Colorado Springs, Colorado: The Billiard Congress of America [BCA] has officially announced the hire of Rob Johnson as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective September 5. Coming from a successful term as general manager of the Grand Prix of Denver and vice president of Sutton International Motorsports, Johnson was responsible for the recent staging and marketing of one of the largest and most-elaborate sporting events in the city of Denver.
“We’re very fortunate to have found someone of Mr. Johnson’s caliber,” said BCA President Gregg Hovey of Olhausen Billiards. “He has experience taking major projects from inception to the finish line, and we're pleased to put him in the driver's seat for the Expo and other marketing initiatives for the billiards industry.” The announcement followed a six-month search by the board of directors, which concluded at its latest board meeting in Baltimore on August 13.
While at Sutton, Johnson managed sales, marketing and public relations initiatives for NASCAR, Baja and Champ Car projects. Earlier, his venue-related experience included duties as vice president/general manager of the 6,000 seat multi-purpose Broomfield Event Center, north of Denver, plus seven years as president of Pikes Peak International Raceway [PPIR], a 1,200-acre complex that hosted major motorsports events, south of Colorado Springs.
Acknowledging the differences between the two industries, Johnson was intrigued by the thought of working with another sport that’s also family-oriented. "This is another sports marketing opportunity with promise, and I’m thrilled to move into the billiards industry with its rich and long tradition in American history. I just hope I can learn to play billiards better than I learned to drive a race car!”
At 38, the Colorado-native has spent much of his professional career up and down the front range of the Rockies. After graduating from the University of Colorado with a journalism degree, he ventured east as far as Kansas City to work for a leading advertising and public relations firm, but quickly returned to his hometown. In Denver, he helped with the start-up of several marketing firms, eventually becoming the manager of the public relations division of the Denver-based strategic marketing firm of Greenberg Baron Simon & Miller (GBSM). There he worked for clients like the Pepsi Center, Colorado Avalanche, MLB's '98 All-Star Game at Coors Field and Turner Sports' Atlanta Arena before moving into the racing arena with his groundbreaking work at PPIR.
Johnson is married with three young sons and is well-acquainted with the Colorado Springs community, having served on the board of directors for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame, Fort Carson Educational Museum and University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Chancellor’s Leadership Class.
ACS Announces the 2006/2007 McDermott All American Tour Schedule
The American CueSports Alliance (ACS) is pleased to announce continuation of its partnership with McDermott Handcrafted Cues in presenting the second year of the expanded McDermott All American Tour for 2006/2007. Weekend tournaments featuring either 8-ball or 9-ball are being produced throughout the United States in rooms that are ACS Proprietor Members or which host ACS leagues. Each event is supported with American-made product from one of the most respected names in billiard sports – McDermott Handcrafted Cues!
Each event is open to any amateur player, and membership to ACS is not required. All prize money is paid out onsite, as in a typical tournament, but the highest-placing ACS member in each event receives a free entry into the Singles division of the 2007 ACS National 8-Ball & 9-Ball Championships at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Supporting sponsors for the Tour also include Silver Cup Chalk (hand talc), Billiard Wholesalers (cloth) and Pro Series cases. Dates and openings for further Tour stops are still available for qualified billiard establishments. For further information and updates on the McDermott All American Tour contact the ACS at 1-888-662-1705, www.americancuesports.org or www.mcdermottcue.com.
The 2006-2007 Tour jumps off to a great start this Saturday, October 14, with Stop #1 at Miller Time Billiards in Davenport, Iowa!
The ACS is a non-profit, national organization dedicated to heightening the interest and awareness of cue sports through the support and sanctioning of organized competition throughout the United States and North America.