Bowling Hall of Fame: Star-studded line-up of celebs nominated for 2011 induction

BPAA is opening up the Hall of Fame celebrity induction process to a public vote

2010BPAALogo_small.jpgFrom Hollywood "A"-listers and the stars of the silver screen to pro athletes and celebrities who like to bowl for fun, the revitalization of bowling is evident across all sectors of pop culture. To pay tribute to celebrities and notable individuals who help contribute to the enduring popularity of bowling, the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) has announced its 2010 class of nine nominees for consideration into the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame



Bowling Proprietors' Association of America to hold 2011 Mid-Winter Summit in Arizona

BPAA believes "It's Time to Rediscover Bowling"

2010BPAALogo_small.jpgThe Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) has announced the selection of the Phoenix, Arizona area as the location to hold its 2011 Mid-Winter Bowling Summit. The annual Summit is scheduled to run from Sunday, January 23 through Wednesday, January 26, 2011. The strategic mid-winter conference for bowling center proprietors, managers and bowling industry leaders promises to deliver a wealth of business-building ideas. All in a fun Arizona climate.



Stefanie Nation joins Bowling Proprietors' Association of America

World Champion will coordinate tournament efforts

2010BPAALogo_small.jpg200910PBAWSStefanieNation_small.jpgThe Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) announced Stefanie Nation (r.) has been hired as BPAA Tournament Coordinator. Nation will be responsible for leading the efforts for BPAA tournaments such as the North Pointe Insurance Group High School Singles Tournament, the QubicaAMF International Family Tournament sponsored by Georgia Coffee and future tournaments.



BPAA helps to rev up funding for International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame

Donates priceless custom designed, one-of-a-kind "Strike Bike" to be auctioned at IBE

StrikeBikewithMikePaulTeutul_small.jpgThe Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA)has announced that it is donating the "Strike Bike" to the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame. The one-of-a-kind bowling-themed bike debuted on The Learning Channel's August 7, 2008 realty show "American Chopper" and was custom designed by the legendary Teutul family. The bike will be open for public auction at the upcoming International Bowl Expo's "Salute to Bowling" cocktail event.



BPAA reports significant growth year for industry in 2010

Industry sees 4.6% increase in consumer participation with nearly 70 million having bowled in 2009

2010BPAALogo_small.jpgThe Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA), the bowling industry's premier trade organization, reported today a strong year of growth for the industry in 2009. Fueled by increased interest from women and younger bowlers and the rising popularity of entertainment bowling centers, the industry recorded its fourth consecutive year of growth highlighted by a 4.6% increase in consumer participation with nearly 70 million having bowled in 2009 alone.

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BPAA announces new Director of Youth

Chad Murphy accepts new post at International Bowling Campus

BPAADrirectorYouthChadMurphy_small.jpgThe Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) announces the appointment of bowling industry veteran Chad Murphy (pictured) as its new Director of Youth. As BPAA continues to redefine its strategic priorities, Murphy will assume responsibilities of managing existing programs and developing new proprietor-driven initiatives aimed at growing the sport among young bowlers. Murphy comes to BPAA from Ebonite International in Hopkinsville, Ky., where he served as the Columbia 300 brand manager since 2007.

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BPAA announces 2010 Industry Service Awards

Ted Hoffman Jr. to receive Victor Lerner Memorial Medal and BPAA Hall of Fame Induction

2010BPAALogo_small.jpgThe Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) announced the recipients of the 2010 Bowling Industry Service Awards, the most prestigious awards presented by the bowling industry, at its recent Town Hall Membership Meeting held in Arlington, Texas on Tuesday, January 26. The awards will be presented during International Bowl Expo 2010 on Monday, June 28 (Wednesday morning, June 30 for the Lerner Memorial Medal presentation) at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, Nev.



NFL legends blitz bowling pins for charity at 5th NFL Super Bowl Celebrity Bowling Classic

Proceeds to benefit the NFL's Youth Education Town Initiative

2010BPAALogo_small.jpgNFLHallofFamerLynnSwann_small.jpgFor the fifth year in a row, more than 30 NFL legends will hit the lanes at the NFL Super Bowl Celebrity Bowling Classic, presented by NFL Charities and Strike Ten Entertainment (STE), the marketing arm of the bowling industry. Super Bowl legend, MVP of Super Bowl X and "dual-sport" Hall of Famer (both football and bowling), Lynn Swann (right), will return for a third straight year to serve as event host.



Global Partnership Agreement: ABPA to join the BPAA

First-of-its-kind agreement signals worldwide boost in consumer participation

2010BPAALogo_small.jpg2010ABPALogo_small.jpgThe Bowling Proprietor's Association of America (BPAA) announced today that it has inked a global partnership agreement with the Australian Bowling Proprietors' Association (ABPA). The first-of-its-kind agreement, unprecedented in its scope and scale, brings together two of the largest entities in the bowling industry, immediately offering unrivaled business-building services to ABPA member centers.



Sturm named to Bowlers to Veterans Link Board of Directors

BPAAPresidentJimSturm_small.jpgProprietors' Association of America President Jim Sturm (pictured) has been named to the Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL) board of directors by president-elect John Snyder. The appointment is the first assignment by Snyder who is beginning to set his committees prior to becoming BPAA president at Bowl Expo in June 2010. Sturm, in his second one-year term as BPAA president, joins the BVL board effective November 22, 2009.



