Dykstra Announces Promotions at Brunswick

by Bob Johnson 0

Brunswick Bowling Products CEO Corey Dykstra has announced three new promotions within the company.

“I truly believe that we have the most talented team in bowling,” said Dykstra, who was named CEO of the company in July. “As part of the transition into my new role, I am making some important changes to help our team effectively transition from ‘business as usual’ to growing Brunswick.”

  • Brian Graham has been named Vice President of Consumer and Aftermarket Products.

“In his new role, Brian will lead our consumer and aftermarket product teams as we take advantage of some of the synergies in these two businesses,” said Dykstra.

Graham previously led sales and marketing for the consumer products group.

  • Billy Orlikowski has been promoted to Director of Consumer Product Management, leading the consumer product engineering team and overseeing ball manufacturing.

“Billy will be working hard to continue to drive innovation and a continuous improvement mindset in our ball business,” said Dykstra.

  • Bugsy Kelly is now Director of Marketing for Consumer Products.

Noted Dykstra, “Bugsy has done an outstanding job with the launch of our new bag, shoe and accessory lines, and he will now be tasked with driving consumer products growth in his new marketing role.”

Added Dykstra: “These promotions, along with some organizational changes, will ensure that Brunswick is positioned for growth while continuing to provide best-in-industry customer service and cutting-edge product innovation.”

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.