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Tom Wilson
President & CEO, Olympia Entertainment

Thomas S. “Tom” Wilson was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Olympia Entertainment, Detroit’s premier marketer of sports and entertainment events, on February 23, 2010. Olympia Entertainment also handles business operations for the Detroit Red Wings, an Original Six member of the National Hockey League, and collaborates with the Detroit Tigers baseball franchise and other Ilitch companies.  

As president and CEO of Olympia Entertainment, Wilson has identified opportunities for innovative ways to package and promote the substantial assets of the organization through multi-venue offerings and creative promotions. As one of the most diverse and leading sports and entertainment organizations in the country, Olympia owns and operates Detroit’s Fox Theatre, the intimate City Theatre, and also books and operates Joe Louis Arena and books Comerica Park. Wilson is also responsible for guiding and growing these venues as well as looking for opportunities to expand the portfolio.

In addition, Wilson collaborates with leaders of the other Ilitch companies to find synergies that ultimately deliver more memorable experiences at a greater value for customers, sponsors and other stakeholders.  One of his initial strategic priorities was to leverage the natural business opportunities among Olympia Entertainment, the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers – while also aggressively looking for new areas of collaboration to grow these businesses as well as other companies within the Ilitch enterprise.  

Wilson had an illustrious 32-year career with the Detroit Pistons, including the last 22 years as president and CEO of Palace Sports & Entertainment, Inc. (PS&E). Wilson oversaw the Detroit Pistons and the organization’s three venues: The Palace, DTE Energy Music Theatre and Meadow Brook Music Festival. The Palace of Auburn Hills is home to the Detroit Pistons, members of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

The organization reached unprecedented success in 2004 when the Detroit Pistons won the NBA World Championship, the Tampa Bay Lightning – then owned by PS&E – earned the NHL’s Stanley Cup and the previously PS&E-owned Detroit Shock began defense of the WNBA title it earned the previous season. It marked the first time in pro sports history an ownership held three trophies simultaneously.
 
The Palace was designed largely around Wilson's input and he was responsible for staffing and developing the operational philosophies of the new arena. Under his direction, The Palace earned Arena of the Year awards nine times by Performance magazine, beginning with New Venue of the Year in 1988. His direction was instrumental in the renovation of DTE Energy Music Theatre. The facility was named the nation’s busiest, top grossing or highest attended outdoor venue in year-end lists of entertainment in trade publications in each of its 19 seasons under Wilson’s guidance. It was named Best Outdoor Concert Venue in Pollstar’s 2000 Readers’ Poll and was nominated Amphitheatre of the Year each summer of PS&E ownership. In 1994, PS&E assumed management of Meadow Brook Music Festival on the grounds of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

A native of Detroit, Wilson joined the Pistons in 1978 and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer the following year. In 1993, Wilson was named President and CEO of the Pistons. During his tenure, the Pistons were recognized as one of the best-marketed and most highly valued teams in the NBA.

Wilson, a graduate of Cass Technical High School and Wayne State University, began his career working for the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Kings and The Forum.

Mr. Wilson has been active in the community throughout his career.  He has served as President of the Pistons Palace Foundation, has been a board member of Boys Hope/Girls Hope, The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and the Boy Scouts, and Director of The Parks Program.  He has been an honorary chair for the Salvation Army and Forgotten Harvest, active with the Boys Club and with March of Dimes, and is on the Board of Trustees for CATCH.

Wilson and his wife Linda reside in Oakland Township.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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