Vice President, Partnerships, Churchill Downs/Kentucky Derby
With more than two decades’ experience in developing and activating partnership programs, Kristin Warfield is a visionary leader with a strategic mindset focused on driving results through creativity and innovation. As the vice president of partnerships, Warfield is currently in her eleventh year at Churchill Downs Racetrack. She has championed significant growth in the track’s partnership development and activation efforts that include new and expanded relations with Longines, the official timekeeper of the Kentucky Derby and title sponsor of the Kentucky Oaks; Woodford Reserve, the presenting sponsor of the Kentucky Derby; and RAM, the official truck of the Kentucky Derby, among many other alliances.
Warfield oversees the growing partnership program at the historic track that, since 1875, has been the home of the Kentucky Derby, America’s greatest race and a spectacular annual celebration of fashion, food and fun.
Before joining Churchill Downs, Warfield held posts with ASA Entertainment, where she served as vice president of partnerships; the American Automobile Association (AAA), where she was director of motorsports; and International Speedway Corp., where she worked as senior director of marketing partnerships.
Warfield earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Stetson University and her MBA from Colorado State University. She has been married since 1999 and is the proud mother of three daughters and one son, ages 18, 16, 14 and 8. Warfield also serves on the Boards of Directors for the Center for Women and Families in Louisville, KY and the Kentucky Derby Festival in Louisville, KY.