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Bowling Industry Service Awards

Tom Martino
Hope Lawn, NJ

2018 - Victor Lerner Memorial Medal and Induction into BPAA Hall of Fame

Tom Martino (Majestic Lanes, Hopelawn, New Jersey) has been selected as the 2018 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. Martino entered the bowling industry over 40 years ago and served not only at the state level but on national committees and the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America (BPAA) Board of Directors and Strike Ten Entertainment Board of Directors where he currently serves as Chairman.

Diane Voight
Livonia, MI

2018 - President's Medal

Diane Voight (Community Bowling Centers, Livonia, Michigan)) will be recognized with the President’s Medal for her many contributions and years of service to the BPAA, not only as an At Large Director on the BPAA Board of Directors but also as past Chairman of the Executive Evaluation Committee and current member of the Nominating Committee. The President’s Medal is given to an individual judged to have given exceptional support and/or made significant contributions to the association in the eyes of the current BPAA president.

Albert Blough
Reading, PA

2018 - V.A. Wapensky Award

Albert Blough (CHB Sports, Reading, Pennsylvania) will receive the coveted V. A. Wapensky Award, named after BPAA's long-time chief executive officer, "Chief" Wapensky. Mr. Blough is being recognized for his 50 years of passion and enthusiasm for the sport of bowling. He currently serves as the President of the BPA of PA, is a member of the BPAA Board of Directors as well as the Multi Unit Bowling Information Group (MUBIG).

Raleigh, North Carolina

2018 - Proprietor of the Year

Raleigh's Buffaloe Brothers Named 2018 Proprietors of the Year by BPAA

Three brothers who have established a mini bowling empire in and around Raleigh, N.C. — John, Ricky and Bill Buffaloe — have been selected as the 2018 Proprietors of the Year by the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America.
The others will be honored at an industry awards luncheon on June 19, during BPAA’s International Bowl Expo at the Paris Hotel and Casino resort in Las Vegas.

“The Buffaloes are great proprietors and, more importantly, great people,” said BPAA President Nancy Schenk. “They treat their employees and customers like family. Their five centers are all modern, clean, welcoming and busy. Their junior program is top notch, filled with amazing coaches and full of opportunities for their youth bowlers. What they do for them is, no doubt, creating lifetime bowlers and great stewards of our sport.”
The Buffaloe centers — South, North, Cary, Erwin and Mebane — include a total of 148 lanes. All promote bowling above all else, and enforce a strict no-drinking and no-smoking policy to maintain a family atmosphere. The centers have developed a strong Junior Gold team concept, and this year will send 50 youth bowlers to the Junior Gold Championships in Dallas. Melissa McDaniel, who chairs the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee, is the company’s youth director.

The Buffaloe centers also are known for their annual Team Championships, free to all league champions, open to other teams for a fee, and featuring $20,000 in added money plus a catered lunch or dinner.
“The Buffaloes’ commitment to league bowling is second to none,” added Schenk. “The tournaments, awards and recognition they give to their league bowlers is the most of any proprietor I have ever met. It is a great honor to award the BPAA Proprietor of the Year award to the Buffaloe family for their commitment to our great sport and running not one, but five, amazing bowling centers.”
The Buffaloe brothers will be featured in the cover story of the June issue of Bowling Center Management magazine (BCM), the official publication of the BPAA.

The BPAA Proprietor of the Year award was established in 2016, when Jim Chambers of Cloverleaf Family Bowl in Fremont, Calif., was honored. The 2017 recipient was John Losito of Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Neb.

Bowling Industry Service Awards Criteria and Past Recipients

The Victor Lerner Memorial Medal was one of the first awards recommended in 1975 when the board of directors adopted an awards program. It was to be awarded to the person who had devoted a “lifetime of selfless service” to bowling and was not exclusive to proprietors prior to 1981. In 1986 the BPAA Hall of Fame wing of the International Bowling Hall of Fame in St. Louis was unveiled and this was to house the past and future Victor Lerner Memorial Medal winners and represent those individuals inducted into BPAA’s Hall of Fame.

Today the Lerner Medal is the highest honor awarded by the BPAA and still recognizes an individual for a lifetime of service to the bowling industry as well as induction into the BPAA’s Hall of Fame now located at the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas.

1976 - Eddie Goldberg
1977 - Frank Baker
1978 - Roy Snyder
1979 - Sam Levine
1980 - Alberta Crowe
1981 - Billy Williams
1982 - Dez Isaacson
1983 - Don Lowry
1984 - C.C. Bearden
1985 - Ted Sieler
1986 - Rex Golobic
1987 - Nick Mormando
1988 - Manny Levy
1989 - Carl Hindel

1990 - Ruben Dankoff
1991 - Frank Caprise
1992 - Pete Santora
1993 - Harry Wells
1994 - Neil Scherbarth
1995 - Syl Sobanski
1996 - Sonny Frantz
1997 - Walter Hall
1998 - Don Hillman
1999 - Erv Hoinke, Jr.
2000 - Keijiro Nakano
2001 - V.A. “Chief” Wapensky
2002 - John LaSpina
2003 - William Bojè

2004 - Jamie Brooks
2005 - John Crum
2006 - Ruth Macklin
2007 - John Sommer
2008 - Howard Baum
2009 - Rex Haney
2010 - Ted Hoffman, Jr.
2011 - Pat Ciniello
2012 - Jeff Bojè
2013 - Jack Moran
2014 - Michael Ducat
2015 - Mark Voight
2016 - Wes Becker
2017 - Dick Corley
2018 - Tom Martino

In 1975 when an awards program was adopted by the board of directors, the President’s Medal was one of the three initial awards proposed. The President’s Medal was to be awarded for outstanding service over the previous 18 months.

