2017 Fall Meeting Recap

2017 ISBPA Annual Fall Meeting

The Association's Annual Fall Meeting was held Nov. 12-13, 2017
at the Hotel Arista at Citygate Centre, Naperville

 

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ISBPA's Anuual General Membership Meeting featured several guest presenters,
including International Bowling Hall of Fame & Museum's Tracy Ebarb.



Tom Sims, former proprietor of Fox Bowl (pictured with wife Kim) was presented ISBPA's most prestigous award, the Louis P. Petersen Award for his service to the Sport and Industry at the National, State & Local levels.  Tom has served as a BPAA Director, ISBPA & Fox Valley BPA President, and created and developed the ISBPA's successful Marketing Fund and the Miller Lite Beer Frame Baker Blast tournament.



The father/son duo of Sunset Lanes, Waukegan, proudly display a plaque presented to them celebrating their center's
50th Anniversay of membership in ISBPA/BPAA.  Pictured l-r, Pete and Jim Gochis.
 



ISBPA In-School Bowling Lead Specialist (pictured on left) and In-School Bowling Consultant Naomi Shine (not pictured) received the P.F. Bosco Award of Merit for their contributions to the Assocation promoting school bowling programs statewide.  Qubica AMF's Craig Johnson was presented the Award of Gratitude for his support of ISBPA programs and their members. Johnson developed the popular QAMF pin purchase program over a decade ago,
which has contributed more than $100,000 towards ISBPA's State Marketing Fund.




Thomas Schreibel, a partner with Michael Best Strategies, BPAA's new legislative lobbyist, provided information on National's legislative business plan and a newly completed website buildout with many proprietor-friendly reesources.


Illinois proprietor and Precision Pinsetter Service founder and instructor Frank Miroballi lead a session discussing one of the most critical areas of a sucessful bowling center's business operation.  He provided tips for finding and hiring quality pinsetter mechanics, pinsetter inventory control and ways to keep the back-end operation running smoothly.


Kegel's Doug Dukes' afternoon educational session provided information on lane topography, concerns regarding USBC's pending lane certification policy changes, lane machine operational and maintenance tips, oil patterns, the scoring environment, and the use of Kegel's newest coaching tools.

 

ISBPA's Supporting Member Exhibit and Networking Business Social capped off the Fall Meeting program.
Pictured (l-r), Kim Stanek Sims proudly displays the Ugly Chrstmas Sweater she won; attendee's didn't leave hungry; ISBPA President Bob Stubler helps support one of his favorite exhibitors.

2016 Annual Fall Meeting Report

2016 Illinois State BPA Fall Meeting Scrapbook

held November 13-14, 2016 at the Bloomington/Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Normal, Illinois.


BuildingBeer
MillerCoors Representatives Matt Krauss, Mike Walls and Myron Myers prepare members for their individual center "Building with Beer" consultations.

BowlingU
BPAA's Gerald Morrow provides information for member's use of ISBPA's purchase of an unlimited bulk-rate one-year subscription of Bowling University's online course curriculum.


Awards
Several Centers and Members were presented awards during ISBPA's Annual General Membership Meeting.  Congratulations to both centers inducted into ISBPA's 50-year Membership Club - Dodge Lanes, Belvidere and Lakes Bowl, Round Lake.

WBPI
Brothers (l-r) Jim & Bob Stubler, Illinois Valley Super Bowl, Peru, were presented with WBPI's Proprietors of the Year Award   Bob was elected as ISBPA's President during the meeting.  He is the third Stubler family member who has served as ISBPA President, a first in ISBPA history.

JeffDiane
Jeff Johnson of The 4 Seasons Bowl, Freeport, and wife Diane pose with Jeff's gifts presented to him for his two years of service and leadership to ISBPA as its President.


Harz
Naperville's Kurt Harz, who recently retired as Brunswick's VP of Sales, receives ISBPA's Award of Gratitude from ISBPA's Jeff Johnson.

KimSims
Kim Stanek Sims of Fox Bowl, Wheaton, was presented with the P.F. Bosco Award of Merit for her relentless commitment and service in providing additional bowling opportunities to youth bowlers throughout Illinois.

StublerPresdientsAward
Outgoing ISBPA President Jeff Johnson presents I.V. Super Bowl's Jim Stubler with a plaque for his selection for the President's Award.


BestOf
Alan Nordman, proprietor of Town & County Lanes, Mt. Morris, receives his star trophy from Jeff Johnson as the "Best of the ISBPA" for his center's selection for the outstanding promotion of a sucessful Youth Sports League Program in his community.


Award0fRecognition
Tangerine Bowl, Quincy, proprietor Doug Wiewel accepts ISBPA's Award of Recognition on behalf of recipent Weston Young, who is also an employee at his center.

Classinsession
ISBPA's Fall Meeting included six hours of education programming and five hours of networking/social events, all in one day's time!

 

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2015 Illinois State BPA 2015 Fall Meeting Scrapbook

Luncheon

More than 90 proprietors, vendors and guests participated in Illinois State Bowling Proprietors Association’s Annual Fall Meeting program, held Nov. 8-9, 2015 at Hotel Arista in Naperville, Illinois.

Membership Meeting

47 ISBPA member centers were represented at the Association’s Annual General Membership Meeting and were provided industry reports and program updates from BPAA, Strike Ten Entertainment, along with ISBPA’s State Lobbyist and School Bowling Specialist.

Tom Clark

Professional Bowler’s Association Commissioner Tom Clark provided the keynote presentation.

Peterson Award

Petersen Award Recipient - Bob Crawford

Winners of ISBPA’s annual and special awards for 2015 were announced at the Nov. 9 Annual Meeting.  Bob Crawford, Pana Bowl, Pana, won the Louis P. Petersen Award, given to an ISBPA member who has devoted a lifetime of service to the sport and industry. Crawford, who at one time owned multiple centers in the southern Illinois area, has served as ISBPA President, ISBPA representative on the BPAA Board of Directors, and has chaired several BPAA and ISBPA committees.  He has also served several terms as the President of the Southern Illinois BPA.

50th Aniversary

Diversy River Bowl’s Gary Secrest and Lisle Lane’s Cesar Canonigo proudly display their center’s 50th Anniversary Award Diversy River Bowlin Chicago and Lisle Lanes, Lisle, were recognized for reaching the 50-year mark in BPA membership.

Best Website

Accepting the Best Website award is Palos Lanes Webmaster Ed Cermak Jr., along with Kyle Cermak

Best Promotion

I.V. Super Bowl’s Jim & Bob Stubler display their award for Best Bowling Promotion

Other awards included the inaugural “Best of the ISBPA” awards.  Luby Publishing President Keith Hamilton presented Palos Lanes, Palos Park, with the 2015 Best Member Website honor. Industry veteran Kurt Harz awarded Illinois Valley Super Bowl with the 2015 Best Bowling Promotion for their “Bowling for Boob” fundraiser to support Breast Cancer Awareness.

Laraway Lanes, New Lenox,won QubicaAMF's special “Pin Program” drawing to have itsnational and state BPA dues paid by QubicaAMF in 2016.

Seminar

Education dominated the Nov. 8-9 conference, as well-respected industry broker Sandy Hansell, BPAA Director of Education Kelly Bednar, STE’s Myron Myers and MillerCoors Matthew Krausse, and Constant Contact’s Betsy Armstrong, and  panelists from several FEC Supporting members present on a variety of topics.  Conference attendees also networked with each other and with vendors and product/service exhibitors during the Nov. 9 Supporting Member Mini-Display/Business and Cocktail Social.