Tom Wilson talks Detroit after retiring from Ilitch companies

Tom Wilson
Posted at 6:44 PM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-04 19:29:04-05

(WXYZ) — A major fixture in Detroit sports and entertainment has retired after spending decades in the business.

Tom Wilson retired from the Ilitch companies after leading projects with Olympia Entertainment, the Detroit Red Wings, and the Detroit Tigers, all after spending 32 years with the Detroit Pistons.

He joins us for the 7 UpFront segment to talk about his career and retirement.

You can see the full interview in the video play above.

"I've been very fortunate. We've won 9 championships in our time, in hockey, in basketball, even in arena football," Wilson says. "So, it's been an amazing run and I've been so blessed to surrounded by amazing people and I've ridden on their shoulders for 40 years."

"I think for many of us, particularly for those of us who were born and raised in Detroit, to play a little part in helping to accelerate the renaissance of our city, I think we all take great pride in that because we thought it was possible, but boy that is a heavy, heavy lift and to see how much happened down there and what a catalyst [Little Caesars Arena] was going to be, particularly with the Pistons coming downtown, with all your sports, all your entertainment right down there, it's really helped rejuvenate the city."