As a bowling center General Manager, Warren Friedl worked a variety of bowling businesses (12, 24, 32, and 38 lane centers). From a small center (12) to a mid sized center (32) which was part of a three center group (104 lanes). Across a 17 year career, many many events, opportunities and issues cropped up.
Friedl successfully built his league base, ran wildly successful tournament programs, defended legal issues, and organized and trained staffs up to 50 people.
With knowledge and experience in marketing, sales and organizational skills, Friedl ventured onto the Internet with a web presence, exploring social media and testing promotions (like Groupon, and Kids Bowl Free) helped rocket him to the top job at every center he chose to work at.
Intending to buy a bowling center, he bought a small bowling business at the urging of his banker. The Revolutions bowling stores were born including: Revolutions Wheaton (13 years), Revolutions-Tinley Park (8 1/2 years) and Revolutions-Mokena (10 1/2 years). As a bowling business owner, he approached his new Pro Shop venture intending to create a retail environment that shopping mall stores would envy.
But this savvy business man proved to his landlords, that his businesses were so valuable to the bowling centers that for some services, promotional ideas and program contributions that they should forgo charging him rent (for over 19 years). Something else for mall stores to ENVY!
He eventually presented his business model to bowling center owners and managers via the Bowling Proprietors Association of America as part of their Management Schools education program.
As a Charter Member of the International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association, Friedl worked on the Board of Directors for two terms, also, was on the Executive Board (as Secretary/Treasurer).
Creating education programs and on lane consultations for customers, Friedl created a retail environment where improvement was guaranteed because of the commitment to provide comfort, information and the right tools to his customers.
A coaching business evolved from Friedl's desire to share what he has learned from Vesma Grinfelds (National Bowling Council), Dick Ritger (Professional Bowlers Association, American Bowling Congress HOF), Fred Bordan (United States Bowling Congress Gold Coach), Carmen Salvino (PBA HOF), Susie Minshew (USBC Gold), and Joe Slowinski (USBC Gold), among others. Including the IBPSIA Hots On Lanes program.
Also, 5 decades of bowling fires up Friedl to share his love for the game.
He occasionally shows off that love and knowledge.
Congratulations Coach Friedl! Bowling Monday April 9th 2018 in the Oaklawn Sportsman's League at Orland Bowl, Friedl rolled a perfect 300 game (his eighth) and 760 series (203-257-300).