The United States Bowling Congress officially launched Jan. 1, 2005, as the organization to serve amateur adult and youth bowlers in the United States. It resulted from the merger of the American Bowling Congress, Women's International Bowling Congress, Young American Bowling Alliance and USA Bowling. Today, USBC serves more than 2 million members.
USBC is the national governing body for bowling as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee.
USBC stands for values that include: credibility, dedication, excellence, heritage, inclusiveness, integrity, philanthropy and sportsmanship.
To provide benefits, resources and programs that enhance the bowling experience.
Create lifelong bowlers.Read More
USBC is committed to enhancing existing and forging new relationships to help "Grow the Sport" of bowling. With this new dedication comes an assurance of creating opportunities to make bowling accessible to ALL people of varied backgrounds.
"USBC has taken a progressive platform from which to launch it's renewed commitment to Diversity," says USBC Officer of Diversity, Eric Kearney.
"In the coming years USBC will position itself to be a leader in diverse business practices, by leveraging the ideas of the members, employees, and suppliers that already exist, then expanding on the learned knowledge from these valued members of our communities".
The USBC is committed to growing the sport of bowling through multiple avenues of inclusion as defined by our Board of Directors approved Diversity Statement:
USBC Statement of Diversity
The USBC believes to best serve our diverse membership organization, we must embrace the value of differences in insight, approach, and experience. The USBC understands that all of our members, employees, and communities are critical to our mission to promote and grow the sport of bowling. The USBC is committed to partnering and growing with members, employees, and communities of diverse backgrounds and locations, and to conduct our business in an ethical, inclusive, and sustainable manner. Our world-wide perspective and touchstone of inclusion guide our mission to promote the sport of bowling across the globe.
Therefore, the USBC has established an Office of Diversity in conjunction with a Diversity Committee to identify opportunities to expand and strengthen relationships with our members, employees, and communities.
The USBC will be unwavering in our commitment to embrace an inclusive culture of participation and leadership that will enable us to achieve our mission to "Grow the Sport of Bowling."Read More
To provide benefits, resources and programs that enhance the bowling experience.
Create lifelong bowlers.
By joining the USBC you will become a part of a family of over 2 million members with access to the most exclusive offers, tournaments and opportunities available to bowlers throughout the United States. Enjoy USBC’s Valuable benefits and support the sport you love by becoming a USBC Member! Join USBC online or call 800-514-BOWL.
USBC MEMBERSHIP CARDS UPDATE
Some USBC members are experiencing a delay in receiving their 2011-2012 membership cards. This season USBC is including a customized bag tag with membership cards as an enhanced benefit. Unfortunately, the design change has caused unexpected fulfillment delays outside of USBC’s control.
“USBC’s goal in adding the bag tag to the membership card mailing is to provide an added thank you for our bowlers,” USBC Managing Director or Marketing and Membership Kevin Terry said. “This change has caused some production delays but we are working diligently with our vendor and are getting caught up. We sincerely hope our members will like the addition of the bag tags and look forward to feedback from our members on the new cards”.
Members may continue to experience delays in receiving cards by mail through mid-January.
The card delay does not affect member eligibility for events, awards or benefits. Members can always print out a temporary card by visiting BOWL.com and using the “Find a Member” function. Anyone needing additional information can contact USBC at email@example.com or 800-514- BOWL (2695).Read More
Your USBC membership allows you to:
In addition to numerous benefits, a USBC membership is an investment in bowling’s future, as it supports numerous programs and initiatives that ensure the sport’s continuous growth. These programs include:
USBC Youth: Making bowling cool for kids through tournaments, scholarships and leadership opportunities.
USBC High School: The national resource for one of America's fastest growing high school sports.
USBC Collegiate: Creating bowling opportunities to enhance students’ academic, athletic and personal development.
USBC Team USA and Junior Team USA: Representing the United States in elite international competition.
USBC Tournaments: More than a dozen national tournaments for youth, adults and seniors of all skill levels.
USBC Coaching: Providing quality training programs and instructional tools for the bowling community.
USBC Sport Bowling: Upholding the integrity of the game and providing the competitive bowling experience for those who are passionate about the sport.
SMART: The Scholarship Management and Accounting Reports for Tenpins program is designed to help organizations set up, manage and disburse youth bowling scholarships as well as help USBC Youth members locate and ensure scholarship dollars for their continuing education.
Registered Volunteer Program: Ensuring the safety of youth bowlers by introducing background screening and rules of behavior for USBC Youth volunteers.
Equipment Specifications and Certification: Testing and research that enhance the sport’s credibility.Read More
Fact. More than 70 million people in the United States bowl during a year. Fact. More than 2 million compete regularly in league play certified by the United States Bowling Congress. Staff at USBC Headquarters in Arlington works closely with about 3,000 local associations to serve over 2 million members.
Bowling has soared into the upper echelon of sports, setting a steady pace by blending strong organization with modern centers in which to participate. Although the sport now appeals to people from all walks of life, entering a bowling center today would give few clues to its origin.
Bowling has been traced to articles found in the tomb of an Egyptian child buried in 5200 B.C. The primitive implements included nine pieces of stone at which a stone "ball" was rolled, the ball having first to roll through an archway made of three pieces of marble.
Another ancient discovery was the Polynesian game of ula maika, also utilizing pins and balls of stone. The stones were to be rolled at targets 60 feet away, a distance which today still is one of the basic regulations of tenpins.
Bowling at pins probably originated in ancient Germany, not as a sport but as a religious ceremony. Martin Luther is credited with settling on nine as the ideal number of pins.
The game moved throughout Europe, the Scandinavian countries, and finally to the United States, with the earliest known reference to bowling at pins in America made by author Washington Irving about 1818 in "Rip Van Winkle."
The game was being played throughout the world and rules were different almost everywhere. Even basic equipment was not the same. In fact, why and when the extra pin was added from the European game of ninepins to the American game of tenpins still is a mystery.
Regardless of how the game came into being, it became so popular by mid-19th century indoor lanes were being built throughout Manhattan and the Bronx and on westward, in Syracuse, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Chicago, Milwaukee and other cities with large German populations.
In 1875, delegates from nine bowling clubs in New York and Brooklyn met in Germania Hall in the Bowery and organized the National Bowling Association. This was the first attempt to bring order out of chaos.
Disagreement raged between East and West, principally the alignment of New York State bowlers against everyone else to the west. On Sept. 9,1895, the American Bowling Congress was organized in Beethoven Hall in New York City.
