Tom Garfinkel is in his third season as president and chief executive officer of the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium. He was named to the position on September 9, 2013.
During Garfinkel’s tenure with the organization, he has led an executive team who has grown local revenue, lowered expenses and achieved the highest year-over-year home ticket sales growth in the NFL between 2013 and 2014. He also championed an innovative solution to get Sun Life Stadium renovated into a world-class venue without putting the burden on local taxpayers. The two-year project will ensure that the facility will be transformed into a global entertainment destination for South Floridians to enjoy for many years to come. The new venue will include a roof canopy to shade fans with seats closer to the field, innovative new luxury seating products and vastly improved concessions, security, parking and traffic experiences for fans.
Garfinkel joined the Dolphins after working with the San Diego Padres from 2009-13, where he served as president and chief executive officer. 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, built a farm system recognized as the best in baseball by ESPN.com in 2012, and negotiated a new landmark local TV contract worth over $1.2B. In addition, the team was recognized in a Sports Business Journal survey for having the number one ticket sales and service team in baseball in both 2011 and 2012. Garfinkel also created the first Little League jersey program in Major League Baseball, outfitting over 23,000 Little Leaguers in San Diego with authentic Padres jerseys and hats from every era.
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 re-branding of the club and updating of Chase Field, and led a team that produced the highest controllable revenues in the franchise’s history in 2008.
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. He negotiated more than $500 million in sponsorship and driver contracts that resulted in a 280 percent increase of annual company revenue during his tenure. While Garfinkel was at Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, the organization won two championships and grew to include three NASCAR Sprint Cup teams, one Nationwide Series team, two IndyCar teams and one Grand-Am team.
Garfinkel’s background also includes time at Texaco, Inc. and at Miller Brewing Company. Garfinkel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Garfinkel lives in Pinecrest, Fla. with his wife and three sons.