Cooper’s Sport Bowl has the Manager of the Year.
Congratulations to Cindy Ormes for being honored for her hard work by the Indiana Bowling Proprietors Association this summer. Ormes has been involved in the sport of bowling for as long as she can remember.
Ormes’ career started when her dad enrolled her in a youth league at Stike-Mor in downtown Anderson. From there she moved to Olympia and Brown’s. High school bowling was not an option at that time, so Ormes found herself joining travel leagues.
Ormes’ competitive nature and passion for the game soon made her one of the best female bowlers in the area. She has competed in a Team USA Qualifier and bowled many nationals.
In 1977, Ormes moved to the business side of bowling. When Ormes’ began looking for a job she knew that she wanted to do something in the bowling world. So, she applied at Cooper’s, got the job and began her training. The next year, Cooper’s expanded its center and moved across the street and she went with it.
Thirty-six years later, Ormes is still with Cooper’s as the center’s manager. She has seen many changes in the industry over the years. Entertainment and social bowling have become a big part of the business. Company outings and birthday parties are more common than ever.
As Ormes’ responsibilities grew as an employee, her bowling fell to the wayside. She is down to bowling only once a week but is still averaging 186.
Ormes’ passion for the sport is evident. Working seven days a week and holidays is not for everyone. Over the years she has worked 28 Christmas and 32 New Years Eves. It takes commitment and a love for what she does to continue doing what she does.
The best part of her job is the people. As a manager, her employees become like her own kids. She tries to instill in them a work ethic that they will carry forward. Preparing them for the future and feeling like she made a difference is her main goal.