The Bowling Proprietors' Association of America has announced the recipients of its 2015 Bowling Industry Service Awards.
Mark Voight of Community Bowling Centers in Livonia, Mich., has been selected as the 2015 BPAA Hall of Fame Inductee and recipient of the Victor Lerner Memorial Medal. The Lerner Medal is the highest honor awarded by the BPAA and recognizes an individual for a lifetime of service to the bowling industry.
Voight is being cited for his many years of bowling center management, service to the BPAA and BPAA programs, events and tournaments, as well as the bowling industry on local, state and national levels. His industry contributions include many years of service to the Multi Unit Bowling Information Group and the BPAA Audit Committee.
Cathy DeSocio of JOMA Bowling Company in Wichita, Kan., will be recognized with the President’s Medal for her many contributions and years of service to the BPAA, and for her guidance of the association through a challenging time when she served as interim executive director. The President's Medal is given to an individual (proprietor/manager) judged to have given exceptional support and/or made significant contributions to the association in the eyes of the current BPAA president and the Awards Committee.
Bill Chrisman of Storm Products in Brigham City, Utah, will receive the coveted V.A. Wapensky Award, named after BPAA's long-time executive director, “Chief” Wapensky. Chrisman is being recognized for his leadership in developing tournaments and his enthusiasm for the sport of bowling, as well as his support and service to the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame.
Kelly Kulick on Union, N.J., is being recognized with the Dick Weber Bowling Ambassador Award, named after the legendary bowling icon, recognizing her many contributions to the game and sport of bowling, both on and off the lanes.
Debra Boje of Tampa, Fla., will be recognized with the Ruben A. Dankoff Award for Public Policy and Legislative Service for her countless hours of direction and interpretation on new laws and gambling legislation in the state of Florida. The award is presented to an individual or organization who provides outstanding voluntary service on the federal, state or local government level in the development of legislation, public policy initiatives or other political efforts which benefit BPAA members or the industry as a whole. Boje has been an invaluable resource for proprietors in the Southeast region.
The Kids Bowl Free program will receive the 2015 Media Award for its successful efforts in furthering the sport and business of bowling through the promotion and execution of its national program.
The Metro Detroit USBC Association will be recognized at the USBC Convention and at Bowl Expo with the BPAA USBC Association Award, which is presented to a local USBC association that has demonstrated a high degree of cooperation with its local BPAA proprietor group. The relationship between BPAA and local USBC associations is critical since local associations represent the “consumer” and BPAA member centers are the “playing fields” for bowling.
Tom Martino, BPAA President and Awards Committee Chairman, said, “These award recipients are models of excellent leadership, humble service and honorable dedication, and we congratulate and thank them for their contributions to the BPAA and the bowling industry.”
The Bowling Industry Service Awards will be presented at the BPAA Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, June 24, during International Bowl Expo 2015 at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The Lerner Memorial Medal presentation will take place during the general session on Thursday morning.
The National Bowling Association also will be recognized at the luncheon on the occasion of its 75th anniversary. TNBA is a “promoter of sportsmanship, fellowship and friendship,” and serves as a recruiting agency and point-of-entry for young bowlers who otherwise would not receive the encouragement, tutelage and guidance needed to learn the game and develop the skills essential for successful competition.
In addition, Proprietors of the Year will be introduced at the luncheon. State bowling proprietors nominated by their state associations will be recognized for their contributions, accomplishments and excellent entrepreneurial efforts:
James Wangeman, Harvest Park Bowl, Northern California
Ron Plander, Harley's Camarillo Bowl, Southern California
Bob Wentworth, Oviedo Bowling Center, Florida
B.J. Trickey, Westdale Bowling Center, Iowa
Jeff Johnson, 4 Seasons Bowling Center, Illinois
Scott Devers, Mike Aulby's Arrowhead Bowl, Indiana
Jim Mayberry, Walnut Bowl, Kansas
Susan Collier, Lord Calvert Bowl, Maryland
Terry Signaigo, Imperial Bowl, Missouri
Scott Koecheler, Midway Pro Bowl, Minnesota
Dale Klaumann, Blue Valley Bowl, Nebraska
Dominic Rebman, Rebman Rec, Ohio (posthumous)
Terry Price and Ken Paton, Super Play, Oregon
Mary Harrar, Thunderbird Lanes Warminster, Pennsylvania
Dick Atkinson, Hallmark Lanes, Texas
Reggie & Nancy Frederick, Chalet Bowl & 26th Street Café, Washington
Diane Mallow, Watertown Bowl, Wisconsin