A group of 40 women, encouraged by proprietor Dennis J. Sweeney of St. Louis, met at Sweeney's establishment in 1916 and formed what was known as the Women's International Bowling Congress.Read More
The initiative to create one organization to govern the sport of bowling started in January 2000 through a joint effort of the American Bowling Congress, Women's International Bowling Congress, Young American Bowling Alliance and USA Bowling.
ABC, founded in 1895, was a predominantly male organization of nearly 1.6 million members. WIBC, founded in 1916, was exclusively a women's organization with nearly 1.2 million members. YABA, founded in 1982, served bowlers younger than age 22 and had nearly 400,000 members. USA Bowling started in 1989 with the purpose of having a single organization represent the sport as the national governing body and support the national team. Merging the four organizations together would create one organization to serve more than three million bowlers nationwide.
While all of the organizations had great histories, they provided many of the same programs and services to their constituents. Today's business climate demands that such duplication of efforts be eliminated. Following that logic, leadership determined that consolidating organizations with virtually identical programs and services while expanding services to bowlers made good sense, assuring the continuity of valued programs and services for adults and youth.
Benefits of the merger:
The first step was to form the Single Membership Organization Task Force to research the concept. Later, experts in non-profit mergers and consolidations were consulted. After initial reports by the Task Force in 2001, two ad hoc committees, which included local/state association leaders, were appointed by the organizations to further develop the plan.
After listening to feedback from thousands of members, convention delegates, association officials, national board members and others, the committees presented its status report in spring 2002. Further modifications led to a proposal presented to the respective merging organizations boards of directors who approved the plan in November 2002.
Because the backbone of ABC and WIBC was their grassroots structure, one more step was required before the merger could move forward. While governed nationally from its offices in Greendale, Wis., ABC and WIBC had traditionally relied on a network of about 50,000 volunteers at approximately 4,000 state and local associations. Another 2,000 state and local associations and about 5,000 volunteers aided YABA, whose ultimate authority was vested in its national board of directors.
About 4,000 of the ABC and WIBC volunteers, elected to represent their constituents back home, voted on rules, dues and bylaws by which organizations operate at annual conventions. As the ultimate voting authority for ABC and WIBC, any merger proposal had to be approved by a two-thirds majority of each voting body.
The original plan of merger was approved by 50 percent of the ABC delegates and 60 percent of WIBC delegates. That show of support prompted organizational leaders to form an industry task force to revise the plan for another vote in 2004. In May 2004, 76 percent of ABC and 71 percent of WIBC delegates approved the merger. The YABA and USA Bowling boards of directors also approved the merger.
The ensuing months were spent putting the new organizations infrastructure together. The USBC Board of Directors held its first meeting in late June, the same month the organization applied to the United States Olympic Committee to become the sports national governing body. Roger Dalkin, the organization's first CEO, was selected in October 2004 after which he began to put together his operational staff.
On Jan. 1, 2005, the official launch of USBC signaled a new era in organized bowling. One of USBCs major goals is to become the central brand for bowling in the United States. It plans to do this by positioning the organization to grow the sport, encouraging more people to participate and increasing the power of the brand.
USBC stands for values that include: credibility, dedication, excellence, heritage, inclusiveness, integrity, philanthropy and sportsmanship.Read More
ABCs roots can be traced to many people. One was Thomas Curtis, who became ABC's first president and chaired several historic meetings that produced an organization that succeeded where others had failed.
The adoption of rules at the Sept. 9, 1895 meeting in New York's Beethoven Hall, and most important, the distribution of nearly 1,000 copies by mail to bowling groups in many parts of the United States, was the move which created interest and trust in the fledgling group. Within a few months, there were members in Buffalo, N.Y., Cincinnati, Lowell, Mass., Boston, Chicago, St. Louis, Wheeling, W. Va., Kansas City and Quebec.
After that, representatives of local, state and provincial associations like these have annually met in convention to review rules and consider proposed changes. Also elected were officers and directors, all of whom serve voluntarily and without pay. The only exceptions were the executive director and assistant director, who oversaw the home office staff.
Service was ABC's aim since its early days. Service began when a league formed and applied for sanction. The sanction, with membership cards distributed to each bowler, gives ABC a record of its membership and entitled the league and its members to the following services:
Although the service programs have been thorough, new groups created special attention. In 1963, ABC added a Seniors program and designed a complete set of services for the nation's senior citizens. The ABC National Seniors Tournament for men 55 and older was initiated in 1964 and expanded to reach every state in 1982.
In 1966, a Collegiate Division was initiated by the Congress to provide a program for the nation's college men while at the same time bridging the service gap between junior and adult competition.
With the formation of the Young American Bowling Alliance in 1982, the Collegiate Division became a part of that organization. It was returned to the ABC/WIBC in 1998 and renamed College Bowling USA.
The most spectacular of ABC's many services was the national championship tournament, the oldest bowling event in the nation. A fixture on the sports scene since 1901, it is unrivaled as a participant spectacle. Held in America's major cities, the ABC Tournament runs 12 to 16 hours daily for more than 100 consecutive days.
On lanes specially-installed in public arenas, as many as 17,000 teams and 92,000 individuals participate each year. The prize fund exceeds $4 million.
ABCs glamour event was the Masters, which matched the world's greatest bowlers in head-to-head double elimination competition following qualifying round play. Each match consists of three games throughout the competition unless the finals are televised. In that event, a stepladder format takes precedent.
ABC started a new tournament in 1992 aimed at bringing the sport back to its team roots. The World Team Challenge features a nationwide qualifying tour leading to a Grand Championship.
In conjunction with WIBC, ABC launched the Festival of Bowling in 1999. It provides a wide variety of formats for bowlers to enter as often as they like. It later became the National Mixed Championships.
Whether through leagues or tournaments, ABC provided its members options, all with the aim of having fun.Read More
Founded as the United States Tenpin Bowling Federation in the summer of 1989 by the American Bowling Congress and Women's International Bowling Congress, USA Bowling was the worldwide representative of the United States in international competition until the formation of USBC in 2005.
Governed by a 12-member board which included three athletes, USA Bowling was recognized as the sport's governing body in the United States by the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs.
USA Bowling coordinated all amateur international competition promoted by USOC or FIQ, and conducted the National Amateur Bowling Championships. In addition, it was the leader in providing instruction and coaching programs to help bowlers improve.
Prior to USTBF's founding, ABC and WIBC jointly held Group C status with the USOC as bowling's governing body since the sport's acceptance by the USOC in 1986. The USTBF was eventually established to comply with the USOC Constitution and the Amateur Sports Act adopted by Congress in 1978. The USOC granted Group A membership to the USTBF in 1989.
