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VNEA Headquarters Staff

Gregg Elliott - VNEA Executive Director

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Graduated from college in 1980 from Ferris State College in Big Rapids, Michigan with a Bachelors Degree in Accounting.

Gregg took the position of Executive Director with the Valley National 8-Ball League Association in 1988 after working as a Certified Public Accountant for nine (9) years.

Gregg lives and works in Bay City, Michigan with his wife, Beth, and their son.

Highlighted VNEA successes over the past 26 years...

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    Doubled the Charter Holder Base from 200 to 400 operators.
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    Player Base increase from 50,000 to nearly 100,000 players.
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    Formulated the World's Largest Junior Tournament.
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    Created the highly successful VNEA Charter Holder Workshop.
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    Heads the largest International Pool Championships in Las Vegas annually.
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    Created VNEA.com which is a highly informational and player-friendly website.

Brian Elliott - Director of Marketing & Promotions

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Graduated in 1990 from Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, Michigan with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a Management Major and Fine Arts Minor.

Brian took the position with the Valley National 8-Ball League Association in 1992 after working as a licensed Financial Advisor and Securities Specialist for the Equitable Insurance Company for several years.

Brian lives in Midland, Michigan with his wife, Kelley, and their two sons.

Highlighted VNEA successes over the past 23 years...

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    Editor, Writer & Designer of the "8-Ball News & Views" Magazine.
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    Designs the Annual Vegas & Junior Tournament posters and all other league material.
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    Professionally Emcees the Annual VNEA International Championships Awards Banquet in Las Vegas.
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    Oversees every aspect of the Annual VNEA Junior Championships.
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    Plays a critical part on International Championships Tournament Committee.
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    Speaks at semi-annual League SMART Educational Conference and visits many state/provincial championships.

James Powell Jr. - Floor Operations Manager

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Graduated from Bay City Central High School in 1976.

Started career at Valley Recreational Products in 1987.  While at Valley, Jim worked in the Shipping/Receiving Department for 12 years. Has been working with the VNEA since 1999 as their Floor Operations Manager.

Has been playing pool since 1989.  Jim served as both President (10 consecutive years) and Vice President in his local VNEA pool league. Jim has worked diligently with the Michigan State Tournament for numerous years.  Jim is also a Certified Referee.

Jim currently resides in Bay City, Michigan. In his spare time, Jim is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys both fishing and hunting.


Rhonda Reinarz - Administrative Assistant

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Graduated from Alexandria Technical College in Alexandria, MN with an Associates Degree in Office Management.

Before moving to Michigan, Rhonda was employed with Mizpah Precision Manufacturing where she served as their Office Manager.

Rhonda’s kind and gentle voice is what you will encounter upon calling the VNEA Headquarters. She is more than willing to help everyone with their VNEA-related questions.