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
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 resources.
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.