Victor Marion (Research & Development, Director)
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The Director of Research and Development is a multi-faceted position that focuses primarily on key product development such as new coverstock and weight block technologies. In order to facilitate the development of new cutting edge technologies, a heavy focus is put on researching numerous products inside and outside of the bowling industry. After a new concept, idea or technology is identified, a lengthy series of tests are conducted to verify that the product meets the highest standards possible. This process ensures that only the highest caliber of products are ever considered to carry the Storm® name.
After a new product makes it to the final stages of development, the Director of R&D will then work directly with the marketing team, sales team and any other affiliated parties to help convey these new innovations and answer any questions that may arise. The research notes and data that were originally pivotal in the product development are then used to create seminars, videos and other educational material.
The ultimate responsibility of the Director of Research and Development is to help educate and further the sport of bowling through research and technology while simultaneously developing the best products in the bowling industry.
Victor was born with severe asthma so he spent the first several years of his childhood in the Intensive Care Unit at the local hospital. Due to the severity of my asthma, he never had the opportunity to participate in any sports or physical activity so he spent majority of his childhood focusing on academics. Luckily, as he grew older he was able to calm his asthma; especially with the help of a few new medications that came into the market near the turn of the millennia.
In 2002, Victor picked up a bowling ball for the first time since he was six to realize that the level of activity was high enough to keep him active but calm enough he could control his asthma. Shortly thereafter, he joined his first summer league where he averaged 155 practicing every night possible. This led him into his first job as a pin chaser so he could bowl for free at a local center. One year later, and several hundred practice games, Victor participated in the same league again where he raised his average 44 pins finishing at 199.
In 2004, he started his own free-stand pro shop where he focused solely on furthering his technical expertise and refining his game. During this time, Victor attended every seminar, trade-show and certification class possible until his knowledge and passion for the game was eventually recognized within the industry. Since then, he’s been privileged to work with some of the greatest minds and leaders in the bowling world at Storm Products.
Chad McLean (Technical Customer Service, Representative)
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As the Technical Customer Service Representative, Chad will provide consumers and pro shops with technical advice and support regarding Storm and Roto Grip equipment included but not limited to accessories, bags, maintenance products and gear along with managing our warranty programs.
Additionally, McLean will be integral in the development and implementation of associated technical documents and materials. TCSR is also charged with assisting the R&D Team with market research and development from a technical standpoint and will aid in the technical aspects of new-product marketing videos, live streaming and digital broadcasting. Chad will also be involved with the testing process of new products.
A native of Grand Junction, Colorado, Chad joins Team Storm after spending the last 5 years as a pro shop owner/operator in the Gainsville region where he quickly climbed the ranks as a top ballfitter by applying knowledge of anatomy, physiology and physics to the sport science of bowling.
McLean started his love-affair with bowling at the age of 3. A very active student/athlete in high school, he grew up participating in several sports including baseball, basketball, soccer and track but, bowling became the only one to stick.
Graduated with Honors Top of Class from Kennsesaw State University (Georgia) with a bachelor's degree in Exercise & Health Science. He moved to Gainesville, Florida to advance his education in pursuit of a master's degree in Exercise Physiology from University of Florida but chose to focus energy on his professional bowling career and owning a pro shop. Served as a coach for the Florida Gators from 2010-2015.
Chad and wife Mandy now reside in Ogden, Utah and the couple has one Daughter (Kenzie).