Perrier to Retire at Brunswick; Dykstra to Become New CEO

by Bob Johnson 0

Brunswick Bowling Products has announced that after almost 37 years of service to Brunswick and the bowling industry, Chief Executive Officer Brent Perrier is retiring, effective July 25.

“It has been a great run at Brunswick,” Perrier said, “and I’m really proud to be leaving the company in the best financial position, and with the highest quality product line we’ve enjoyed in a long time. Furthermore, I’m happy the current management team will remain in place and will continue to drive Brunswick Bowling Products forward in developing innovative products and services for our customers.”

Perrier will transition into the position of executive advisor to the board and to the CEO over the next two months.

Corey Dykstra, the current CFO and Vice President of Consumer and Aftermarket Products, will succeed Perrier as CEO. Dykstra has been with Brunswick since 2004, and has served in his current role as CFO for the last seven years.

Dykstra has been instrumental in growing the Consumer Products business, most recently with the introduction of new shoe and bag lines. He also served as Billiard and Bowling Institute of America President in 2016.

“On behalf of the entire Brunswick Bowling Products organization, the board of directors would like to thank Brent for his many contributions to the company over the years, and welcome Corey into his new role,” said Joe Licata, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Brunswick Bowling Products. “We see great potential in the strategic direction of the company, and are excited to have access to Corey’s talent and experience to bring Brunswick Bowling Products to the next level of performance.”

Dykstra commented, “I’m proud and excited to be given the trust and responsibility to guide Brunswick Bowling Products in the coming years. We at Brunswick are grateful for Brent’s leadership and thank him for his many years of service.”

Added Perrier: “I would like to sincerely thank all the friends, customers and colleagues who I’ve known over the years in the bowling industry, and I hope to remain in contact with everyone in the future,” Perrier said. “I would especially like to thank the company’s current ownership and board of directors for allowing me to lead the start of the new chapter of Brunswick Bowling Products.”

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.