Tom Clark - PBA Commissioner
Tom Clark became the PBA’s Vice President and COO on March, 28, 2008, after serving as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the United States Bowling Congress. Clark, who was promoted to Deputy Commissioner in 2009, then PBA Commissioner in 2011.
Prior to his position as Vice President for the USBC, Clark was the organization’s director of communications from April 2005 until July 2006. Clark came to USBC headquarters after a successful career in journalism. From 2000-2005 he was a sports assignment editor for USA Today, the nation’s highest-circulated newspaper. At USA Today, Clark directed the golf and tennis coverage, assisted on NBA and NFL coverage and was the lead editor five consecutive years on the national-award winning USA Today Super Bowl Bonus Section.
Prior to USA Today, Clark worked in the Media General newspaper chain as the executive editor of the Hickory (N.C.) Daily Record (1999-2000); managing editor of the Manassas (Va.) Journal Messenger (1997-1999), and sports editor of the Potomac (Woodbridge, Va.) News (1995-1997). He was a contributing sports writer for the Syracuse (N.Y.) Herald Journal from 1988-1992. From 1992-1995, Clark owned and operated the Syracuse Sporting Times, a bi-weekly magazine.
Clark has won numerous national and state journalism awards including Best Feature Story in 1995 and Best Page Design in 1996 by the Associated Press Sports Editors and the 1998 Virginia Press Association Sweepstakes for best newspaper in its circulation category. Clark graduated from Buffalo State College in 1992 with a degree in journalism. He bowled collegiately for four years at Buffalo State, winning the east region Association of College Unions International title in 1990 and advancing to the national singles championship in Reno, Nev. Clark was named Bowlers Journal International magazine’s “Person of the Year” in the bowling industry for 2005 for his efforts in bringing publicity to the game.
Clark also has been honored by the bowling industry as winner of the Billiard and Bowling Institute of America Industry Service Award (2008) and the USBC Joyce Deitch Trailblazer Award (2009).
Clark, a native of Syracuse, N.Y., resides in Muskego, Wis., with his wife Kelli and two children.
Kirk von Krueger - Deputy Commissioner
Kirk von Krueger became PBA Deputy Commissioner on Nov. 1, 2011 after 16 years of experience with the organization in several tournament administration positions.
A former PBA member and Tour player, von Krueger joined the organization in 1982 and was a regular on the regional circuit where he won six titles and was a former Western Region Player of the Year. He competed on the PBA Tour from 1992-95 where had a best finish of third.
In 1995, he joined PBA as Assistant Tournament Director and a year later became Tournament Director. In 2002, he became Director of the PBA Tour and was later promoted to the position of Vice President and Director of PBA Tours in 2009.
Von Krueger served in the Navy from 1971-92 as an air traffic controller. In 1975 he was the all-Navy Bowling Champion.
He and wife Mary have four grown children. They reside in the Pensacola, Fla., area.
Rob Glaser - Board Member
Rob Glaser is founder and Chief Executive Officer of RealNetworks, Inc. (Nasdaq: RNWK), the recognized leader in Internet media delivery. Since 1995, RealNetworks has pioneered streaming media delivery over the Internet through its standards-setting RealAudio, RealVideo, RealPlayer and RealSystem products. In 1999, the company extended its leadership to the rapidly expanding sphere of digital music distribution with the launch of RealJukebox. These products are used by over 200 million people worldwide.
Glaser is also an avid lifelong bowler. He first bowled in leagues during his high school years in Yonkers, NY. After moving to Seattle to join Microsoft, he was a member of a local bowling team called the Mainframes. In 1999, RealNetworks moved into its current headquarters in downtown Seattle. In appreciation for the great work and achievements of RealNetworks' staff, Glaser personally donated funds for a two-lane bowling alley, which was placed in the renovated building's basement.
Prior to founding RealNetworks, Glaser worked for Microsoft from 1983 to 1993. Glaser also serves on several influential non-profit boards and committees. Mr. Glaser also holds a minority interest in Seattle's professional baseball team, the Mariners.
Mr. Glaser has a B.A. and an M.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Computer Science from Yale University.
Mike Slade - Board Member
Mike Slade has always been interested in two things: sports and high technology. He is one of the four founding partners of Second Avenue Partners, a Seattle-based investment firm.
After selling the company to Disney, Slade retired as chairman and chief executive officer of Starwave Corp., Paul Allen's trailblazing venture into the Internet and multimedia products arena. Utilizing his high-technology and marketing skills, Slade launched ESPN.com, NBA.com, NFL.com, ABCNews.com and the Go.com network, among other premier websites that have now become household names. Slade joined Starwave in 1993 after briefly serving as vice president of special projects for Asymetrix Corp., where he evaluated business opportunities for Paul Allen.
Slade began his career at Microsoft in 1983 and spent seven years there in a variety of product marketing roles. He served as director of corporate marketing in Microsoft's systems software division before leaving in 1990. He also served as VP-Marketing for Steve Jobs' NeXT Computer, Inc, and now spends time consulting with Jobs on strategy issues at Apple. Slade serves on the board of Rivals.com. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colorado College and earned a master's degree in business administration from Stanford University.
Steve Bornstein - Board Member
Steve Bornstein, one of the most influential sports and entertainment media executives of the last quarter century, joined the PBA Board of Directors in May 2015.
Bornstein played a major role in shaping the growth and success of ESPN and the National Football League. His career began as program coordinator for ESPN in 1980 and 10 years later, he was named ESPN President and CEO. He will lend his visionary expertise in areas of marketing and deal-making to the PBA at a time when the professional bowling organization is experiencing unprecedented growth in television viewership and international multi-media awareness.
Bornstein was President and CEO of the NFL Network from 2003 until 2013, teamed up with Jim Valvano to start The V Foundation for Cancer Research while president of ESPN, Inc. in 1993, and served as President of ABC Inc. After becoming ESPN, Inc.’s youngest President and CEO in 1990, Bornstein led the company through a nine-year period of network development and brand extension which included the launches of ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, ESPN Radio and the Internet’s first sports website, ESPN.com. This spurred a global expansion of the company to numerous countries in their respective languages. Through this initiative, ESPN, Inc. further established itself as “The Worldwide Leader in Sports.”
A native of Fair Lawn, N.J., and a 1974 University of Wisconsin graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in film, Bornstein resides in New York and Los Angeles.