IBPSIA Award Recipients for 2015 Revealed

by Bob Johnson 0

International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association award recipients for 2015 have been announced.

IBPSIA’s awards banquet will be held prior to the association’s 25th Anniversary Bowling Tournament on the evening of June 25, during International Bowl Expo week in Las Vegas.

The honorees are:

• Bill Bunetta Lighthouse Award — Tom Laskow

• Pro Shop Excellence Award — Chuck Gardner Jr.

• Friends of IBPSIA Award — Keith Hamilton and Luby Publishing Inc.

“With sincere appreciation, we thank each award winner for providing superior service to IBPSIA,” said IBPSIA President, Russ Wilson. “We believe that the awards banquet, followed by our 25th Anniversary Tournament, will provide a great deal of fun and entertainment during the busy week of Bowl Expo.”

The Bill Bunetta Lighthouse Award can be given to a person or business that has made significant contributions to the pro shop industry. The Pro Shop Excellence Award is given to a pro shop that has a certified technician on staff, plays a key role in the retention/development of bowlers, and is a member of the association. The Friends of IBPSIA Award is given to an individual or company that has made significant contributions to benefit the association and its members.

The 25th Anniversary Bowling Tournament, which is sponsored by the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America, is exclusive to pro shop owners and employees; there is no entry fee.

Mark Moon, IBPSIA’s Secretary/Treasurer and Awards Committee Chairperson, made the announcement regarding this year’s awards recipients.

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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