2015 Illinois State BPA 2015 Fall Meeting Scrapbook
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.
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.
Professional Bowler’s Association Commissioner Tom Clark provided the keynote presentation.
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.
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.
Accepting the Best Website award is Palos Lanes Webmaster Ed Cermak Jr., along with Kyle Cermak
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.
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.