Bowl Expo to award ‘$100,000 makeover’

by Bob Johnson 0

Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America members who attend International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas this June will have an opportunity to win a “$100,000 makeover” for their center.

“One of the biggest areas of opportunities we see for our centers is changing with the times and reinventing themselves — something that is difficult without significant capital funding,” said BPAA Executive Director Steve Johnson. “This $100,000 prize takes the issue of capital off the table and will help change a center’s future.”

The drawing will be held at the conclusion of the Bowl Expo Trade Show on Thursday, June 27 at 4 p.m. on the floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The announcement of the contest was made in a live-streaming event just minutes ago on the BPAA website. Full details are included in the March issue of Bowlers Journal International’s sister publication, Bowling Center Management.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.