2009 Las Vegas

Column

07/14/09

A different view of International Bowl Expo and Key Players By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg I started the long walk through the Mandalay Bay Hotel/Casino in order to register for International Bowl Expo, which is produced by the BPAA. But as I entered the long walkway surrounded by shops and restaurants of all descriptions, I began to think I was lost and had taken a wrong turn, which is easy to do in this giant complex that extends for about a third of a mile before you reach the end of the convention area. It is so gigantic that use have to use the escalators to reach the registration area for Bowl Expo, which is surrounded by many meeting rooms or various sizes.

2009 IBE

07/14/09

International Bowl Expo 2009 rolls out of Vegas

Bowling Industry on solid track for remainder of 2009

2009IBELogo_small.jpg2010IBELogo_small.jpgEnthusiasm and optimism were everywhere during International Bowl Expo 2009 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. After a week of classes, seminars, networking events and the ever-popular trade show, bowling industry leaders, suppliers, manufacturers and attendees declared the event an outstanding success. International Bowl Expo 2010 returns to the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel June 27 through July 1, 2010, with exhibits housed at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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07/11/09

Bowl Expo is the Barnum & Bailey of Bowling: "The Greatest Show On Earth." By John Jowdy

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Despite the downturn in the economy, the 2009 International Bowl Expo drew approximately 10% less attendants in Las Vegas as they did at Orlando in 2008. Although 10% seems rather low, it is quite significant when compared to the plunge in other Las Vegas conventions and overall business. Layoffs of 30% or more during the past six months has been commonplace, attested by the incessant promotions and reductions in room rates and luring attempts to increase tourism. Here are some of my observations and pet peeves regarding Bowl Expo...

2009 IBE

06/25/09

Excitement expressed as USBC Coaches Summit concludes in Las Vegas

2009IBEUSBCCoachesSummit3_small.jpgThe 2009 USBC Coaches Summit concluded Tuesday afternoon at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino Convention Center, ending a two-day session of presentations and dialogue between some of bowling's top minds in coaching, research and elite-athlete training. "I brag about my staff all the time because I think it truly is made up of some of the best minds the sport of bowling has to offer," USBC High Performance Director David Garber said.


2009 IBE

06/25/09

Diandra Asbaty and rising fashion designer collaborate to launch new Tokyo collection

International super star to presents collection at Bowl Expo Trade Show

2009KaizenLogo_small.jpgKaizen by Diandra, a Chicago-based clothing line, is debuting a new collection of athletic wear designed by up-and-coming fashion designer Kristin Hassan and worldwide bowling sensation Diandra Asbaty. Hassan, a rising local designer who recently competed on Bravo's new hit series "The Fashion Show" and Asbaty, a two-time World Bowler of the Year, are proud to introduce Kaizen's latest Tokyo collection. The collection is named after and inspired by this ultra funky and lively fashion capital. Asbaty is currently at the International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas to present the new collection at the Trade Show on Wednesday and Thursday.


IBE 2009

06/23/09

USBC Coaches Summit 2009 kicks off in Las Vegas

2009IBEUSBCCoachesSummit2_small.jpgOn Monday, hundreds of certified coaches, pro shop operators and bowling industry leaders congregated at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center to take part in the opening day of the 2009 USBC Coaches Summit, which helps kick off International Bowl Expo 2009. Monday's schedule of presentations spanned more than 10 hours, covering topics such as the mental game, training coaches to match bowling balls to the needs of individual bowlers, status updates on the construction of the International Training and Research Center, and much more.


IBE 2009

06/22/09

Premier School for Bowling Center Management kicks off International Bowl Expo week

2009PBAAManagementSchool_small.jpg2009IBELogo_small.jpgA condensed version of the Proprietors' Association of America School for Bowling Center Management kicked off the International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas, Nev. The Management School at The Orleans Hotel consists of four days of intense instruction taught by leading bowling experts. Registration for the International Bowl Expo started on Saturday at the host hotel, the Mandalay Bay Resort, and continued on Sunday. IBE 2009 will get underway on Monday morning at 8 a.m. with the BPAA Annual Meeting Breakfast in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

IBE09

06/19/09

What happens in Vegas? Bowl Expo 2009!

