Cyber Report #1094

E-dition No. 1,094 • Friday, January 31, 2020

Editor: Bob Johnson (bjibob@aol.com)

March 31 Is Deadline for Inaugural Frewing Scholarship

The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame is now accepting applications for the Daroll and Dolores Frewing College Scholarship. The submission deadline is March 31.

The annual $25,000 scholarship was created by Daroll Frewing, co-founder and CEO of US Bowling Corporation, and his wife, Dolores, to give back to the center owners with whom they have built relationships through the years. Daroll, who has been involved in the bowling industry for nearly six decades, serves on the Board of Trustees of the IBMHOF.

Applicants must be a son, daughter or grandchild of a Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America-member center owner and in their senior year of high school. The scholarship will be awarded to an applicant based on academic success and service to the community.

The Frewings have been tremendous supporters of the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame for many years, and we’re thrilled to help with the Daroll and Dolores Frewing College Scholarship,” IBMHOF President and Chairman Mike Aulby said. “We appreciate the continued generosity of the Frewings. This scholarship will greatly benefit members of the BPAA family for many years.”

The inaugural Daroll and Dolores Frewing Scholarship will be presented at BPAA’s 2020 International Bowl Expo, which will take place July 2-6 at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center in Aurora, Colo. Travel and hotel expenses for the award winner and a parent/guardian will be provided by BPAA.

The launch of the scholarship, with a $250,000 donation by the Frewings, was announced at last year’s Bowl Expo. The scholarship recipient will be selected by the IBMHOF Board of Directors, along with a member of the Frewing family.

Visit BowlingMuseum.com for more information about the scholarship, including the application.

Brunswick Adds Teitloff, Hanson and Buckosh

Brunswick Bowling Products has announced several additions to the company’s Consumer Products, R&D and Product Management team.

With a combined 50 years of bowling industry experience, former Ebonite International employees Randy Teitloff and Rich Hanson will join Brunswick Bowling Products in Muskegon, Mich.

Teitloff joins the company as the director of research and development, while Hanson has been named product manager for bowling balls.

In addition, Bryan Buckosh, a new name to the bowling industry, has been hired as a design engineer for bowling balls.

Over the past several weeks, our focus has been on adding talent, and we are extremely excited to have Randy, Rich and Bryan joining the Brunswick team here in Muskegon,” said Billy Orlikowski, director of product management for Brunswick Bowling consumer products.

Randy brings 30 years of experience innovating and implementing bowling ball technologies at Ebonite International, and we look forward to integrating many of these technologies and manufacturing processes into our operations. With 20 years of bowling industry experience in the areas of product management, brand management, sales, and pro shop operations, Rich will certainly be an incredible asset to our product management team. We are also excited to welcome Bryan to the bowling industry and to our team here at Brunswick.”

Added Brian Graham, vice president of consumer and aftermarket products for Brunswick Bowling: “This is an exciting time for Brunswick as we add resources and work to develop new technologies to help differentiate our bowling ball brands in the market. With the addition of Randy, Rich and Bryan to our product management team, we are making a substantial commitment to our consumer product lines, and we look forward to the development of amazing bowling ball innovations to support our loyal consumers and pro shop partners.”

PBA League Will Expand to 10 Teams

The PBA has announced today an expansion of its PBA League, increasing the number of teams from eight to 10 in 2020 by adding teams that will represent the cities of Milwaukee and Las Vegas when the league’s Elias Cup competition returns to Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, in July.

As part of the expansion, the PBA has named Hall of Fame bowlers Marshall Holman and Amleto Monacelli as managers for the Milwaukee and Las Vegas teams, respectively.

The “High Rollers” is the league’s newest team name, representing the Las Vegas franchise. The Milwaukee team has yet to be officially named, but the PBA will give its fans the chance to help select a name by participating in a social-media contest starting on Monday, Feb. 3.

Fans are invited to submit their original franchise names for Milwaukee between 10 a.m. Eastern on Feb. 3 and 10 a.m. Eastern on Feb. 5 via the PBA’s dedicated Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts. The top three names will be released on PBA’s social pages by 1 p.m. Eastern on Feb. 5, and fans will be invited to vote for their favorite.

The winning team name will be chosen by the PBA and publicly announced at the PBA League draft. The person who submits the winning name will receive a customized bowling ball and pin autographed by the Milwaukee team after the draft.

With the addition of Milwaukee and Las Vegas, the League will be divided into two five-team divisions: the Carter Division (Dallas, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Silver Lake and Las Vegas) and the Anthony Division (New York City, Motown, Portland, L.A. and Milwaukee).

A player draft will be held during the PBA World Series of Bowling XI in Las Vegas on March 15. The eight existing teams can protect up to three players from their 2019 rosters and will draft in the reverse order of how they finished in 2019. Any remaining player not protected will go into the draft pool.

All 10 teams will round out their five-player rosters with players whose draft eligibility may be earned up until this year’s WSOB.

The 8th annual PBA League Elias Cup competition will be conducted over three consecutive nights of live television coverage on FS1.

5 Slated for 3 Positions on USBC Board

The USBC Nominating Committee has slated five candidates for the association’s Board of Directors election, and delegates also will vote on 14 legislative proposals at the 2020 USBC Convention and Annual Meeting.

