WILKINSON ELECTED TO THIRD TERM AS USBC PRESIDENT
ARLINGTON, Texas – The United States Bowling
Congress Board of Directors have re-elected Frank Wilkinson of Staten
Island, New York, as USBC president and Cathy DeSocio of Wichita,
Kansas, as vice president for the 2017-2018 season.
The election of officers for the USBC Board took place following the
USBC Convention, held in April in Las Vegas. Because of terms limits,
the 2017-2018 season will mark both Wilkinson’s and DeSocio’s final
terms as president and vice president, respectively.
Wilkinson, the owner of Rab’s Country Lanes, joined the USBC board as
a youth committee representative in 2010 and served two three-year
terms before his election to the board by delegates in 2016. He served
two years as vice president, from 2013-2015, and has been president
since the 2015-2016 season.
“It is a tremendous honor for me to have the support of the board to
continue as president and to have Cathy continue as vice president,”
Wilkinson said. “We have taken many positive steps in the last few years
and that is only through the combined efforts of the board, the USBC
staff and the thousands who support us at the state and local levels as
we continue to build a future for the sport.”
The 2017-2018 season will be the final terms for Wilkinson as
president and DeSocio as vice president because of term limits, as each
position is limited to three one-year terms. Wilkinson also is in his final term as a board member, which runs through July 31, 2019.
In addition to serving on the USBC board, Wilkinson has served as a
USBC representative on the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America
board since 2014. He is a director on the Staten Island USBC board and
has been on the National Council of Youth Sports since 2012. He has
received many honors, including the Staten Island Chapter of the
American Cancer Society Distinguished Community Service Award, the NYS
USBC Youth Leaders Bridging the Gap Award and the Staten Island Small
Business of the Year presented by the City of New York.
DeSocio is president of JOMA Company, which operates eight centers in
Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, and serves as a trustee on the
International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame board. The first woman to
serve as president of BPAA, from 2012-2014, she was honored with the
BPAA President's Medal in 2015. Other awards include the Great Plains
USBC Hall of Fame Pioneer Award for Exceptional Leadership, Continued
Support and Distinguished Service to the Sport of Bowling in 2014, the
Wichita Business Journal Women in Business Award in 2013 and the Bowlers
Journal Proprietor of the Year in 2012.
Go to BOWL.com/About to learn more about the USBC Board of Directors.
United States Bowling Congress
The United States Bowling Congress serves as the national governing body
of bowling as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).
USBC conducts championship events nationwide including the largest
participation sporting events in the world – the USBC Open and Women’s
Championships – and professional events such as the USBC Masters and
Founded in 1895, today USBC and its 2,500 state and local associations
proudly serve more than a million members. USBC is headquartered in
Arlington, Texas, working toward a future for the sport. The online home
for USBC is BOWL.com.