Del Mar Foundation welcomes back accomplished philanthropist/entrepreneur to board

By Kelley Carlson

The Del Mar Foundation’s newest board member, T. Patrick Stubbs, has long been a pillar of support for the community.

Having previously served on the foundation’s panel for two terms, from 1997 to 2003, Stubbs is again a part of this group, which devotes its time to issues affecting this village by the sea. Among Stubbs’ duties: He is chairman of the Summer Twilight Concerts Committee.

“I want to make the 30th year of summer concerts as fun and eventful as possible while being respectful to the history (of the area) at the same time,” Stubbs said. “It’s an opportunity for evolution ... and taking it up a notch from a quality standpoint.”

The San Diego-area native moved from Leucadia to Del Mar about 16 years ago with his wife, Marti Jo. They reside “on the hill” with their sons Garrett, 19, a freshman at USC, and Cameron, 15, a freshman at Torrey Pines High School.

Together, Marti Jo and T. Pat run Del Mar Stubbs Inc., a marketing and communications company. “(Marti Jo) is the boss, and I respect that,” T. Pat Stubbs said.

As vice president, Stubbs oversees the marketing and communications efforts for Realtor mother-daughter duo Maxine and Marti Gellens, as well as marketing efforts for companies such as Wyoming Entertainment, Montana Entertainment and Oneida Capital, covering industries such as sports teams, horse racing and gaming.

The San Diego State graduate, who has a bachelor of arts degree in political science and journalism, draws much of his experience from his time with the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. While Stubbs was involved with the operation, from 1992 through 2004, he marketed it and expanded the distribution of its simulcast TV signal around the globe. He also developed and introduced on-track promotions such as Party in the Paddock on closing day. Additionally, Stubbs was selected by the California horse racing industry to head up the development and implementation of the largest customer relationship marketing system in the pari-mutuel industry, the Golden State Rewards Network.

Stubbs has also worked for McCann Erickson Worldwide in San Diego, promoting the Nevada Hilton Properties (Las Vegas Hilton, Reno Hilton and the Flamingo Hilton), Louisiana Downs racetrack, Los Alamitos racetrack, Hollywood Park racetrack, Remington Park racetrack, Birmingham Racecourse, Southern California Off-Track Wagering, the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park.

After his time with the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Stubbs said he had an opportunity with his wife to be more entrepreneurial with life, so Del Mar Stubbs Inc. was established. It also provided a more flexible schedule, allowing Stubbs to help others.

“That’s the reason for everything we do and why we set up our own company ... so we have time to give back to the community,” Stubbs said.

He has been involved with quite a few organizations over the years. These have included the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau Marketing Committee, Cardiff-by-the-Sea Town Council, Encinitas Rotary, Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA, the San Diego League and the San Dieguito Boys & Girls Club.

Stubbs is a past president of the Del Mar Merchants Association and founding vice president of the Del Mar Village Association.

Currently, Stubbs is on the Del Mar Design Review Board and is a founding member of the Del Mar Heights Dad’s Club. Furthermore, he’s a founder of the Del Mar Powerhouse Baseball Club, which has provided a baseball program to hundreds of local boys and girls since 2001, and he organizes clinics for youths to improve their skills.

Stubbs is pleased to be back on the Del Mar Foundation board, where in the past he has taken an interest in the restoration of the San Dieguito Lagoon and the need for public art in the community. He had previously served the maximum of two terms for a total of six years.

“It was very much an honor to have them come to me and ask me to help,” Stubbs said. “I was very pleasantly surprised.”

Stubbs might be a busy man, but he takes it all in stride.

“When you’re doing what you want to do, it’s not a juggle,” he said. “I couldn’t imagine not doing something for the community.”

And the legacy of giving likely will continue in the Stubbs family, as Garrett often goes to L.A.’s Skid Row and serves meals after baseball practice, and Cameron also volunteers for local organizations.

“When raising children, you want to teach them to do the right thing, as well,” Stubbs said. “When you’re gone, you want to make sure certain things keep going.”