Tom Garfinkel is the vice-chair, president and chief executive officer of the Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium (previously Sun Life Stadium), having been named to the position on September 9, 2013.
In his role, Garfinkel is responsible for all business operations of the Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium, including all budget responsibility. Garfinkel during his time with the franchise and facility has been at the helm of the initiation, creation and execution of a plan to privately fund a more than $500 million renovation of a 27-year-old stadium. Under his leadership, there has been unprecedented ticket sales revenue growth and three years of consecutive regular season sell-outs. He has overseen the creation of an in-house creative content team that resulted in more than 240 million social media video views in 2017, the most in the NFL, as well as five Emmy awards and two Clio Awards.
Hard Rock Stadium has won the bid for both the 2020 Super Bowl and 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship game . The facility under Garfinkel also hosted the highest grossing soccer event in U.S. history in July 2017 (E l Clasico Miami: Real Madrid vs. Barcelona) and welcomes the Miami Open tennis tournament in 2019 through a partnership with IMG/WME.
Garfinkel joined the Dolphins after working with the San Diego Padres from 2009 to 2013. He was named to the post of president and chief operating officer in April 2009 and was promoted to chief executive officer in April 2012.During his tenure with the Padres, Garfinkel led an executive team that grew local revenues and attendance, improved and innovated concessions, implemented new wi-fi throughout the ballpark, and executed a new local TV contract worth over $1.2B.
Prior to joining the Padres, Garfinkel was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Arizona Diamondbacks. During his tenure there, he built a long-term strategic plan for the franchise, led the rebranding of the club and updating of Chase Field, and in 2008 led a team that produced the highest controllable revenues in the franchise's history.
Prior to joining the Diamondbacks, Garfinkel spent five years with Chip Ganassi Racing Teams as Executive Vice President, overseeing all business operations of the 400-employee company. Garfinkel's background also includes time at Texaco where he managed sponsorship and corporate branding, and at Miller Brewing Company in strategic marketing and sales. He grew up in Walnut Creek, California and attended Las Lomas High School. He then attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and received an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
He serves on the board of the Dolphins Cancer Challenge , which has garnered more than $25 million to date in donations for Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami; the largest such fundraiser in the NFL. Garfinkel also is on the Steering Committee of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund, the Gulliver School's Board of Trustees and the Sports Management Advisory Board and Ross School of Business Advisory Board at the University of Michigan.
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