The 2015 BBIA Convention
In Hilton Head, South Carolina


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2015 BBIA Industry
Service Award Recipient
Johnny Petraglia

PBA Touring Pro 1965 to Present.

Jeff Mraz Presents
Johnny Petraglia With

The Industry
Service Award.




The Billiard and Bowling Industry Association presented PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia with its Industry Service Award Tuesday night at the organization’s annual meeting in Hilton Head, S.C.

Petraglia, the only player ever to win PBA national titles in six different decades, is currently competing on the PBA50 Tour – 50 years after making his debut in 1965. The 67-year-old lefthander from Jackson, N.J., has won 14 PBA Tour and eight PBA50 Tour titles; is one of six PBA Triple Crown winners; ranks 31st on the all-time PBA earnings list with $1,249,250, and his a member of the PBA (1982) and USBC (2003) Halls of Fame. He also was the recipient of the 2010 BPAA Dick Weber Bowling Ambassador Award.

In addition to his sterling record as a competitor, Petraglia has been active for decades off the lanes in BVL and other charitable programs in support of United States military veterans. Petraglia served a tour of duty with the U.S. armed forces during the Vietnam War.



Is it really 2015? Is it really time once again to get together? Indeed it is!

Last time I wrote a letter to you for the BBIA we were packing up to head to Mississippi. Not this time. This time I write to you from the President’s chair of our organization asking you for your attendance at this year’s BBIA Convention.  It’s time once again for us to reconvene for a few days, along with other industry leaders, to do some brainstorming, problem solving, relationship building, serious discussing, partaking of great food, educating, hearing old stories from good friends, staying in awesome accommodations, laughing and having a little fun in the sun too. I can’t wait to see each of you.

I would like to thank our current board members for their dedication to the goals of our organization. I am proud to have worked with them and I appreciate the time and energy each has given. As a member, I am also very thankful for their efforts on my behalf.

Our organization is crucial. What happens during these meetings can change our industries. We reap what we sow … so please come, plant some seeds, voice your concerns, bring ideas, bring questions and bring answers.
Travel safely,

Joleen Lawson
785-483-2222 Shop  785-483-0514 Cell.



About The Billiard and Bowling Institute of America – The B.B.I.A. is a not-for-profit association formed to service the billiard and bowling industries. Comprised mostly of manufacturers and distributors, B.B.I.A aims to foster the growth of these two great sports and advance the common interests of its members.  The association is uniquely structured to open channels of communication between manufacturers and distributors for the purpose of improving the consumer experience. To view the history of the organization, visit B.B.I.A. online at

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