BPAA TO HONOR MICHAEL DUCAT WITH 2014 VICTOR LERNER MEMORIAL MEDAL AND HALL OF FAME INDUCTION
Five Others to Receive Bowling Industry Service Awards as the BPAA Strategic Midwinter Bowling Summit Ends on High Note
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA), the bowling industry's premier trade organization, announced that former BPAA president Michael Ducat, Winter Haven, Fla., will be honored as the recipient of the 2014 Victor Lerner Memorial Medal and induction into the BPAA Hall of Fame. BPAA President Cathy DeSocio made the announcement during the BPAA Bowling Summit Industry Update and Town Hall Meeting, Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at the Omni Hotel in San Diego. Five other Industry Award winners were also revealed as BPAA's annual strategic midwinter conference drew to a close.
Ducat is owner of Ducat Investments LLC and co-owner of Pincurean Entertainment Group. He has been a member of the BPAA since 1988 and served as its president during 2000-2002. In making the announcement, the BPAA cited Ducat's many contributions to the association and the bowling industry over a significant period of time, specifically his tenure as BPAA president and as interim executive director during 2001-2002. It was during those years Ducat demonstrated strong leadership and integrity in helping change the face of BPAA and the way it conducted its business that is still present in the current business model. "I am very pleased the BPAA Awards Committee and board of directors approved Michael Ducat as this year's Lerner medal winner," said BPAA President Cathy DeSocio, adding, "Michael has meant so much to me personally during my term in office as a source of great insight and counsel to the issues a president has to deal with." The Industry Update and Town Hall Luncheon capped the four-day conference that began with a Legislative Leadership Conference for state executive directors and presidents. There were also Learning Labs to introduce the new youth membership model, successful league programs, food trends that impact the bowling industry and an update on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The conference also included numerous committee meetings, a national committee chair update and a trade show. The week was capped off by a Thought Leader Keynote presentation by Howard Behar, founding president of Starbucks International who inspired attendees with a message based on his book, "It's Not About The Coffee."
2014 BPAA Industry Award recipients: President's Medal - Kevin Krauss, Seminole, Fla. Presented to an individual judged to have given exceptional support and/or made significant contributions to the BPAA and the industry in the eyes of the current BPAA president and Awards Committee. Krauss is recognized for his efforts as chair of the BPAA nominating committee and his efforts to restructure its procedures, strengthening the integtrity of interviews and developing a very professional process for both the association as well as board candidates. V.A. Wapensky Award - Gary Forman, Fountain Valley, Calif. Presented to an individual who has made a major contribution to the advancement of the bowling industry. Named after long-time BPAA Executive Director, V.A. "Chief" Wapensky. Forman is recognized for his efforts to advance bowling on a local, regional and state level through programs in his own center and assisting other proprietors to succeed in theirs. Forman has the distinction of being nominated by both the Bowling Centers of Southern California as well as the Northern California Bowling Centers associations - a true testament to his wide appeal as a positive contributor to the sport. Ruben A. Dankoff Award for Public Policy and Legislative Service - David Bardon, Elkhart Lake, Wisc. Awarded to a proprietor or bowling industry leader who, or a proprietor organization which, provides outstanding voluntary service on the federal, state or local governmental levels in the development of legislation, public policy initiatives, or other political efforts, which benefits BPAA members, the BPAA itself, or the bowling industry as a whole. Bardon is honored for his extreme dedication in setting up seminars at state summits, organizing presentations on issues important to BPAA members and developing a database of people in states with connections to state lobbyists. Bardon has made it a priority to educate states and local associations on legislative issues as well as developing how-to guides on getting involved in the political process. Special Projects Award - Natalie Savant, San Antonio, Texas Presented to an individual/individuals recognizing their efforts and contributions on a particular special bowling project. Savant is recognized for her industrious campaign to bowl in all 48 contiguous states which garnered widespread local, regional and national attention and exploded on social media platforms. At tour stops around the country, the eight-year old was a poised and articulate spokesperson for the sport of bowling, local bowling centers and impressed audiences wherever she went. On the national stage, she charmed the hosts for the nationally syndicated Live with Kelly and Michael show. Dick Weber Bowling Ambassador Award - Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas Named in memory of Hall of Fame professional bowler Dick Weber, bowling's global ambassador, who spent a lifetime setting the standard for all bowling athletes by elevating the positive image of bowling and promoting the game and sport to all ages both on and off the lanes. Dorin-Ballard is a perennial fan favorite. She is a fierce competitor on the lanes as well as off, and shows that passion as a competitor, coach, businesswoman and bowling fan. Most recently she has been involved with the International Family Tournament where she graciously gives her time and expertise to coach, entertain and encourage youth bowlers and their families. Dorin-Ballard is also just as passionate for her "Ballards vs. the Big C: Striking back to spare lives" annual bowling event, which has raised thousands of dollars in the fight against cancer. BPAA Media Award - Chicago Sun Times, Chicago, Ill. Presented to a proprietor or manager, or a national and/or local non-bowling media representative, who effectively uses print or electronic media to benefit the BPAA and to make significant contributions to further the sport and / or business of bowling. The Chicago Sun-Times is being recognized for its longtime outstanding support of local bowling and especially for over a half-century of coverage of the Chicagoland BPA "Beat The Champions" tournament. The BPAA Industry Awards will be presented at Bowl Expo during a special awards luncheon, Tuesday, June 23, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla. The Victor Lerner Memorial Medal presentation and Hall of Fame Induction will take place during a special ceremony during the BPAA General Session, Wednesday, June 25. About the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America Founded in 1932, the mission of the 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. ### MEDIA CONTACT Ron De Roxtra 817-385-8472 firstname.lastname@example.org