CHRIS FUNK JOINS IBPSIA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ARLINGTON, Texas – Chris Funk of Spokane, Washington, has been selected to join the International Bowling Pro Shop & Instructors Association Board of Directors.
The 53-year-old was chosen from a pool of applicants and voted on by the current board. His service will begin immediately and continue through 2024.
The spot was vacated by Greg Knierim of Colorado Springs, Colorado, who recently stepped down. Knierim was elected to the IBPSIA Board in 2021 for a term scheduled to run from 2022-2024.
“It was an honor and incredibly humbling to even be considered for this opportunity, and I’m looking forward to bringing in what I think is a new perspective, since I’m coming from a different side of the industry,” said Funk, who is a sales representative for Classic Products. “I visit a lot of different types of pro shops, with a variety of sizes, but the common goal is to get them to work closely with their centers to create and retain bowlers.”
Funk is a lifelong bowler and Professional Bowlers Association regional champion, but his focus for more than three decades has been on helping others find success on the lanes.
The majority of his career was as a sales representative for Complete Bowling Service, Inc., which merged with Classic Products in 2015.
Classic Products is a company that specializes in the distribution of all bowling products, offers bowling center services (sales, installation and remodels) and imprinting services (screen printing and embroidery).
The change was seamless for Funk, who covers Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, Hawaii, a small part of California and three areas in Canada – Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
While he prides himself on offering advice and mentorship to pro shop operators in his territory, making sure they’re informed and educated about all the products and techniques that will make both the bowlers and businesses successful, he’s also an expert in selling lane machines and educating center personnel about their capabilities and benefits.
As a man on the move, Funk is able to share the things he experiences and learns, but he’d also like to use his role with IBPSIA to help collect and organize data from IBPSIA members across the globe, so it can be organized and shared in ways that will allow members learn from each other, despite any distance.
He’ll have the opportunity to spread the word about the growing value of being an IBPSIA member, which includes access to the latest information, techniques and resources.
Once folks are on board, of course, the goal will be continuing to provide the things they’ll need for continued growth and success.
“In my career, I’ve made sales calls or met with some great people and coaches, and I’ve had the chance to sit in on countless seminars the distributors have hosted, so I’ve definitely absorbed a lot over the years,” said Funk, who also has coached local youth bowlers. “Hopefully, some of that knowledge I can bring with me, and IBPSIA will give me tools and resources to bring to the pro shops. It feels a little overwhelming at times, but I’m excited to learn more and contribute what I can.”
The IBPSIA Board can be comprised of up to 15 members from varying areas and backgrounds.
Applications are being accepted for anyone interested in joining the board in 2023.
“We’ve been blown away by the interest in IBPSIA this year, both from those looking to join as members and those wanting to contribute further as board members and officers,” said IBPSIA Executive Director Steve Szabina. “There has been some terrific progress as of late, and there are a lot of great things planned for 2022 and beyond. We’re lucky to have the help and support we do, and we’re excited to welcome Chris to the board.”
The International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association is for pro shop operators, instructors and industry supporters, who value education and the benefit of standardization throughout the industry.