Officers & Board

OFFICERS


Johnny Campos

President - Juan (Johnny) Campos (2022)
Peoria, Ill.
juancampos1289@yahoo.com

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.

Phil Brylow

1st Vice President - Phil Brylow (2023)
Waukesha, Wisc.
phil.brylow@tenonthedeck.com

Phil Brylow has been an IBMA member since 2011 when he was a recipient of the Chuck Pezzano Scholarship. For the past two years he has served as a judge for the competition. Phil has been involved with bowling at many levels throughout the last 30 years, from working in a bowling center to coaching collegiately, to starting his own production house to create bowling shows for cable TV in Wisconsin. He has brought many features to Xtra Frame in the four years he has been contracted by the PBA to work with them, and will continuing to help Xtra Frame as the transition to FloBowling begins in mid-2018.


Kevin Hong

2nd Vice President - Kevin Hong (2022)
Normandy Park, Wash.
kevinhong@me.com

Kevin Hong is a lifelong bowler from Seattle, Washington with an active interest in bowling history and promoting youth bowling. An award-winning former newspaper photojournalist, he has been working on a photographic project, Vintage Alleys (www.vintagebowling.net), documenting historic bowling centers since 2012. This project won the BPAA Media Award in 2017. Kevin also writes about bowling's past on his blog, www.bowlinghistorybook.com. He is a USBC Silver-certified coach and a member of the Greater Seattle USBC board, where he serves as chair of the youth committee. 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) titles, two Central Washington Open titles, and one Oregon Bowling Association title. Among his honor scores are 2 Sport-certified 300 games and a high series of 845.


Sam Vasta

Sergent-of-Arms - Sam Vasta (2022)
Milwaukee, Wisc.
jan.buchen@yahoo.com

Sam Vasta 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.


Operations Manager

Brian Hirsch

Brian Hirsch
Salem, Wisc.
onefrombills@hotmail.com

Hirsch grew up in New York before moving to Phoenix, AZ in 1991. He has been involved in writing for his own bowling publication called “Striking Spotlight.” He has been published in the Desert Bowler Newspaper, Windy City News Newspaper and the Bowlers Journal. Hirsch is a Youth Director in the Kenosha USBC and a former Director for the Metro Phoenix USBC. As a Level 1 and RVP USBC coach, he can be found coaching his wife Amber and their son Masen each Saturday morning. Hirsch currently has (6) 300's and (4) 800's and is a member of the International Gay Bowling Organization where he is a five-time IGBO Champion and a six-time Arizona State Grand Canyon State Games Medalist. The Hirsch’s moved to Wisconsin to be closer to family and assist the Freedom Farm for Vets. Hirsch’s home bowling center is Sheridan Lanes, located in Kenosha, Wisc.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Ann Block

Ann Block (2023)
Taylor, Mich.
detroitbowler@yahoo.com

Ann Block started bowling as a kid. Her mother bowled in a morning ladies league. She was also her Brownie leader. So she took the troop on a field trip to the local bowling alley. She fell in love with the sport and started bowling in a league shortly after that outing. Words have always fascinated Ann. She started writing sentences right after she could write words. Writing short stories, poems, and plots for future books is something that she does in her “spare” time. When the chance came to put both her bowling and writing together she jumped on it. She is very proud of the fact she was awarded the Herta Kessel Writing Award on her first submission to the NWBW contest in 2006. That year she also won the Brunswick Award for 1st Place Feature in the Non-Professional Class. In 2008 Ann won the BWAA 1st Place Event Coverage Story – Non-Professional Class and in 2014 2nd Place IBMA News/Editorial. Ann has been a member of NWBW/BWAA/IBMA for 19 years and has been IBMA USBC Fundraising Committee Co-Chair for 5 years. She is also active on her local and state USBC association boards.


Randy Gulley

Randy Gulley (2023)

gulley.ra@msn.com

Randy Gulley is a photographer in his spare time. He can be seen taking photos for the IBMA, as well as numerous other bowling publications, for over 30 years. He was the photographer for the Colorado Bowler publication as well as the Head Staff Writer since 2004. In addition, he was the photographer for Stars and Strikes and numerous articles and photos of his have been published in many bowling publications and local newspapers. A bowler for 60 years, Randy is a Bronze Level Bowling Coach and is approved for RVP. His honors include induction into the Colorado State BA Hall of Fame for Superior Performance (SP), the Pikes Peak USBC Hall of Fame for SP, and Torch Bearer for the 32nd Rocky Mountain Senior Games in Greeley, CO. Randy was a Pikes Peak All-Star for 13 Consecutive years and Chairperson of the Team USA, Pikes Peak All-Stars Pro-Am Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado for 9 years which raised over $100,000. He is the past Bowling Commissioner of the Rocky Mountain State Games and the State Games of America. In 2018 Randy bowled his 44th Open Championships. Randy served as a director for the Citrus Belt (CA) Bowling Association (BA) from 1981-1989 and served on the Colorado Springs BA as a director, 3rd Vice President (VP), 2nd VP, 1st VP, and Executive VP from 1990-2005. Randy was the Colorado State BA President in 2007-2008 and the Colorado High School Bowling Federation President from 2008-2010.


Gianmarc Manzione

Gianmarc Manzione (2022)
Wesley Chapel, Fla.
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 (2023)
New Bedford. Mass.
jefgor24@comcast.net

Vicki Provost has been a member of National Women’s Bowling Writers (NWBW), now International Bowling Media Association (IBMA) for 25 years. She served on the NWBW Board of Directors for three years where she worked on the Publicity Committee as chairman and the Convention Booth Committee. She was elected to the IBMA Board two years ago and has been promoting the Chuck Pezzano Scholarship and is on the Convention Booth Committee. She also worked on the Nominating Committee during her first year as director. Vicki has won about 15 writing awards, including NWBW Writer of the Year in 2001, from both associations during the 25 years that she has been a member submitting the stories that she has written in her capacity as bowling writer for The Standard-Times Newspaper in her hometown of New Bedford, Massachusetts where she has written the Pin Tales column for 33 years. Vicki is also currently president of her home association, the Southeastern Massachusetts USBC, a position she has held for eight years. She is also a Hall of Fame member in that association, as well as, the Massachusetts Women’s USBC, both for Meritorious Service.


George Wooten

George Wooten (2022)
Columbus, Ohio
gwoo300@hotmail.com

George Wooten began writing professionally in 1997, when he was named Staff Editor of Bowlers Journal International. In 2001, he worked as Media Relations Manager for the ABC Championships Tournament in Billings, Mont. The following year, he took a position as a publicist on the PBA Tour.

In 2003, George became Assistant Executive Director for the Illinois State Bowling Proprietors Association. His duties included the operation of the Chicago Sun-Times/BPA “Beat the Champions” Contest, which has raised more than $1.2 million for Chicagoland charities.

Along with running tournaments and events for Chicagoland BPA and ISBPA, he provided tournament coverage for BJI as a Senior Writer, a role he continues to this day. A native of Columbus, Ohio, George is a graduate of The Ohio State University.

Parentheses (2023) indicate current term of service through July 31 of that year