ARLINGTON, TEXAS – Terry Brenneman, owner of Bowlers Supply, Inc., will receive the 2023 Billiard and Bowling Institute of America’s Industry Service Award during the 2023 Convention. What will make this year’s convention and award dinner unique is that it is the first time the organization’s president will be able to see a family member, in this case, father, receive the award. “I am proud of my father,” said BBIA President Andy Brenneman. “I’ve seen firsthand how he has devoted his entire life to the bowling industry.” 

Brenneman became hooked on bowling at the age of 10 and started competing regularly at a high level just a few years later. His love of the sport gave him a desire to make a living in the industry, which he has turned into a prosperous career. Terry has been the owner of Bowlers Supply, Inc., York, Penn., since 1968. He also had been a bowling center proprietor of multi-centers as well as a manufacturer when he was a partner with the old Faball Company. 

Brenneman has donated thousands over the years to a variety of bowling-related charities and has served on various boards throughout his tenure. An active member of the Penn. BPAA for more than 30 years, Terry has been a member of MUBIG (Multi Unit Bowling Information Group) for the past four decades, where he served as President in 1998. In 2003 he joined the board of the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame and was its treasurer from 2005-13. 

“It is truly an honor to have been chosen for this award, especially given the rather impressive list of prior recipients,” said Brenneman. The 2023 convention and presentation of the ISA Award will be held at the Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa in Birmingham, Ala., May 7-11, 2023. Brenneman, who is still active in the industry, is married to Joanne, has two children and is a graduate of George Washington University. 

ARLINGTON, TEXAS – The 11th annual BBIA Catalog is in the mail and expected to arrive at bowling retailers by Labor Day. Always in demand, this year’s edition totals 444 pages (including covers) and is filled with bowling’s newest, cutting-edge consumer products that are ready to hit the market this fall. In addition to the print edition, the Catalog can be accessed online at: https://html5.dcatalog.com/?docid=e8b70a8d-67b1-4b98-bb8c-20567cda108d or via the catalog image link on our HOME page.

Additionally, the organization has invested in the production of its first Mobile App,which is currently in review with both Apple and Google. Additional information on the App will be released as information becomes available.

“These are exciting times at BBIA,” said BBIA President Andy Brenneman. “With the release of our newest edition of the Catalog and the launching of our first Mobile App,BBIA is fulfilling its mission to help foster the growth of the bowling industry.”

Each outlet will receive one copy. Bowling centers should check with their in-center pro shop to share the copy. For more information on the Catalog, please call the publisher and project manager, Keith Hamilton, at 312-341-1110, or via email at
keithh@lubypublishing.com.

Dear BBIA Members:
I am very pleased to announce that the 2023 BBIA Annual Convention will take place in Sweet Home Alabama, specifically at the Renaissance Birmingham Resort and Spa and Oxmore Valley Golf course, located on the outskirts of Birmingham, Alabama. The 2023 convention dates will be Monday, May 8th through Wednesday, May 10th. We will be sending the official convention brochure in the coming weeks. While finding a location for the 2023 was no easy task, I do believe that the Renaissance Birmingham Resort will be an incredible host for our convention. The upscale resort property boasts 259 rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, beautiful views, convenient meeting space, and access to the Oxmore Valley Golf course, one of the longest golf courses in the world and a showcase of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. I encourage everyone to go online and check out the amazing Renaissance Ross Bridge Resort.

As discussed at this year’s BBIA Convention, hotel rates and food costs have been hit hard by inflation, and this is going to have a noticeable impact on our 2023 convention. However, I am sure that Bill Supper will do his very best to balance costs while making sure that we all have a pleasant experience. The structure of the 2023 convention will remain the same but with a Tuesday start for the opening session and the manufacturer and distributor one-on-one meetings. Once we have confirmed the attendance, we will put together a master schedule for the meetings. I look forward to seeing everyone at the 2023 BBIA Annual Convention in Sweet Home Alabama.
Sincerely,

Brian Graham
2023 BBIA Convention Chair

ARLINGTON, TEXAS – Two of bowling’s greatest competitors and personalities, Del Ballard and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, will receive the 2022 Billiard and Bowling Institute of America’s Industry Service Award, an honor given to those who promote and play a role in growing the bowling and/or billiard industries worldwide. “This tandem has earned a multitude of accomplishments both, on and off the lanes for decades. They both share their wealth of knowledge and expertise with thousands of current and prospective competitive bowlers through their various coaching and event appearances,” said BBIA President Andy Brenneman. “Their nonprofit organization, Ballard vs. The Big “C”– Striking Back to Spare More Lives, has raised awareness and more than $500,000 in donations to help fight cancer.”

During their time as professional bowlers they certainly made a statement on the tour. Del holds 13 PBA titles and is a member of both the PBA and USBC Halls of Fame. Additionally, Del continues to serve professional bowling as one of the industry’s foremost player representatives. Carolyn is a three-time Collegiate All-American while leading West Texas State University to two national championships. As a professional, Carolyn has 20 professional titles, was named “Bowler of the Decade” (2000’s) by Bowlers Journal International, earned “Player of the Year” honors by PWBA, and is a member of the USBC and PWBA Halls of Fame.

