For Scott Weber ‘86, it has occurred 27 times. Twenty-seven perfect 300 games that he has rolled in regional tournaments and local bowling alleys.
Now the manager of Weber Bowling & Awards, Weber has high expectations for his business, too. In 1989, Scott and his father Nick Weber, opened a bowling retail and engraving business conveniently across from Willow Creek Lanes at 2021 Verlin Road, Green Bay. In August of 2007, they expanded to a second shop on Green Bay’s west side, Weber Bowling West, located inside the Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley.
Both locations offer complete service for bowling balls, bags, shoes and accessories. Both locations also retail trophies, plaques and other awards, with the majority of assembly and engraving done at the Verlin Road location.
Weber said that although league participation is down in the Green Bay area (some estimate nearly 40 percent from its peak in the 1980s — and the urban legend that there were more lanes in Green Bay than Boston) open bowling is stronger that it was 20 years ago. As the sport evolved, so did the Weber’s business.
“From a business standpoint, we’ve been focusing more on providing awards,” he said. “When we started, the awards side was a minor component of the business. We diversified into promotional products like pens, hats, pencils, jackets, flashlights and drinkware (pretty much anything that can be imprinted to promote a business).”
And it isn’t just the bowling niche that provides the Weber’s customer base.
“Trophies, especially for children’s events such as baseball and basketball are popular every year,” Weber says. “Resin awards (plastic with a brass, bronze or pewter finish) have become popular as an alternative to trophies. Corporate awards and plaques are holding steady as well, with new finishes using glass backgrounds or acrylic plates. Crystal awards — few and far between two decades ago because of the difficulty in personalizing them have become the most elegant of awards. Technology has made them a viable option.”
Weber graduated from UW-Green Bay in 1986 with a degree in chemistry and a minor in human development and near minors in economics and physics.
“I credit my diverse education in making it easier to make financial business decisions and I also think it contributed toward being able to hire and manage employees effectively,” he said. “Bowling balls are more advanced than people think and having classes in physics made it easy for me to understand the internal dynamics of bowling ball properties. I use a graphics program called Corel Draw for engraving and sublimation (a dye on metal process) on plaques and other awards. Having classes in math and science made it easy to learn computers and software that have changed so much since the 80′s.”