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Tom Wilson running the Davidson empire

Put your money where your mouth is? William Davidson puts his money where Tom Wilson's mouth is.

Davidson, the owner of the Detroit Pistons and the Palace Entertainment Group, may have the money, but Wilson is the man leading Davidson's group in its attempt to purchase the Lightning.

A boyish-looking 48, Wilson oversees all sports and entertainment ventures in Davidson's massive empire. A former front-office employee of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kings, Wilson has more than 22 years' experience in the NBA, including the past six as Pistons president. His biggest move with the Pistons as president was overseeing the selection of All-Star Grant Hill in the 1994 NBA draft.

In addition to his NBA duties, Wilson also has presided over the Palace of Auburn Hills, the Pine Knob (Mich.) Music Theater and the Detroit Vipers of the International Hockey League.

Under his leadership, the Palace of Auburn Hills has been voted the nation's top arena in eight of the past 10 years by Pollstar magazine.

Wilson, a former actor who appeared in more than 40 films and television programs, is a native of Detroit and a graduate of Cass Technical High and Wayne State University, where he holds a degree in Business Administration. He has been in the Pistons organization since 1977.

_ TOM JONES

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