PROFILE: Arden Hartman was born August 8, 1929 in Los Angeles, California. At the age of 12 he moved to Oregon where he was first introduced to greyhound racing. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Portland State College in 1956 and Masters Degree in education from the University of Denver in 1961. Hartman taught at the elementary school level for 12 years while also working at the racetrack. He retired from teaching when he became the general manager at Mile High. He and his wife, Carolyn, have four children, Dave, Doug, Dan and Cathy.

HISTORY: Hartman began his career as a lead out at Multnomah. In 1949 he became head lead out at Mile High in Colorado before quickly moving up the ranks to patrol judge, scale clerk, paddock judge and eventually, general manager, a position he held for several years. He steered the growth of the industry in Denver, overseeing Mile High and Pueblo and later, Interstate racetracks. Before his retirement he was vice-president and chief executive officer at Dairyland in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Hartman established a rapport with everyone involved in his operation and was an effective ambassador for the greyhound industry. He helped shape the future of the industry while president of the American Greyhound Track Operators Association and the World Greyhound Racing Federation. He served on numerous committees, chairing the NGA/AGTOA Liaison and Uniform Rules Committee’s. Always respectful of the history, tradition and integrity of the sport and the Pioneers of greyhound racing, he has served on the Greyhound Hall of Fame board for many years and held the office of President.