Clark takes over day-to-day operations of PBA

by Bob Johnson 0

After nearly two years as Chief Executive Officer of the Professional Bowlers Assn., Geoff Reiss announced Monday that he is transitioning from his role to join the organization’s board of directors, effective Sept. 9. Commissioner Tom Clark will assume day-to-day management responsibility for the PBA.

“Tom’s vast experience and passion for the sport of bowling give him a unique ability to see our turnaround through its final phase” Reiss said. “I look forward to continuing to work with Tom as we build on the momentum we’ve created the past year.”

“We’ve got a big year ahead,” Clark said. “Our dedicated staff and I will continue to build our fan base, create opportunities for our players and grow our relationships with partners and sponsors.”

Reiss became the PBA’s CEO and Clark assumed his role as Commissioner on Nov. 1, 2011.

The PBA will conclude its 2012-13 season with the PBA World Series of Bowling V at South Point Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center, Oct. 25-Nov. 3, followed by the Round1 Japan Cup.

ESPN coverage of the multi-event World Series will be followed by the return of PBA League competition in early January from Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park Mich.

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.