STRIKING AGAINST BREAST CANCER 2018

The PBA-PWBA Xtra Frame Luci Bonneau Memorial Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Tournament, sponsored by Storm kicks off this weekend. Bowlers from all around the world will travel to Houston, Texas to compete in the 19th Annual Event.

 

2017 Champions, Birgit Popplar and Jason Sterner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The story of, “The Luci,” as fans call it starts many years ago. Donna Conners and Luci Bonneau met through bowling and became travel partners on the LPBT. In 1999, Bonneau was battling breast cancer and Conners never left her side. They dreamed of creating a bowling tournament to raise funds for breast cancer research when her treatment was complete. When Bonneau passed away, Conners knew she had to build the event they dreamed about.

“It’s about people coming together for a dreadful disease,” Conners said. “When you think about it, breast cancer doesn’t ask any questions. It doesn’t care if you a mother, if you a father, or who you are. Breast cancer hits everybody.”

Storm Bowling Products have been proud sponsors of the event since 2002 and supports the event in every way possible. It’s an event that our team looks forward to each year.

“Not only do we sponsor the event, all of our pro staff and Storm employees participate in the tournament,” Leanne Hulsenberg, Marketing Coordinator at Storm Products said.  Donna Conners and her staff of volunteers do an incredible job all year to prepare for this weekend and we appreciate all of their efforts to make this special tournament happen each year.”

In January, Donna Conners joined Bill and Barbara Chrisman to make a donation to the Huntsman Cancer Institute. This contribution of $125,000 was a combination of the funds raised during our annual Paint The Lanes Pink campaign, a portion raised at the Luci, and a donation from The Chrisman Foundation.

The tournament fills up quickly. Entry blanks are posted live on the website on January 1 and she starts receiving entries that same day. Although the players are competing for a title and a $16,000 top prize they all know that this event means more than just that. In 2017, the event raised $87,000 to help fund breast cancer research and Conners is excited to expand the field and continue growing the event this year. All of the funds raised are donated to The Rose, a Houston-based organization that helps women who can’t afford breast care treatment or mammograms, and the Huntsman Group, a cancer research based in Utah.

“There’s nobody in that building that hasn’t come in contact with somebody that has cancer.” Conners said. “I am very grateful that the PBA & PWBA have come together and given me a title for the players because they deserve it. The players would come here anyway and I know that, but I needed that title to help these players and their careers. I’m very grateful to Tom Clark and Chad Murphy and all the people involved for allowing me to award a title. I’m also grateful that people can watch the players compete live on FloBowling.”

Conners and all of her volunteers try to make sure that the players who participate in the event know how grateful she is for their presence and support. They have stayed with her and helped the event grow year after year.

“I want every person to come and have a fun weekend at the event,” Conners said.

“I do everything that I possibly can to make the players feel like they are rock stars. They are rock stars. They deserve everything I can possibly give them. If I can find a way to give them more then I’m going to find a way. I want them to remember that when they leave here that they are worth everything that I can possible give them. They deserve to be recognized as the greatest players in the world.”

A new addition to the event this year is the special “Beauties vs. Beasts” match. The top bowlers from last year’s qualifying will bowl in a five-game baker match to kick off the weekend. The event will be aired on PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling on Thursday at 4 pm Central.

Conners usually starts preparing for the next event the day after the current year wraps up. We know she’ll have some surprises up her sleeve for the 20thAnniversary Event in 2019! We’ll have some special announcements all weekend long.

To follow the tournament all weekend long on PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling, click here:

If you're interested in making a donation, check out the "Pennies for Pins " page here to pick your favorite player! Click here for more info. 

 

 

 


Chris Warren Wins USBC Senior Masters with Intense Fire

Chris Warren survived what he called the "toughest pair in the house" to defeat Norm Duke and win the 2018 USBC Senior Masters title. According to the USBC Press Release, he's the third bowler in history to win both the USBC Masters and the Senior Masters.

In the stepladder final, which aired on BowlTV, he told our field correspondent, Tony Rodriguez Jr., that he started with a Roto Grip Hustle Ink sanded to 800 and went to an Intense Fire sanded at 2000. See his interview here.