Today the President’s Award is presented to an individual, who in the eyes of the President, is judged to have given exceptional support and/or made significant contributions to the association.

1976 - Manny Levy
1977 - Don Lowry
1978 - Frank Caprise
1979 - Billy Williams
1980 - Neil Scherbarth
1981 - Nick Mormando
1982 - Don Hillman
1983 - Rex Golobic
1984 - Ruben Dankoff
1985 - Al Hurwitz
1986 - Walter Hall
1987 - Syl Sobanski
1988 - Pete Santora
1989 - Don Drooker
1990 - Sonny Frantz
1991 - Al Winkel
1992 - Jack Thomas
1993 - Marcel Fournier

1994 - Howard Baum
1995 - Bruce Davis
1996 - John LaSpina
1997 - Dennis Fanucchi
1998 - Kurt Brose
1999 - Jerry Ray
2000 - Frank DeSocio
2001 - Ruth Macklin
2002 - Alan Douglas
2003 - Cathy Cooper
2004 - Patrick Ciniello
2005 - Michael Ducat
2006 - Rex Haney
2007 - Jack Moran

2008 - Ed Zitnik
2009 - Larry Moyes
2010 - Tom Martino
2011 - Mark Voight
2012 - John Losito
2013 - Dick & Tim Corley
2014 - Kevin Krauss
2015 - Cathy DeSocio
2016 - Jeff Bojè
2017 - Scott Devers
2018 - Diane Voight

In 1985 the “BPAA Special Award” was established to recognize an individual who had made a major contribution to the advancement of the bowling industry. In 1992 this award was renamed the V.A. Wapensky Award after BPAA’s long-time executive director, V. A. “Chief” Wapensky.

Today this award recognizes an individual whose overall major contribution to the advancement of the bowling industry involves endless good nature, remarkable business savvy, love for bowling and continual promotion of the game both locally and nationally.

1985 - Eddie Elias
1986 - Roger Tessman
1987 - Mort Luby
1988 - Jack Reichert
1989 - Chris Schenkel
1990 - Remo Picchietti
1991 - Flora Mitchell
1992 - Jim Bennett
1993 - Keijiro Nakano
1994 - Sandy Hansell
1995 - Helen Duval

1996 - Allen Crown
1997 - Joyce Deitch
1998 - John Sommer, Jr.
1999 - Jim Dressel
2000 - Joe Schoenberg
2001 - Dick Weber
2002 - Chuck Pezzano
2003 - Hazel McLeary
2004 - Alton Forbes
2005 - Frank Esposito
2006 - Sylvia Broyles

2007 - Dick Evans
2008 - Bruce Davis
2009 - Mike Hennessy
2010 - Roger Dalkin
2011 - Bob Gudorf
2012 - John Davis
2013 - Hero Noda
2014 - Gary Forman
2015 - Bill Chrisman
2016 - Rick Goins
2017 - Andy Bartholomy
2018 - Albert Blough

At the 1975 board of directors meeting in Miami Beach, an awards program was initially adopted and Certificates of Achievement were one of the first awards created by then Executive Director Chief Wapensky and proposed by the Association Research and Study Committee. The Awards Committee was created as a result of the program and the Proprietor of the Year awards evolved from the Certificates of Achievement awards.

Today this prestigious award is presented to a proprietor for outstanding contributions to the industry and the sport of bowling. One who “pushes the envelope” of the industry and is successful at it…and willingly shares their knowledge with others to make the industry better.

2016 - Jim Chambers, Cloverleaf Family Bowl—Fremont, CA
2017 - John Losito, Sun Valley Lanes—Lincoln, NB
2018 - Raleigh's Buffaloe Brothers, Buffaloe Lanes—Raleigh, NC

In 2001 the Ruben A. Dankoff award for Public Policy and Legislative Service was created to recognize a proprietor or bowling industry leader who, or a proprietor organization which, provides outstanding voluntary service on the federal, state or local government 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.

The BPAA Legislative Committee shall, as it determines appropriate, nominate deserving individuals or an organization for this award.

