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I am a North Carolina native and a graduate of University of NC at Chapel Hill. I recently retired from a long and rewarding career in executive management of technology. As a new board member, I hope to put my skills for idea gathering, planning, and collaborative execution to good use serving our bridge community.
I started playing duplicate bridge in 1991 when a friend moved to the small town where I lived (Emerald Isle, NC) and started a duplicate game. I achieved Life Master status shortly after moving to Richmond, VA in 1994. Both my move to Richmond and my subsequent move to Dallas were eased due to the friends I quickly made in the “bridge world”. I play bridge to relax, meet friends and the friendly competition. I travel to several tournaments a year and play regularly in the local clubs.
I look forward to promoting our wonderful hobby to new players and increasing the opportunities to enjoy our game locally as I serve Unit 176 as a board member.
My other hobbies include gardening, reading, following sports (especially UNC basketball) and my dogs.
I’ve been married 47 years, have 3 children - 2 sons and a daughter - and 2 granddaughters. I have been a hairstylist for 45 yrs. the last 18yrs as a period wig specialist. I’ve been the hair designer for 54 Musical productions, eight operas and 5 plays. Since retiring I play lots of bridge. I also belong to the Junior League This year my job is recording secretary for the Transfer Sustainers. I’m a member of the Ft.W. Women's Club. My hobbies include drawing, working with glass and collecting art glass.
This is my 2nd time serving on the 176 Unit Board. The 1st time around I held every office except Treasurer, including Intermediate/Newcomer coordinator, Unit GNT and NAP coordinator and 2006 Dallas Nationals.
2014 was an exciting year with another National in the Spring. I was responsible for awards and the volunteer party. I was also Unit game coordinator and helped with the Awards, GNT,NAP, calendar set-up and the Holiday party.
This year a am the unit board Vice President and am responsible for the unit games, awards and the Holiday party.
We are a working Board. It’s important to have membership input so please feel free to contact me if you have suggestions on how to better our Unit or to volunteer on a committee that interests you.
Look forward to hearing from you,
I was raised in the Houston area and moved to Dallas about 5 years ago. I have been playing duplicate bridge since 2005 and achieved Life Master status in March 2011, Silver Life Master in March 2014. When I'm not playing bridge, I have a small CPA practice and I volunteer with my Church as treasurer. I also volunteer as coordinator and cook for a meal for about 60 that my church sponsors once a month. I have been married to my husband Dave for 30 years. I truly enjoy bridge and enjoying serving the Dallas bridge community on the Unit Board. I served as the Unit 176 Treasurer for 2 years and am currently serving as president.
Mark Bumgardner is a native Texan and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. Mark has been playing bridge for over 37 years and teaching bridge for approximately 20 years. Mark ran a bridge club in the Mid-Cities area for 11 years. He plays professionally, is a ACBL certified instructor and director. When not playing bridge, Mark enjoys golf, tennis and poker.
I was born in Dallas, but grew up in Houston. After working a couple of years at in the Tax department at Arthur Andersen, in Houston, as a CPA, I moved to Dallas to practice law. I practiced 30 years with the same firm, which was named Biggers, Beasley, Earle & Hightower when I retired from the firm. I got married to Kay Earle and we moved to Florida on our boat. We lived on a boat for 8 years, mainly in Florida, but with trips to Texas and the Bahamas. I got my Captain’s license and started a new career as a boat captain driving other people’s boats (the largest being 90’) on the East coast and Gulf coast. We got a motorhome after we sold our boat and toured the US and Canada visiting all the 48 states and many of the National Parks. I played bridge with my family as a child, but started Duplicate Bridge in Florida in 2004. I finally got my Life Master in 2014 with the help of some great partners and teammates. Birth of grandson caused my wife to move back to Dallas and I came with her. We have a son, Kris, and daughter in law Kristin, with 2 grandsons Knox, and Karson, , and Lacey, a Portuguese Water Dog. I still practice law from my home primarily doing Wills and Probate. The rest of my time is spent playing or studying Bridge, training Lacey, playing with grandsons, and riding my motorcycle.
Born and reared in Dallas, TX, I returned to the unit 176 Board after a year's hiatus. I graduated from Highland Park High School, received a BS from Yale Univ. in electrical engineering, received an MBA from SMU in finance, and am a CPA. I am a realtor with Ebby Halliday real estate. I have served as treasurer of multiple Dalllas area YMCAs, treasurer of The 500 Inc, treasurer of the Dallas Theater Center, treasurer of the Dallas Symphony Guild, treasurer of the Dallas Housing Finance Corporation, and treasurer of the Turtle Creek Chorale. I have been playing duplicate bridge almost 11 years, am a Silver Life Master, and have a special proclivity for team events. I love bridge, and I am willing to focus time, energy and attention to making the game fun, available and accessible to all those attracted by the social interaction and mental stimulation - irrespective of a player's skill level.