Warren, the fourth seed in the tournament had to climb the ladder to win the title. In his first match he defeated Ron Mohr, 236 to 217. He moved on to defeat Kieth Lesko, 234 to 168 and Michael Haugen Jr. 290 to 197. In the final match, he would have to defeat the tournament leader, Duke, twice to win the title. He won the first game 269 to 220. The second game came down to the tenth frame. Duke needed a strike and get at least eight pins with a spare in his tenth frame to win the match. He threw the first strike but then left 3-4-6-7-9-10. Warren won 246-241.

"There's no words to describe how good Norm Duke is," said Warren, in the USBC Press Release. "Norm beat me at what I do best, which is throwing strikes, but it came down to one error. I outscored him, but he bowled an incredible game. You never want to see that happen to your buddies, and it happened. I just feel fortunate to have been there, and winning really is incredibly special."


The all-new Intense Fire was a favorite in several of the PBA50 players bags last week at the Senior Masters. You can watch a video here.

The Intense Fire is available in your local Storm VIP Pro Shop this Friday, June 15. Learn more about the latest technology here.

For a chance to win a new Intense Fire check out our #FanTheFlames contest by visiting stormintensefire.com through July 8.

 


Road Trippin’ with Tony

We’re so excited to introduce you to our new Storm Team Member, Tony Rodriguez Jr. He will be a Field Correspondent for Storm throughout the summer on the PBA50 Tour. Tony and his wife, Lisa, are both retired and have always enjoyed traveling and meeting new people. Tony has always dreamed of bowling full-time on tour and his family encouraged him to follow his dreams. Tony, his wife and his son are hitting the road for the summer in their RV to bowl all the stops on the PBA50 Tour. Along the way, Tony will be sharing updates and interviews from the tournaments and be able to give Storm Nation a behind the scenes look at life on the road.

Let's learn a little more about Tony and his family:

When did you start bowling?

I was 5 years old. My dad was a great bowler back in the day averaging 190 and my mom also bowled as well.
It’s in my blood.

When I was younger, I always told my parents, I wanted to be a Professional Bowler when I grew up.

You’ve told us how important your family is to you. Tell us a little about your family.

Lisa & I have been together since 1980.  We met at a bowling center and got married in 1983. I have a special needs son Tony who is 33 years old. He bowls all of the Pro-Ams on the road. Everyone calls him the Professional Pro-Am Bowler.  I have a daughter Teddie who is 31 years old and she met her husband Ronnie at a bowling center. So, we are a true bowling family.

Your wife Lisa and your family pushed you to go out on the PBA50 Tour? How much does this experience mean to you?

When I retired two and a half years ago I knew I wanted to try the tour. Lisa was 100% behind the idea.  I’m truly blessed with her.  My parents Tony & Dolores said they would help me in the finance department so with their help my dream came true.


What’s your favorite bowling memory?

When I finished in 6th place in the 2017 USBC Senior Masters and of course my first PBA50 Regional Title in 2011.

What’s your favorite part about traveling and seeing different parts of the county through bowling?

We love meeting and seeing new people.  When we drove back east this year, everyone was so nice.  At the first stop in Florida we knew about 3 bowlers. After the last stop for us in Mooresville, we've made so many new friends. It’s such a family feeling out on tour, since we have the RV we park with other bowlers and we get really close with them.

What’s a place that you’ve never been that you’re excited to be able to visit while on tour?

New York next year for sure!!!!

What’s your favorite Storm Bowling Ball in your bag right now?

SonIQ & Code Black

What advice do you have for other people who might be considering joining the PBA50 Tour?

Just do it, you don't want any regrets.

When I’m sitting in my rocking chair, I’m going to be watching some of the young kids on tour now bowling the PBA50 tour and I’ll be thinking, I remember watching them on the kid’s tour.  I’ll be ok with that because I followed my dream.

Follow all of Tony's updates on the Storm Bowling Facebook page and his page here.

