ARLINGTON, Texas — The recent passing of Bill Supper left the Billiard and Bowling Institute of America without an executive director. Now, that void has been filled with Barbara Peltz being named to the post.

Peltz, the Associate Publisher of Bowling Center Management and Pro Shop Operator magazines, will retain those positions while taking on the BBIA’s administrative duties. The BBIA was founded to open and perpetuate communication channels among the manufacturing companies and distribution companies of the billiard and bowling industries.

“We are fortunate to find someone with Barb’s passion for bowling, her long history in the industry and her outstanding working relationships,” said BBIA President Brian Graham, Vice President of Consumer Products for Brunswick Bowling Products. “We’re confident she’ll do a great job for the association and its members.”

Peltz has been in the industry as a competitor, coach, college center manager, collegiate program administrator, advertising sales manager and magazine executive. She spent the bulk of her career at Luby Publishing Inc. in Chicago before that company sold its publications to the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America and United States Bowling Congress. Peltz was one of three key employees that the BPAA retained after the acquisitions.

“I love our industry and the people in it,” Peltz said. “While no one can replace Bill Supper, I’ll do my best to fill his shoes and keep the vision of the BBIA alive and thriving.”

Graham added that one of the first tasks for Peltz will be to help finalize a location and the site logistics for the 2024 BBIA Convention with Vice President and Convention Chairman Chris Sand of Turbo 2-N-1 Grips.

She will work with a board that includes Graham, Sand, Secretary Mark Buffa of Buffa Bowling, and directors Joe Jozwik of DiLaura Brothers Bowling Supply, Jimmy Land of Classic Products Corp., and Scott Hewitt of MOTIV Bowling. Lori Hurst will continue as the assistant to the executive director.