The Team USA bowling program was initiated by ABC and WIBC in 1986 with the first National Amateur Championships. Dan Nadeau of Las Vegas and Cora Fiebig of Madison Heights, Mich., were the first men's and women's national amateur champions.
The United States has been represented in international competition since the 1930s when the late Dr. Joe Thum, a New York City proprietor later elected to the ABC Hall of Fame, organized teams to travel to Europe. Prior to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany, a large delegation of male bowlers participated in a special event.
The FIQ was formed in 1951 with nine countries but now boasts more than 100 member nations. It first applied for International Olympic Committee recognition in 1963, but was continually refused until being officially recognized in 1979. Bowling was an official exhibition sport in the 1988 Games.
The U.S. did not become a FIQ member until 1961, making its official international debut in the 1963 FIQ World Championships in Mexico, dominating the competition. Since that time other nations have improved tremendously, increasing the competition for the Americans.Read More
There are many colorful stories about when women began bowling in the United States. Seniors reminisce about the turn of the century, when their mothers or grandmothers sneaked in with (or without) their husbands to try out the bowling game. Often they did so at the risk of their reputations.
Tales are told about women bowlers being screened off from view behind partitions or drapes or being allowed to bowl only when men were not using the alleys. Those were the days of high button shoes, skirts to the ankles, cumbersome apparel and tenpin accommodations that were hardly appealing.
Old photos document scenes of women bowling as early as the 1880s. The first recorded formalized bowling for women began in 1907 in St. Louis, when Dennis J. Sweeney, a bowling proprietor and sports writer, organized a women's league.
Inklings of national interest also were being shown. That same year (1907) many women accompanied their husbands to the American Bowling Congress Tournament in St. Louis, as they had been doing for several years. In St. Louis the women laid plans to hold their own tournament, the following year, on ABC Tournament lanes in Cincinnati after the annual men's event had concluded. A second women's tournament in 1909 followed the ABC event in Pittsburgh.
Records show little activity until 1915, when Ellen Kelly, an avid bowler, formed the St. Louis Women's Bowling Association. Buoyed by her success, she wrote to proprietors across the country asking for names of women who might be interested in a national organization of their own. She followed with letters to those women, urging the organization of local associations and offering advice on rules and establishing an organization.
By the Fall of 1916 in St. Louis, Sweeney was there to help Mrs. Kelly stage the first "national tournament." There were eight teams entered and champions were decided in team, doubles, singles and all events. The prize fund was $225.
Following the tournament those 40 women from 11 cities met at Sweeney's Washington Recreation Parlor and created the national organization that became after several name changes - the Women's International Bowling Congress. Fifty years later a charter member described the initial tournament as "frankly plain, there were eight alleys and four rows of benches for visitors a small counter square in back of the benches was used to sell soda pop, popcorn, peanuts, etc." She also recalled that the "meeting was more of a social gathering, and we gave little thought that it would develop into such a big organization."
The 40 pioneers elected their first national officers and adopted a constitution and bylaws that included the following purposes: To provide, adopt and enforce uniform rules and regulations governing the play of American tenpins; to provide and enforce uniform qualifications for tournaments and their participants; to hold a national tournament, and to encourage good feeling and create interest in the bowling game.
Those original precepts became the foundation of WIBC, which has developed into the largest sports organization in the world for women. The 40 pioneers set the pattern for today's 1.2 million WIBC members, who bowl in more than 60,000 sanctioned leagues in approximately 2,700 local associations in every state and several foreign countries.
That humble national tournament -- with its eight-team entry -- was the forerunner of what is now the largest women's sports event in the world. In tact, the 1997 WIBC Championship tournament held in Reno, Nev. attracted 14,872 five-woman teams, the largest entry for any team tournament in history. There were 88,279 individuals, a womens world record.
That first tentative gathering on the benches in Washington Recreation Parlor has evolved into a model of bowling democracy, the WIBC annual meeting. More than 3,000 delegates representing local and state associations attended the WIBC annual meeting to adopt rules and select national leaders. Similar annual meetings at local, state and provincial levels assure the self-government concept. Nationally, WIBC was governed by a board of directors elected by the delegates. Administrative policies and procedures were implemented by a staff at WIBC headquarters in suburban Milwaukee.
Along with growth and development came a multiplicity of services. Leagues received a wealth of rule books, record keeping materials and prepackaged kits to keep them functioning smoothly. Local, state and provincial associations benefited from a variety of materials to help them conduct their affairs more efficiently, ranging from handbooks, information sheets and forms to educational seminars, workshops and counseling from staff members and field representatives. A bonding and insurance program provided by WIBC covered association and league funds. A tournament sanctioning program was another important service.
A description of WIBC's awards for members would fill a chapter in itself. They recognized achievements within the realm of every bowler, from the beginner to the world champion.
From its humble beginnings, WIBC stood for tradition, friendship, fun, competition, leadership and success. It has meant this and more to the millions of women who proudly called WIBC my organization.Read More
Andrew Cain, of Phoenix, elected president by the board in January 2012, is a three-time member of Team USA (2002, 2003, 2005) and was a member of Junior Team USA in 2001.
He finished fourth in the 2007 Dick Weber Classic, his first event after joining the Professional Bowlers Association. He went on to win 2007-08 PBA Western Region Player and Rookie of the Year awards, and subsequently earned an exemption on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour for 2008-09.
Cain started bowling at age 6 and had his first 300 game at age 12. He finished 10th in the first Junior Gold Championships in 1998, credentials that helped him earn the 1999 Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow Award. He was a two-time first-team All-American at Arizona State University. In 2001, Cain was named Bowling Writers Association of America Amateur Bowler of the Year, an award he would win again in 2005, and was runner-up for BWAA Collegiate Bowler of the Year.
As a member of Team USA, he won three gold medals at the 2005 FIQ/WTBA American Zone Championships, a bronze medal in singles at the 2005 World Games, and he won five gold medals and one silver at the Tournament of the Americas. He also brought home a silver medal from the 2003 WTBA World Championships and was a semifinalist in the 2002 AMF World Cup.
Cain, a USBC Silver coach, was a member of the Team All-Events champion at the 2011 USBC Open Championships. He has rolled numerous 300 games and has an 868 high series.Read More
Tom Bluth, of Davie, Fla., has been executive vice president, chief financial officer and general counsel for Ellis Diversified, Inc. in Fort Lauderdale since 2003.
A member of the American Bar Association and the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants, he has spent most of the past two decades in similar positions for several companies. He previously served as a member of the board of directors of ABCO, a for-profit subsidiary of the American Bowling Congress.
