The countdown is under way for the 17th annual Southwest Bowling Proprietors Trade Show, which is set for Oct. 2-4 at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Lake Charles, La.

“Geaux for the Gold” is the theme of the show, and for the uninitiated, “geaux” is the French/Cajun version of “go.”

The show will feature a mix of education and networking, along with industry updates, a golf tournament sponsored by Classic Products and a trade show.

Motivational speaker Mark Kamp, a.k.a. “Marvelles Mark,” will provide a pep talk on re-energizing, re-engaging and rebuilding proprietors’ team members; Nancy Keough, director of human resources for Malco Theatres, will offer useful information on hiring and firing, employee training; staff management and developing policies; and Beth Standlee will lead a seminar on group sales.

A dinner, with entertainment provided by comedian Kent Gonsoulin, will close out the show.

While the event is organized primarily for center owners in the Southwest, proprietors from any state are welcome to attend. For further information, contact Karen Miller at or “geaux” to the Southwest Bowling Proprietors’ page on Facebook.

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