“Del and I are humbled to receive such a great honor, especially to be joining such an elite list of prior winners,” Carolyn said on behalf of Del and herself. “And because of the generous people who comprise the industry, we were able to leverage the fun and excitement of bowling into a fundraiser that has provided funding to people in need who battle cancer. We share this award with our Bowling Versus the Big “C” team and the supporters of the event.” When not competing and fighting cancer, Del and Carolyn run a successful pro shop, Ballard’s Bowling Academy, Fort Worth, Texas, and have a 17-year-old daughter, Alyssa. The married couple will receive the award during the closing dinner of the 2022 convention, which will take place in Cancun, Mexico, at the Omni Hotel, May 1 – 3. For tickets to the event, please contact BBIA Executive Director Bill Supper.

Esteemed Members of the BBIA, Welcome to the 2021 BBIA Convention, to be held at the Sheraton Panama City Beach Resort, May 16 – 18. The beautiful views and outstanding amenities are the focal point of this stunning property. Given an AAA Four-Diamond Rating, the Sheraton has 320 rooms and 60 one-bedroom suites, three waterside dining venues and a championship golf course designed by the Jack Nicklaus Design Team. The property also includes three swimming pools and a clay tennis court. This convention will provide a much-needed opportunity for us to reconnect, unwind and socialize with our peers and business associates at a first-class location.

The facility is approximately 30 minutes from Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, Panama City Beach, FL (ECP). The Destin-Ft. Walton Beach Airport (VSP) is 73 miles from the Sheraton.

The format of the convention will mirror prior conventions. Sunday’s annual golf tournament will be followed by our Welcome Reception, with the business meetings commencing first thing Monday morning. Once again, one-on-one meetings between individual distributors and manufacturers will be facilitated—but with a twist—as distributors will play host to manufacturers.

Following the industry update luncheon on Tuesday, we have added an Idea Exchange that should inspire creative discussion design to help guide our individual businesses through today’s business environment.

As tradition, our convention will conclude Tuesday evening with our annual Industry Service Award Banquet as we honor former two-time BBIA President and current Executive Director, Bill Supper. It should be an evening of fun and a memorable conclusion to a productive 2021 convention. I can’t wait to see everyone in Florida.

Sincerely,

 


Andy Brenneman
Convention Chairman

Howdy BBIA Members,

I want to thank each member for their support and input throughout this past year. I also want to recognize the board of directors for their dedication and commitment to serving the association.

The year 2020 will go down as one to be remembered, although most of us would prefer to forget. Many of us have endured casualties, both personally and professionally. I express my sincere condolences to those that have lost a loved one or a business due to the economic setbacks caused by the pandemic. But with a vaccine comes new hope and opportunity to regroup and move forward, and it starts with the 2021 BBIA Convention.

One of our goals is to improve the distributor trade show network and find extra value for being a member of BBIA. We have made small steps to improving the network, but still have some work to do before accomplishing our goal. The pandemic upended the entire trade show circuit. But with great optimism, the back half of 2021 should be strong for the entire industry. And now, more than ever, we need to work together to help control expenses and make distribution as smooth as possible.

I am particularly proud of this organization and how our members make up a large portion of the leadership within the industry. The BBIA Convention is the gathering place where distributors and manufacturers can get to together and openly discuss and solve issues while looking forward to finding ways to grow the sport—together.

In terms of governance, with the pushback of the 2020 Cancun convention, Andy Brenneman will be our convention chair for 2022. Gus Falgien will chair next years event in Cancun as he was scheduled to do in 2020.

It has been an absolute pleasure serving as your president over the last two years and I thank you again for your continued support of BBIA.

See you in Florida.

Sincerely,

 

 

Jimmy Land
President, BBIA

Bowling Veteran to Receive 2020 Industry Service Award

The Billiard and Bowling Institute of America (BBIA) will present its annual Industry Service Award to industry veteran Bill Supper during its annual convention at the Omni in Cancun, Mexico, April 26-28, 2020.

“The ISA is chosen by the board of directors and is awarded to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the growth of either the bowling or billiard industry,” said BBIA President Jimmy Land. “Bill has been providing service to the bowling industry throughout his entire career.”

Supper is a two-time president of BBIA and currently serves as the association’s Executive Director. A competitive bowler, he began working in the industry in 1980 when he was hired by Ebonite International as the East Coast Sales Representative before heading to the home office in Hopkinsville, Ky.

He stayed with Ebonite for 16 years before joining Bill Chrisman, at Storm. But after four years with the Utah-based company, he and his wife JoAnn decided it was time to move to Texas to be near the grandchildren. After a short stint with Columbia Industries in San Antonio, Texas, Supper moved to the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, and became Deputy Executive Director of the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America, serving under John Berglund.

It was while at BPAA that Supper’s outreach impacted all levels of bowling, extending beyond corporate interest. With that in mind, he changed offices in the building, leaving BPAA in order to become the Executive Director of the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame. Supper played a major role in the building of the new facility, managing the project under extreme pressure to ensure it would be open in time for the official IBC grand opening in January 2010. He met the deadline — with six hours to spare. Having successfully opened the museum, he left IBM/HF to accept the position as the Executive Director of IBPSIA.

“I was shocked to be selected for the award, especially since I am currently BBIA’s E.D.,” Supper said. “It was a very emotional moment for JoAnn and me when Jimmy (Land) gave us the news.”

In addition to the industry greats who have been honored, BBIA’s Industry Service Award has beenpresented to actor Paul Newman, comedian Jackie Gleason and former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.