Bowl Expo



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


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


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


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


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


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.



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.



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


"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.



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


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


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.

2008 IBE


Come Rain or Shine...International Bowl Expo 2008 once again wows attendees in Orlando

2008IBELogo_small.jpg Despite bowling centers and bowling industry suppliers battling economy woes, rising travel costs, as well as natural disasters in various parts of the country, International Bowl Expo 2008 (IBE08) experienced another exciting turnout by bowling center owners, managers/staff and exhibiting companies. IBE08 continued to receive high marks from bowling industry leaders, suppliers, manufacturers and attendees as thousands gathered in Orlando, Fla. June 22 - 26 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort Hotel along with the Orange County Convention Center.



The 2008 International Bowl Expo proves a slam dunk By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg Despite the high cost of transportation, International Bowl Expo drew close to 4,700, which is right at attendance figures coming out of the 2005 convention in Orlando. John Berglund, executive director of the Bowling Proprietors Association of America, said that exhibitors understand that the Orlando conventions cannot duplicate the Las Vegas numbers (a record 5,538 last year) "but many commented we draw different attendees in Orlando and that sales are quite good." But lets start at the beginning with meetings at the Rosen Shingle Creek convention center.



International Bowl Expo continues the vision By Mary Lynly

BPAA honors many during Convention in Orlando

2008IBELogo_small.jpg International Bowl Expo is all about education and recognition and a coming together of nearly 5,000 proprietors, vendors, pro shop owners and journalists from throughout the world. Activities included the "Salute to Bowling" reception and silent auction benefiting the National Museum and Hall of Fame and bowling's outrageous block party "Universal City Walk" featuring Neal McCoy, Dread'1, Connis Vanterpool and the Commodores. The pouring rain hampered some but it was just a momentary slow down.



BWAA booth at Bowl Expo 2008

2008BWAAboothatBowlExpo_small.jpg "The Bowling Writers Association of America tried something new during the International Bowl Expo at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.," wrote Dick Evans, who was named president of the BWAA starting in August. The American journalist and columnist for was president for two years in the 1980s when bowling was riding high and the news world was different. The BWAA members wrote 27 short human-interest stories about proprietors, pro shop owners, exhibitors and coaches who stopped by the BWAA booth.

2008 Bowl Expo


USBC Coaches Summit, Pro Shop Conference punch out in Orlando

2008USBCCoachesSummitAttendees_small.jpg John O'Dell is a Silver level certified coach with the United States Bowling Congress Coaching program. He also has a background as a pro shop technician. Even with his experience and credentials, O'Dell realizes the value of attending the USBC Coaches Summit year after year to update his knowledge about technology and new trends in coaching. O'Dell was one of a group of bowling coaches, pro shop operators and proprietors from around the world who learned, networked and energized themselves at the 2008 USBC Coaches Summit and International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association Educational Conference.

2008 Bowl Expo


USBC Coaches Summit kicks off in Orlando

2008USBCCoachesSummitBooth_small.jpg The 2008 USBC Coaches Summit and International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association Educational Conference began their two-day runs on Monday with a host of informative sessions at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, Fla.   Top bowling industry experts led seminars that offered strategies to help coaches, pro shop operators and proprietors work together to help bowlers, their own businesses and the sport of bowling. The USBC Coaches Summit and IBPSIA conference are running in conjunction with the annual bowling trade show called International Bowl Expo June 25-27.



BPAA started small in 1932 but now touches all segments of Bowling Industry By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg OK Gang, it's time to celebrate bowling's world-wide appeal. That means that the International Bowl Expo is just around the calendar corner with a June 21 start and June 27 conclusion. Make no mistake, International Bowl Expo is not just an event — it is an happening and that's why the European Bowling Proprietors Association will be meeting during International Bowl Expo. Without doubt, International Bowl Expo is the premier industry event for owners and operators of bowling centers, billiard centers and pro shops world wide.



Bowl Expo is a yearly happening that doesn't happen by accident By Dick Evans

Global event attracts 5,000 plus attendees

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg International Bowl Expo is not just an event, it's a happening that has global implications and is a hot summer ticket. But make no mistake, International Bowl Expo doesn't just happen, it is a basketball-style full court press for 50 weeks by the entire staff at the Bowling Proprietors Association of America headquarters in Arlington, Texas. For this year's Bowl Expo in Orlando, June 21-26, the BPAA expects slightly more than 200 exhibitors who set up 900 exhibit booths in order to entertain and hopefully entice more than 5,000 attendees.

2008 IBE


Jones Loflin, co-author of Juggling Elephants, to Keynote International Bowl Expo Educational Session

Loflin kicks off two days of educational sessions

2008IBEJonesLoflin_small.jpg As one of the most respected names in helping individuals and organizations deal with the challenges facing them today, Jones Loflin will address attendees at International Bowl Expo 2008's educational keynote session scheduled for Monday, June 23 from 1:15 - 2:30 p.m., according to the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) organizers of IBE 2008. Jones Loflin is an internationally recognized speaker, corporate trainer and co-author of Juggling Elephants. He has also helped many companies more effectively deal with change as a speaker for the bestselling book Who Moved My Cheese?

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