If you’ve struggled to follow the behind the scenes business of insurance, permitting, contracting, and indemnification (what’s “indemnification?”) for Knit the Bridge, you’re not alone. At KtB, we’ve been learning as we go. And – thanks mainly to the expert guidance and advice of Ron Hartman – we have navigated the complicated waters.
Ron Hartman is a partner at Reed Smith, and has been volunteering his time, energy, and expertise to Knit the Bridge Pro Bono. Knit the Bridge wouldn’t be happening without his work and dedication. Knit the Bridge thanks Ron and Reed Smith for supporting this important community project!
1.What is your History with Pittsburgh?
I came to Pittsburgh to go to college and never left. But my Pittsburgh story is short compared to Reed Smith’s. Reed Smith was founded in 1877 and has been involved in many of the groundbreaking events that have shaped Pittsburgh over the last 135 years.
2. What is your History with Fiber Art?
My wife is an artist (a printmaker) and her best friend, a former president of the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh who has been involved with the Knit the Bridge Team from its inception, asked me to help with contract questions and concerns. It was a no-brainer for me and Reed Smith is always looking for Pro-Bono opportunities to give back to the community.
3. What are you most excited about doing as part of the core Knit the Bridge Team?
I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to assist in making a fabulous idea a reality. My role is behind the scenes (I don’t knit , but it is still important to making the Exhibition a reality and the results are gratifying.
4. What do you see as the challenges?
There are many pieces of the puzzle that must come together (or maybe I should say panels to be assembled), and as with most of my work, timing is critical but not always under our control. Fortunately, the Knit the Bridge Team has done a great job of identifying most of the tasks and requirements in advance and I only needed to finalize some contracts.
5. How can others support your work with KtB?
Volunteers are still need to install and remove panels and to monitor the Exhibition. And of course, funds are still needed for the Exhibition and contributions ( small or large) are always welcome and appreciated.