Bill Supper returning to International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association

    07/23/10

    BPAA News

    Bowling Industry Veteran to put on familiar hat as Managing Director

    BillSupperIBMHoF.jpgBowling industry veteran Bill Supper (pictured left) has been named Managing Director of the International Bowling Pro Shops and Instructors Association (IBPSIA), according to the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA).

    Supper, a 30-year veteran of the bowling industry and a former Professional Bowlers Association member, retired as Executive Director of the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame (IBM/HF) in June, 2010, and is currently Executive Director of the Bowling and Billiards Institute of America. He will continue in that position with his new duties.

    2009BPAAEDStevenJohnson.jpg"When looking to fill the position, Bill Supper was the easy choice," said Steve Johnson (right), BPAA Executive Director. Since his retirement from the IBM/HF, Bill has the time needed to devote to IBPSIA, and he also has the background, knowledge and contacts to continue with their growth trends."

    Supper will take the reins from Kelly Bednar effective August 1 and can be reached at [email protected] "Bednar will remain Director of Education for BPAA," Johnson added,

    "With the importance of growing education and training opportunities as a core strategic initiative within the BPAA, we need Kelly to focus on and drive those programs. The BPAA recognizes the important roll IBPSIA plays within the industry and will continue to support the association with a variety of resources."

    Supper, 2009 recipient of the IBPSIA President's Award, was Managing Director of IBPSIA from 2006 - 2007 when he was promoted to Executive Director. He served in that capacity for two years before becoming Executive Director of the IBM/HF in 2009 where he oversaw the build out and grand opening of the new facility as well as the initial fundraising efforts for the venue.

    Supper was also Deputy Executive Director for the BPAA from 2006 - 2009 where he played a key role in the move of the BPAA to the new International Bowling Campus. Supper's bowling career has included positions as Vice President of Sales for Ebonite International, President of Storm Bowling Products, President of AMF 300, and Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Columbia 300, Track International and AMF 300.

    He is also a lifetime Silver Certified USA Bowling Coach and past chair of the USA Bowling Coaches Program.

    "It feels great to come back to an organization I have a deep affection for," said Supper, "But when I said at my retirement I was ready to move on to another phase of my life, I had no idea it would be in such familiar territory."