Bob HellerEmail:

From: Knoxville, Tennessee

District 7: Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, eastern Tennessee, part of southwest Virginia

Board committees: Executive Director Search, NABC Site Selection, Executive Committee (Chair)

Bridge experience

I joined ACBL in 1980 and had been playing casually off-and-on since high school. I became a Grand Life Master after winning Senior Swiss Teams at 2012 Summer NABC.

Volunteer service

Georgia Unit 114, past board member, tournament coordinator; Duplicate Bridge Association of Atlanta, past president, board member; District 7 board, past president; Mid-Atlantic Bridge Conference, past president; ACBL board.

Career/professional activities

Worked at daily newspapers: Greensboro and Charlotte, North Carolina; Detroit; and Atlanta for 24 years before early retirement. First 15 years as writer and editor in sports departments, then as desk editor in news and features departments.


Public schools in Shorewood, Wisconsin; Duke University (1972).

Hobbies and interests

Travel, college basketball, politics, real classic rock and all things Grateful Dead, “South Park” and “The Daily Show”.


Married to Barbara since 1992 (we were introduced at a bridge tournament three years earlier). Package deal included daughter, Amanda, and son, Rob. Moved from Decatur, Georgia, to Knoxville in December 2011 to be near them and, primarily, grandchildren Haley, Jesse, Brenna and Brandon (now a good, experienced caddy).