Officers & Board

OFFICERS


Keith Hamilton

President - Keith Hamilton (2017)
312-341-1110
keithh@lubypublishing.com

Keith Hamilton has been a member of the IBMA for more than 20 years and currently serves as its president. Hamilton has been a “bowling lifer” after joining Bowlers Journal International as a summer intern back in 1981. He became a full-time employee after receiving his Masters of Business Association (MBA) from the University of Notre Dame. It was at that point that he began working with his mentor, USBC and PBA Hall of Famer Mort Luby, Jr.

Hamilton is currently president of Luby Publishing, Inc. and the current chairman of the IBPSIA Advisory Board; he is also the recent past president and chairman of the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame. During his tenure in the industry, Hamilton has more than doubled the size of his company and is credited as being the key component in the building of the new museum in Arlington, TX and the museum’s first satellite location in Reno, NV.

Hamilton has received the “Friends of IBPSIA Award” for the past two years, The Start-Up of the Year Award from the Niche Magazine Conference in 2007 for Pro Shop Operator and the prestigious BPAA Special Projects Award in 2005 for the creation of Bowling Center Management, the official publication of BPAA. Hamilton has also won a USBC and IBMA writing award for his monthly editorial featured in Bowlers Journal International. Hamilton is married to Kathleen and has a son, Ryan, and resides in Park Ridge, IL.


Mark Miller

1st Vice President - Mark Miller (2018)
414-839-0365
markmywordstexas@gmail.com

Mark Miller worked in public relations/publications for USBC for more than 24 years. He is an authority on bowling past and present having been called the "Fountain of Bowling Knowledge." He was assistant editor for Bowling Magazine, edited the Bowler's Guide instructional and educational book and helped start US Bowler and US Youth Bowler magazines. He has been quoted in most major newspapers nationwide including USA Today, the Los Angeles Times and New York Times. He also helped establish the new International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame. A former sports writer in Arkansas and Illinois, he wants the world to know that bowling is a sport and not just something to do on a Friday night. He is a freelance writer, editor and public relations specialist. He writes for the Bowling News Network, International Bowling Industry magazine and serves as historian and public relations consultant to the IBM/HF.


Brian Hirsch

2nd Vice President - Brian Hirsch (2017)
480-600-8832
onefrombills@hotmail.com

Brian Hirsch was born in Queens, NY and currently resides in Kenosha, WI. He has been involved in writing for his own bowling publication called “Striking Spotlight” as seen monthly in the Desert Bowler. He is married to his wonderful wife Amber and has three sons Corbin, Camden and Masen. As a Level 1 and RVP USBC coach Hirsch currently has (5) 300's and (3) 800's with a high of 846. He is a member of the International Gay Bowling Organization where he is a 7 time IGBO Champion as well as a 6 Time Arizona State Grand Canyon State Games Medalist. When not on the lanes he is rooting on his beloved New York Yankees.


Bill Zuben

Sergeant at Arms - Bill Zuben (2017)
727-452-6184
wjzuben@aol.com

Bill Zuben, Largo, FL has been an IBMA member since 1995 and has served as Vice President. He co-hosts Let’s Go Bowling!, a one-hour live radio show, which simulcasts over the internet. He is a USBC Gold Level Coach is an IBPSIA Certified Technician. After 14 years operating a pro shop, he turned it over to Kegel and has been a guest coach for ten years. In 1998, he was inducted in the SPBA Hall of Fame for both Service and Achievement. In 2007, he was inducted into the Florida State USBC Hall of Fame for Achievement. In 1999, he was recognized by USA Bowling and the United States Olympic Committee as the Developmental Coach of the Year. He has recorded seventeen 300 games and nine 800 series (high 847). He has one PBA Regional title and a USBC Open Tournament Classic Doubles title.


Fran Deken

Fran Deken - Life Members Rep (2017)
918-279-8757
fdeken@valornet.com

Fran Deken has been a member of BWAA since 1974 and served as President in 2001 after many years on the Board of Directors. She is a former editor/publisher of The MoKan Bowler and has also been Tournament Director for the LPBT/PWBA (1981-1991 and 2001-2003), a Group/Tournament Coordinator for the Showboat Bowling Center in Las Vegas (1991-1997) and Director of Operations for the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, NV (1997-98). Fran is a member of several Halls of Fame, including the USBC Hall of Fame for Meritorious Service; PWBA/LPBT Hall of Fame as a Builder; Southern Nevada USBC Hall of Fame for Superior Performance; Tulsa Hall of Fame in Superior Performance; Oklahoma Hall of Fame in Superior Performance, and Greater Kansas City, Mo. Hall of Fame in Superior Performance.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Tim Burg

