After an extensive national search, Bowling Centers Association of Wisconsin (BCAW) is excited to announce the hire of Neil Stremmel as its next executive director, effective January 3, 2022. In June current BCAW Executive Director Yvonne Bennett, CAE informed the BCAW Board of Directors of her intent to resign the position effective the first of the year.
From BCAW President Erik Gialdella, “Neil is a consummate professional with a tremendous amount of management and bowling experience. He understands the association’s mission well and has great respect for our proprietors. The board is excited to work with Neil as our new executive director and we are excited to see the Bowling Centers Association of Wisconsin continue to grow and flourish under Neil’s leadership.”
Stremmel is well known and respected in the bowling industry throughout the United States and abroad. The son of the former proprietors of a small bowling center in Stillman Valley, Ill. he grew up working in the family business. His first position to serve bowling started in 2000 when he was employed by Bowling, Inc. Shared Services working for ABC and WIBC in the position of Director of Research when Bowling Headquarters was in Greendale, Wis. With the formation of USBC in 2005, his role evolved into what would become the Managing Director of the National Governing Body, a position held until 2016.
Most recently, Stremmel has been the general manager of Cypress Lanes, a 40 lane family entertainment center in Winter Haven, Fla. For 18 years (2001-2018), he served as a volunteer on the Technical Committee for World Bowling, the international sports organization for bowling recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC); with the last 10 years as chairman.
With a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., Stremmel has previously worked in a variety of engineering positions within nuclear power, aerospace and acoustical organizations. In addition to his exceptional background in bowling, Stremmel’s demonstrated project management and leadership skills with these various industries will benefit BCAW.
“I am very much looking forward to returning to Wisconsin to work with the board, Yvonne and the team as well as all of the proprietors across the great state of Wisconsin. I hope that my unique background and experience can help all the members and supporters of BCAW.” remarked Stremmel upon accepting the position this past week.
The Bowling Centers Association of Wisconsin (BCAW) is a 501(c)6 trade association representing 225 member centers primarily in the state of Wisconsin. The association is governed by a 14 member Board of Directors. BCAW’s mission is to enhance the profitability of their members through programs and services in conjunction with the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America (BPAA). The business office is located in the Milwaukee suburb of Pewaukee.