 

 

 

 


A Great Weekend in The Music City

In May, Smyrna Bowling Center hosted the Storm Youth Championships – Music City in Smyrna Tennessee. 156 bowlers and their families traveled to participate in three rounds of qualifying at Smyrna Bowling Center. The bowlers competed on three different Kegel patterns in six different divisions determined by gender and age (U20 Boys, U20 Girls, U15 Boys, U15 Girls, U12 Boys, U12 Girls) for a national title and a portion of the $13,850 scholarship fund.

All three rounds consisted of six games on a different tournament oil pattern. The top three bowlers in each round were presented a gold, silver, or bronze medal. After the three rounds were complete, the tournament champions in each division were crowned based on their total pinfall.

 

Left to Right: U20G: Mabel Cummins, U15G: Jillian Martin, U12G: Karina Capron, U12B: Rylan Breese, U15B: Brandon Bonta, U20B: Brent Boho

Brent Boho, of Wisconsin edged out the 2ndplace competitor by just 35 pins to claim the U20 Boys division title and his second overall. Mabel Cummins, of Illinois, ran away with the U20 Girls division and took home her second SYC title. In the very competitive U15 divisions, Jillian Martin, of Ohio, and Brandon Bonta, of Kansas, earned their very first SYC titles and new SYC Champions banners.  Meanwhile, in the impressively talented U12 Division, Rylan Breese, of North Carolina earned his second SYC title and Karina Capron, of Nebraska, captured her first title.

At every SYC event we like to have fun and get to know all of the SYC Families a little better through our activities on Friday! Bowlers were able to attend two educational seminars, meet and practice with members of the Storm Bowling Pro Staff, and discuss lane play strategies with Storm Team members during practice.

Every bowler who entered the tournament received a Storm Code Red and had the option to have it drilled by the staff at Bowlers Advantage Pro Shop. On Friday night, all the SYC Families joined for a party at the park that included games of frisbee, corn hole, and whiffle ball featuring pitchers, Rhino Page and AJ Johnson who were a big hit with the kids.

Our Ballard vs. the Big “C” partners, Del Ballard Jr. and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, traveled to Smyrna to meet with families and talk to all of the youth bowlers in attendance. BVBC raises funds for continued research in cancer treatment, specifically in head, neck, and throat cancer through the sport of bowling. BVBC also raises money for nutritional supplements and treatments for those going through the cancer journey.

The Smyrna Bowling Community graciously donated amazing items for our silent auction table that helped us raise more funds for an amazing cause! We raised nearly $9,000 throughout the weekend.

In addition to the scholarships awarded for competition, the SYC Passion Pays Off Scholarship donated by Jim Callahan, Storm Tour Representative, and his wife Keli, will be presented to a bowler who exemplifies sportsmanship and passion towards the game of bowling at each SYC event.

In Smyrna, two participants truly showed their passion for bowling. The scholarship was awarded to Spencer Robarge and Jenna Hedgepath. Both of these youth bowlers traveled home after the Reno SYC event and conducted fundraisers in their local bowling communities for BVBC. Together they raised more than $2,000 in funds which they presented to Del and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard prior to the start of their practice session.

This tournament would not be possible without the generous donation from the sponsors, Logo Infusion, Turbo 2-N-1 Grips, Kegel and 3G Shoes. Our youth bowlers were able to take advantage of some special offers from our sponsors at the event! The event was livestreamed over the three days on the Storm Bowling Facebook Page.

 

We still have two stops left on our 2018 Storm Youth Championships Tour. We will head to Shallotte, NC, October 12-14 and visit Fort Worth, Texas, November 30-December 2. For information about our upcoming events visit our website, http://www.stormbowling.com/syc or check the StormJr Facebook Page.

 


Mike Jasnau in Reno for 2018 USBC Women’s Championships

Storm instructional staff member Mike Jasnau will be set up in Reno to do video analysis lessons throughout the 2018 USBC Women’s Championships, April 19 – June 30. You can find Mike on Lane 81 in the Lane 81 Pro Shop at the National Bowling Stadium 300 N. Center Street in Reno.

