This includes law enforcement and municipalities, dealerships, and the motoring public.
Over the years, William (Bill) Byers and his family have been heavily involved in our community.
He spent 30 years, a firefighter, serving the City of Rochester and eventually retiring from Oakland Township. For 14 years, he worked as a part time Sheriff’s Deputy in Oakland County. Since 1976, one of his favorite things to be involved in is the Rochester Area Hometown Christmas Parade.
Additionally, he advocates for safer roadways. Byers is the Founder and President of Move Over Michigan, a non-profit 501c3 Corporation, which was put together to bring awareness of the State Move Over Law, to the motoring public. This law says that one MUST move over or MUST slow down, if possible, when approaching a stopped tow truck, fire truck, law enforcement vehicle, or any service vehicle, with its lights on, that is working on the roadway.

For eight years, Byers served as President of the Michigan Towing Association and is currently the Chairperson for the Legislative Committee. He is also a member of the Towing Recovery Association of America, the mid-west representative of the Towing Recovery Association of America, and Legislative Advocacy Network, for eight states. He is a member of the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame Museum and serves on the Oakland Sheriff’s Advisory Council.
Overtime, Bill Byers and Byers’ Wrecker Service has received several awards. The awards include:

  • Towing companies in the Top 100 in the country, from American Towman Magazine,

  • Top 10 Wreckmaster in the world, a worldwide towing training organization,

  • Oakland County Sheriff’s Lifesaving Award

  • Oakland County Sheriff’s Outstanding Citizens Award,

  • Towing Recovery Association of America (TRAA), a distinguished service award,

  • Tow Times Magazine Industry Champion Award,

  • as well as other numerous awards from local Fire Departments and Law Enforcement Agencies; these awards were given to us for assisting them and training with them.

In 2017, Byers was nominated and voted into the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame, the highest honor in the world, that can be bestowed on an individual in the towing industry.
Congratulations Bill and Sharon Byers! We are excited to honor you as the Grand Marshals for the 70th Annual Rochester Area Hometown Christmas Parade on December 5.
More about the Chamber
The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce is privileged to have fourteen community-minded businesses and organizations that are significant partners of the Chamber. Thank you: Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital, Oakland University, Chief Financial Credit Union, Moceri Companies, First State Bank, PAR Pharmaceutical, Shelton Buick GMC, Rochester University, Bellbrook, Mattina, Kent & Gibbons P.C.; Auger Klein Aller Architects, Beaumont, Trent Creative & Revenue Refinery.
We appreciate your support.

The mission of the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce is to provide leadership and resources to advance business development in partnership with civic, cultural and educational interests for the benefit of its members and the community.
As a membership organization comprised of businesses in the greater Rochester area, the Chamber has been in existence since 1955. Over the past six decades, business leaders have contributed significantly to shaping our area into a nationally recognized community, deemed a desirable place to live, work and raise a family. Members of the Chamber, our business leaders, have given their time, talent and financial resources to benefit countless community-based organizations, projects and events. With their leadership, the Chamber has created and administered many programs and events that provide direct benefit to the community.
Michelle Eberle, 2486516700

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