Bluth, the son of USBC Hall of Famer Ray Bluth, earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis in 1979. He added advanced degrees in law (J.D. and LL.M.) from the school in 1982 and 1987.
He started his work career in 1980 as a supervisor for Touche Ross & Co. in St. Louis. After five years, he became an assistant tax director for Southwestern Bell Corporation before moving to Florida in 1989. He worked in Maryland from 2000-03 before returning to Florida for his present position.
Bluth is married with four children.Read More
Over the past 30 years, Tamoria Adams, of Charlotte, N.C., has been an avid bowler and a dedicated leader at the national, state and local levels.
Adams served as a director, fifth vice president and third vice president of the Women’s International Bowling Congress during her 10 years on the WIBC Board of Directors. She also was a member of the USA Bowling Board of Trustees.
Her past bowling positions include Team USA state coordinator; Charlotte Women’s Bowling Association director and president; North Carolina WBA director, first vice president and president; North Carolina Bowling Council secretary; and WIBC and North Carolina WBA delegate.
Adams served on numerous committees including the WIBC Joint Diversity and Legislative committees, where she was chair, and also on the Association Governance and Collegiate committees. She also was a member of the Structure Committee that formed USBC.
She was inducted into the Charlotte WBA Hall of Fame in 1995 for meritorious service and is a Charlotte WBA Life Member. She was included into the former North Carolina WBA Hall of Fame for meritorious service.
Adams is a former president of the Greater Charlotte USBC Association and the North Carolina State USBC Association. She is chair of the board of trustees of the Greater Charlotte Bowling Scholarship Fund.
Away from bowling, Adams enjoys listening to classical music, operas, theater, gaming and cheering for the Duke University Blue Devils. She and husband Jerry have two daughters.Read More
Darlene Baker, Mahomet, Ill., served as USBC president during the 2010-11 season. She has been associated with the sport of bowling for more than 40 years and has established herself as a leader at the national, state and local levels.
At the national level, Baker has served on the USBC Board of Directors since the organization’s inception and has spent time as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. She previously served as a director on the Young American Bowling Alliance, Women’s International Bowling Congress and USA Bowling boards of directors.
Baker, the Chief Financial Officer for the Piatt County Mental Health Center, has been on the Illinois USBC Women’s Bowling Association Board of Directors since 1993 and served as third vice president for nearly six years. She served as a director on the Clinton (Ill.) USBC for four years, and has served on the Champaign Area USBC as a director for five years with one year as third vice president.
She has been on the Illinois State USBC Youth Board since 1994, where she was second vice president for 10 years and now is the only vice president for that board. She was Illinois Bowling Council secretary-treasurer for eight years and spent 20 years on the Clinton WBA Board, including three years as president. She is a member of the Clinton WBA Hall of Fame and Illinois WBA Hall of Fame, both for meritorious service.
On the lanes, she won eight titles in the 1989 Clinton WBA championships. She also is a certified lane inspector.
Baker bowled a high series of 675 to finish fourth in Classified Singles at the 2006 USBC Open Championships.
She and her husband, Randy, have four children and five grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, crocheting, crafts, flower arranging and working with the University of Illinois Women’s Volleyball support group, the Networkers, serving on the board from 1998 to 2009, serving six years as president.Read More
Perry Daniels, of Carrollton, Texas, has been involved with the sport for more than 30 years. He is a member of The National Bowling Association and has held TNBA leadership positions such as local senate president, member of the Constitution Committee, Southern regional tournament director, national president, national king, national life member and marketing director.
In 2008, he was inducted into the TNBA Southern Region Hall of Fame for meritorious service and in 2010 received the annual TNBA Joe Blue Award for Outstanding Service.
On the local level, Daniels served as American Bowling Congress director for the Greater St. Louis Bowling Association.
Perry retired after 30 years with IBM Corporation and owned his own service industry business for five years. He is Past President and Rules Interpreter of the Dallas Basketball Officials Association.
Daniels and his wife, Linda, have four children and nine grandchildren. He bowls in a USBC league and is an avid golfer.Read More
Catherine “Cathy” DeSocio, of Wichita, Kan., is president-elect of the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America. She has been involved in the bowling business her entire life. Following in the footsteps of her father, BPAA Hall of Famer John Crum, she is president of JOMA Company, which operates seven centers, from 24 lanes up to 48 lanes, in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.
She has always been very involved on the local, state and national levels of the bowling industry. Locally, she has served as secretary/treasurer of the SCBPA, Committee chair for In-School Bowling (partnering with local USBC to fund the program), organized the local Big Brothers/Big Sisters Charity Bowling Classic, and received the Newman University Partnership Award for helping start the university’s collegiate bowling program.
In 2006, she was the recipient of the Walt DeLozier Outstanding Service Award for Outstanding Service and Dedication to the Sport of Bowling, sponsored by the Wichita Convention and Tourism Bureau and presented by the Great Plains USBC. On the state level, she has served on the Convention and Youth and Finance Committees and in 2005 was Kansas' “Young Guns” nominee for Kansas’ Proprietor of the Year.
Nationally, she is chair of The Bowling Foundation Board of Directors and is on the BPAA Tournament Committee, and has also served previously on the BPAA Marketing and Youth Committees.
Outside of bowling, she runs an investment partnership of oil and gas exploration, is a member of the Power of the Purse, a Kansas political action committee dedicated to electing women to statewide office. Bowling collegiately for Wichita State University, Cathy has a passion for the sport of bowling and the future of the industry. She holds advanced degrees in accounting and finance.Read More
Jo Dimond, of Columbus, Ohio, began her first term on the board with the 2011-12 season. She currently is the Central Ohio USBC Association manager, a position she has held since 2005, and serves as conference coordinator for 46 high schools in central Ohio.
Dimond served as a director for the Women’s International Bowling Congress from 2002-05 and as executive director of the Greater Columbus Bowling Association from 2001-05. She was association secretary for the Columbus WBA from 1988-2005.
She served on the USBC Restructuring Task Force in 2008-09, has been on the Nominating Committees for WIBC and USBC, and was an original member of the Membership Development team for Bowling Headquarters in the early 1990s.Read More
Margaret (Libbi) Fletcher
Margaret (Libbi) Fletcher is a former president and current board member of the Metro Detroit USBC Bowling Association. She has extensive experience as a leader and administrator at the local, state and national levels.
She was a director for the Women’s International Bowling Congress for four years serving on the Strategic Planning, Certification Review, Collegiate, Transition and Bowling Technology Task Force committees, among others.
