Gary Brown Gets IBC Youth Promotion

by Bob Johnson 0

Gary Brown has been named Managing Director of International Bowling Campus Youth Development, supervising all United States Bowling Congress and Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America youth programs. He will report to the executive directors of USBC and BPAA, Chad Murphy and Frank DeSocio.

Brown moves into his new role from director of collegiate programs and youth tournaments. He has been part of the IBC staff since 1999 in roles that included event management, rules counseling, and director of high school and collegiate bowling.

“We have made great strides since merging the operations of BPAA and USBC youth programs under IBC Youth,” DeSocio said. “Gary has a proven track record of great collaboration with all industry stakeholders, and we believe he is a great fit to continue the effort.”

Brown also brings television event experience to the job, having worked for CBS and ESPN in various production roles of live telecasts. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sports marketing/management and a master’s degree in sports management and athletic administration from Indiana University. He also was a member of the Hoosiers’ varsity bowling team.

“The recent success and growth of collegiate bowling and national youth tournaments demonstrates Gary’s ability to succeed in this role,” Murphy said. “He brings the perspective of a lifelong bowler along with the business experience needed to lead this critical part of the IBC team.”

Brown assumes his new role effective immediately.

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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