In his role, Garfinkel is responsible for all business operations of the Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium, including all budget responsibility. Garfinkel joins the Dolphins after working with the San Diego Padres since 2009. 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, Garifnkel 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. In addition, the team was recognized in a SportsBusiness Journal survey for having the number one ticket sales and service team in baseball in both 2011 and 2012.
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 Nextel Cup teams, one Busch Series team, two IndyCar teams and one Grand-Am team.
Garfinkel's background also includes time at Texaco, Inc., 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.
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