Mike, who is a PBA Champion and Bowlers Journal Top 100 Coach as well as a USBC Silver Level Coach, has over 20 years of coaching experience and has done over 12,000 video analysis lessons. Jasnau has provided coaching at USBC Nationals for the over 18 events. During that time he has helped thousands of bowlers to improve their games and results, including over 50 PBA/PWBA Champions and USBC National Champions as well as many of our own Storm Pro staff members.

Jasnau, the Bowling Stadium’s premier and most successful coach, will once again be featuring a CATS system on Lane 81. The Computer Aided Tracking System is able to provide important information on what your ball is doing on the lane. Ball speed, speed control, accuracy at the arrows and breakpoint, launch and entry angles as well as rev rate are precisely measured and analyzed. In addition to this valuable information, a detailed video analysis is part of the lesson. A flash drive with audio will be included with the lesson.

Getting help with your bowling here on Lane 81 is for all ages and all abilities, from beginners to the pros. Please book your session with him at least a few weeks ahead of time to assure that you're able to get the day and time that you'd prefer. Men and juniors are also welcomed to make appointments.

The total cost for this complete package is $160 and takes about 90 minutes. A video analysis without the CATS data will also be available for a cost of $120 for an hour session.

You can book your lesson three easy ways:

Email: bowlbetter@hotmail.com

Call Lane 81: 775-335-8841

Facebook Message: Coach Mike Jasnau Facebook page


Champions Crowned and “BVBC” Charity Wins at 2018 Storm Youth Championships

The Storm Youth Championships (SYC) was held in Reno, Nevada, March 23-25, 2018. More than 270 youth bowlers from 29 different states, one bowler from Liverpool, England, and their families traveled to compete at the National Bowling Stadium. The youth bowlers competed in four five-game rounds on four different Kegel patterns in six different divisions determined by gender and age (U20 Boys, U20 Girls, U15 Boys, U15 Girls, U12 Boys, U12 Girls) for a national title and a portion of the $20,975 scholarship fund.

“Storm is a small family business focused on connecting with people and giving back, the SYC accomplishes both of these founding principles,” Gary Hulsenberg, Vice President of Business Development said. “We crowned national champions but throughout the weekend the SYC families also focused on raising money and awareness for charity.”

The 2018 SYC champions demonstrated consistency across all four patterns and each bowler led their division by at least 100 pins. Alex Aguirre, of California, captured the U20 boys title 164 pins ahead of the competitors in his division, while Mabel Cummins, of Illinois, dominated the U20 girls field in her first SYC event with a 327 pin lead. Spencer Robarge, of Missouri, earned two SYC titles in 2017 in Reno and Myrtle Beach. Robarge led the U15 boys division by 214 pins to defend his title and earn his third SYC crown. Melanie Katen, of California, picked up her first SYC title 214 pins ahead of the bowlers in the U15 girls division. In our U12 division, Micah Voorhis, of New Jersey, captured the boys title while Saphyre Nofuente, of California, earned the U12 girls title.

The top three bowlers in each round were presented a gold, silver, or bronze medal. After the four rounds were complete, the tournament champions in each division were crowned based on their 20 game pinfall. The top two competitors in each division were named to the Storm All-American Team. Sebastian Huffman, Ashtyn Woods, Ashton Yamasaki, Jennifer Loredo, Nicholas Postag, and Caroline Thesier will join the champions on the 2018 Storm All-American Team.

2018 Storm All-American Team

Throughout the weekend participants and their families were able to attend a seminar with Dr. Dean Hinitz, meet and practice with members of the Storm Bowling Pro Staff, and discuss lane play strategies with Storm representatives. To celebrate National Puppy Day, Blake the Bowling Doodle also made a special guest appearance to meet with the youth bowlers, signed paw-tographs, and rolled the ceremonial first ball of the tournament. Every bowler who entered the tournament received a Storm !Q Tour bowling ball and were given the opportunity to have it drilled in the Lane 81 Pro Shop on site.

“Our goal is to give all the bowlers a welcoming environment to learn and have fun while doing it,” Leanne Hulsenberg, Marketing Coordinator for Storm Products said. “To have a sports psychologist of Dr. Dean’s caliber who has worked with many Hall of Fame bowlers was quite the experience for all the kids and parents in attendance.  In addition, our Storm and Roto Grip Pro Staff shared their practice regimes, mental preparation for competition and answered many questions during our Players Q&A Session. We also added in some outright fun with the guest appearance of Blake the Bowling Doodle and his little brother Adam who were a big hit with everyone.”

