Bowling proprietor David “Kilroy” Kellerman is the 56-year-old owner of Mel’s Lone Star Lanes in Georgetown, Texas. He is also the current Vice President of the Texas Bowling Centers Association Board, and serves on the board of the Greater Austin USBC Association.
After working in the automotive industry for more than 25 years, Kellerman opened a family entertainment and bowling center in 2008 with his sister Dot Ammons. Mel’s Lone Star Lanes, named after Kellerman’s wife Melanie, is regarded as one of Texas’ busiest bowling centers. The center is also home to CJ’s Catering, which along with Mel’s Lone Star Lanes, has received numerous “Best of Georgetown” awards.
Before he entered the bowling business, Kellerman was recognized for his success with the Maxwell Automotive Group with several nationwide awards. He has continued to excel in his leadership role since opening the multi-million dollar family entertainment and bowling center. He was named the BPAA’s Texas Proprietor of the Year in 2013. He was also recognized by the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce as the Co-Citizen of the Year in 2017. In 2018, Kellerman received the Service to Mankind Award by the Sertoma Club of Georgetown.
His hike through the 2,190 mile Appalachian Trail is the most ambitious individual fundraising event yet for BVL, bowling’s oldest and own charity. Kellerman, who does not come from a military background but has run several traditional fundraising events for BVL in his center, was inspired by BVL’s work to provide recreation therapy grants to VA hospitals and clinics for America’s veterans and active duty service members. “BVL is a wonderful organization that our bowling center has been supporting for years and this is a good way of raising money,” says Kellerman. “As I’ve aged, I’ve realized the freedoms that we have are because of all the sacrifices made by our troops throughout the years. Freedom isn’t free, resonates a little more with me now. While he didn’t serve in the armed forces, he has tremendous respect for all those who did. “I want to serve them now, I want to give back”.
The longest hike that Kellerman has completed to date has been 55 miles, but he is undeterred by the enormity of the six-month, 2,190-mile hike through 14 states on the Appalachian Trail. “This is something I’m not trying to do, this is something I’m going to do.” Kellerman’s hike begins on April 3 on Springer Mountain, Ga., and is expected to conclude on Mt. Katahdin, Maine in late August/early September.
While Kellerman is on the Trail for six months, he isn’t worried about business at Mel’s Lone Star Lanes or CJ’s Catering, which together have more than 80 employees. “I’m very fortunate to have a great management crew,” he says. His sister Dot is a co-owner who oversees the financial side of the business operation, while his wife Mel is the league administrator. The staff also includes two managers who have been with him since the center’s opening in April 2008.
Kellerman received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Computer Information Systems from the University of North Texas. He went on to complete his Master’s degree in Business Management from St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas. He and Melanie have three children – Katie, Keith and Mary.
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