BBIA To Honor Mike Panozzo – Association’s 66th Industry Service Award Winner
The Billiard and Bowling Institute of America (BBIA) will present its annual Industry Service Award to billiard and bowling industry veteran and publisher Mike Panozzo during its annual convention at the Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort, Santa Fe, N.M., April 23-25. “The BBIA Industry Service Award is a prestigious award given to an individual who has served the billiard or bowling industry,” said Corey Dykstra, president of the BBIA. “What makes Mike so unique is that he has faithfully served both industries since 1980.”
In addition to his role as publisher of the magazines produced by Luby Publishing, Panozzo has been the Editor of Billiards Digest for the past 36 years. During that time, he has served the billiard industry in numerous volunteer roles. Panozzo served two terms on the Billiard Congress of America board of directors. He also co-authored three books with pool legend Steve Mizerak. Panozzo currently hosts and manages the billiard industry’s annual hall of fame dinner. In 2007, Panozzo established the United States Billiard Media Association. In recognition of his contributions, the BCA honored Panozzo with its President’s Award, which is considered by most to be billiards’ highest honor.
But Panozzo’s contribution has not just been to the billiard industry. Panozzo has written and edited for both Bowlers Journal International and Bowling Center Management. He also has served on the BBIA board, including being president in 2002. “I am humbled to win the award and to be mentioned with so many greats that have served in both billiards and bowling.”
Paul Newman, J. Edgar Hoover and Jackie Gleason are among those who have also won the BBIA Industry Service Award. The last winner from the billiard industry was Allen Hopkins in 2006.
Dear BBIA Members,
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as President of the Billiard & Bowling Institute of America. I have enjoyed working with a great Board and an organization that has a great history.
The other day, I was reflecting on what we have done as an organization over the past few years. Exciting, and sometimes controversial, projects come to mind that we should all be proud of – Bowling’s Catalog, trade show scheduling, grant giving, etc. Of course, perhaps the greatest value offered by BBIA is the opportunity to network with truly outstanding people. Because of the BBIA, I have been able to enhance friendships and develop relationships with industry leaders.
The 2017 BBIA Convention promises to be one of our best. Convention chair, Hank Boomershine, has selected a beautiful location in Santa Fe, New Mexico; the resort is first-class and has every amenity that you could possible need. In fact, the size and layout of the resort will allow us the opportunity to change the format of the meetings. Specifically, based on various feedback and suggestions, we are going to give manufacturers 25 minute meetings with each distributor. We will share a more detailed schedule as we get closer to the convention.
In addition to the annual convention, BBIA also has had the pleasure of providing some very meaningful grants. In the spirit of continuing to support the industry, it is my pleasure to announce BBIA’s sponsorship of the IBMA Chuck Pezzano Scholarship. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to college students who are interested in writing about the sport after college as a full or part time career.
As I write this looking out at the snow covered roads in Western Michigan, I look forward to the warm temperatures that await us in Sante Fe.
Corey Dykstra, BBIA President
Dear BBIA Members,
Are you ready to discover the best resort in New Mexico? The Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder merges the excitement and glamour of a Las Vegas casino with the relaxing ambiance and luxury amenities of a world-class Spa and Golf Resort.
The 587-acre oasis of infinite diversions and indulgences features indoor and outdoor pools, gour-met restaurants, night club, and a 61,000-square-foot casino. For those of you looking for a little time amongst the desert landscapes lush green fairways, the Towa Golf Club boasts three independent nine-hole courses showcasing dramatic elevation changes, and scenery of extraordinary beauty. This year’s golf scramble looks to be spectacular, so I would urge everyone to participate.
Anyone looking to be pampered? The Wo’P’in Spa offers deep tissue massages, manicures, pedicures, as well as luxurious skin and body treatments. The Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder is located just 15 minutes north of the Historic Plaza in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico. There are over 90 restaurants within walking distance along with a plethora of museums and art galleries.
The property is 79 miles from the Albuquerque airport. You can also fly into the municipal airport in Santa Fe. It is serviced by American and United Airlines. You can get Uber service from the Albuquerque airport to the property for around $79 each way. I look forward to seeing everyone in Santa Fe this coming April 23-25. If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call at 435-740-9951.
Hank Boomershine, Convention Chairman