Distributor Trade Show Schedule Unveiled for 2015

by Bob Johnson 0

The Billiard & Bowling Institute of America has assembled a list of distributor shows for 2015:

* Classic Products, Fort Wayne, Ind., July 23

* Gran Prix Bowling Supply, St. Louis, July 23-24

* Bobs’ Business, Chicago, July 27

* DiLaura Brothers, Detroit, July 28

* Ace Mitchell, Akron, Ohio, July 29-30

* Premier Bowling Supply, Houston, Texas, July 30

* Steve Cook’s Bowling Supply North, Sacramento, Calif., Aug. 1

* Bobs’ Business, Minneapolis, Minn., Aug. 3

* Steve Cook’s Bowling Supply South, Riverside, Calif., Aug. 3

* Ace Mitchell, Syracuse, N.Y., Aug. 4

* LoMar Bowling Supply, Russell, Kan., Aug. 5

* Bowlers Supply, York, Pa., Aug. 6-7

* Classic Products, Dallas, Aug. 7

* Premier Bowling Supply, Colorado, Aug. 10

* Ace Mitchell, New Jersey, Aug. 11

* Island Bowling Supply, Foxwoods Hotel & Casino, Connecticut, Aug. 13

* Boutique de Quilles Buffa Inc., Montreal, Canada, Aug. 13-15

* Classic Products and Hudson Bowling Supply, Florida, Aug. 14.

Gran Prix Bowling Supply’s event is a two-day trade show, as is Ace Mitchell’s Akron event, which also includes a golf outing. The Buffa event features one day for proprietors (Aug. 13) and two days for consumers (Aug. 14-15). And the Bowlers Supply event will conclude with a PBA Regional tournament.

BBIA’s 73rd annual convention is scheduled for April 12-14 in Hilton Head, S.C. For online registration information, go to: http://www.bpaamax.com/Scripts/4Disapi.dll/events/bbia-convention-2015/230/

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.

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