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Tom Garfinkel serves as Vice Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium. 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 more than a $550 million renovation of a 27-year-old stadium.[citation needed].

• 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.

• Unprecedented ticket sales revenue growth and four years of consecutive regular season sell-outs.

• The creation of an in-house creative content team that resulted in more than 200 million social media video views in 2018, 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 [1].

• The highest grossing soccer event in U.S. history in July of 2017 (El Clasico Miami: Real Madrid v. Barcelona).[2]

• The continuation and growth of the Dolphins Cancer Challenge, which has garnered more than $32 million to date in donations to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami.

• The culmination of a partnership with Endeavor to bring the Miami Open tennis tournament to Hard Rock Stadium, with the 2019 debut event setting record attendance numbers and increasing total revenue by nearly 25 percent. [3].

His operating experience includes serving as president and chief operating office of the San Diego Padres, chief operating officer of the Arizona Diamondbacks and the executive vice president of Chip Ganassi Racing's NASCAR, Indy Car 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.

Garfinkel serves on the board of the Dolphins Cancer Challenge, the National Football Foundation, 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.


  1. ^ "Business side for the Dolphins have never been better". 2018-04-02.
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  3. ^ "From the roof to perimeter".

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