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BPAA to Honor Wes Becker with Victor Lerner Memorial Medal

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Wes Baker

ARLINGTON, Texas - (February 1, 2016) - The Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2016 Bowling Industry Service Awards, the most prestigious awards presented by the bowling industry.

Wes Becker of Tucson, Arizona, has been selected as the 2016 BPAA Hall of Fame Inductee and recipient of the Victor Lerner Memorial Medal.  The Lerner Medal is the highest honor awarded by the BPAA and recognizes an individual for a lifetime of service to the bowling industry and represents the recipient's induction into BPAA's Hall of Fame located at the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in Arlington, Texas.

Mr. Becker is cited for his many years of successful bowling center management in his Tucson, Arizona, centers and service to the BPAA.  His industry contributions include many years of service to the Multi Unit Bowling Information Group (MUBIG), Strike Ten Entertainment and several BPAA committees including the Strategic Planning Task Force, Audit Committee, Budget and Finance Committee and Nominating Committee.

Jeff Bojè (Brandon Crossroads Bowl, Tampa, Florida) will be recognized with the President’s Medal for his numerous contributions and years of service to the BPAA.  The President’s Medal is given to an individual (proprietor/manager) judged to have given exceptional support and/or made significant contributions to the association in the eyes of the current BPAA president and the Awards Committee.

Rick Goins (College Bowl, Texarkana, Texas) will receive the coveted V. A. Wapensky Award, named after BPAA's long-time chief executive officer, "Chief" Wapensky.  Mr. Goins is being recognized for his leadership in rejuvenating the Southwest Region and his enthusiasm for the sport of bowling as well as his support and service to the BPAA on local, state and national levels.

Lynda Barnes (Double Oak, Texas) is being recognized with the Dick Weber Bowling Ambassador Award, named after the legendary bowling icon, recognizing her many contributions to the game and sport of bowling, both on and off the lanes.

Reggie Frederick of Seattle, Washington, will be recognized with the Ruben A. Dankoff Award for Public Policy and Legislative Service for his countless hours of work on behalf of the business sector in Tacoma regarding the minimum wage issue.   Awarded to an individual or organization who provides outstanding voluntary service on the federal, state or local government level in the development of legislation, public policy initiatives or other political efforts which benefit BPAA members or the industry as a whole, Frederick has been an invaluable lobbyist for proprietors in the State of Washington.

Dude Perfect will receive the 2016 Media Award for their incredible video clips of bowling trick shots with Jason Belmonte. 

The State of Wisconsin will be recognized with the Special Projects Award for their aggressive membership campaign.  They led the nation in membership development of new BPAA member centers and strategically made it their key priority.  The partnership involved state board members, officers, their executive director and staff.  This award is presented to an individual or individuals to recognize their efforts and contributions on a particular special project.

The Greater San Antonio USBC Association will be recognized at the USBC Convention and at Bowl Expo with the BPAA USBC Association Award which is presented to a local USBC association who has demonstrated a high degree of cooperation with their local BPAA proprietor group.  The relationship between BPAA and local USBC associations is critical since local associations represent the ‘consumer’ and BPAA member centers are the ‘playing fields’ for bowling.  The BPAA appreciates the local USBC associations which work well with member centers and acknowledges exemplary relationships.

Tom Martino, BPAA President and Awards Committee Chairman, added, "All of these award recipients exemplify leadership, service and admirable dedication to the bowling industry and we thank them for their contributions."

The Bowling Industry Service Awards will be presented at the Annual Awards Luncheon, Tuesday, June 28, 2016, during International Bowl Expo 2016 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.  The Lerner Memorial Medal presentation will take place during the general session on Wednesday morning.

Also at Bowl Expo, the BPAA will honor one proprietor with the BPAA Proprietor of the Year Award.  This individual will enjoy complimentary airfare, accommodations at the host hotel and complimentary registration to the convention for themselves and a guest!  They will also be featured on the cover of BCM magazine and their home center will receive complimentary dues for 2017!  Submission deadline is March 1, 2016.

About BPAA

Founded in 1932, the mission of Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America (BPAA) is to enhance the profitability of all of its members.  Headquartered in Arlington, Texas at the International Bowling Campus, the BPAA provides it's over 3,500 member centers with group purchasing programs, business and educational seminars, legislative representation and proactively promotes the association and bowling industry. For additional information please visit www.bpaa.com or call 1-800-343-1329.

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