Vice President of Ballpark Improvements
Jim Folk spent his 41st season in Major League Baseball and his 31st with the Cleveland Guardians in 2022. Folk joined the organization in June 1992 as Director of Ballpark Operations, named Vice President of Ballpark Operations in November 2001, and named Vice President of Ballpark Improvements in December 2020.
As Vice President of Ballpark Improvements Jim is a program manager to assess, prioritize, and sequence short- and long-term facility enhancements that address major modernization activities at Progressive Field. Jim was heavily involved in the design and construction activities of the ballpark and oversaw the 1993 final series at Cleveland Stadium and the 1994 opening at the then Jacobs Field. He acted as the Cleveland Guardians Project Manager for the Goodyear Spring Training/Player Development Complex and Ballpark, overseeing design and construction activities from 2007-2009.
Since joining the Guardians Jim has overseen Major League Baseball’s All-Star game twice (1997 & 2019), three World Series (1995, 1997, and 2016), and a total of 49 postseason home games at Progressive Field, along with the then Major League record of 455 consecutive sell-out games, with nearly sixty million fans walking through the gates. In addition, he has assisted Major League Baseball and/or the home club in the execution and supervision of All-Star Games in Chicago (1983 & 2003), Baltimore (1993), and Philadelphia (1996), and World Series in New York (2001 & 2009), Chicago (2005), and Detroit (2006).
The Naperville, Illinois native’s career in baseball began with the Chicago White Sox in 1979. He worked for the Sox for 10 seasons, spending five from 1984-88 as the Assistant Director of Ballpark Operations. Prior to joining the Guardians he was the Director of Operations of the Florida Suncoast Dome (now Tropicana Field) from 1989-92 where he was involved in the construction and opening of the dome in 1990.
Jim, who earned a degree from Loyola University of Chicago in 1984, is a member of the International Association of Venue Managers and the Stadium Managers Association. He currently serves as Chairman of the USS Cleveland Legacy Foundation and on the Boards of Directors of the Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation, Congregation of St. Joseph Ministries, Downtown Cleveland Alliance, and Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation.
He and his wife Sue have two grown daughters, Kelly and Erin, and resides in Westlake.