Meet the four members of the program’s Advisory Board.
Richmond, VA — The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) has announced the Advisory Board for the PBA League Bowler Certification program.
The four person board will consist of bowling center proprietor Charlie Mitchell, industry leader and marketing executive Lori Mraz, Kegel president/CEO Chris Chartrand and PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III. They will begin serving in their roles immediately.
“These four appointments make up the PBA League Certified Bowler program’s tremendously diverse, respected, skilled and experienced Advisory Board,” PBA commissioner Tom Clark said.
With their varied backgrounds and distinctive points of view, the Advisory Board members will help guide the PBA in shaping the League Bowler Certification program to reach its fullest potential.
“Featuring a progressive proprietor and league operator, a marketing specialist with vast board experience, a chief executive of one of the industry’s most successful and diversified businesses, and one of the greatest PBA bowlers of all time who is just as impressive in his efforts off the lanes to grow the game, we are adding great minds with passion for the sport to assist the PBA’s efforts,” Clark said.
Meet the four Advisory Board members of the PBA League Bowler Certification program:
Mitchell owns Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, home to the BowlPortland bowling league and to many PBA events since 2015, including the PBA League. Charlie built a truly unique bowling community with his BowlPortland league, which began in 2008. He built Bayside Bowl three years later specifically to have a home for the league.
The 20-lane center hosts over 100 league teams (all co-ed) during the winter months, while also hosting 20+ weddings a year and musical acts ranging from Big Daddy Kane and Talib Kweli to Cyril Neville and Jon Fishman.
Mitchell was the BPAA Proprietor of the Year in 2015 and has continued to work closely with the PBA and other stakeholders to grow participation in the sport at all levels.
For decades, Mraz has been a leader across the bowling industry. She is the active vice chairman of the International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame Board of Directors. She has been on the board since 2008.
Mraz also served on the Billiard and Bowling Institute of America (BBIA) Board of Directors from 2003-2008, the International Bowling Pro Shop & Instructors Association (IBPSIA) Advisory Board from 2005-2009, and the John P. Gavie Memorial Tournament Committee from 2000-2020.
Mraz guided Turbo 2-N-1 Grips brand through its start-up phase in the early 1990s. She has worked in various roles throughout her time with Turbo, including president through June 2020. Currently, she is the official PBA product registered company’s marketing director.
Chartrand joined Kegel in 1999 when the company began its own branded line of lane machines. He was instrumental in building Kegel’s worldwide distribution network and formally created the marketing and sales division, launching some of Kegel’s most successful products like Prodigy Lane Conditioner and the Kustodian Family of Lane Machines. In October of 2010, Chartrand climbed to the top of the ladder and became president of Kegel; in 2016, he was also named as CEO.
As president/CEO, Chartrand’s leadership enhanced Kegel’s reputation as the undisputed leader in lane maintenance worldwide with the success of the IKON and FLEX Lane Machines, as well as numerous lane conditioners. He also helped advance the sport of bowling with innovative new products like the Specto Tracking System, a tool being used around the world to help bowlers improve their game and powers StrikeTrack to help create a new dynamic experience for PBA broadcasts.
Chartrand served seven years on the BBIA Board of Directors including one year as BBIA President. He is also a director on the board for the Bowling Hall of Fame. Chartrand has worked in the bowling industry for over 30 years and offers the unique perspective of being an executive, competitive bowler, lane man, and pro-shop operator.
Parker Bohn III
Bohn III has been a member of the PBA since 1984, and is a member of the PBA and USBC Halls of Fame. Bohn III is one of only seven players in PBA history to accumulate at least 30 career PBA Tour titles, ranking fifth all-time with 35 as of 2022.
The left-hander has won 10 more titles on the PBA50 Tour, as well as 27 PBA Regional titles, nine PBA50 Regional titles, and two European Bowling Tour (EBT) titles.
Bohn III is a four-time winner of the PBA’s Steve Nagy Sportsmanship award and earned the PBA’s very first Tony Reyes Community Service Award for the 2012–13 season. Highly active in promoting youth bowling, Bohn III has established an annual Parker Bohn III Youth Scholarship Tournament in Howell, N.J. The tournament has awarded junior bowlers with college scholarship funding for over 20 years.
In 2011, Bohn III won the Dick Weber Bowling Ambassador Award, an honor given annually by the Bowling Proprietors Association of America (BPAA) to the “bowling athlete who has consistently shown grace on and off the lanes by promoting the sport of bowling in a positive manner.”
Stay informed about the PBA League Bowler Certification by visiting PBALBC.com or following @PBAtour for more updates.
ABOUT THE PROFESSIONAL BOWLERS ASSOCIATION
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. PBA has a focus on youth bowling with the PBA Jr. Club and PBA Pinsiders a membership for our dedicated fans. In 2022, the PBA launched the PBA League Bowler Certification program providing benefits under four key pillars – statistics, tournaments, digital awards, and rules. For more information, please visit PBA.com.
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