Wodka Named Global Marketing Manager for EBI

by Bob Johnson 0

Ebonite International has named Dave Wodka as the company’s new Global Marketing Manager.


Wodka has been in the bowling business nearly all of his professional life. His bowling resumé includes:

  • PBA member since 1991
  • One PBA national title (1999 Greater Detroit Open)
  • Twenty-one PBA Regional titles
  • Two-time PBA Regional Player of the Year (2003 West Region and 2014 Northwest Region)
  • Member of two Halls of Fame (Southern Nevada USBC and Nevada State)
  • Seven top-10 finishes in USBC Open Championships

His bowling industry experience includes:

  • Working for a bowling distributor, 1996-99
  • South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Nev., 2011-12
  • General Manager of a 32-lane center
  • EBI Staff member (1993 to the present)
  • EBI District Sales Manager (2001-07 and 2012-present)

According to the company, Wodka has done a great job in helping to drive sales and brand exposure in the marketplace, and within his new role, he will work closely with the EBI team to drive the brands of EBI worldwide.

Wodka will be relocating to EBI’s worldwide headquarters in Hopkinsville, Ky. He will report directly to CEO Randy Schickert, CEO and work closely with Rob Gotchall, Danny Vowell and Mike Snellbaker.

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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