Fletcher, who is a sales support specialist for Logicalis, an international provider of high-performance IT integration solutions, was instrumental in the merger of Detroit area local associations, serving as chairperson for the transition committee for the merger of the Detroit Women’s Bowling Association, Greater Detroit B.A., Greater Detroit Young American Bowling Alliance Association and Pontiac (Mich.) WBA.
Fletcher was the 2004-05 Detroit WBA Woman of the Year. She was a 2001 Pontiac WBA doubles champion, has a high average of 189, high game of 279 and high series of 689.
She was elected to the Detroit Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Michigan State USBC WBA Hall of Fame in 2011, both for meritorious service. She was awarded the Cheryl McGowan Sportsmanship Award in 2009-10 and the John P Gavie Award, for promotion of the sport, in 2008. She is a member of the Bowling Writers’ Association of America and writes a column for Bowler’s Digest.Read More
Tommy Gann’s 40-plus-year involvement with the sport of bowling is marked by his service as a volunteer administrator at the local, state and national levels. A member of the Sapulpa (Okla.) Bowling Association Hall of Fame, Gann has served as Sapulpa BA president since 1986. He was an American Bowling Congress director for six years and a member of the Young American Bowling Alliance Board of Directors for five years.
Gann serves as the commissioner of high school bowling in Oklahoma and was chairman of the ABC/WIBC Collegiate Committee. He was awarded the Gordon Teigen Meritorious Service Award in 2010 by the Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association.
He was selected as the 2004 Jim Thorpe Man of the Year for bowling for the state of Oklahoma. The award recognizes an individual who has made a significant impact or has attained an exceptional degree of accomplishment in a sport as a major contributor, administrator, leader, path maker or competitor in the state of Oklahoma.
Away from bowling, Gann is a retired teacher, coach and assistant principal at Sand Springs Schools and currently is employed as a loan officer at Great Plains Mortgage in Tulsa, Okla. He is a member of the National Education Association and the Oklahoma Education Association, in addition to being a member of the Oklahoma Coaches Association.
He and wife Leah have two children. He enjoys family time, travel and coaching youth bowlers.Read More
Amanda Hollenbaugh, of Tucson, Ariz., is a 2009 USBC Youth Ambassador of the Year award winner. She started her first term on the board with the 2011-12 season as a Youth Committee representative.
She is attending the University of Arizona and Pima Community College, focusing on Engineering and Regional development. She has worked in the office for a psychiatric nurse practitioner and recently finished bartending school.
She was selected for the Youth Ambassador Award because of her work in a junior league and her community service despite working two part-time jobs. She volunteered to coach kids in an after-school bowling program and published a monthly newsletter with the help of three junior league bowlers. She was a key person in helping to build a much-needed wall at a local veteran’s home and regularly served breakfast at a soup kitchen.Read More
Suzanne Huebel, of Oscoda, Mich., is a youth committee representative on the USBC Board of Directors after serving more than a decade on the committee. She has been the proprietor/manager of the 12-lane Vista Lanes for more than 25 years, managing employees and organizing the center’s youth leagues.
She was on the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America Youth Committee for 10 years and helped resurrect the In-School Bowling Program. She has volunteered at the USBC Junior Gold and Pepsi Championships for many years.
A Bronze level coach, she was secretary-treasurer on the board of directors of the former Young American Bowling Alliance in its final season in 2004-05. She also has served as president of the Northern Michigan Bowling Proprietors Association.
Before involvement with the bowling center, she was a secretary for a high school for six years and a bank teller for four years.
In 2006, she was one of 17 people to earn the distinguished Proprietor of the Year award from BPAA.Read More
Michael Italia, of Warrington, Pa., currently is an assistant manager for Limerick Bowl. Previously, he worked for the Montgomery County Industrial Development Corporation as a consultant.
Italia holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and administration from the University of Phoenix, and holds many certificates in fire and rescue services. He serves as a fire marshal and career firefighter, and has used bowling as a fundraiser for local non-profit groups.
A third-generation bowler and a member of USBC and the former American Bowling Congress and Young American Bowling Alliance for more than two decades, he has a 299 high game and 756 high series. He has won two junior league tournaments and several adult tournaments. He also enjoys coaching youth bowlers and helping form new leagues and getting new members.
In 2006 he joined the Professional Bowlers Association as a full member and bowls in regional events in his spare time. He lives with his wife, Tami, his daughter, Johanna, and his son, Luciano.Read More
Karl Kielich, of El Paso, Texas, was appointed to the board starting with the 2011-12 season to fill the final two years of a vacated position.
Kielich is president of the El Paso USBC and has been on the El Paso USBC/El Paso Bowling Association board for more than 14 years. He was actively involved in the local promotion of the 2010 USBC Women’s Championships in El Paso and also is the tournament director for the El Paso Scratch Classic.
A finance manager for AT&T since 2005, Kielich previously worked as an assistant manager at a bowling center. As program coordinator for the new facility, he created successful leagues and tournaments for the new center in addition to serving as manager of the pro shop.
On the lanes, Kielich has one professional title in the PBA Southwest region and more than 20 city titles in the El Paso USBC/El Paso BA along with several 300 and 800 series. He was inducted into the El Paso USBC Hall of Fame in 2008.Read More
Bob Klatt, of Prior Lake, Minn., is employed by NOREX, Inc. a nationwide membership organization for information technology professionals.
In January 2011, he published his first book, Klattitude – An Inspirational Guide to Striking a Positive Frame of Mind. Bob offers motivational speaking and team-building services to groups and organizations as Bowler Bob the Kingpin of Personal Improvement. He holds a master’s degree in business, with a focus on leading and managing organizational change, from the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis.
He has accumulated business and management experience in privately and publicly held companies in various industries (construction, hospitality, information technology, manufacturing, real estate, recreation, sporting goods, and textiles). Klatt worked in corporate marketing at G&K Services headquarters and as director of marketing and sales for the Lind Shoe Company.
For five years, Bob managed Cedarvale Lanes in Eagan, Minn., home to 2,000-plus league bowlers. He hosted profitable tournaments including PBA regionals, World Team Challenges, the Amateur Bowlers Tour and Minnesota Junior Bowlers Tour. He also organized Special Olympic fundraising events. Bob has conducted marketing seminars and provided consulting services to bowling centers of all sizes.
Klatt is a former PBA member with multiple 300 games, including one on local cable television. He is a volunteer coach for the Prior Lake High School bowling team. Bob also umpired professional minor league baseball and trains youth baseball umpires. He is proud to have worked on the John Deere assembly line in his hometown of Horicon, Wis.
