TOM DOUD IS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF ILLINOIS STATE BPA

Tom Doud of Channahon Lanes in Channahon, Ill., has been elected President of the Illinois State BPA, succeeding Bill Brennan. The election took place at the ISBPA General Membership Annual Meeting in Naperville.

Channahon Lanes is a 16-lane center that also includes an 18-hole mini golf course, an arcade, a full-service bar and other amenities. It’s located in the heart of the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Area, the centerpiece of which is the I&M Canal, a 96-mile-long hand-dug canal that stretches between LaSalle, Ill., and Chicago. When completed in 1848, the canal was the final link in a national plan to connect different regions of the continent via waterways, linking the waters of the Illinois River (and ultimately the Mississippi River) with those of Lake Michigan. Channahon is located about 50 miles southwest of Chicago.

Elected as ISBPA Vice President was Mike Melone of Wood Dale Bowl in Wood Dale. David Supanich of Lawn Lanes in Chicago was elected Secretary, while Greg Paul of Channahon Lanes was elected Treasurer.

Serving the association as At-Large Directors will be Sandy Lindow of Glo-Bowl Fun Center in Marengo, John Sommer of Don Carter Lanes in Rockford, Joe Zokal III of Valley Super Bowl in Peru, Brad Sommer of Forest Hills Lanes in Rockford, and Steven Bernard of Fox Bowl in Wheaton.

Outgoing President Bill Brennan was presented a bowling ball featuring an image of himself in a Superman suit and the dates of his term in office — extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We think of Bill as a superhero because of all the extra time he put in and his dedication to ISBPA’s members as they went through the most difficult period in the bowling industry that most members ever experienced,” said ISBPA Executive Director Bill Duff. “Nobody should forget that our officers serve as volunteers, and Bill’s leadership was invaluable at a time when so many of our member centers needed help in navigating the pandemic.”

The ISBPA General Membership Annual Meeting also included updates by Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America, Strike Ten Entertainment and state lobbyist leaders; educational sessions on how to deal with the increase in violent incidents and how to build loyalty and revenue with company events; and a networking session with ISBPA supporting member vendors.

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