The Equipment Specifications and Certifications Team is led by USBC Senior Director of Specifications and Certifications, Danny Speranza. The team consists of professional staff members that have many years of combined experience in the industry and many of them are highly competitive bowlers. They 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!
Steve Boyle is the Center Inspection Coordinator with the USBC Equipment Specifications and Certifications Team. Steve is a graduate of MSU-Billings (MT) with a BA in Accounting. Steve has been a team member since the organization moved to Texas in 2008. Prior to that he worked at the Open Championships for 4 years. Steve enjoys the challenges that bowling provides and being a life-long bowler, he strives to improve the sport of bowling in any aspect that he can.
Trey Brown is the Research Chemist with the USBC Equipment Specifications and Certifications Team. Trey has lived all over the U.S. following the sport of bowling and started competing at a very young age - earning YABA Top Star Awards when he was 7 & 8 years old. He earned All-Academic, All-County, and All-State awards as Captain of his high school team in Milford, MI. He also rolled the first 300 game in the school's history and averaged 219 his last two seasons. Trey was offered scholarships to bowl collegiately, but chose to focus on his studies - knowing he would return to the game later in life. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, a Minor in Chemistry, and was a member of a biochemistry research team at The University of Texas at Arlington. He joined USBC upon graduation in 2014. Trey has pro shop training, conducts research projects, and performs all testing and approval for ball cleaners, polishes, lane conditioners, lane surfaces, and other pit end products.
Tom Frenzel is a Research Engineer with the USBC Equipment Specifications and Certifications Team. A fan of the sport from a young age, Tom began taking bowling lessons at age 11. Although his bowling achievements are not as prolific as his colleagues', he enjoys hitting the lanes to knock down some pins just as much as any other bowler. He achieved a Bachelor's of Science in Physics with minors in Mathematics and Music from Stephen F. Austin State University in May 2013 and has been working at USBC since November 2013. He brings his strong analytical skill set and a passion for the game to the team to gain technical understanding in order to make bowling better for everyone.
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. He is also the main contact person for the Sport Bowling program. Jason is a native of Barstow, California, and has over 25 years of experience in pro shop operations. He is a USBC Certified Level 1 coach, and has received extensive training from the International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association. 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 836.
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.
Danny Speranza is the Senior Director with the USBC Equipment Specifications Team. Having a Mechanical Engineering Degree, he has designed bowling products for AMF including the original HPL Synthetic lane, Spectrum ball return, and helped develop the original urethane bowling ball, the AMF Black Angle. He was the Director of Research for Columbia 300 responsible for new product development, and was Director of Operations for 900 Global overseeing product design and manufacturing, including bringing to market a remote control bowling ball. This is his second employment opportunity within the Equipment Specification Department having developed the System of Bowling specifications and led the design team in the development of C.A.T.S. He has numerous bowling related patents. Danny has been a bowler his entire life with over 20 300 games and a high series of 856.
Equipment Specifications and Certification Committee Technical Advisors
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 Fayetteville, North Carolina. He is a USBC Silver Level coach with multiple certified 300 games and 800 series.
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.