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ARLINGTON, TEXAS – 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.
In 2004 he merged his company, Coast Casinos, with Boyd Gaming and became the third largest gaming company in the United States. In 2006 he separated from them. Today he owns the South Point Hotel (formerly the South Coast) and the Las Vegas Airport Slot Concession. Mr. Gaughan has been licensed for gambling operations 20 times in Nevada, three times in Louisiana, twice in Illinois and one time each in New Jersey, Mississippi and Indiana.
He is currently a board member of Las Vegas Events, the National Finals Rodeo Committee, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and the Pro Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs. Mr. Gaughan also sits on the Foundation Board of the University of Nevada Las Vegas and has taught in the School’s College of Hotel Administration. He is a former board member of the Golden Nugget Corporation (Wynn Resorts), the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Valley Hospital of Las Vegas, the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union Welfare Fund, the Southern Nevada Culinary and Bartenders Pension Trust and the Las Vegas YMCA. He is also a member and former Chairman of the Nevada Resort Association.
He has been honored as “Man of the Year” for Bishop Gorman High School, Creighton University, Temple Beth Shalom and UNLV’s School of Business. In 2007 Mr. Gaughan was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and received UNLV’s Distinguished Nevadan award in 2008. He is also in the National Gambling Hall of Fame, the Nevada Sports Hall of Fame and the Off-Road Racing Hall of Fame. Mr. Gaughan has been the Honorary Squadron Commander for Nellis Air Force Base’s A-10 Weapons School (66th WPS) since 2000 and became an active member of the USAF’s Air Combat Command’s Civil Board in 2008. In 2010 he was nominated and accepted to the Air Force Chief of Staff’s Advisory Board. He is mostly recently credited with building the bowling arena at South Pointe Lanes in Las Vegas, Nev.
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.
The Billiard and Bowling Institute of America held its 72nd annual convention at Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson, Ariz., April 13-15.
The highlight of the gathering was the presentation of the BBIA Industry Service Award to Barbara and Bill Chrisman, co-owners of Storm Products Inc. BBIA President Joleen Lawson made the presentation. More than 70 BBIA members and guests attended the reception and dinner honoring the Chrismans for their dedication and contributions to the bowling industry and community.
During the convention, BBIA elected new officers for the 2014-15 fiscal year:
• Joleen Lawson, Lomar Bowing Supply, President.
• David Hickman, Premier Bowling Supply, Vice President.
• Jeff Mraz, Ace Mitchell Bowlers Mart, Secretary/Treasurer. Mraz also will serve as the 2015 convention chairperson.
Directors-at -Large are Corey Dykstra, Brunswick Bowling and Billiards; Skip Nemecek, Tweeten Fiber Company; and Hank Boomershine, Storm Products Inc. BBIA membership elected Mike Judy, Ebonite International Inc., to a three-year term as a Director-at-Large.
The 2014 convention began with the annual BBIA golf event. Thirty-seven players participated in the Scramble-type competition, organized by Golf Chair Tony Mendiola. The event was won by Lori and Jeff Mraz, paired with Barbara and Bill Chrisman.
BBIA distributors awarded the 2014 Top Gun Award, for the best company presentation to their customers, to the team from Turbo Bowling Accessories and Lori Mraz, President of the company.
Additionally, seven industry leaders addressed BBIA members about their respective organizations: Cathy DeSocio, BPAA; Frank DeSocio, STE; Chad Murphy, USBC; Kevin Dornberger, WBA; Tom Clark, PBA; Keith Hamilton, IBM/HF and Russ Wilson, IBPSIA.