Live Oak Bank Joins BPAA Smart Buy Program

by Bob Johnson 0

Live Oak Bank has announced a partnership with the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America. As part of the BPAA's Smart Buy program, member centers have access to financing options specifically addressing the needs of the bowling and entertainment industry.

“Live Oak Bank is thrilled to be selected by the BPAA as a trusted partner,” said Ben Jones, Domain Specialist for the Bank’s Entertainment Center division. “Like the BPAA, Live Oak is committed to this industry, offering financing for a sector that is sometimes overlooked.”

Noted BPAA President Tom Martino: “We are excited that Live Oak Bank has joined our exclusive Smart Buy program. Our program is very selective, and adding a partner like Live Oak who is equally invested in the betterment of BPAA members is a great step towards growing this industry.”

Live Oak Bank offers financing solutions to family entertainment centers, bowling centers, roller skating centers, small parks and water parks nationwide. The Live Oak team has extensive lending experience and industry knowledge, and can assist bowling and entertainment centers with construction, refinance, expansion, remodel and working capital loans.

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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