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.
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.