Vice Chairman, President & CEO, Miami Dolphins
Tom Garfinkel serves as Vice Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium and Managing Partner of the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix. Since his hire, Garfinkel has led the business turnaround of the Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium, highlighted by:
• The initiation, creation and execution of a plan to privately fund a more than $550 million renovation of a 27-year-old stadium.
• The sale of more than $600 million in future contractually obligated suite and sponsorship income, including the in-house sale of naming rights to “Hard Rock Stadium.”
• A 10-year agreement for the Miami Grand Prix to be held at Hard Rock Stadium and join the FIA Formula One World Championship in 2022.
• The highest grossing soccer event in U.S. history in July of 2017 (El Clasico Miami: Real Madrid vs. Barcelona).
His operating experience includes serving as president and chief executive officer of the San Diego Padres, chief operating officer of the Arizona Diamondbacks and executive vice president of Chip Ganassi Racing’s NASCAR, IndyCar and Grand-Am racing teams.
Garfinkel graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and earned his MBA at the University of Michigan. Garfinkel was among Sports Business Journal’s Leaders in Diversity and Inclusive Hiring honorees in March 2021. Garfinkel and his wife, Allison, live in Coral Gables with their three sons.
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