Charitable giving is a focus at Storm therefore we chose to align our SYC tournament with a worthy charity. A donation of $10 out of every entry goes directly to BVBC also known as Ballard vs. the Big “C.” BVBC raises funds for continued research in cancer treatment, specifically in head, neck, and throat cancer through the sport of bowling. BVBC also raises money for nutritional supplements and treatments for those going through the cancer journey. The Ballard Family was on site to host a BVBC silent auction, raffles and more throughout the weekend. The SYC event raised more than $10,000 for BVBC.

“Our family is grateful for the growth of our BVBC charity,” Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, President BVBC said. “What started in Texas with our wonderful group of friends has grown to be a nationwide fundraiser largely thanks to the SYC bowlers and their generous families. BVBC is proud to be to be part of this amazing event.”

Additionally, Jim Callahan, Storm Tour Representative, and his wife Keli, have created a new scholarship to be awarded at the 2018 SYC events. The “Passion Pays Off” Award and a $500 scholarship will be presented to a bowler who exemplifies sportsmanship and passion towards the game of bowling at each event. The inaugural “Passion Pays Off” scholarship was awarded to Jimmy Hunter.

“As our SYC family grows, we are getting requests for additional events to be held all over the country and we are looking into ways to accommodate those communities,” Gary Hulsenberg said. “Our goal is for all youth bowlers to have the opportunity to experience the Storm Youth Championships especially those in more rural areas. Keep your eye open for an SYC coming to a city near you.”

This tournament would not be possible without the support of our sponsors; Storm, Roto Grip, Logo Infusion, Turbo 2-N-1 Grips, Kegel, 3G Shoes, and the Eldorado Resorts. The event was livestreamed to an audience of more than 600,000 people throughout the two days of competition on the Storm Bowling Facebook Page.

The SYC will travel to Smyrna, Tenn., May 25-27. This event is sold-out with a waiting list. We will return to Myrtle Beach, October 12-14 and visit Fort Worth, Texas, November 30-December 2. For information about our upcoming events visit our website, http://www.stormbowling.com/syc or check the StormJr Facebook Page.

 


Storm Drive | In Your Words

Bowlers all over the world have been adding the new Storm Drive to their arsenal and sharing their thoughts on social media. Check out what #StormNation is saying and then share your thoughts by using the #StormDrive on your favorite social media channel.

"Ball is the real thing! Great early roll and stores so much energy as it goes thru the pins!"

-@microcarmag

"Love my new Drive over all my other Storm balls...been carrying on avg about 30 pins more with it per game."

-Brandon Boyd

"The #stormdrive is my new favorite! #twohandedbowling #stormnation#alwaysbowling"

-@mrtoastyog

245 so far is.my highest game with the Drive best Storm ball ever!!

-Chad Soper

"300 first game of league out of the box last Wednesday. Carries very well."

-Tim Raby

"Just bought the ball today and I love it! It goes well with my Alpha Crux and Ice."

-Bradley Nelms

"DRIVE is my new favorite ball. Definite 1st ball out of my bag now! Only 1 week with it and averaging about 230."

-Stephen Riojas

"I love both Timeless and Drive, both work really well with my style."

-David Saindon

"The Timeless didn't really suit my style but the Drive is everything I want in a ball! 👌"

-Chad Soper

"Storm Drive is a beast! So is the Timeless, but the Drive is all of that, and so much more!"

-Bryan Langston

"Loving the drive!!! Incredible back end drive!!!!!!!"

-Chad Soper

"I bowled with my Drive last night. Very smooth of the back end and is a great ball for the heavy oil. I am so glad that I got this ball as it goes well with the Timeless and Hy-Roads."

-Andrew Henwood


Bryanna Coté Joins Team Storm

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – Storm Products is proud to announce that Bryanna Coté of Tucson, Arizona, has joined our pro staff. Coté is a Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) champion, 4-time member of Team USA and 2-time member of Junior Team USA.

