About Us

Buddies Pro Shop, Inc. is a company operated by bowlers for bowlers just like you. Our staff is here to answer any questions you may have. Great service and timely shipping make us "The Place All Bowlers Shop!"TM

You may wonder where the name Buddies Pro Shop comes from originally? 

Through the vision of Paul Forry, two friends were able to start their own pro shops. The first Buddies Pro Shop was started in 1992 by Chris Forry in Fairfield, CT. While the second shop was opened by Dennis Reale in Philadelphia, PA. 

Since they were best friends while growing up, Chris and Dennis decided that Buddies would be a great name. With the help of Chris' father Paul, Chris and Dennis were able to establish successful pro shop businesses. 

There have been a number of shops opened over the years, in the Buddies Pro Shop name.

  • Fairfield, CT - Chris Forry
  • Philadelphia, PA - Dennis Reale
  • Harrisburg, PA - Paul Forry
  • Reading, PA - Kyle Hatter
  • Cherry Hill, NJ - Paul Forry
  • Baltimore, MD - Mr. Vanderhoef
  • New Brunswick, NJ - Jeff Mark
  • Branford, CT - Chris Forry

When Chris' dad, Paul, passed away in 1998, Chris decided to only keep the Fairfield, CT location open and close all the remaining stores.

In the spring of 1999, long time employee Bill Gross built and launched the first BuddiesProShop.com. What was amazing about the initial website is that Bill had no website training. He built it by reading an HTML book and scanning images from old Bowlers Journal magazines. Chris and Bill advertised the first website to the local bowlers of Fairfield County by stating that the pro shop would now be open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. What they did not realize initially is how the website would allow Buddies Pro Shop to expand outside of southern Connecticut and reach bowlers around the world.  For Chris and Billl and the entire Buddies Pro Shop team this has been quite an adventure. We thank you for visiting Buddies Pro Shop and we hope that you stop back soon, whether it be coming to the shop or visiting us on the web. 

Chris along with the team members of Buddies Pro Shop look forward to seeing old friends, along with meeting a lot of new people over the coming years. We would also like to wish a special thanks to all those people who have helped out along the way. 

Pro Shop Team
Chris Forry - President
Chevi Panzanella - Sales Assistant/Ball Driller
Chad Autore - Customer Service Manager
Bill Gross - Manager
Al Ferraro - Shipping Manager
Matt Dziwiekicz - Sales Assistant/Ball Driller Extrordinare 
Scott Widmer - IT Support/Represenative/Video Reviewer
Rhino Page - Professional Staffer/Represenative
Anthony Pepe - Professional Staffer/Represenative/Video Reviewer
Nicole Trudell- Professional Staffer/Represenative/Video Reviewer
Tony Reynaud - Represenative/Video Reviewer
James Dickerson - Represenative/Video Reviewer
Kris Prather - Professional Staffer/Representative
Packy Hanrahan - Professional Staffer/Representative
Dan Sciglimpaglia - Sales Assistant/Video Reviewer