Rob Steinmetz

Founder & Director of Marketing and Development

Rob Steinmetz

Rob graduated from Columbia College with a B.A. in Marketing Communications. As a student, he got his first taste of the nonprofit sector by interning at the Museum of Broadcast Communications.  Since then, he has spent over 15 years in the field in a variety of roles with several national and community-based nonprofit organizations.  For three years, he also served as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College, where he taught Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations. Rob was also instrumental in the formation of the Pujols Family Foundation, the charitable foundation of Major League Baseball star Albert Pujols.

Prior to focusing on The Bridge full-time, Rob operated a successful web-based sports memorabilia business that focused on the sale of high-end game-used equipment. That business stemmed from his lifelong hobby, which started in 1983. From jerseys worn on the field to one-of-a-kind player-owned items, Rob has bought, sold, and traded many historically-significant items.  Having served as a jersey authenticator for two hobby entities, Rob’s expertise has also been featured in several business and trade publications. Rob remains active in the hobby as a collector, and many items from his collection are displayed at Harry Caray’s Restaurant and at the Chicago Sports Museum at Water Tower Place.

Rob also serves as a Producer and the Lead Evaluator for a television series called A Piece of the Game. The show is currently seen in over 90 million homes in Canada and The United States, and won two consecutive Emmy awards (2013 and 2014) for Outstanding Sports Series. A Piece of The Game focuses on featuring unique pieces of sports memorabilia and the stories behind them.  From Jesse Owens' gold medal from the 1936 Olympics to Derek Jeter's rookie jersey, A Piece of The Game showcases some of the most amazing sports memorabilia in the world. Rob's role on the show is both behind and in front of the camera - having appeared in every episode as a memorabilia evaluator. 

Rob is the descendent of an indentured servant, a professional wrestler, and a Mohawk Indian Queen.