President and CEOOlympia Entertainment
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 operating 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.
In 2016, Wilson’s organization teamed with several Michigan colleges and universities to successfully complete the NCAA tournament application process. Little Caesars Arena was awarded one-of-eight first-and second-round sites for the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, an astounding feat marking the first time ever the NCAA awarded a tournament site to an arena still under construction. In all, Olympia Entertainment was granted four NCAA tournament events (2018 Men’s Basketball First and Second Rounds, 2020 Men’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four, 2021 Men’s Basketball First and Second Rounds, 2022 Wrestling Championships).
Wilson and his team at Olympia played a pivotal role in the design and construction of Little Caesars Arena, the world’s most dynamic multi-event arena, which opened its doors in September.
In October, Wilson was also named interim president of 313 Presents, a joint venture combining the entertainment businesses of Olympia Entertainment and Palace Sports & Entertainment. The development of 313 Presents ensures that Southeast Michigan continues to attract the most exciting acts in the world, while simultaneously supporting local and emerging artists. The venture will lead to better quality, more shows, and increased activity in and around downtown Detroit.
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 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.
Palace Sports & Entertainment 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 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 organization won nine World Championships among its various teams during Wilson’s tenure as President and CEO.