Good Tournament Directors/Organizers?

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Good Tournament Directors/Organizers?

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I was wondering if the quizbowl-osphere had thought of making a list of the best tournament directors in the game. These are guys who put on tournaments we like playing, and our memories of tournaments are definitely coloured by the fruits of the hard work they put into making sure things run efficiently.

Here are people I thought should make the list (this is not an exhaustive list):

Dennis Jang: Dennis is efficient as hell in getting things done. I first realized this during Gaddis 2008, with the way he set up schedules and organized other things for the event.

Evan Silberman: The guy seems to know what goes into running tournaments. I remember Evan saying something to the effect of "I can just sit here right now and feel this tournament flow" and it pretty much ran smoothly for the next couple of days!

R. Hentzel: I've played several tournaments run by R. now, and they've all been very efficiently run. He's able to recruit good moderators all the time and make tournaments run very smoothly.

Andrew Hart: He ran GINVIT 2008 (which was a 36 team thing in the PACE NSC format) pretty efficiently. Other tournaments he ran the two ACF Falls (2007 and 08), the past two MUTs, etc. have also been good experiences.

What do the rest of you think?
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Kyle Haddad-Fonda was probably the most gifted TD I have ever seen.
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Gautam himself is a solid tournament director and organizer, even taking the time to give teams addresses of places they can eat lunch at.
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My two post-high school tournaments were run by Matt Weiner, and both went well.
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FredMorlan wrote:My two post-high school tournaments were run by Matt Weiner, and both went well.
Yeah, anyone who can run a 10-round tournament and finish by 2:30 knows what he's doing.
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Chris Romero is a scarily efficient tournament director. I would actually also have to nominate my high school coach, Bill Tressler, who ran every event smoothly, was able to come up with card systems and bracket designs for most every situation, and always would have the stats for the tournament up in timely fashion.
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I'm not actually sure who gets the credit, but every tournament I've been to at the University of Illinois has been well run.
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Cheynem wrote:I'm not actually sure who gets the credit, but every tournament I've been to at the University of Illinois has been well run.
We tend to rotate directors, but Sorice has taught all of us everything any of us ever knew about this.
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millionwaves wrote:
Cheynem wrote:I'm not actually sure who gets the credit, but every tournament I've been to at the University of Illinois has been well run.
We tend to rotate directors, but Sorice has taught all of us everything any of us ever knew about this.
On that note, I'll say that Donald Taylor has learned greatly. He does stats for a tournament, you know they're right, they're done quickly, and they're posted quickly.
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This is a bit of a favorite son vote, but I'd nominate Tom Egan as the best in the business in Illinois.
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millionwaves wrote:
Cheynem wrote:I'm not actually sure who gets the credit, but every tournament I've been to at the University of Illinois has been well run.
We tend to rotate directors, but Sorice has taught all of us everything any of us ever knew about this.
This. I've learned greatly from Sorice, and from actually doing stats for lots of tournaments and running tournaments.

Now if I could only teach scorekeepers using paper how to add correctly...
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cornfused wrote:This is a bit of a favorite son vote, but I'd nominate Tom Egan as the best in the business in Illinois.
My thoughts exactly, Greg.
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I'll get in on the Tom Egan love, using Decemberist 3 as the case study. Even adding bouncebacks to the bonuses, they started the final by 2:45, a full 2 hours before my two incarnations. He got together one of the finest moderating crews I've heard of for that, got Donald to come up and do stats, the list goes on...
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In general, any HS coach who has the forethought to call on experience college people to help staff tournaments knows what he/she is doing.
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Chris Romero is a scarily efficient tournament director.
Certainly so for those who try to steal questions by sneaking through windows.
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I have to acknowledge Mr. Barry and Mr. Huff, as they have both run tournaments with 100+ teams very smoothly.
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ClemsonQB wrote:I have to acknowledge Mr. Barry and Mr. Huff, as they have both run tournaments with 100+ teams very smoothly.
George beat me to it, but yes, this is very true. I dont know how these tournaments dont erupt into chaos every year.
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The Atom Strikes! wrote:Chris Romero is a scarily efficient tournament director.
Save two moderator-caused disasters, all of the tournaments that I have attended run by Chris have ended before 5.
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The (current) UCLA folks, especially Ian Drayer, have earned a good measure of TD respect on the SoCal circuit.
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