Bowling world descends on Dallas-Fort Worth for International Bowl Expo By Mark Miller

    06/27/11

    Column

    Republished courtesy of Examiner.com (June 26, 2011)

    2011IBELogo.jpg While the Dallas-Fort Worth area hosts the world's greatest women bowlers this week (U.S. Women's Open), the business side of the sport also will converge on the Metroplex when International Bowl Expo takes place Monday through Thursday at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center in Grapevine.

    About 5,000 bowling center owners and their staffs, bowling industry leaders and local bowling association officials will take part in a variety of meetings, educational sessions, networking events and the largest trade show in the industry.

    2011IBERogerStaubach.jpgOfficial activities kick off Monday morning with the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America Annual Meeting and Breakfast. The first of more than 45 educational sessions begin that afternoon followed in the evening by the Welcome Reception and seventh annual International Bowling Karaoke Super Star finals.

    Tuesday is filled with more educational seminars in advance of Wednesday morning keynote speaker, National Football League Hall of Famer and commercial real estate executive Roger Staubach (pictured right). Following his speech, the trade show featuring hundreds of exhibits opens for the first of a two-day run.

    Wednesday evening, attendees will travel to the International Bowling Campus in Arlington for "A Night at the Campus." Besides a Texas barbeque, the grand opening of the new women's pro bowling exhibit at the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame and a pro-am at the International Training and Research Center to benefit the IBM/HF will be held.

    2011IBEStevenFoster.jpgThursday morning, Lucky Strike Chief Executive Officer Steven Foster (left) will speak before the trade show opens for the day. That evening, attendees will travel to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington for the televised finals of the U.S. Women's Open that started Saturday.

    On Friday, representatives of bowlers nationwide will take part in the United States Bowling Congress Convention. That evening, USBC will induct its newest hall of fame class.

    The week also features meetings and conferences of the Bowling Writers' Association of America (BWAA), International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association (IBPSIA), Armed Forces and USBC Coaches.

    The Bowling Examiner will be at all the festivities and will provide periodic reports throughout the week.

     


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