Timothy Burg (2018)
913-645-7923
tim@above180.com

Tim has been bowling his entire life and bowled his first 300 game at the age of 17. He is the Founder, CEO and co-host of Above180.com. In 2010 Burg had the vision to fill a void in the bowling industry. He decided start a bowling podcast that would inform listeners in an entertaining way. That led to the founding of Above180.com. Every week he talks to professionals in the industry, coaches, and news makers. In 2014 Burg teamed with Storm Bowling to create the Storm Bowling Collegiate Spotlight. Steve Kloempken and Burg interview collegiate coaches, athletes and the major players in the college bowling world. Tim grew up in Mount Calvary Wisconsin and currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Tim and his wife Debbie have one son Aiden. Burg is an avid Kansas City Chiefs fan, and always has to answer the question, "How Are You Not a Green Bay Packer Fan".


John Campos

John Campos (2017)
309-370-5243
tracktype@comcast.net

Johnny is a native of Austin, Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas with a journalism degree in 1975. He now lives in Peoria, Illinois, and has been a sports writer at the Peoria Journal Star since 1997. He has a weekly bowling column at the PJS, and wrote bowling columns at three Texas newspapers prior to that. He also has written for Bowlers Journal International and Bowling Digest. Johnny worked on the PBA road staff for 14 years, the final 7 as National Tournament Director. He has been a member of the bowling writers association since 1979 and is on the Greater Peoria Bowling Association board of directors. He is a member of the GPBA Hall of Fame. Johnny has won a Texas state team title, city titles in three different cities, and has bowled seven sanctioned 300s.


Mike Flanagan

Mike Flanagan (2018)
314-324-0335
mike@insidebowling.com

Mike has over 19 years’ experience in bowling center operations. He also has made a name for himself in the bowling industry through his website InsideBowling.com. Mike does all he can to help push the sport of bowling forward. He has a unique passion for bowling, appreciates the history of the game and spends his free time developing new concepts on how to make the bowling industry even more successful. St. Louis, Missouri is home for Mike. He currently is the CEO of InsideBowling.com which is a digital marketing company. They specialize in live-streaming, social media, strategic direction, and video production. InsideBowling.com has strong ties to Ebonite International, 11thFrame.com, The South Point Bowling Plaza, and several tournament organizations throughout the U.S.


David Garber

David Garber (2018)
818-789-2695
garber@bowlingindustry.com

David Garber, Studio City, California, is the associate publisher for International Bowling Industry magazine, working closely with Scott Frager, who has published the trade magazine since taking the reins from founder Allen Crown. Garber was a member of the Wichita State University bowling team from 1990-94, winning two national titles, along with being a MVP in 1992 and collegiate All American in 1994. The experience at WSU created the opportunity to qualify for Team USA, and he remained a member of the team for four years. As a business professional, David worked for Storm for eight years as a national sales manager. During that time, he was also a member of USBC board of directors. After very successful years at Storm, Kevin Dornberger tapped Garber’s skill with Team USA and hired him as the High Performance Director for USBC dealing with team members, FIQ and the USOC. During his four years at USBC, David became the director of coaching, plus his Team USA duties, and guided the program to more online learning adding credibility to USBC.


Kevin Hong

Kevin Hong (2017)
kevin@vintagebowling.net

Kevin Hong is a lifelong bowler from Seattle, Washington with an active interest in bowling history, youth bowling, and improving photographic coverage of the sport. An award-winning former newspaper photojournalist, he has been working on a photographic project, www.vintagebowling.net, documenting historic bowling centers; he also writes about bowling's past on his blog, www.bowlinghistorybook.com, and runs the Northwest youth bowling website, www.youthbowlingNW.com. He is a two-time Greater Seattle Bowler of the Year, 16-year participant in the USBC Open Championships, and the holder of five West Coast Tournament (WCT) and two Central Washington Open titles. He has two Sport-certified 300 games and a high series of 845. He is a member of the Seattle USBC adult and youth boards, a USBC certified Bronze-level coach, and a coach for the Greater Seattle youth girls All-Star Team.


Mark London

Mark London (2018)
346-704-9825
mrjpa2013@yahoo.com

London brings on-air and news reporting skills from seven different radio stations to the IBMA Board. His weekly column, 'Just Paying Attention,' has appeared in two bowling newspapers since its February 1998 debut, and is currently seen in the Texas-based 'The Bowling News.' He is also a regular contributor to the weekly online radio show, 'The Bowlers Show', and one of a few to have been a guest analyst on all four major live stream services (PBA XtraFrame, USBC bowl.tv ON YouTube, BowlStream.tv, and InsideBowling.com). The Pittsburgh-area native also contributed a piece to the 100th Anniversary issue of Bowlers Journal International, his trademark 'Top 25 TV Bowling Moments' in the February 2013 edition. London has been a member of the IBMA Bowler of the Month Committee since 2006 and its chair since July 2009.


