Robby Spigner of Chicago and Erik Galganski of Orlando, Fla., have joined the United States Bowling Congress Board of Directors effective immediately, USBC announced on Thursday.
Spigner was appointed by USBC President Andrew Cain to replace Bill Vint of East Troy as a delegate representative.
Vint, a former USBC PR employee/contractor who wrote a scatching story I bogged about here on the organization’s move from the Milwaukee area to the Dallas area, was elected in 2011 as an at-large candidate, not as a USBC nominee.
Galganski was selected by the USBC Youth Committee to replace Suzanne Huebel of Oscoda, Mich., as a youth committee representative.
USBC said in a news release that “Vint and Huebel stepped down from the board for unrelated reasons last month.”
Vint had recently posted this statement on his Facebook page: “At the request of the USBC Legal and Legislative Committee, based upon a breach of the USBC Confidentiality Agreement, I resigned from the USBC Board on Thursday, effective immediately. I extend my sincere apologies for any inconvenience I’ve caused by my unintentional action.”
“Robby Spigner and Erik Galganski will be terrific additions to the USBC Board of Directors,” USBC President Andrew Cain said in a statement. “Erik brings several years of youth committee experience to the board while Robby brings a combination of high-level business experience along with an elite bowling background.”
Spigner, a former Team USA member, is the son of USBC Hall of Famer Bill Spigner and Barb Spigner, long-time owners of a center in Vernon Hills, Ill., that hosted numerous PBA events. USBC said that he now is an associate with AlixPartners LLP, specializng in guiding corporate financial and operational turnarounds. He also has served in non-profit leadership roles for Chicago-based Ladder Up and the Lake County USBC association. Spigner graduated from Indiana University with a triple major in finance, computer information systems and business process management.
“Bowling has provided me the ultimate platform to grow both as an athlete and a person,” Spigner said in a statement. “It is important to me that future generations are afforded the same opportunities to experience the sport that has given so much to me and my family. I look forward to working with our great volunteers at all levels.”
USBC said that Galganski is a bowling industry marketing and sales specialist who owns Pin Action Promotions, a marketing company specializing in bowling tournaments and event activation. Galganski joined the USBC Youth Committee in 2009 and was the 2007 USBC Youth Ambassador of the Year. He is a USBC certified coach who has served in an association leadership role at the state and local level.
“I am excited to begin serving on the USBC Board of Directors representing the youth bowlers of the country,” Galganski said in a statement. “Creating opportunities for young bowlers is a passion for me personally and professionally and I will continue be a strong advocate for those who represent the future of our sport.”
I don't know Erik, but I know Robby fairly well and he is sharp guy who was a top level bowler and he should be a great addition to the USBC Board.
I don't know the details of what happened, but Vint's leaving is unfortunate in that any organization benefits greatly from having someone at the center who sharply questions things. Bill is a sharp guy and a straight-shooter who isn't afraid to ruffle feathers.