Speaker Biographies

GARY A. GARFIELD

CEO & President
Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM)

Vice President and Senior Officer
Bridgestone Corporation (BSJ)

 

 

On March 1, 2010, after serving as Vice President and General Counsel for three years, Gary Garfield assumed the role of CEO and President of Bridgestone Americas, Inc.  His election as Vice President and Senior Officer of Bridgestone Corporation was effective March 29, 2011.

In 1991, Garfield joined then-Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. in Nashville, Tennessee serving as Senior Counsel.  In 1995, he was promoted to the position of General Counsel for Bridgestone Firestone Tire Sales Company.

In 2002, Garfield was named Vice President and General Counsel of Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC.  In 2007, Garfield accepted the positions of Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary of Bridgestone Americas, Inc., positions in which he had served in an “acting” capacity since 2006.

In addition to his work at Bridgestone Americas, Inc., Garfield serves as a member of the board of directors of several charitable and industry organizations, including the Tennessee Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, the United Way of Middle Tennessee and the Rubber Manufacturers Association. Garfield also serves on the Steering Committee of Nashville’s Agenda.  He joined the Board of Visitors – Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Business in 2011 and in 2012 was named National Chair for the Take Steps Be Heard walk program for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, serving a two-year term.  Most recently, he has been elected to the Board of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Trustees for Meharry Medical College, one of the nation’s oldest and largest historically black academic health science centers dedicated to educating health care professionals.

Garfield received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Wittenberg University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati.
 

Timeline:
Born:      November 21, 1956
1991 (Aug)
Joined Bridgestone Firestone Inc., Nashville, Tennessee as Senior Counsel I, Law Department, Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc.
1993 (Jul) Senior Counsel II, Law Department, Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc.
1994 (Sep) Division General Counsel, Bridgestone/Firestone,  Inc.
2000 (Dec) Executive Director and General Counsel
2002 (Feb) Vice President General Counsel & Secretary of Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC
2006 (Jul) Acting General Counsel of Bridgestone Americas; Vice President, Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC
2007 (Jul) Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer Bridgestone Americas and Secretary to the Board of Bridgestone Americas, Inc.
2010 (Mar) Member of the Board, Chief Executive Officer & President, Bridgestone Americas, Inc.
2011 (Mar) Elected Vice President and Senior Officer of Bridgestone Corporation

Education:

Wittenberg University- B.A. (Philosophy)
Cincinnati University- Juris Doctorate

Affiliations:

Board Member, United Way of Middle Tennessee
Board Member, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, Tennessee Chapter
National Chair, Take Steps Be Heard Walk Program – Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America
Member, Steering Committee, Nashville’s Agenda
Board Member, Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
Member, Board of Visitors – Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Business
Board Member, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
Member, Board of Trustees, Meharry Medical College
Board Member, Rubber Manufacturers Association