VNEA

 

2007 Hall of Fame

 

Jay Huffman
Charter:  Perry Music Company – Ft. Pierce, Florida

Jay was the originator and is the captain of “The Classics” pool team. His team has accumulated 6 Florida State titles as well as 6 Bahamas Shootout titles.

Jay has served as Perry Music’s League Coordinator, League President, Treasurer, and he has also performed the duty of Registration Director for the Florida State Tournament for 15 years. He is also the Chief Judge and Referee at the state tournament.

For the last 20 years, Jay has been competing in the International Championships in Las Vegas racking up some impressive finishes as well as a collection of memorable moments and friendships.

“I have found everything about the VNEA to be '1st Class.'  My team has been extremely fortunate to play for such a supportive Charter Holder as Danny Cribbs of Perry Music.”  – Jay Huffman

 

 

Pat Stransky
Charter:  Juke Box Jack – Evansville, Wyoming

Over the past 22 years, Pat has captured many top finishes in both local and statewide tournaments. His team has also captured top prize at the Rocky Mountain Team Championships.
Pat has served as League President for 17 years and has captained his team for 14 years. He has also held the position of Tournament Director of their state tournament for 18 years and has helped organize and develop many local events. He also is always available to give lessons to anyone from juniors to seniors.

"Lynn and Vicki Haines of Juke Box Jack have done many great things for the game of pool in the Casper area, and I owe a lot to them and their VNEA Leagues.  Thank you for this great honor and as always, I will continue to keep the VNEA and the sport of pool as one of my top priorities.  VNEA is the greatest pool organization in the world…period!” – Pat Stransky


 

Lloyd Spier
Charter: Camden Amusement – Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Lloyd has helped form the first VNEA leagues in the Cedar Rapids, Marion, and Iowa City areas in 1993.  He has served as his league’s President, Secretary, and Treasurer for several years.  As a Master player in his local league, Lloyd’s team has accumulated many 1st place titles.

Lloyd’s service to his Charter Holder was overwhelming.  He helped organize local tournaments, was the state tournament organizer, served on both the local and state Board of Directors, and was a Certified Referee and Instructor at every level.

Although Lloyd was an excellent singles player, he enjoyed the team competition the most.  Whether it was with his five-man squad or with a scotch doubles partner, Lloyd loved being part of a team.

VNEA Note:    Lloyd always appreciated the opportunities that the VNEA offered its players.  He was always a great league promoter and encouraged players of all abilities to get involved.  He loved being a referee and would use it as an opportunity to teach players the rules and “table manners.”

 

 

Bill Beyer
Charter: Twin Ports Amusement – Duluth, Minnesota

Bill has Captained many teams over his VNEA career. He’s always been active in local, regional, and state tournaments. He’s had top finishes in many large local, regional, and state events. Bill served as the League Coordinator for Twin Ports Amusement for three years and has performed nearly every duty possible at their state tournament.

Bill has played in the VNEA International Championships for the last 26 years and has had several impressive finishes.

Bill has been an active Certified Referee for the last 15 years and is now one of the most respected referees at the International Championships in Las Vegas.

“My most memorable VNEA moments were all of my firsts.  My first National Tournament as a player.  My first tournament as a referee.  My first 25th Game win at the International Championships.  The VNEA was the first league in our area to use “rules.”  I like structure.  Chaos was no fun and the game is fun with rules.” – Bill Beyer

 

 

Bryan Penner
Charter: SML Entertainment – Calgary, Alberta

Bryan served as the League Coordinator for SML Entertainment in Alberta and was proud to be a part of the largest VNEA Pool League in Canada.

Not only has Bryan been the Captain of his league team for ten years, he has also been certified as a VNEA Instructor and has won seven trips to Las Vegas to partake in the VNEA International Championships.

For most of the last decade, Bryan was instrumental in the success of the largest VNEA Provincial Championships (WCVNEA).

SML Entertainment has brought the largest amount of tournament participants to the VNEA International Championships for the past several years earning numerous “Most Tournament Entry” awards.

“It was very memorable at the 2005 VNEA International Championships in Las Vegas when two of my players, who started playing with SML Entertainment in 1999, captured 1st and 2nd place in the International “Artistic Pool” Challenge.” – Bryan Penner