2001 - Ruben A. Dankoff
2002 - Dick Tanner
2003 - Charlie Hall & PA BPA: Norm Brumberg, Doug Eiserman, Terry Brenneman & Al Blough
2004 - Bob Herbolsheimer
2005 - Jerry Ray
2006 - Ron Richard
2007 - Rex Golobic
2008 - Kenn Rockler
2009 - New York State BPA
2010 - Bob Stubler
2011 - No Recipient
2012 - No Recipient
2013 - Bill DeDominicis
2014 - David Bardon
2015 - Debra Bojè
2016 - Reggie Frederick
2017 - Roger Nyquist
2018 - No Recipient

In 2005 the Dick Weber Ambassador Award was created as a way to continue the memory and legacy of bowling legend Dick Weber after his untimely passing. The award is named in his memory as he was 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 of bowling to all ages both on and off the lanes. Weber was known as a tireless ambassador of the sport and rarely passed up an opportunity to promote it.

This award is presented to a bowling athlete who has consistently shown grace on and off the bowling lanes by promoting the game and sport of bowling in a positive manner.

2006 - Dick Ritger
2007 - Helen Duval
2008 - Carmen Salvino
2009 - Mike Aulby
2010 - Johnny Petraglia
2011 - Parker Bohn III
2012 - Norm Duke
2013 - Bob Hart
2014 - Carolyn Dorin-Ballard
2015 - Kelly Kulick
2016 - Lynda Barnes
2017 - Jason Belmonte
2018 - Shannon O'Keefe

In 1995 BPAA instituted the Special Projects Award to be presented to an individual (or individuals) recognizing their efforts and contributions on a particular special BPAA and/or bowling project.

Past Recipients

1995 - Jim Patrick
1996 - Hank Totzke
1997 - Ed Zitnik, Mike Hennessy
1998 - Ruth Macklin, Brett Dankoff, David Spiegel, Larry Moyes
1999 - Chuck Seiberling, Ron Tomassoni
2000 - Jeff Bojé, Alan Douglas, Rick Bourgeois
2001 - Peppe Smith, Bill Scheid, Bob Reid
2002 - Bob Jarlenski
2003 - Dave Haness
2004 - Don Labrecque, Roger Wiemer
2005 - Luby Publishing
2006 - Greg Olsen, Scott Bennett
2007 - C. J. Fox
2008 - Wally Hall
2009 - Hank Harris
2010 - Dan Labrecque
2011 - None Awarded
2011 - Bev Van Blair
2013 - Hall of Fame Xtravaganza
2014 - Natalie Savant
2015 - None Awarded
2016 - Bowling Centers Association of Wisconsin
2017 - Dave Driscoll
2018 - Jack McCarthy

In 2003 the BPAA Media Award was established to recognize a national and/or local, non-bowling industry media representative who, through either print or electronic media, made a significant contribution to further the sport of and business of bowling. In 2013 the award was expanded to include proprietors or managers.

Past Recipients

2003 - Rick Press, Fort Worth (TX) Star Telegram
2004 - Bud Fisher
2005 - Ellen DeGeneres
2006 - ESPN
2007 - Good Morning America
208 - Matt Fiorito, Detroit Free Press
2009 - Kent Lowe – Baton Rouge Advocate
2010 - No Recipient
2011 - ESPN Radio Mike and Mike in the Morning
2012 - No Recipient
2013 - John & Joe Laspina
2014 - Chicago Sun-Times
2015 - Kids Bowl Free
2016 - Dude Perfect
2017 - Kevin Hong
2018 - Keith Hamilton

Originally Best WIBC Local Association Award and Best ABC Local Association Award and after merger award became the BPAA USBC Association Award. Recognizes exemplary USBC associations that demonstrate a high degree of cooperation and collaboration with their local proprietors.

This relationship is critical since local associations represent the “consumer” and BPAA member centers are the “playing fields” for bowling. BPAA appreciates how local USBC associations work with member centers and acknowledges examples of how this relationship can work at the highest level.

1999 - ABC Award - Albuquerque Bowling Association
WIBC - Tampa Women’s Bowling Association

2000 - ABC - Oscoda Bowling Association
WIBC - Meridian Women’s Bowling Association

2001 - ABC - Greater St. Paul Bowling Association
WIBC - Bellefontaine (OH) Women’s Bowling Association

2002 - ABC - Lexington Area Bowling Association
WIBC - Lexington Women’s Bowling Association

2003 - ABC - Norfolk Bowling Association
WIBC - Tidewater Women’s Bowling Association

2005 - ABC - Dodge City (KS) Bowling Association
WIBC - San Diego Women’s Bowling Association

2006 - Great Plains USBC
2007 - Staten Island USBC
2008 - Suburban Windy City USBC
2009 - No winner
2010 - No winner
2011 - Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC
2012 - No winner
2013 - No winner
2014 - Harrisburg USBC
2015 - Metro Detroit USBC
2016 - Greater San Antonio USBC
2017 - Greater Baton Rouge USBC
2018 - Southern Nevada USBC

Nancy Schenk, BPAA President and Awards Committee Chairman, stated, "Again this year the committee had many conversations to select individuals in our industry that lead with humble service and passionate dedication, and we congratulate and thank all our award winners for their countless contributions to our industry."