The 3 Cushion USA Board Members
Our goal is to grow the beautiful sport of 3-Cushion Billiards by bringing the excitement of high-class tournaments with the bonus of substantial prize money to all levels of players.
Mazin Shooni is a former U.S. National Champion, 3-Cushion Billiards player and longtime promotor of the sport. Mazin also served as the President of the United States Billiard Association from 2016-2019 and is the owner of the 'Amazin Billiards' venue in Malden, Massachusetts. Mazin plays an integral role in securing valuable sponsorship and contracts, making it possible for 3-Cushion USA events to be held annually, all of the United States.
Paul, who is from Buffalo NY started playing pool at a young age with his father. At 17 Paul first started playing 3-Cushion Billiards. At 22, Paul stopped playing all pool games and focused on his family and his career. In 2015, Paul and his dad went to California to see Raymond Ceulemans and Torbjorn Blohmdahl play. Paul and his dad participated in the event and went back to California to play in the 3-Cushion National Championships for the first time. That year at the nationals, Paul met Mazin Shooni, then the President of the USBA. They discussed various tournament ideas and a friendship started and Paul's enthusiasm for the game rekindled. Paul has a wife Lisa, and two daughters Nicole and Alyssa.
Ricardo Diaz was born in Mexico City but has been in the United States since he was 11 years old. He fell in love with billiards after watching his dad play when he was a kid. Ricardo started playing in 2006 and billiards is now a very important part of his life. He wishes to be able to create an interest in the game among younger players in the USA.
Mike Howerton is the owner operator of AzBilliards, as well as the new owner of Accu-Stats Video Productions. He has taken what was meant to be a regional billiards website and created a career in the billiards industry that has spanned nearly twenty-five years. Howerton has been a WPBA & NAPT board member, tour director, league operator, tournament director and published a billiards publication in Arizona. In 2019, Howerton was inducted into the Arizona Billiards Hall of Fame.