Gianmarc Manzione

Gianmarc Manzione (2017)
817-692-5945
traklwright@aol.com

Gianmarc Manzione is the Editor of Bowlers Journal International. His first story for BJI, “Mark Roth’s Ghosts,” won a national writing award in 2004. He holds an MFA in creative writing from The New School, and a BA in English and Philosophy from Manhattan College. He has taught English and creative writing at several colleges and universities, including the University of South Florida, the University of Tampa, and the College of Central Florida. He worked as Managing Editor and features writer for Bowl.com from 2009-2012, and his bowling writing also has appeared in The New York Times. In 2014, his new book, Pin Action: Small-Time Gangsters, High-Stakes Gambling, and the Teenage Hustler Who Became a Bowling Champion, was released by Pegasus Books.


Vicki Prevost

Vicki Prevost (2018)
508-993-0680
jefgor24@comcast.net

Vicki Prevost is a correspondent for The Standard-Times newspaper in her hometown of New Bedford, Massachusetts, where she has written the Pin Tales bowling column for almost 32 years. A bowler for 50-plus years, she joined NWBW 25 years ago where she was a director for three years, then the BWAA as a member and finally a member of the IBMA. Vicki was NWBW Writer of the Year in 2001. She won numerous NWBW and IBMA writing awards throughout the years. She is currently president of the Southeastern Mass. USBC Bowling Association where she was enshrined in the Hall of Fame for Meritorious Service in 2007 and is vice president of the Southeastern Mass. USBC Youth Association. She was the recipient of the Massachusetts USBC Women’s Association Service Award for her contribution to the sport of bowling in 2013.


Sam Vasta

Sam Vasta (2017)
414-282-0353
jan.buchen@yahoo.com

Sam Vasta of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has been a BWAA-IBMA member for 55 years. He is currently Chairman of the IBMA Ethics Committee and has been serving as such for several years. He is a Dale Carnegie graduate and double award winner in Human Relations/Communications. He has served as Vice-President of the Nebraska State Bowling Association, Chairman of the BVL Committee, Parliamentary Law, Public Relations Committee and Director of the Nebraska State Bowling Tournament. During his tenure at ABC/USBC he was a Field Representative, conducting numerous Jamborees, Manager Tournament Entries - Registration for the National ABC Tournament, and later was appointed as ABC Director-at-Large. He has been President of the Mid-America Bowling Writers Association, Publisher/Editor of the Omaha Bowling Journal, and Sports Columnist for the Omaha World Herald. Sam is the author of a published book on Human Behavior.


Frank Weiler

Frank Weiler VM (2018)
Cell: 909-862-3172
fjw300@aol.com

Frank Weiler’s early and current years are steeped in bowling. He worked as a pin boy while in high school and in his 25 years of league bowling served as Secretary and President several years. He was actually a teammate of Don and Paula Carter in Miami for three years while in the United States Air Force. He has been retired since 2000. Frank is a retired Lt. Col. U.S. Air Force Reserve– 27 years – four years active as Det. & Div. CMDR. Audit Mgr. for the USAF Audit Agency for 31years – GM 13.

He has been affiliated with the California Bowling News for the last ten years; World Bowling News (2009-Present); Stars and Strikes Bowling Publication – periodically; Match Play Bowling; WebTV.net and www.trackingthebowlingnews.net (2009-Present.) He has served on the BWAA Legislative Committeefor the last three years. He served as a Citrus Belt Association Director since 2000 and Vice President for four years. He has been a delegate to 12 National Conventions. He is currently engaged and active in church including being a volunteer at the “Soup Kitchen.” He is a member of the local Astronomy Club and Civil Way Forum.


Operations Manager


Jackie Wyckoff

Jackie Wyckoff
408-502-6950 (voicemail)
jwyckoff@bowlingwriters.com

Jackie Wyckoff began bowling in 1965 at age eight, after a nearly fatal fall from a three story building. While learning to walk again, she was able to participate in a youth league using a no-step approach and while on crutches. She began working in the bowling business at age sixteen and progressed through the ranks to Vice President of Bowling Operations for a multi-unit company in the San Francisco Bay Area, from which she retired in 2006. She began writing in 1993 while general manager of Bel Mateo Bowl to garner interest in the sport and the center. Wyckoff has been a member of IBMA since 2000 and is a past president, 2009-2011. She resides in Campbell, California, married to husband John, one son, Joshua, and three grandchildren. An avid SF Giants fan and 50-year season ticketholder, gourmet chef, and lousy golfer round are among her favorite hobbies.