Coté competed collegiately at Central Missouri where she was a four-time NTCA First-Team All-American. She was the first bowler in NCAA history (in any division) to be named NTCA Player of the Year four consecutive times.

“I'm excited for a fresh start,” Coté said. “After a rocky season last year, I am ready to tackle this year with an open mind and exciting changes both physically and mentally. Storm has always been on top of the bowling industry and if I want to be on top, I need to be with the best.”

Coté has earned several medals representing Team USA. She earned one silver medal (team) and two bronze medals (singles, trios) at the 2016 PABCON Women's Championships. She also has earned three gold medals (all-events, singles, doubles) and two silver medals (team, national all-events) at 2007 Tournament of the Americas, one gold medal (doubles) and one bronze medal (team) from the 2006 American Zone Youth Championships and three gold medals (doubles, team, team all-events), one silver medal (all-events) and two bronze medals (singles, doubles) at 2006 Tournament of the Americas.

“We look for quality people to represent our brand and Bryanna will fit right in,” Gary Hulsenberg, Vice President of Business Development said. “She shares the same values and vision as Storm and we are all excited for her to join our family.”

When she’s not practicing and competing on the PWBA tour, she stays busy working at several of the businesses that her family owns. She is the Director of Finance at Apparel EFX, which she co-owns with her husband, Randy. They also own Racks on Racks Bowling Supply and she gives lessons at her local bowling center. In addition, she assists her father with the administrative duties of his business.

At Storm, family is extremely important and Coté shares this belief. She says that her family is her biggest support group and without them, she wouldn’t be able to do what she does. She credits the start of her bowling career at age seven to her grandfather.

“My grandfather bought me my first bowling ball in Reno at the ABC Championships,” Coté said. “It was a red Mickey Mouse ball with a matching bag. I remember it like it was yesterday.”

She says her favorite Storm balls thus far are the IQ Tour, Phaze II and Intense. With the first PWBA tournament just a couple months away, Coté is ready for the new season to begin.

“My goal for this PWBA year is to be consistent,” Coté said. “I just want to bowl to the best of my ability and compete week in and week out.”

About Storm Products, Inc.

Storm Products Inc. is the leading manufacturer and marketer of high performance bowling equipment featuring the Storm, Roto Grip and Master Brands. For everything Storm and Roto Grip, visit stormbowling.com and rotogrip.com


STORM BOWLING SPONSORS IBMA COLLEGIATE BOWLER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

At Storm Bowling Products we are proud to join the International Bowling Media Association in a two year sponsorship of the IBMA Collegiate Bowlers of the Year Award. These awards were established in 1987 to recognize and honor male and female bowlers for their outstanding accomplishments in collegiate competition and are presented each year during the Intercollegiate Team Championships at the awards banquet.

“Once again, Storm Bowling steps up to support collegiate bowling,” said Keith Hamilton, president of IBMA in a press release this week. “With sponsorship from Storm, the IBMA College Bowlers of the Year will get a nice upgrade, a tribute to our three decade tradition of honoring the best collegiate players.”

A committee of eight to ten members of the media selects the top eight players, male and female. The committee then votes by weighted ballot to determine the four Honorable Mention, three Runners Up and the Bowlers of the Year. Steve Kloempken, Vice President of Marketing, and Diandra Asbaty, Storm Collegiate Manager, will join the committee.

“We are very excited to be able to sponsor this prestigious award,” said Kloempken. “Since it can only be earned by outpacing thousands of incredibly-talented student athletes, the Collegiate Bowler of the Year award is always held in the highest regard. And one can earn it only through a deep commitment to mastering the elements of our sport and competing at the highest level.”

Kloempken won the award in 1995 when he bowled for Wichita State. Other standout winners include Chris Barnes, Lynda (Norry) Barnes (2), Josh Blanchard, AJ Johnson (2), Liz Johnson, Marshall Kent, Kelly Kulick (2), Stefanie (Nation) Johnson, Bill O’Neill (3), Missy (Bellinder) Parkin, Shannon Pluhowsky and Michael Tang. Several of the players are now members of Team Storm.

