The Phoenix Business Journal selected Ernie as one the most influential business leaders of 2007. His civic involvement has included serving on the governor’s commissions for Prevention of Family Violence, Violence against Women, Rape Prevention, Sexual Assault Prevention Task Force, and as a director on the board of the Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus-Pine Council and a member of the East Valley Institute of Technology Foundation. He was a founding member of the Men’s Anti-violence Network. Garfield has been a member of the Arizona Career and Technical Education Quality Commission since its formation. While in the Army, Garfield served in Korea. He is an inductee in the U. S. Army Field Artillery Hall of Fame at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
As an Arizona State Senator he was a member of the Appropriations, Judiciary, and Commerce and Industry committees and Vice-Chairman of the Senate Education Committee. As State Treasurer of Arizona he helped reform the state’s investment laws. His efforts made it possible for him to earn more interest income for the state during his tenure than had been earned by all previous state treasurers combined since statehood. As Arizona Corporation Commissioner during the Middle East oil crisis, he voted to establish the Palo Verde Nuclear Generation Station, the largest nuclear plant in the U.S., and twice chaired the White House Conference on Energy. Since leaving public office in 1979, Mr. Garfield has been involved in bank organizations, real estate development, publishing and lobbying. He has helped start 31 community banks and 9 bank holding companies and is recipient of the Sir C. V. Raman award for Outstanding Contribution to Science.
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – University of Arizona
Bachelor and Master of International Management -Thunderbird School of Global Management.