Thomas S. “Tom” Wilson has enjoyed a long and successful career in the sports and entertainment industry. In 2010, Wilson was named president and CEO of Olympia Entertainment (OEI), the sales and marketing organization for the Detroit Red Wings and facility management company for Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena, the Fox Theatre and City Theatre. His vision for creating innovative sales and marketing solutions is acclaimed throughout the sports and entertainment industry. Shortly after the start of Wilson’s tenure, the Red Wings began a sellout streak that remains in effect today.
Wilson also serves as the interim president of 313 Presents, a joint venture between Olympia Entertainment and Palace Sports & Entertainment, offering fans, artists, booking agents and touring attractions an unmatched platform of premier entertainment destinations.
Prior to Wilson’s move downtown, he had an illustrious 32-year career with the Detroit Pistons, including the final 22 years as president and CEO of the former Palace Sports & Entertainment, Inc. (PS&E). Wilson oversaw the Detroit Pistons and the organization’s three venues: The Palace of Auburn Hills, DTE Energy Music Theatre and Meadow Brook Music Festival.
PS&E 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 former Detroit Shock began defense of the WNBA title it earned the previous season. It marked the first time in pro sports history that a single ownership group held three trophies simultaneously.
The Palace was designed largely around Wilson's input and earned Arena of the Year awards nine times by Performance Magazine. DTE Energy Music Theatre was the nation’s busiest, top-grossing or highest-attended outdoor venue in each of the 19 years under Wilson’s guidance.
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, served an active role with the Boys Club and March of Dimes, and is on the Board of Trustees for CATCH.
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. He and his wife, Linda, reside in Oakland Township.