2019 Fall Meeting Recap

2019 ISBPA Annual Fall Meeting


The Association's Annual Fall Meeting
was held Nov. 17-18 at Hotel Arista in Naperville

2012 Annual Meeting 2

ISBPA's Anuual General Membership Meeting featured several guest presenters
including IBC Youth Managing Director Gary Brown

and featuring BPAA Executive Director Fran DeSocio, who provided an industry and BPAA update.

Arena Lanes proprietor Bill Bard accepts ISBPA's most prestigous award, the Louis P. Petersen Award for his service to the Sport and Industry at the National, State & Local levels - on left, accepting congratulations from previous Petersen honorees Bob Crawford and John Sommer.  Bill currently serves as an ISBPA Director and is a Past Presdient of the Chicagoland BPA.  On right photo, Bill is flanked by (l-r)  son-in-law Daryl Durano and daughter Melissa Bard-Durano and ISBPA Awards Chairman and previous Petersen Award recipent Jim Stubler.

Stardust Bowl, Addison proprietor Henry Barber accepts his plaque recognizing his center's 50th year in membership
with ISBPA & BPAA from ISBPA President Bill Brennan

 A well-attended session moderated by ISBPA members included discussion/tips to help a member center’s social media business strategies, including the value of (and how to influence) favorable customer reviews of your business, presented by Orland Bowl proprietor Mike Halleran and manager Andrew Holmes (right).

Pictured at left, Palos Lanes' Kyle Cermak spoke on the smart use of customer data, center website design ideas and social media integrated platforms that can be easily implemented by centers.



Left Photo: Western Bowling Proprietor Insurance CEO Cameron Linder kicked of ISBPA's Education Session with a presenatation called When Bowling Balls Become Blunt Force Objects... attendees learned what their legal duties are in the event of a violent assault and what center staff should and should not do when violence breaks out.
Right Photo: Linder also presented his own WBPI Proprietor of the Year Award to Suburbanite Bowl proprietor Judie Anderson at the Fall Meeting Luncheon.

Fresh off his popular BowlExpo seminar, Sequoia Lanes' Tim Voss provided an enlightening presentation on how ISBPA members can create a full Renaissance in league bowling. The session provided a “Grass Roots” marketing approach that fits the spending abilities of every bowling center and which any bowling proprietor can implement.




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2018 Annual Meeting

2018 ISBPA Annual Fall Meeting

The Association's Annual Fall Meeting was held Nov. 4-5, 2018
at Harrah's Casino & Hotel in Joliet


2012 Annual Meeting 2

ISBPA's Anuual General Membership Meeting featured several guest presenters,

including BPAA President Randy Thompson (with his wife Sheri) of Des Moines, Iowa.

Lyle Zikes, proprietor of Beverly Lanes 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.  Lyle currently serves as a BPAA Director, and is a Past Presdient of both the Illinois State and Chicagoland BPA's.  Lyle was presented the award by his father Les Zikes, who received the award in 2006.  They are the only father/son duo to receive the Petersen Aawrd.  Pictured (l-r) Presdient Bob Stubler, Les & Lyle Zikes

MillerCoors' Matt Krauss (left picture, flanked by Bob Stubler & Execuive Director Bill Duff) received the P.F. Bosco Award of Merit for his educational and sponosrship contributions to the Assocation. WBPI's Cameron Linder (middle picture, with Pres. Bob Stubler) was presented the President's Award for providing the Association's members an array of quality insurance services as ISBPA's exclusively endorsed Agency.  Highland Community College Men's Bowling Coach Kris Beach (right) received the Award of Recogintion as HCC won the NJCAA Men's Bowling title in just their 4th year of competition.

ISBPA's Officers elected for two-year terms were (l-r) Bob Stubler, Chairman of the Board of Directors; Bill Brennan, Chicago, President; Tom Doud, Channahon, Vice-Presdent; Mike Melone, Wood Dale, Secretary; David Supanich, Chicago, Treasurer

BPAA's Director of Education Services, Kelly Bednar (pictured on left) discussed "Navigating Today's Hiring."  He also announced ISBPA has renewed its bulk subsciption purchase of Bowling University online edcuational content to provide its members at no cost throughout 2019.  ISBPA also will host a Management School for its members in May 2019.


BBBI's Bruce Davis (pictured at right) presented members with his tips on "Marketuing Your Center to the Millennial Customer."


Ryan Gromfin, "The Restaurant Boss," (pictured below) provided the featured afternoon food and beverage presentation and interactive workshop for attendees.

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


2012 Annual Meeting 2

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.

2016 Annual Meeting

2016 Illinois State BPA Fall Meeting Scrapbook

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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


2015 Annual Meeting

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.

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.


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.