Walker to Join SMART Board, Replacing Hansell

by Bob Johnson 0

John Walker, President and Chief Executive Officer of QubicaAMF Worldwide, will join the SMART Corporation Board of Directors, effective this month.

Walker replaces attorney and financial consultant Sandy Hansell, who is retiring from the SMART Board.

SMART is a scholarship management program for youth bowlers.

“On behalf of the SMART Board, I want to thank Sandy Hansell for his nearly four years of service to youth bowling, helping guide the protection and management of the SMART fund,” SMART Corporation Board Chairman Wally Hall said. “We are very pleased to have John Walker, one of the industry’s most respected business executives, accept the invitation to join the board.”

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.