Del Ballard, Jr. (National Tour Rep)
Storm University Professor
National Tour Rep
- Coach to some of the top professional bowlers
- PBA Tournaments
- PBA Majors
- Special Events
- USBC Queens
- PBA Senior Majors
- Women’s US Open
- Technical bowling ball layouts
- In the Bag with Baldo
- Complete analysis of professional tournaments
Del was born on 07/01/1963 in Dallas TX. He is married to Women's professional bowler Carolyn Dorin-Ballard. They have one child, Alyssa.
Before coming to work at Storm, Ballard bowled on tour from 1984-1998. He then became the tour rep for Ebonite until 2001, when Del decided to bowl again on the PBA National Tour until 2007. During that time Ballard was also was a Sales Rep for Roto Grip during 2004 and 2005. After bowling on tour ended for him he went to work for Brunswick Bowling centers, traveling around the country showing league bowlers how to bowl on PBA experience patterns, and to make it fun to bowl on a competitive lane condition. He also gave lessons during this time. When Ballard left Brunswick in 2009, he was hired by the USBC in the International Coaching department to travel around the world and train people in other countries to become coaches. Some of the countries he covered were France, Italy, and the UAE. He held clinics and trained their national teams to help them perform better, and receive more funding from their governments. When he left the USBC in 2010 Del returned as the Tour Rep for Ebonite until he was diagnosed with tonsil cancer in May, 2011. After treatments and his doctors ok, he continued to rep until mid 2011. He was then reunited with Storm again in late 2011, where he is currently the PBA National Tour Rep for Storm, Roto Grip, and Master Industries Worldwide.
He is a member of the following Halls of Fame:
- Texas State
- Dallas, TX
13 PBA National Tour titles, including 4 majors
- 1987 US Open
- 1988 ABC Masters
- 1989 Firestone Tournament of Champions
- 1993 US Open
Steve Kloempken (Technical Director)
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The Technical Director is responsible for the daily routines and activities of the Technical Department. Steve's primary responsibility includes product development of bags, wrist supports, gloves, cleaners, and polishes. He also handles international technical communications and sales support, as well as various coaching efforts with See Your Game software around the globe.
Additionally, the Technical Department handles unique, technically orientated consumer product questions and inquiries that cannot be answered by general customer service or by local pro shop operators. Furthermore, the Technical Director is responsible for the accuracy, consistency, and integrity of all technical data. This position also works closely with the internal research and development of brand new, cutting edge technology through rigorous testing and analytical evaluation. It is also the responsibility of the Technical Director to develop and educate, both internally and externally, new key concepts, ideas, and technology through seminars, webinars, videos, and hands on training sessions. Ultimately, it is the Technical Director’s responsibility to develop and maintain all aspects related to the technical field.
Steve has worked in the bowling industry for 26 years. He started as a scoring attendant at the world famous Showboat Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. He quickly moved into the pro shop where he fitted and drilled bowling balls for bowlers of all skill levels.
After moving to Wichita, Kansas on a bowling scholarship, he completed his bachelor's degree in Business Administration at Wichita State University. Later, he went on to earn his Master's degree (MBA).
Twice a member of Team USA, Steve won five Gold medals for his country. He earned two Golds at the World Championships in Singapore, one Gold in the Pan American Games and two Golds in the U.S. Olympic Festival. In addition, he is a two time ABC (USBC) National Champion, three time Collegiate National Champion, Collegiate Bowler of the Year, and six time State Amateur Champion (Nevada (2), Kansas, Utah (2), Alabama).
Steve started working for Storm Products, Inc. in 1996. His various job titles included Storm Booth Representative, Technical Customer Service Manager, Pro Tour Consultant, Marketing Director and Global Technical Advisor. He is proud to be part of the Storm family and enjoys giving back to the sport which has given him so much. In 2010, he started the Coach K Scholarship at his alma mater which rewards classroom performance for student-athletes at Wichita State University.
Victor Marion (Director of Research and Development)
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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 or 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 child-hood 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.
Mike Sargent (Technical Customer Service Manager)
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Mike is Storm’s technical support and warranty manager. He helps our customer better understand current and future Storm products by answering all questions that come in via phone and email. Mike’s job also includes assisting the marketing and research and development teams.
Mike has been around bowling since he was five years old. He went from watching his Mom bowl league to bowling one his own at the age of 12. Mike continued his love for the game when he started working at a pro shop in 2005 and then with Storm in 2009. Mike is IBPSIA certified and has been taught the science of bowling by some of the most knowledgeable people in the sport. In his free time, Mike enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife Kylee, bowling leagues and tournaments, online gaming, and being outdoors.