Senior Vice President
Mark Fernandez was named senior vice president/chief sales officer in December 2005. He oversees the Rays corporate sales and marketing efforts, broadcast operations, community relations efforts, the Rays Baseball Foundation and team merchandising operations, having also overseen ticket/suite sales and box office operations for a seven-year period. Under his leadership, Rays revenues have grown in record numbers, and the team's TV and radio networks have greatly expanded throughout Florida and the Tampa Bay region.
A native of Tampa, Fernandez owns more than 23 years of experience in professional sports and entertainment. He joined the Rays from the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he served as senior vice president of sales and marketing. Previously, he spent two years as the Diamondbacks vice president of community affairs and executive director of Arizona Diamondbacks Charities, followed by four years as the team's vice president of corporate sales. His initial tenure with Arizona was a two-year stint representing both the D-backs and the Chicago White Sox in the development and construction of Tucson Electric Park. Mark also spent five years with the Phoenix Suns organization as director of marketing and booking for America West Arena.
In April 2009, Fernandez was elected to the board of directors of the Helios Education Foundation. He currently serves as the chairman of the board for the United Way Suncoast, an executive committee member of the University of South Florida Foundation, sits on the board of directors for Tampa General Hospital Foundation, Tampa/Hillsborough Homeless Initiative, Tampa Bay History Center, Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay, Rays Baseball Foundation and Junior League of Tampa's community advisory board. Mark was honored in 2010 as the inaugural recipient of the United Way's Advocacy Award for his outstanding service as volunteer community leader. In 2011, Fernandez chaired the United Way's Tocqueville Society fundraising efforts and in 2012, he had the distinction of serving as United Way of Tampa Bay's Campaign Chairman. In 2012, he also chaired the Tampa Bay Partnership's executive leadership program, CEO Direct.
He and the Rays were honored as a 2014 Champion of Education by the nonprofit organization Take Stock In Children. Through a partnership with Helios Education Foundation, Fernandez helped spearhead an initiative to provide $1 million in college scholarships over five years for students participating in TSIC programs in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota, Manatee and Pasco counties.
He and his wife, Trudie, have three children: Grace, Jamie and Eden.