BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – Storm Products Inc. announced today that Dave Symes has elected to retire from his role as President but will continue as Senior Advisor. Founder, Bill Chrisman, will continue as Chief Executive Officer and will assume the duty of President until the position has been filled.
As President, Symes has been an integral part of the growth and success of Storm Products over his long career. He’s guided the company through unconceivable progress and helped navigate through the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic.
“We thank Dave for his service to Storm over his long career in the bowling industry,” Bill Chrisman said. “Dave is widely respected throughout the bowling industry. He led with energy, optimism, and creativity. He remained dedicated to every person who worked for Storm and supported personal development for all employees. Dave led the workplace with a balance between fun and productivity. He consistently tried to inspire innovation within the team at Storm and also pushed the entire industry to raise the bar.”
Symes has worked in the bowling industry since 1977, learning nearly every aspect of the sport. As a young man, he started working as a porter in the neighborhood bowling center in Salt Lake City. He continued his education and opened a pro shop where he learned more about the bowling industry by servicing the needs of his customers. Symes also competed in the sport at a high level and earned titles across the Intermountain Region. He represented Team USA in Bowling in 1993 and has been inducted into the Utah State Hall of Fame. In 1997, he joined the team at Storm as the Technical and Sales Representative in the Northwest. During his 26 years at Storm, Symes helped build Storm Products into the leader of high-performance bowling equipment within the bowling industry and guided a strategic vision focused on creative excellence, technological innovation, trusted performance, education, and growth.
“In the beginning we were just trying to make a difference and trying to do what was right for bowlers,” Symes said. “We never could have imagined this kind of growth and this kind of success. I guess when you put your heart into it and have some passion for it. Anything is possible.”
Though Symes will continue to provide advice, support, and guidance to the company’s management team, Chrisman will step back into the day-to-day operations and oversee the executive team. The company will announce a successor in the near future.
“At the end of the day, we have the same philosophy today that we had in the beginning,” Symes said. “We have an incredible team in place, and I am extremely optimistic for the prospect of this great company. The future of Storm is incredibly bright.”