Hardie joins Bowlmor AMF

by Bob Johnson 0

Warren Hardie, who retired as President of Brunswick Bowling & Billiards in 2011, has been named Chief Operating Officer of the newly formed Bowlmor AMF.

Hardie brings experience in both manufacturing and bowling center operations to his new post, having also formerly served as Brunswick’s President of Bowling Retail.

Bowlmor AMF is a merger of AMF Bowling Worldwide Inc. and Strike Holdings LLC, completed in the wake of AMF’s most recent Chapter 11 filing. When the merger was announced, it also was noted that Bowlmor AMF would hold a 50% ownership stake in capital equipment manufacturer QubicaAMF.

Bowlers Journal International will have a full report in the August issue.

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.