East Coast Bowling Centers Convention wins in Atlantic

Spotlight on BPAA/USBC Integration and new International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame

2008BPAALogo.jpgThe East Coast Bowling Centers Convention (ECBCC) once again showed why it is the premiere regional trade show in the bowling industry. With an uncertain economy facing them, bowling center owners, managers and industry professionals gathered at Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal November 1-4. BPAA executive director Steve Johnson made the surprise announcement that BPAA had booked former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin as Keynote speaker for the 2010 International Bowl Expo.



The Bowling Foundation votes to dissolve board

New Directors will seek to redefine The Foundation's Mission and Vision.

BowlingFoundationLogo_small.jpgThe Bowling Foundation (TBF) board of directors voted to dissolve the current structure effective December 31, 2009. TBF's executive director Troy Greisen stepped down immediately following the vote. Program coordinator The decision was reached after hours of discussion that focused on how best The Bowling Foundation can serve the bowling industry in light of the current economy. The decision will not affect the Flowers For The Living Award presented annually at Bowl Expo.



$100,000 North Pointe High School Singles Tournament returns to Indianapolis

2008BPAALogo.jpgThe North Pointe Insurance Group $100,000 High School Singles Tournament will return to Indianapolis in 2010 with Hindel Bowl to play host July 17-19. Entering its fifth year, the tournament is open to bowlers who are high school students during the 2009-2010 school year. Participants must be a United States Bowling Congress certified youth bowler. Last year Christopher Via of Springfield, Ohio, captured the boys' title while Pauline Harris of Winter Park, Fla., won the title in the girls' division.



World record for most games recorded in a single day shattered

741,821 Games played in 24 hours as part of nationwide challenge

2008BPAALogo.jpgThe Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA), the bowling industry's premier trade association, announced today the setting of a new world record for the most games played in a single day. On National Bowling Day (September 5, 2009), more than 1,000 bowling centers across the nation joined forces to record 741,821 games - surpassing the existing record of 548,721 games, an increase of over 35%.



Main Event Entertainment in Grapevine to host international bowling tournament

Families to roll for thousands in college scholarships

2008BPAALogo.jpgMain Event Entertainment, the leading family entertainment center in Texas is set to host the 34th annual QubicaAMF International Family Tournament (IFT) Friday and Saturday, July 31 – August 1 in Grapevine, according to the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA). Some 70 teams from 27 states, as well as Canada, will converge on North Texas to compete in the Parent/Youth (35 teams) and Parent/Teen (35 teams) divisions.



BPAA appoints Steven D. Johnson as new Executive Director

Johnson to spearhead Growth Strategies, Partnership Marketing Programs and Nonprofit Initiatives

2009BPAAEDStevenJohnson_small.jpgThe Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) announced today that it has appointed Steven D. Johnson to serve as its Executive Director, effective August 3, 2009. In this role, Johnson (pictured) will lead association efforts to help the $10 billion bowling industry build upon its resurgence in popularity and maintain continued increases in consumer participation through a strategic vision that includes further domestic and international growth, as well as expanded partnership marketing and nonprofit initiatives.



Bill Supper is a bowling man for all seasons and all reasons By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg Bill Supper knows bowling inside out, matter of fact it would be no exaggeration to say he knows bowling balls inside out and outside in because he has spent his life throwing them, selling them and producing them all across the world. In many ways, Bill Supper is an American success story and I know of no other man, or woman for that matter, who has flourished at big-time executive positions at bowling ball companies and now is the No. 2 man as Deputy Executive Director behind John Berglund at the Bowling Proprietors Association of America's home office in Arlington.



Three BPAA Young Guns take aim at International Bowl Expo By Dick Evans

Joe LaSpina, Nancy (Baum) Schenk, Mike Hall discuss learning from their legendary fathers

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpgWhen you interview athletes, who are children of Hall of Fame fathers in the same sport, then you often will hear that it is tough trying to make a name for themselves while cast in the shadow of their famous fathers. However, I did not come away with that impression while doing proprietor profiles on three children of three BPAA Hall of Fame members for the Bowling Center Management Magazine: Joe LaSpina, Nancy (Baum) Schenk and Mike Hall.



BPAA and Pepsi sign multi-year proprietor agreement

Exclusive agreement renews longstanding partnership

2008BPAALogo.jpgThe Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) and Strike Ten Entertainment (STE) have announced the renewal of a multi-year proprietor agreement with PepsiCo Foodservice. The terms of the multi-year agreement will begin on January 1, 2010 after the current contract ends on December 31, 2009. Under the agreement, Pepsi will continue as the "Official Soft Drink of Bowling." PepsiCo Foodservice will provide BPAA-Pepsi centers with Pepsi beverages, such as Pepsi, Mtn Dew, Sierra Mist and Aquafina as well as Tropicana juices and juice drinks, Lipton iced teas and Gatorade sports drinks in fountain, bottles and cans.



Future BPAA President Cathy DeSocio was born into the Bowling Business

By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpgWith International Bowl Expo just over the horizon, I thought it was the right time to send out some of the proprietor profiles I wrote for the BPAA's Bowling Center Magazine between July and January. I think the timing is good since all the proprietors that I wrote about for the magazine will be walking around the Mandalay Bay June 21-25 during the International Bowl Expo convention and trade show.

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