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Robert Hartman
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Member Since
Dec. 6, 2011
Last Seen
May 8, 2013
Member Type
Bridge Official
about me
Current CEO of the American Contract Bridge League.
United States of America

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ACBL Ranking
Life Master
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Spending ACBL's $1M profit
I would like to take a moment to clarify some comments that were made regarding ACBL financials. While the ACBL is on solid financial ground, the majority of the gains were actually reductions in long-term liabilities due to freezing pension benefits. The following chart summarizes the categories that resulted in ...
In the Well: Robert Hartman
Thank you all for some great questions. I've enjoyed my time in The Well!
In the Well: Robert Hartman
Robert, Here are some challenges that we face as an organization: 1. We need to build up our technology infrastructure including the modernization of the ACBLscore program. 2. Bridge is thriving in certain areas and struggling in other parts of the country. I foresee this gap widening in the future ...
In the Well: Robert Hartman
Peg, My favorite bridge memory was playing in my first NABC in Atlantic City in 1991. I had been practicing at home with my friend Isaac and we were excited to test our bridge skills in the 0-5 game! At the time I had little Club playing experience and we ...
In the Well: Robert Hartman
Mark, We currently sign up between 10,000 and 12,000 new Members per year. Unfortunately, we are losing about an equal number every year. I've been told that if we can keep Members for three years, our retention rate of those Members going forward is extraordinarily high. We ...
In the Well: Robert Hartman
Gilbert, Once again we come back to technology playing a key role in helping our current Members and prospective Members. Through the use of the internet and apps, we currently offer "find a club" and "find a teacher" functionality. It is now as easy as typing in your zip code ...
In the Well: Robert Hartman
Brad, Online bridge is going to be a key piece of the puzzle to both introduce new players to bridge and provide a platform for continued learning. One of my earliest meetings as CEO was with Fred and Uday of BBO to see if we could find ways to work ...
In the Well: Robert Hartman
Josh, Excellent question. I haven't given much thought to cash tournaments and I am not aware of the history on this subject. I'd like to do some research and get back with you.
In the Well: Robert Hartman
Sorry I was away from the internet, but now I am back!
In the Well: Robert Hartman
Hendrik, You make an excellent point. The effect that I/N games, strata-flighting and bracketed events have on the field is that it creates separate events where players of different skill levels rarely interact. It is unfortunate that less experienced players are afraid to "play up". I'm sure that ...
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