Kim Stone is heading into her second season with the Golden State Warriors as Chase Center’s General Manager. Stone, who has over two decades of experience in venue and operational management in the sports and entertainment industry, oversees all Chase Center operations which includes content & programming, guest experience, and more.
Joining Chase Center and the Warriors in April 2019, Stone guided the franchise through the final summer of Chase Center construction and successfully orchestrated all of the venue’s pre-opening events, highlighted by the Chase Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on September 3, 2019, followed by the first-ever concert, a sold-out Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony performance, on September 6.
Stone joined the Warriors and Chase Center after 23 years with the Miami HEAT and AmericanAirlines Arena, including serving 12 years as Executive Vice President and General Manager. As GM, Stone managed the strategic planning and financial management for AmericanAirlines Arena and the Miami HEAT, who hosted four consecutive NBA Finals (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014), two world championship parades, sold-out shows, and consistently ranked as the #1 Arena in Florida and top 10 in the USA according to Pollstar. In addition, she was responsible for all arena operations and several business areas, including season ticket service and retention, business intelligence, data analytics, digital strategy and innovation, food and beverage, event production, operations and guest services.
As GM of AmericanAirlines Arena, Stone was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the award-winning venue, which was named the Best Arena Experience for 2016-17 by the NBA. Under her guidance in 2014, the facility became the world’s first sports and entertainment facility to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Recertification by the U.S. Green Building Council for being an international leader in operational sustainability. In her time as General Manager, Stone oversaw more than $60 million in arena enhancements and renovations that have kept AmericanAirlines Arena among the most state-of-the-art facilities.
Stone rose through the ranks of the Miami HEAT organization during her 23-year tenure. Hired initially into the Sports Media Relations department in 1996, she spent three years working closely with then- head coach Pat Riley and All Stars Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway before leading the organization’s efforts to launch the WNBA’s Miami Sol in 1999 as Senior Director of Operations. Stone’s responsibilities changed in 2002 when she became Chief of Staff to HEAT President Eric Woolworth. She continued her career as VP of Service in 2004 before becoming GM in 2006. Prior to joining the HEAT, Stone was the Sports Publicity Director for the University of Texas women’s athletics department as well as an assistant in the University of Miami’s sports information office, where she worked and started her career with the 1991 National Champion football squad.
Stone’s accolades are varied and numerous. In 2013, Venues Today named her to their “Women of Influence” list and the Sports Business Journal has recognized her talents twice: as a “2016 Game Changer” and in June 2017 as a “Power Player In Venue Management.” In the summer of 2009, the South Florida Business Journal honored Stone as part of its inaugural class of “Influential Business Women.” In 2014, Stone’s alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communications, inducted her into their Hall of Fame. In May of 2020, she was named to the San Francisco Business Times Most Influential Women List.