Gary A. Garfield, CEO and president of Bridgestone Americas Inc. and vice president and senior officer of Bridgestone Corporation, will be the featured speaker at Lipscomb University’s Nashville Business Breakfast at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, July 23, in Allen Arena.
Garfield will speak on “Building for the next 100 years: Bridgestone prepares to enter its next century.” Since March 1, 2010, Garfield has served as CEO and president of Bridgestone Americas Inc. He was elected as vice president and senior officer of Bridgestone Corporation on March 29, 2011.
In 1991, Garfield joined then-Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. in Nashville, serving as senior counsel. In 1995, he was promoted to 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, he 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 interim 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 for Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Business in 2011. Most recently, he was elected to the board of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the board of trustees for Meharry Medical College.
Garfield received his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Wittenberg University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati.
The cost of the breakfast is $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Registration is available online at leadership.lipscomb.edu or by calling 615.966.6609.
The Nashville Business Breakfast is a quarterly networking event, presented by Lipscomb University and the Nashville Business Journal, with a news-conference style format, featuring business leaders with local economic impact. The event is sponsored by PNC Bank and Crowe Horwath.