GRAND BLANC TWP. — The Roller Skating Association International (RSAI) has awarded Danny and Kim Brown the organization’s Life Member Achievement Award, which is not given for the length of service in the industry, but for the quality of their contribution.
The Brown’s are the owner/operators of Rollhaven Skating Center which also has locations in Flushing and Owosso. They were nominated and presented the award by fellow rink operators from around the world at the 2015 RSAI Convention and Trade Show held in Las Vegas, NV in May.
The RSAI was founded in 1937 in Detroit, Michigan to promote roller skating and establish good business practices for skating centers in the United States as well as internationally.
The Brown’s have been members of the RSAI and actively involved since 1990, when they purchased the Grand Blanc Twp. location, adding locations in Flushing and Owosso in 2005. In 2008, they received the RSAI’s Rink Operator of the Year award.
The contributions that the Browns have made to the RSAI over the years are many. Danny was on the board of directors for 9 years, Vice President of the RSAI for 2 years as well as President for 2 years.
Kim served on, and chaired many committees; winning awards for her contributions to the RSAI as well as for promotions she has created and flyer design. She was also President of the RSAI Michigan Chapter 6 in 2009 and 2010.
The Brown’s were competitive artistic skaters for over 20 years winning numerous awards at the State, Regional and National level and Danny has been a world-class competitive judge for the past 42 years. He has served on the board and is the current President of USA Roller Sports, the governing body of competitive roller-skating.
Rollhaven Skating Center in Grand Blanc Twp. will celebrate its 60th anniversary in December. This facility has been a local, family owned business and a member of the RSAI since it was built in 1955.
Rollhaven Skating Centers are members of Roller Skating International, a not-for-profit trade association representing skating center owners and operators; teachers, coaches and judges of roller skating; and manufacturers and suppliers of roller skating equipment. The association is the leading advocate for one of America’s most traditional and popular sports. For more information visit www.rollerskating.com . — P.S.