The convention will take place April 27-30 at The Orleans in Las Vegas, with the Annual Meeting legislative sessions set for the final day.

Delegates will vote to fill three open positions on the USBC board. The USBC Nominating Committee, which may slate up to two candidates for each opening, set a slate of five candidates:

* Glenda Beckett, Palmetto Bay, Fla.

* Bruce Hall, Westborough, Mass.

* Chrissy Lee, Tampa, Fla.

* Adam Mitchell, Centreville, Va.

* Tina Williams, Pflugerville, Texas

Beckett has been the Greater Miami USBC Association Manager since 2012 and became a director on the Florida State USBC board in 2018, for which she currently serves as chair of the Legal and Legislative Committee and a member of the Charity Committee.

Hall, who was a senior director at Dell Technologies before retiring in 2018, has more than 40 years as an executive in IT, consumer and industrial design and manufacturing. He owns two PBA Regional titles and won a PBA50 Regional title in 2019.

Lee, who recently relocated from New Jersey to Florida, has taught pre-school for more than 25 years. She served on state and local boards for more than 20 years, including five years as the Monmouth County (N.J.) USBC president.

Mitchell, the only incumbent of the slated candidates, is completing his first term on the USBC national board. He chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and also serves on the Legal, Legislative, and Strategic Planning committees. He is Chief Executive Officer of Global Solutions Inc., a company he started in 2013.

Williams has worked in finance and operations for Make-A-Wish for more than 10 years, performing all accounting and payroll functions. She was a Team USA member in 2007 and 2008, and a three-time All-American at West Texas A&M.

In addition to Mitchell’s expiring term, two board members are completing their final terms, having reached the term limit. Both USBC President Karl Kielich and director Jo Dimond began their service on the board during the 2011-12 season and will complete their final terms in July.

Additional candidates for the USBC Board may run from the floor, provided they give notice of their candidacy to the committee by March 30. Go to BOWL.com/Convention for the Nomination from the Floor information.

Of the 14 proposed amendments to be voted on by delegates at the Annual Meeting, eight relate to bylaws, five are for tournament rules and one proposed amendment is for a league rule. Bylaw proposals require a two-thirds majority vote for adoption, while league and tournament rules require a majority vote to pass.

Visit BOWL.com/Convention for more information about the convention and annual meeting, including the proposed legislation.

Business Briefs…

* Reuters released a story on the PBA featuring lots of comments and observations from CEO Colie Edison. Check it out here: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sport-bowling-edison-feature/edison-reinventing-pba-as-bowlings-new-kingpin-idUSKBN1ZN2FK

* Gary and Deb Peterson, owners of B’ville Sports Bowl in Baldwinsville, N.Y., were recently recognized for the bowling center’s long-standing partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Central and Western New York. This year, their efforts resulted in a $4,500 donation to MDA. Read more here: https://www.eaglenewsonline.com/news/new/2020/01/27/70-years-strong-bowling-tournament-raises-4500-for-mda/

* As we’ve reported previously in the Cyber Report, a Seattle coffee roaster has reopened the bowling center in Sedro-Woolley, Wash., and added a deli to the business. “When I saw it, I said, ‘That is something unique and beautiful,’” said Ellie

Martinez. You can read about this resurrected center and Martinez’s plans for its future here: https://komonews.com/news/local/decades-old-bowling-alley-reopens-as-sedro-woolley-tries-to-revitalize-downtown

* Last fall it was a rumor. Now it has been confirmed. The marquee outside Palos Verdes Bowl in Torrance, Calif., tells the story: PV Bowl Will Close 01-31-20 After 61 Years. Thanks For Your Patronage.” On the center’s Facebook page, management invited bowlers to “come on in and bring the family to get some bowling in. We will have live music starting at 9 p.m. Come help us say goodbye!”

Other News You Can Use…

* PWBA Tour champion Josie Barnes describes 2019 as both “the best and worst” year of her life, and for good reason. In April, she won the first tour stop of the PWBA season and third career title overall in the Cleveland Open. Two months later, on June 30, during her birthday weekend, her mom Lisa was killed in a car accident at age 55. Two weeks after that, her grandfather passed away. By then, Barnes was several months pregnant with her first child. She would give birth on Oct. 17 and today Lisa Ruth, named after her grandma, is a thriving baby girl. Barnes speaks with courage and candor on this episode of The Bowlers Journal Podcast about what it has been like for her and for her family to process what she herself has described on Facebook as their “year of pain.” In the meantime, she passed along some advice for those currently going through a similar loss, and also for those who have people in their lives who recently lost a loved one — what to say and what not to say — and much more. Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/user-658733792/podcast-josie-barnes-opens-up-about-her-year-of-pain-in-2019

* Barry Sparks, a regular contributor to BCM and BEC magazines, is the guest this week on Phantom Radio, talking about his biography on Earl Anthony. To listen to the conversation, go to: https://kegel.squarespace.com/phantomblog/2020/1/29/barry-sparks-phantom-radio

* CONTACT: Please send business news, event information, etc. to Bob Johnson at bjibob@aol.com. For breaking business news, visit bcmmag.com or bowlersjournal.com, and “Like” Bowling Center Management and Bowlers Journal International on Facebook. BJI Cyber Reports are now archived at bcmmag.com. Please remember that the Cyber Report is a B-to-B publication and not intended for consumers.

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