Horn Lake, Miss – The American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) welcomed new Chief Executive Officer, Robert Hartman, on November 7. Hartman replaced Jay Baum upon his retirement after ten years as the lead of the organization.

Mr. Hartman most recently served as the Vice President and General Manager at Golden Gate Fields, a 150-acre thoroughbred race track in the San Francisco Bay Area. Previously, Robert was the Associate Athletic Director at the University of California, Berkeley where he oversaw the Marketing efforts for the 27-sport program.

“As an ACBL Life Master, I’m very excited about the opportunity to grow and further a game I am so passionate about,” said Hartman. “I look forward to utilizing my sports entertainment and marketing expertise for a long career with the ACBL.”

Hartman now resides in downtown Memphis, Tenn.

About the ACBL
Indisputably the most challenging card game ever invented, bridge attracts players of all ages and walks of life — from Microsoft founder Bill Gates to tennis star Martina Navratilova. Founded in 1937, the ACBL is the largest bridge organization in the world, serving 165,000 members, 3,200 bridge clubs and sanctioning 1,100 sectional and regional tournaments annually. The ACBL’s three North American Bridge Championships each attract up to 5,000 players representing every state in the United States, Canada and about 20 other foreign countries. For more information about the ACBL, visit www.acbl.org.