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. Under his leadership, Rays corporate sponsorships have grown in record numbers, the team's TV and radio networks have greatly expanded throughout Florida and the organization has become deeply entrenched in the Tampa Bay region.
A native of Tampa, Fernandez owns more than 22 years of experience in professional sports. 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 prestigious Helios Education Foundation. He also currently serves on the board of directors for the United Way Suncoast, University of South Florida Foundation, Tampa/Hillsborough EDC, Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay, Rays Baseball Foundation, Junior League of Tampa's community advisory board and is a Tampa Bay History Center trustee. 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 served as United Way Campaign Chairman. In 2014, he will serve as vice-chair for the United Way Suncoast board of directors.
In February, Mark was honored as a 2014 Champion of Education by the nonprofit organization Take Stock In Children. Through a partnership with Helios Education Foundation, Mark helped spearhead an initiative to provide $1 million in college scholarships over five years for students participating in Take Stock in Children programs in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota, Manatee and Pasco counties.
He and his wife, Trudie, have three children: Grace, Jamie and Eden.