Tom Lewand, who was named President of the Detroit Lions in 2008, over-sees the team’s operations, leading all business, organizational, and NFL matters. He has held a myriad of positions within the front office during his 19-year tenure with the Lions, most recently as Executive VP and COO. On a league-wide level, Lewand is involved in several core business and labor issues, serving on the Management Council’s Club Executives Committee and the Super Bowl Advisory Committee. Lewand is active in the community, serving on the Boards of Directors of the Detroit Zoological Society, the Downtown Detroit Partnership, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and the Parade Company. He also is on the Corporate Advisory Board for the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Lewand was named as one of Crain’s Detroit Business “40 Under 40” in 1998. Lewand received a BA degree from the University of Michigan in 1991, and completed both his JD at the University of Michigan Law School and his MBA from the University of Michigan Business School in 1996. He volunteered for the Michigan football program in various capaci- ties while attending school. He also worked for the Lions on a part-time basis while completing work on his graduate degrees. He and his wife, Suzanne, have four daughters: Cayleigh, Paige, Shannon and Erin.
What he thought about MSBC:
“The Michigan Sport Business Conference was a productive and rewarding experience. I gained insight from my fellow panelists and appreciated the opportunity to interact with other presenters, members of the Ross faculty, and the students. The conference planning team was well organized and professional. It was clear that the Ross students have cultivated an impressive asset for themselves, the university and the industry.”