Rick Nafe
Vice President, Operations and Facilities

A PROMINENT MEMBER of the Tampa Bay sports scene for the past three decades, Rick Nafe was named vice president, operations/facilities for the Rays in October 1996.

In his 37 years of facility management, Nafe is one of only two facility managers in history to have hosted a Super Bowl (two), the NCAA Final Four and the World Series.

Nafe joined the Rays from the Tampa Sports Authority (TSA) where he served as executive director since 1992. He joined TSA as director of operations and stadium director for Tampa Stadium in 1980.

After 12 years of serving as president of the Stadium Managers Association, he now holds the position of chairman. In 2010, he was honored with the association's Lifetime Achievement Award. He also serves on the board for the MacDonald Training Center, the Department of Sports Management at Saint Leo University, Visit Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Sports Commission, Florida Sports Foundation and the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.

Nafe is a native of Miami and earned a bachelor's degree from Florida State University. He resides in Tampa and has three adult children: Travis, Parker and Katie.