Since being elected to the USBC Board in 2009, Bob has served on the following committees: Awards, Championships Steering, Diversity, Equipment Specifications, League Concept Development (BPAA) and Strategic Planning.Read More
Kelly Kulick, of Union, N.J., started her first term as an athlete director on the board with the 2011-12 season.
A seven-time Team USA and two-time Junior Team USA member, Kulick graduated in 2000 from Morehead State University, where she was a two-time Collegiate Bowler of the Year. She won Rookie of the Year honors for the 2001 Professional Women’s Bowling Association season and in 2006 became the first female to earn a Professional Bowlers Association Tour exemption.
In 2010, Kulick became the first woman to win a PBA Tour title when she won the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions. Her 2010 season also included her second Queens title and her second U.S. Women’s Open title.Read More
John Losito of Lincoln, Neb., was named to the board in January 2012 as a Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America representative.
The proprietor at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Losito was honored in 2012 with the President’s Medal for his leadership and many contributions and years of service to BPAA, especially in the area of tournaments as BPAA’s Tournament Committee chairman. He was selected the 2006 Nebraska Bowling Proprietor of the Year.
Losito was an at-large BPAA board member in 2007 and 2008. A member of the BPAA High School Committee, he also has served as state commissioner of the Nebraska High School Bowling Federation since its inception in 2000. He has been on the board of the Nebraska State Bowling Proprietors since 1998.
He is a two-time collegiate national bowling team champion (Erie Community College in 1988, Nebraska in 1990) and a three-time academic All-American.Read More
Wendy Macpherson, of Henderson, Nev., won 20 Professional Women’s Bowling Association titles in her career. She first made her presence known on the women’s scene as an 18-year-old amateur when she won the U.S. Women’s Open for her first title.
Since then she became the youngest woman to win the tour’s Triple Crown, captured three USBC Queens titles, was selected Woman Bowler of the Year four times and became the all-time earnings leader in women’s professional bowling with $1.2 million in 2003 when the PWBA ceased operations.
A member of Team USA in 2008 and 2009, Macpherson was inducted into the USBC Hall of Fame in 2009. She is the only woman to win a USBC Open Championships title, firing an 812 series to win the 2006 Regular Singles crown in Corpus Christi, Texas.
In addition to being a Professional Bowling Association member, she also is a member of the Japanese Professional Bowling Association. She has won 10 JPBA titles, including the Chiba Open (2010, 2011) and the Big Box Higashiyashamato Open (2010, 2011).Read More
Tony Manna Jr.
Tony Manna Jr., of Omaha, Neb., is a six-time member of Team USA (1998-2002, 2004). He earned three gold and two silver medals in the 2002 Tournament of the Americas, three gold medals and one bronze in the 2001 Federation Internationale des Quilleurs American Zone Championships, a gold medal in the 1999 Pan American Games, a silver medal in the 1999 FIQ World Championships and a silver medal in the 1998 FIQ World Tenpin Team Cup.
He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska where he also was a member of the bowling club and served as president from 1992-94. He was Collegiate Bowler of the Year runner-up and was selected Most Valuable Player at the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships in 1994.
Manna, who is a Senior Administrator at West Corporation in Omaha, is a member of the Nebraska State and Omaha Bowling Halls of Fame.Read More
Mark Martin, of Waterford, Mich., is the manager of the Metro Detroit USBC Association, the largest USBC local association in the nation.
A bowler for more than 40 years, Martin has been an active volunteer at the local, state and national level for most of his life. He was on the ABC Board of Directors from 2002-2004 and served on the Greater Detroit Bowling Association Board for 20 years. Martin has recent experience at the national level, serving on the USBC Strategic Planning Committee from 2004-2007.
Before taking over as association manager for Metro Detroit four years ago, Martin spent 10 years as Executive Director of the Greater Detroit Bowling Association and three years as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Detroit Women’s Bowling Association.Read More
Jay Nephew, of Dallas, is self-employed, providing graphic design and marketing services to independent clients.
Nephew previously worked for AMF Bowling, where he was named Manager of the Year in 2004. He also spent several years with Marcel Bowling Enterprises, managing one of the largest facilities in the U.S., the former 80-lane center Olympic Bowl in Rochester, N.Y. Among his duties was serving as special events coordinator for the Lilac City Tournament and helping orchestrate the Professional Bowlers Association event in Rochester.
Nephew began his bowling career at age 3, becoming the youngest bowler in his small hometown of Plattsburgh, N.Y., to be certified at that time. Since then, Nephew has amassed a variety of bowling accomplishments, including the High Roller A-Game, World Team Challenge titles and the Rochester New York Masters.
Nephew has competed in several PBA events and has traveled internationally to South Africa, where he captured the Menlyn Open title.Read More
Vernon Peterson, of Lake Wales, Fla., has been the manager of the Kegel Connection Pro Shop in Winter Haven, Fla., since 2004 and has been a top-tier bowler for two decades.
A three-time member of Team USA (1997-1999), Peterson was the 1996 U.S. Amateur champion. He helped Team USA to the team silver medal at the 1999 World Tenpin Bowling Association World Championships in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
At the 1997 Pan American Bowling Confederation Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, he helped Team USA to gold medals in the trios and team events
A USBC Silver level coach, Peterson has been in the pro shop business for more than 17 years. He has more than 40 career 300 games and more than 20 career 800 series.Read More
Deanna Rose, of Fairport, N.Y., was elected to the board in 2010. She holds a master's degree in management from Nazareth College in New York and currently is a Human Resources Manager at Sutherland Global Services. She has held past board positions in her community and has volunteered with Junior Achievement for six years.
A bowler since age 7, Rose won the New York State Women’s Queens Division II in 2003. In 2008, she won the local team association championships. In addition, she placed first five out of six years in the mixed team event at the Wild Irish Rose tournament. In 1998 she held a mixed doubles two-game total city record of 567.
She has held secretary/treasurer for local leagues and has served as a league president.Read More
Frank Wilkinson of Staten Island, N.Y., is the owner of Rab’s Country Lanes and has been involved in the sport most of his life.
He is chair of the USBC Youth Committee and a youth committee representative on the USBC Board of Directors. After serving a one-year term as president of the Empire State USBC BA, he was elected vice president of the newly merged New York State USBC, effective Aug. 1, 2011.
He has served on the New York State USBC Youth Association Board of Directors since 2004 and is an active volunteer of the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America, serving on the Youth, Young Guns, Constitution and Bylaws, Marketing, and International Bowl Expo committees.
