Business

Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo Adds Sponsors

February 20th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

The 5th annual Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo is set for July 8-10 at Town & Country Lanes in Joliet, Ill. This year, more sponsors than ever before are getting involved in this college-recruiting event. Sponsors returning for 2015 include: • 900 Global • Bowlers Journal International magazine • Brunswick • Columbia 300 • Dexter • […]


Hulsenberg Is New Director of Marketing for Storm

February 19th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Storm Products President Dave Symes has announced that Gary Hulsenberg is the company’s new Director of Marketing, replacing Roger Noordhoek, who left to accept a position at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas, last month. A native of Northern California, Hulsenberg joined Storm Products in June 2013 as the Inside Sales Coordinator. His primary […]


Bowling Is Coming to Blasdell in Former Grocery Building

February 19th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

The village of Blasdell in New York’s Erie County was a quintessential railroad town during the 19th and 20th centuries. It was a stop on the Erie Railroad, which originally connected New York City with Lake Erie. The village was named after Herman Blasdell, the first station master of the Erie and Pennsylvania railroad depot, […]


3 Years After Fire, Oregon Center Re-opens With New Identity

February 19th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

A fast-spreading fire that started in the facility’s kitchen closed down Valley Lanes in Beaverton, Ore., three years ago. It was a devastating loss for Terry Pierce and his wife, Kathy Holmes. They had owned the center for nine years, and Pierce had managed it for a long stretch before that. The couple had mixed […]


Bowling Museum to Participate in Assessment Program

February 18th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame has been selected to participate in the Museum Assessment Program. Through guided self-study and on-site consultation with a museum professional, participation in MAP will empower the IBMHOF to better serve the Dallas-Fort Worth area and greater bowling community by exceeding the highest professional standards of the museum […]


Skidmore to Close Historic Albuquerque Center in May

February 18th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Lomas Boulevard is one of the main east-west transportation arteries in Albuquerque, and long has been home to a pair of bowling centers right across the street from one another. Since 2012, both centers have been owned by former PBA Tour player Gary Skidmore, and now go by the names of Skidmore’s Holiday Bowl (on […]


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 […]



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