Jayhawk’s Russ Wilson Elected President of IBPSIA

by Bob Johnson 0

Russ Wilson of Jayhawk Bowling Supply in Lawrence, Kan., has been elected President of the International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association.  Wilson, as well as other new officers and board members, will begin serving immediately.

“I feel that being elected as President is a tremendous honor,” Wilson said. “I will do whatever I can to lead the association to fulfill its mission.”

IBPSIA Board members also elected Tom Zernia of Lighthouse Pro Shop in West Bend, Wis., as Vice President, and Mark Moon of Moon’s Pro Shop in Middletown, Ohio, as Secretary/Treasurer. IBPSIA said Moon would be assisted by David Bolt of DB’s Pro Shop and Instruction in Champaign, Ill.

Elected as board members at-large were Michelle Rakow, Bowlers Advantage Pro Shop, Smyrna, Tenn.; Jordan Vanover, Turbo 2-n-1 Grips, Chesterfield, Mich., and Dennis Wagner, Synergy Pro Shop, Cahokia, Ill.  Lou Marquez of Detroit Metro Bowling and Resource Center in Sterling Heights, Mich., was given ex-officio status,

IBPSIA is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015. For more about the organization, go to: http://www.ibpsia.com

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.