East Coast Bowling Centers Convention wins in Atlantic


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    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.

    This was the third year the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America handled administration for the show and attendance came in above 2008 figures.

    "Despite the current economic struggles bowling centers are experiencing, it's encouraging to see the strong indication that bowling proprietors see the benefit in coming together to learn, network and support the bowling industry," remarked ECBCC committee chair Jack Moran of Roseland Bowl in Canandaigua, N.Y. "We look forward to building on 2009's success as we plan for our future east coast conventions."

    The convention opened with association updates from BPAA executive director Steve Johnson and USBC executive director Stu Upson. Both took questions from the floor and at the conclusion of the morning session,

    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.

    Monday lunch featured Keynote speaker Jim Snack who not only motivated and challenged the group with his talk on the Magic of Change, but as a magician, provided some laughs and audience participation with some real live magic as well.

    The highlight of Tuesday morning's breakfast session was an International Bowling Campus integration update by both Johnson and Upson.

    The Metropolitan Bowling Writers Association held their annual awards luncheon Tuesday, honoring BPAA Treasurer Tom Martino with the Bill Landgraf Memorial Award for Excellence. Also recognized were professional bowlers Stacy Ricker and Tim Mack as Met Bowlers of the Year.

    An update on the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame was also on the menu, presented by Museum chairman Pat Ciniello.

    "The East Coast trade show was one of the best regional events that I ever attended," remarked Pat Ciniello, president of QubicaAMF Worldwide, L.L.C. "The education was first class, and the networking was amazing. Not only was I able to conduct my usual array of business throughout the convention week, but the show provided me with an outstanding forum to those who are considered the "who's who of bowling."

    Because of the attendance, we were able to raise significant dollars for the International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame in its quest to open a brand new facility at the International Bowling Campus, come January 25, 2010."

    During Wednesday morning's breakfast, BPAA Vice President Henry Lewczyk gave an update on Bowlopolis, followed by BPAA Director of Youth, Education and Training Kelly Bednar briefing the audience on the Bowling University program.

    Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon there was much to see on the Trade Show floor where attendees had a chance to visit with exhibitors, vendors and others in the industry to see and talk about the latest innovations in the bowling business.

    There were ample educational opportunities as well with seminars covering a variety of topics including, "Building Your Bottom Line with User-friendly Technologies," "Stop Credit Cards From Eating Your Profits," In-center Fund-raising," as well as the Wednesday Keynote address from business manager Rosa Katz entitled, "Small Changes, Big Impact." The week was topped off Wednesday night with a banquet and entertainment by The Jill Gioia Band who returned to ECBCC by popular demand.

    ECBCC 2009's major sponsors included Diamond sponsors International Bowling Industry Magazine, ECBCC's Official Publication, and the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America, Platinum sponsors Brunswick Bowling and Billiards, QubicaAMF and Pepsi-Cola, the official soft drink of bowling; Gold sponsors Anheuser-Busch, Ace Mitchell and Kegel; Silver sponsors Strike Ten Entertainment, Jolly Time, Drinkin' Mate and Fontana Wine; and Bronze sponsors North Pointe Insurance Group, Team Cobra and USBC.