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Tom Garfinkel

Vice Chairman, President & CEO, Miami Dolphins & Hard Rock Stadium

Tom Garfinkel was hired as president and chief executive officer of the Miami Dolphins and Hard
Rock Stadium in September 2013 and was given the title of Vice Chairman in 2018. Since his
hire, Garfinkel has led the business turnaround of the Dolphins, highlighted by:
• The initiation, creation and execution of a plan to privately fund a more than $500 million
renovation of a 27-year-old stadium.
• The sale of more than $450 million in future contractually obligated suite and sponsorship
income, including the in-house sale of naming rights to “Hard Rock Stadium.”
• Unprecedented ticket sales revenue growth and three years of consecutive regular season sellouts.
• 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.
• The winning bid for both the 2020 Super Bowl and 2021 College Football Playoff National
Championship game at Hard Rock Stadium.
• The highest grossing soccer event in U.S. history in July of 2017 (El Clasico Miami: Real Madrid
• The continuation and growth 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.
• The culmination of a partnership with IMG/WME to bring the Miami Open tennis tournament
to Hard Rock Stadium in 2019.
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. Prior to working in
sports, Garfinkel held different leadership roles in sales, marketing and branding with Miller
Brewing Company and Texaco, Inc.
Garfinkel serves on the board of the Dolphins Cancer Challenge, 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.
Garfinkel graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and
earned his MBA at the University of Michigan.
Garfinkel and his wife, Allison, live in Coral Gables with their three sons.

Wednesday, June 20

Eyes Wide Open: What’s Keeping Team Presidents and C-Level Executives Up at Night?

This kickoff roundtable discussion sets the tone for the day, as these executives discuss the biggest issues they face in running their businesses and the trends they are monitoring. As today’s franchise heads manage multiple areas of business, you’ll hear how they monitor the day-to-day operations while keeping an eye on the future.

Andy Appleby, Chairman & CEO, General Sports and Entertainment; Founder, AppleTree Advisory
Tom Garfinkel, Vice Chairman, President & CEO, Miami Dolphins & Hard Rock Stadium
Chris McGowan, President & CEO, Portland Trail Blazers & Rose Quarter
Lara Price, COO, Philadelphia 76ers
Guest Moderator: Len Perna, President & CEO, Turnkey Sports & Entertainment