Business

Fast-Growing Main Event Adds a CFO

February 18th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Main Event Entertainment has announced the appointment of Chandra McCormack to the position of chief financial officer. An experienced senior executive with both publicly held and private organizations, McCormack will provide strategic direction and maintain financial excellence to support the company’s expansion. “Chandra has shown an outstanding ability to implement organizational structure, lead technology innovation […]


A Return to Glory Days for One-Time Springsteen Host?

February 17th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

A Return to Glory Days for One-Time Springsteen Host?

It’s not an identity crisis, per se.  But a bowling center in Cherry Hill, N.J., is about to get a new name… for a second time. The reason it’s not that big of a deal is that this rechristening of Erlton Bowl will be only the second in 54 years. Erlton, which opened in 1961, […]


Update: Services Pending for Cincinnati Bowling Icon Erv Hoinke Jr.

February 17th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

From the mid- to late-20th century, certain names became synonymous with the bowling business in certain cities. In Indianapolis, it was Don Mitchell, who operated the Royal Pin Leisure Centers chain. In Milwaukee, it was Dick Richards, operator of the Red Carpet chain of centers. And in Cincinnati, it was the Hoinke family, long-time operators […]


Kegel, WTBA Extend Partnership for World Championship Events

February 17th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Kegel and the World Tenpin Bowling Association (a.k.a. World Bowling) have extended their agreement for Kegel to provide lane maintenance for all WTBA World Championship tournaments through 2015. Since 1995, the WTBA World Championship tournaments have been using Kegel equipment, chemicals and technical staff during their events. Kegel President Chris Chartrand and WTBA President Kevin […]


Tournament Promoter Ervin Hoinke Dies

February 16th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Tournament Promoter Ervin Hoinke Dies

At the height of bowling’s popularity as a sport, one of the most anticipated and lucrative tournaments conducted each year was the Hoinke Classic, staged at Western Bowl in Cincinnati. Today, Bowlers Journal International learned of the passing of Ervin Hoinke, the patriarch of the family that ran Western Bowl and the Hoinke Classic for […]


Giant FEC Opens in Vietnam With 14 Duckpin Lanes

February 13th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Giant FEC Opens in Vietnam With 14 Duckpin Lanes

Helio Center, considered Vietnam’s largest and most modern family entertainment center, opened to the public on Wednesday. The 157,000-square-foot indoor and 2.5-acre outdoor FEC is located Da Nang, midway between Hanoi and Ho Chi Ming City (formerly Saigon). It has a metropolitan area of 1 million and is a popular tourist location for Vietnamese and […]


Live Oak Bank Joins BPAA Smart Buy Program

February 12th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Live Oak Bank has announced a partnership with the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America. As part of the BPAA’s Smart Buy program, member centers have access to financing options specifically addressing the needs of the bowling and entertainment industry. “Live Oak Bank is thrilled to be selected by the BPAA as a trusted partner,” said […]


2015 USBC Masters Reaches More Than 3.5 Million Viewers

February 12th, 2015 by GIANMARC MANZIONE | Comments Off

The Professional Bowlers Association Tour telecast of the United States Bowling Congress Masters on ESPN was the most-watched cable sports program on Sunday, reaching more than 3.5 million viewers. The telecast, which featured two-handed Australian bowler Jason Belmonte winning an historic third-straight Masters title, averaged 1.17 million viewers in the last quarter-hour of the telecast. […]


Is the Business Cycle Turning Back Toward Bowling?

February 11th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Business trends are famously cyclical. As Med Jones, the president of the International Institute of Management (http://www.iim-edu.org) who predicted the economic crisis, has observed, “Sustaining high business performance is a product of continuous strategic alignment.” Just when you think you have things figured out… things change. There was a time when “big box” stores such […]


Distributor Trade Show Schedule Unveiled for 2015

February 11th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

The Billiard & Bowling Institute of America has assembled a list of distributor shows for 2015: * Classic Products, Fort Wayne, Ind., July 23 * Gran Prix Bowling Supply, St. Louis, July 23-24 * Bobs’ Business, Chicago, July 27 * DiLaura Brothers, Detroit, July 28 * Ace Mitchell, Akron, Ohio, July 29-30 * Premier Bowling […]



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