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                                                                       IBPSIA 2014 AWARD WINNERS

ARLINGTON, TX –  The International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association has announced the winners of its annual award banquet. This year’s event will be in Orlando, Florida, at the Storm Luncheon on June 24, in conjunction with the International Bowl Expo.

The winners are:

Bill Bunetta Lighthouse Award - Kelly Bednar, BPAA

Pro Shop Excellence Award – Tim Mathe, Bowlers Edge Pro Shop, Appleton, WI  

Presidents Award - Ray Laursen, Country Pro Shop, Staten Island, NY

Friends of IBPSIA Award - Keith Hamilton (chairman) and the IBPSIA Advisory Board

Additionally, George Gervase will receive his Bill Buenetta Lighthouse Award this June since he was unable to attend last year’s event.  “We take great pride in selecting our annual award winners,” said IBPSIA President, Lou Marquez. “I believe we have a great class of winners again this year and we congratulate each winner.”

The Pro Shop of the Year Award is given to a pro shop that has a certified technician on staff, plays a key role in the retention / development of bowlers and is a member of the association. The President’s Award is given to an individual who has provided leadership to the association and/or the industry; the winner must also be a current member of the association.  The Bill Bunetta Lighthouse Award can be a person or business that has made significant contributions to the pro shop industry. The Friends of IBPSIA is a new award given to an individual or company that has made significant contributions to benefit the association and its members.

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About the International Bowling Pro Shop & Instructors Association - IBPSIA is an alliance of bowling pro bowling owners and managers who share knowledge about their craft and business in order to provide customers with the best service possible, helping to create a growing group of bowling enthusiasts. To achieve its vision, IBPSIA offers an array of educational opportunities, benefit programs and oversees an annual recognition awards program.