Bowling's premier annual convention and trade show returning to its favorite destination

IBE2009Logo_small.jpg Once again Las Vegas is the destination for the International Bowl Expo 2009 (IBE09), the bowling industry's premier annual event. The 2009 theme is, "We're On A Roll," and thousands of bowling industry professionals are expected to roll into the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and Mandalay Bay Convention Center June 21-25 for a jam-packed week of information, education, networking and fun. Bowling center owners, operators, managers, bowling suppliers, pro shop owners/managers and various other industry leaders will have a chance to roam the trade floor and visit approximately 800 exhibit booths.

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06/09/09

Bowl Expo will have something for everyone to enjoy By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg  Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines because the 2009 International Bowl Expo will be on a roll at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and on hand to make sure no one breaks the speed limit will be a Law and Order official. Dale Earnhardt Jr., the most popular race car driver in the world, may look longsome Monday night June 22 with out his race car but he will be there to officially get Bowl Expo off to a fast start during the Welcome Reception.

IBE 2009

02/20/09

"HERE'S YOUR SIGN." Bill Engvall to headline Bowl Expo 2009

Popular blue collar comic to replace Chicago at Club Xpo

IBE2009BillEngvall_small.jpg Tough times need not be all cloudy and sometimes we can all use a good laugh. Best known for his "Blue Collar Comedy Tour," comedian Bill Engvall (pictured) will provide the laughs during the closing night of Bowl Expo 2009 inside the popular Club Xpo. He replaces previously-announced headliner, Chicago, who had to cancel their appearance due to scheduling conflicts with their U.S. and international tours. Bowl Expo officials are already working to possibly secure the Grammy-winning band for Bowl Expo 2010. International Bowl Expo, the bowling industry's premier annual convention and trade show, will be staged at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, June 21-25.

IBE09

01/31/09

Bowl Expo captures checkered flag with Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Two-time NASCAR Champion scheduled to welcome the bowling industry to Las Vegas

 DaleEarnhardtJr_small.jpg The bowling industry is revving up for its premier annual convention and trade show this year at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, June 21-25. The International Bowl Expo (IBE09) will be as busy as pit road with the scheduled appearance by Dale Earnhardt Jr. (r.) to welcome the industry to the venue, Monday, June 22. The 34 year-old Earnhardt is a third-generation driver in a family forever connected to the sport of stock-car racing. After winning the 1998 and 1999 NASCAR Nationwide Series titles, Earnhardt became the only third-generation NASCAR champion.

 


IBE 2009

01/20/09

Fred Thompson to bring Law & Order to Bowl Expo

Former Tennessee Senator, Presidential Candidate to keynote Bowling's Annual Convention

2009IBEExSenatorFredThompson_small.jpg Former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson will be the featured speaker at the International Bowl Expo (IBE09) when it meets June 21-25 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Mr. Thompson will deliver his remarks Wednesday evening during the bowling industry's annual convention and trade show. As an actor, Thompson has appeared in numerous movies and television programs, including No Way Out, In The Line of Fire, Die Hard II, The Hunt for Red October and in the TV series China Beach, Wiseguy and most recently as New York District Attorney Arthur Branch in the Emmy Award-winning NBC drama, Law & Order. The International Bowl Expo is the bowling industry's premier annual convention and trade show.

IBE 2009

01/14/09

Baby, It's (No) Big Surprise! Chicago to headline at Bowl Expo 2009

It will feel like Saturday in the park when legendary band rocks at Club Xpo

IBE2009Logo_small.jpg The Grammy-award winning rock group Chicago will close out the 2009 edition of International Bowl Expo (IBE09) at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, June 21-25. The band will perform at the always-popular Club Xpo on the final night of the bowling industry's annual convention and trade show. The International Bowl Expo is the premier annual event for bowling center owners, operators, managers, bowling suppliers, pro shop owners/managers and various other bowling industry-related businesses.

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