Storm Bowling also supports, with its corporate membership, the $5,000.00 IBMA Chuck Pezzano Media Scholarship, presented by the Billiards and Bowling Institute of America.

For more Storm Collegiate news be sure to follow Storm Collegiate Bowling on Facebook.

About Storm Bowling
Storm is The Bowler’s Company — It is the essence of the brand and the foundation on which all communication is based. Truly a grassroots success story, Storm Products started from the garage of Bill and Barb Chrisman, based on the belief that they could do things differently, better.

About the International Bowling Media Association
Located at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas, the IBMA provides awards and recognition to professional and amateur bowlers, industry volunteers and bowling writers, as well as promotes bowling journalism as a career choice to youth bowlers throughout America. For more information log on to www.bowlingmedia.org.

 


Chad McLean Named Technical Director

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – Storm Products announced Chad McLean as the new Technical Director. His primary responsibilities include leading Storm’s product testing, weight block designs, and the USBC ball approval process.  He will continue to manage the technical team who create solutions to customer requests.

“I’m very excited for this opportunity,” said McLean. “I’ve always participated in the ball testing and weight block development but now I’ll be conducting the tests and assembling the results. That’s pretty exciting.”

The bowling journey started for McLean when he was just three years old. He developed a passion for bowling as well as athletics and fitness through high school that carried into his adult life. He went on to earn a degree in Exercise & Health Science from Kennesaw State University in Atlanta. After graduation, he decided to move to Florida to pursue a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Florida and started working at a pro shop. He was passionate about learning more about the sport and personalizing layouts for his customer’s individual styles. He joined the PBA Tour and competed on the regional tour while managing his own pro shop. He quickly gained notoriety around the South for his outstanding drilling and layout recommendations.

After working as a pro shop operator for a few years, McLean attended a Storm Pro Shop seminar and met Steve Kloempken who was the Technical Director at the time. He knew then that he wanted to be part of the technical team at Storm.

“When I met Steve, I thought it was so cool that he gets to travel around the world and talk about the products he creates,” McLean said. “Thinking about where I am now, it’s very surreal.”

McLean joined Storm as the Technical Customer Service Representative at Storm Headquarters in 2015, where he was responsible for facilitating warranty claims and assisting with ball testing. He was quickly promoted to technical manager and his added responsibilities included international ball development, website updates, and writing technical articles about the product line.

“Since he started here three years ago, Chad has been a huge asset,” Kloempken, Vice President of Marketing, said. “This new title and the added responsibilities were not just given to him, he earned it. And I’m confident that Chad will continue to grow and will keep pushing the envelope with technology.”

McLean continues to leave his mark on the sport through the bowlers he has helped, pro shop operators he has guided, technology he has directed, and the records he has crushed. He has been inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records seven times, most recently for the most bowling balls held simultaneously.

“Working alongside Steve Kloempken and Hank Boomershine has been as educational as it’s been fun,” McLean said. “Being part of the development team I’ve looked up to for so many years is an honor that I will never take for granted.”

In his new role, he will be working closely with the R&D Team conducting ball tests and developing weight blocks. He’ll be responsible for the development of Storm catalog inline balls from logo ideation to ball colors and fragrances. He will also take care of the USBC ball approval process and all approval applications.

“I look forward to Chad assisting our team in continuing to develop the most innovative products in the industry,” Boomershine, Vice President of Sales and R&D, said.

Chad will also provide more direction during our video productions and will be responsible for the description of our products to the consumer through digital and print communication. As chieftain of the technical department, McLean is also extremely excited to help Storm look to the future of technology.

“A new era of marketing and technology is coming that will inspire education and be a lot of fun.” McLean said. “This is truly the biggest day of my life.”

McLean lives in Brigham City, Utah with his wife Mandy and young daughter Kenzie.

About Storm Products, Inc.

Storm Products Inc. is the leading manufacturer and marketer of high performance bowling equipment featuring the Storm, Roto Grip and Master Brands. For everything Storm and Roto Grip, visit stormbowling.com and rotogrip.com