BPAA Graduates Innaugural Entertainment Center Management School






ARLINGTON, Texas - The Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA), the voice of the bowling industry, announced the first graduating class from the School of Entertainment Center Management (ECM), part of the successful Bowling University program which, since 2006, has been the industry standard in bowling management education and training.

ECM is perfect for those who are, or who could become, high-level operation managers in bowling-anchored entertainment centers. In the inaugural class, 29 students representing 11 states and Canada attended the curriculum-rich, 6-day program packed with 30-plus hours of classroom and hands-on instruction, individual and group projects. Students worked on real-life problems, learning real-life ideas and solutions they will be able to take back and implement in their centers on day one.

"The School for Entertainment Center Management is the only certification program of its kind in the bowling industry," said Steve Johnson, BPAA executive director. "Students attending the course receive valuable one-on-one time with some of the best bowling and entertainment center business people the industry have to offer.   If anyone aspires to further their career in a bowling-anchored entertainment center, this school should be the destination of choice on their career path."

During the weeklong course, students covered all the complexities in operating centers that also offer a unique combination of attractions, food & beverage service and event hosting, and visited multiple sites where they had the opportunity to question the managers, operators and owners about their respective best practices.


ECM curricula included courses such as Entertainment Center Financial Levers, Attractions Operations, Food & Beverage Service & Execution, Group Events Promotion, Organized Play in Entertainment Centers, Staff Selection and Scheduling, Maximizing Profitability through Effective Packaging, Game Room Operations, Sales Force Selection and Supervision and more.

The professional faculty included successful executives from Namco, TrainerTainment, Brunswick Bowling, Trifecta Management Group, Cornerstone Consulting, and Stars & Strikes among others.

For more information contact Kelly Bednar at education@bpaa.com or call direct at 817-385-8462.

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ECM Classroom      ECM Outside

About Bowling Proprietors' Association of America

The Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA), founded in 1932, serves as the voice of the bowling industry.  Headquartered in Arlington, TX at the International Bowling Campus, the BPAA provides it's more than 4,000 member centers with group purchasing programs, business and educational seminars, and legislative representation, and proactively promotes the association and bowling industry.  The BPAA's mission is to enhance the profitability of its member centers and raise the profile of bowling, America's top-ranked participatory sport.  For additional information, please visit www.bpaa.com or call 800-343-1329.


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