July 2, 2011
ARLINGTON, Texas – The United States Bowling Congress Board of Directors has elected Jim Sturm of South Charleston, W.Va., as president. Sturm will be the fourth president in the history of the organization when he takes office Aug. 1.
Sturm has worked with numerous bowling centers in West Virginia and Indiana and presently owns and operates Dunbar Bowling Center in Dunbar, W.Va. Sturm has been a member of the USBC Board since 2008 and is past president of the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America.
Sturm started working in the bowling industry more than 30 years ago and has an extensive history of leadership at the local, state and national level. A competitive bowler on the lanes, Sturm has numerous 300 games and multiple Professional Bowlers Association regional titles to his credit. He is a graduate of the Vincennes University Bowling Lanes Management program and graduated from West Virginia State University with a degree in business administration and marketing.
The USBC Board also elected Tom Bluth of Davie, Fla., as vice president effective Aug. 1. Bluth is executive vice president, chief financial officer and general counsel for Ellis Diversified. Bluth earned his bachelor's degree in business administration as well as advanced degrees in law (J.D. and LL.M.) from Washington University in St. Louis. He is also a certified public accountant.
Outgoing USBC President Darlene Baker of Mahomet, Ill., will continue on the USBC Board after being elected to a new three-year term at the USBC Annual Meeting.