He began volunteering with the Young American Bowling Alliance Youth Leaders Chapter at age 11, serving on various project committees, and was elected president of the chapter at 14. He was elected president of the USBC New York State Youth Leaders chapter when he was 18 and, two years later, was elected Staten Island USBC Association president.
He has received many honors for his work with youth bowling, including New York State YABA Youth Leader of the Year and Youth Leader Alumni Bridging the Gap Award in 2004, the 2004-05 YABA National Male Youth Leader of the Year, and the Local Youth Sports Administrator of the Year by The National Council of Youth Sports in 2008.
He is a part-time student at DeVry University, pursuing a degree in Sales & Marketing and Project Management.Read More
Marci Williams, of Wichita, Kan., was re-elected for a second three-year term starting with the 2011-12 season. She served as the Great Plains USBC Association president from 2005-10. The association was named 2005 Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America Association of the Year and was the first governing body of a sport inducted into the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame (2010).
A bowler for more than 35 years, Williams had a record qualifying round at the 2007 USBC Senior Queens. She was part of a team that won several Brunswick World Team Challenge women’s events in the 1990s. She was named 2006-07 Great Plains USBC Senior Bowler of the Year.
Williams worked for Learjet, Inc. for 34 years, including 20 as a corporate tax analyst.Read More
Bill Vint, of East Troy, Wis., starts his first term on the board with the 2011-12 season. He has more than 40 years of journalism and marketing experience including 20 as editor of Bowling Magazine, American Bowler and US Bowler. The founder of Sleeping Dogs Communications, he currently handles media relations for the Professional Bowlers Association.
In 1991, he initiated the creation of the first magazine for all ABC members, leading to the creation of Bowling Headquarters’ first membership database. Vint helped design the Registered Volunteer Program and was liaison to the ABC, WIBC and USBC Hall of Fame committees. In 10 prior years, he was the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour Marketing Director.
A former Bowling Writers Association of America President and Executive Director, he is a member of the BWAA Hall of Fame. Vint and wife Lisa founded Windy City Bowling News which has served greater Chicagoland for 20 years.Read More
This Committee is to ensure that all financial matters of the organization are conducted legally, ethically, and in accordance with proper accounting rules. This committee is independent of the Finance Committee and will give the Board assurance that audited financial statements are accurate and comprehensive and reduce any possible conflicts of interest between outside auditors and paid staff of USBC.
Jeff Boje, Chair
Susan Merrill, Staff LiaisonRead More
Tommy Gann, Chair
Jason Overstreet, Staff Liaison
This Committee serves as the liaison to the Bowlers to Veterans Link.
Darlene Baker, Chair
This Committee is to grow the sport of bowling through the commitment of the USBC leadership and staff in bringing diversity to all phases of the organization.
Libbi Fletcher, Chair
Eric Kearney, Staff Liaison
In concert with the USBC Strategic Planning Committee, this Committee shall proactively maintain and protect the integrity of the sport of Bowling. It shall be guided by the USBC Vision to "Grow the Sport".
This Committee shall make final decisions regarding all equipment on which USBC approval is requested. This Committee shall also set policies and procedures regarding equipment, specifications and all activities associated with regulating bowling center certificates.
Tony Manna, Chair
Neil Stremmel, Staff LiaisonRead More
The purpose of this Committee shall be to carry out the Board of Directors' overall responsibility relating to executive compensation.
Deanna Rose, Chair
This Committee's purpose is to ensure the appropriate financial structure is in place to support the overall organization needs and strategic direction of the USBC and its subsidiaries.
Tom Bluth, Chair
Susan Merrill, Staff Liaison
This Committee shall be dedicated to recognizing the outstanding bowlers and bowling contributors. Individuals will be recognized in the following categories: Superior performance (men and women) and meritorious service.
Bill Spigner, Chair
Anne Marie Duggan
Pete Tredwell, Staff LiaisonRead More
This Committee reviews proposed legislation, discusses items submitted by staff, other committees and if needed, may propose legislation or work with another committee to propose necessary legislation. Responsible for ensuring due process for members and athletes and to maintain the integrity of the sport of bowling.
Tamoria Adams, Chair
Mike Spridco, Staff LiaisonRead More
This Committee's purpose is to maintain approved policies and when needed to make recommendations to the Board.
Tamoria Adams, Chair
Mike Spridco, Staff Liaison
This Committee prepares the slate for Board of Directors elections and selects the slate of Youth Committee members for Board approval.
Mike Italia, Chair
Stu Upson, Staff LiaisonRead More
This Committee's purpose is to create the strategic plan (vision, mission, values, etc.) for Board review and adoption; manage plan implementation and regularly report progress to Board.
To monitor, evaluate and refine the USBC Strategic Plan and ensure its continuation by creating additional plan(s) using input, tools and resources. Further concerns are to measure USBC's current standings, further identify USBC's needs for a productive future and develop a timeline to meet those needs.
Libbi Fletcher, Chair
Stu Upson, Staff LiaisonRead More
This Committee monitors and promotes USBC youth programs. It also makes recommendations regarding youth-specific benefits; youth-specific events; youth leader programs and elects the three (3) Youth Representatives to the Board. This committee also presents recommended rule changes and youth dues to the USBC Board.
Frank Wilkinson, Chair (Frank.Wilkinson@bowl.com)
Cera Dailey (Cera.Dailey@bowl.com)
Erik Galganski (Erik.Galganski@bowl.com)
Tommy Gann (Tommy.Gann@bowl.com)
Elbert Gibson (Elbert.Gibson@bowl.com)
Brenda Green (Brenda.Green@bowl.com)
Debra Haggerty (Debra.Haggerty@bowl.com)
Amanda Hollenbaugh (Amanda.Hollenbaugh@bowl.com)
Suzanne Huebel (Suzanne.Huebel@bowl.com)
Kyle Mauerman (Kyle.Mauerman@bowl.com)
Alan Nordman (Alan.Nordman@bowl.com)
Rick Pittser (Rick.Pittser@bowl.com)
Chad Murphy, Staff LiaisonRead More
Stu Upson joined the United States Bowling Congress as its Executive Director in July of 2009.
Prior to joining USBC, Upson served as Senior Vice President for Skip Barber Racing, the world's largest automotive education and entertainment company. Based in Lakeville, Connecticut, Skip Barber Racing operates more than 1,000 events annually at more than two dozen venues across North America offering driving training, amateur and professional race series and corporate programs.
Before Skip Barber, Upson was Senior Vice President for Venue3D, a joint venture between the William Morris Agency and Mills Corporation to provide marketing consulting services for retail developers and properties. Upson also spent four years as Senior Vice President of Sports and Entertainment Marketing for First USA Bank (now Chase) where he established the bank's sports affinity credit card program.
