Ted Thompson began his career in the bowling business in 1976 at the age of 15 working for the Florida based Galaxy Lanes chain. Beginning from the ground up in center operations, he has also been a long time Pro Shop proprietor, 40 lane center General Manager, PBA National Tour player, multi PBA Regional Champion, PBA Player Services Director, and a bowling writer. Since 2004 he has been working with Kegel.
Ted has also coached bowling on many different levels - from basic 'Learn to Bowl' classes to private lessons while in the Pro Shop business. He was also head coach for Florida State University, PBA professionals, and coached Lisa Wagner to her last Player of the Year award in 1993.
While working for the PBA Tour, the late great Dick Weber even asked for some of his time - an experience Ted says "he will always cherish". After a short lesson, Dick immediately won a Senior Sweeper and gave him $300 - it was the most Ted ever received for an hour lesson and it came from one of the greatest players of all time.
Recently, along with marketing duties and performing tournaments for Kegel, Ted has been deeply studying topography and how it affects the motion of the bowling ball as well as oil patterns. Ted has a complete and unique understanding of both the business and game of bowling from many different sides.
Ted also named one of Kegel's most popular lane machines, the "Kustodian ION" (pronounced "EON" in Europe), and most recently the IKON. He also spearheaded the creation of Kegel's Navigation and Landmark Oil Patterns. The creativity may be heredity - in the late 60's Ted's father worked for advertising agency BBDO and created the famous Dodge Super Bee logo!