||Director through July 31, 2014
Elected by BPAA
Catherine “Cathy” DeSocio of Wichita, Kan., became the first female president of the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America on July 1, 2012. She has been involved in the bowling business her entire life. Following in the footsteps of her father, BPAA Hall of Famer John Crum, she is president of JOMA Company, which operates seven centers, from 24 lanes up to 48 lanes, in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. She has always been very involved on the local, state and national levels of the bowling industry. Locally, she has served as secretary/treasurer of the SCBPA, Committee chair for In-School Bowling (partnering with local USBC to fund the program), organized the local Big Brothers/Big Sisters Charity Bowling Classic, and received the Newman University Partnership Award for helping start the university’s collegiate bowling program. In 2006, she was the recipient of the Walt DeLozier Outstanding Service Award for Outstanding Service and Dedication to the Sport of Bowling, sponsored by the Wichita Convention and Tourism Bureau and presented by the Great Plains USBC. On the state level, she has served on the Convention and Youth and Finance Committees and in 2005 was Kansas' “Young Guns” nominee for Kansas’ Proprietor of the Year. Nationally, she is chair of The Bowling Foundation Board of Directors and is on the BPAA Tournament Committee, and has also served previously on the BPAA Marketing and Youth Committees. Outside of bowling, she runs an investment partnership of oil and gas exploration, is a member of the Power of the Purse, a Kansas political action committee dedicated to electing women to statewide office. Bowling collegiately for Wichita State University, Cathy has a passion for the sport of bowling and the future of the industry. She holds advanced degrees in accounting and finance.