Earlier in his career, Upson served as Vice President of Business Development for Major League Baseball Properties and worked in the advertising industry in New York City.
Upson is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California.Read More
Managing Director, Information Technology
Jon-Paul Estes was named USBC Managing Director, Information Technology, in March 2010. Prior to being elevated to this role, Estes spent nearly two years as USBC Director of IT Infrastructure. He brings a passion for technology and the sport of bowling to the USBC leadership team.
Prior to his arrival at USBC, Estes spent more than 10 years as technology director for real estate investment trusts, overseeing IT infrastructure at numerous hotel and resort properties. His leadership helped create a spinoff technology company that provided online delivery of hotel accounting, payroll and reporting services.
Having grown up in a bowling family, Estes has been involved in the sport for more than 30 years. He has a 193 average and a high game of 290. Originally from Tennessee, Estes holds a degree in computer science and mathematics from Vanderbilt University. Estes and his wife, Karen, have two sons.
Managing Director, Tournaments
Brian Lewis was named USBC Managing Director, Tournaments, in March 2010. Prior to being elevated to his new role, Lewis spent nearly 10 years working with the USBC Tournaments team.
He originally joined the organization as the associate tournament director at the Open Championships and spent a year learning the event from retiring tournament director Hal Kaminski before taking the top spot on Aug. 1, 2001.
In 2008, Lewis’ role expanded to include the USBC Women’s Championships, and while his main focus is still on the two major events, he now has a major strategic role in the operation of all USBC championship events.
Lewis is a veteran of more than 30 USBC Open Championships. In 1978, at the age of 17, he took his first plane flight while traveling to his first ABC Tournament. It was the last year of the tournament’s old-style manual scoring.
A degreed engineer, Lewis has 16 years of experience in the manufacturing field. From 1990-2000, he had managerial assignments at various locations in Texas, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Lewis comes from a bowling family. His grandfather is a member of the 50-year tournament attendance club. All together, the Lewis family has well over 100 tournament appearances. Lewis carries a 185 lifetime average with a 693 high series in the 1999 singles in Syracuse.
Lewis and his wife, Leslie, are the proud parents of identical twin boys.Read More
Managing Director, CFO
Susan Merrill joined USBC in October 2008 as Chief Financial Officer. Most recently she served as corporate controller for Atlanta-based AmeriCold Logistics Inc., a leading provider of refrigerated warehousing with more than 6,000 employees.
Merrill is a certified public accountant, holds a law degree and brings more than 20 years of accounting and finance experience.
While at AmeriCold Logistics, Merrill oversaw a department responsible for accounting and financial management of about $900 million in annual revenue. She also served as a member on key executive committees including pension, quarterly disclosure and insurance.
Prior to her position at AmeriCold Logistics, Merrill worked as controller for nearly eight years at KHOU-TV in Houston. While serving as the television station's senior financial executive, Merrill led operational initiatives to improve profit levels by aggressively focusing on the identification of inefficiencies. Her work helped the station consistently perform at a profit level above the industry average.
Merrill also has worked as an expert consultant providing testimony in litigation proceedings related to sports and entertainment, oil and gas, patent infringement, breach of contract and fraud/forensic accounting.
Merrill holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska and a law degree from South Texas College of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and a certified public accountant in the state of Georgia.Read More
Managing Director, National Governing Body
Stremmel was named to oversee USBC operations in equipment specifications, Team USA, USBC Coaching, USBC Sport Bowling, USBC High School, USBC Collegiate and rules in March 2008.
The Stillman Valley, Ill., native previously served as USBC Technical Director and Bowling Inc. Director of Research for eight years. He led the USBC Equipment Specifications and Certifications team which tests all bowling equipment to verify compliance with specifications set by USBC.
A mechanical engineer (BSME from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.), Stremmel is an International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association certified technician and a Bronze certified coach. Neil is a member of the IBPSIA Board and also serves as co-chair of the World Tenpin Bowling Association Technical and Coaching Committee. He sits on multiple other industry panels including the IBPSIA Advisory Board.
Stremmel previously worked in various engineering positions in the nuclear power and aerospace industries. He has served as a local American Bowling Congress director and is a lifetime bowler with multiple 300 games who began working in a center at age 13.
He and wife Kari have one son and one daughter.Read More
Managing Director, Marketing and Membership
Kevin Terry joined USBC as Managing Director of Marketing and Membership on November 1, 2010. Terry oversees marketing and sales, association development, membership development and the customer service call center.
Before joining USBC, Terry was president of the Winston-Salem Dash, an affiliate of Major League Baseball's Chicago White Sox and operated by Mandalay Baseball Properties. Prior to his work with the Dash, Terry held sales or marketing positions at the vice president level with the New Orleans Hornets and Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association, as well as MLB's Tampa Bay Rays.
As president of the Winston-Salem Dash, Terry oversaw business operations related to the new $48 million BB&T Ballpark located in downtown Winston-Salem. Under his leadership the organization sold more than $2.5 million in new sponsorship partnerships and the second-largest stadium-naming-rights deal in minor league baseball history.
In his work with the Hornets, Terry directed ticket sales, services and operations overseeing the transition of departments through relocation from Oklahoma City back to New Orleans. With the Hornets, Rays and Warriors, Terry's leadership helped achieve significant increases in ticket sales, customer service and revenue.
Terry attended the University of Kansas and holds a marketing degree from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan. He started his education at Highland (Kan.) Community College, where he was awarded scholarships in both baseball and music.
Terry and his wife, Bethany, are the parents of one daughter, Brianna, who is a student at the University of Nebraska. Their two "children" still living at home are dogs Nestle and Barkley.Read More
Managing Director, Media
Pete Tredwell is a two-time Emmy award-winning producer for ESPN and a former collegiate bowler. He was USBC's first director-at-large on the USBC Board of Directors before joining the USBC staff in April 2008.
He was with ESPN for more than 10 years after one year with CBS Sports in New York City, a year in media relations for the University of Florida athletic department in Gainesville, Fla., and a year in a similar position at the University of California-Berkeley. He graduated from Indiana University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in sports marketing and management. He also received a certificate from the Indiana School of Business.
He started for three years and part of a fourth on Indiana University's bowling team from 1991-95 including the 1994-95 season when the Hoosiers spent most of the season as the No. 1-ranked team in the nation by the Bowling Writers Association of America. He has a 300 high game and 794 high series. He also owns six Junior Bowlers Tour titles after joining his first league at age 9.
Tredwell and his wife Kathy have two children.Read More