The Equipment Specifications and Certifications Team is currently led by USBC Managing Director of the National Governing Body, Neil Stremmel. These professional staff members have many years of combined experience in the industry and many of them are highly competitive bowlers. The team members have an inside understanding of bowling and have achieved numerous perfect games as well as various levels of USBC coaching certification. Through a combination of practical experience and technical knowledge they join together to explore the science of bowling!
Dave Nestor is a Research Technician with the USBC Equipment Specifications and Certifications Team. Dave performs all testing for bowling pin permit approvals and is the main person of contact for pin manufacturers. He also assists the team in the testing and development of new bowling equipment. He is a native of Parkersburg, West Virginia and has received extensive training from the International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association. He is a USBC Bronze level coach and has more than 20 years of experience in pro shop and bowling center management operations. He is also an accomplished bowler who has rolled nine USBC certified 300 games and six USBC-certified 800 series.
Emily Troutman is a Research Engineer with the USBC Equipment Specifications and Certifications Team. The 2012 Arkansas State University graduate earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics and is currently working towards her Master of Science in Mathematics at the University of Texas in Arlington. Before joining the team, Emily interned with USBC for a summer working on a bowler variable project. Emily became a permanent fixture on the team in May of 2012. She competed collegiately for five years on the NCAA Women’s Bowling Team at Arkansas State University. She performs all testing and approval for ball cleaners, polishes, lane conditioners, lane surfaces and other pit end products.
Jason Milligan is a Research Technician with the USBC Equipment Specifications and Certifications Team. In that role, he performs all testing for bowling ball approvals and serves as the liaison between bowling ball manufacturers and the team. He assists in the research of bowling equipment and products to understand their influence on scoring and helps develop new testing equipment and procedures needed to support testing and research. Jason is a native of Barstow, California and has over 20 years of experience in pro shop operations. He has drilled equipment for bowlers ranging from beginners to elite PBA/PWBA titlists and Team USA members. He has achieved a great deal of personal success on the lanes as well, winning two PBA Regional titles, and notching several USBC-certified perfect games. Jason has a high series of 812.
Nicki Mours is a Research Engineer with Equipment USBC Equipment Specifications and Certifications Team.The 2008 University of Wisconsin Platteville graduate earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Before joining the team, Nicki interned with the USBC for three summers working on projects including entry/exit angles, surface roughness,and various aspects of the Ball Motion Study. Nicki became a permanent fixture on the team in early 2009. She is a Level 1certified coach and competed collegiately for four years at both UW Madison and UW Platteville.
Steve Boyle is the Center Inspection Coordinator with the USBC Equipment Specifications and Certifications Team. Steve was born and raised in Billings, Montana and is a life long bowler. Steve became a serious bowler in his late twenties and carries an average ranging from 190 to 210. In 2004 Steve became a seasonal employee for the USBC Open Championship Tournament in Reno. Steve joined the team in 2008 when USBC headquarters made the move to Texas.
Equipment Specifications and Certification Committee Technical Advisors
Scott Sterbenz is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt at The Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan. A registered Professional Engineer, he holds a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit. Scott is recognized as a top quality improvement engineer by the American Society for Quality and the American Statistical Association, and also teaches advanced mathematics at a local school. He has four certified 300 games and two certified 800 series.
Gary Schenk has served the Committee since 2006. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University where he also bowled collegiately. He also holds a Professional Engineering License as well as being a proprietor of B&B Lanes in Fayetville, North Carolina. He is a USBC Silver Level coach with multiple certified 300 games and 800 series.