Detroit Lions president to speak at Chamber Business Builder Breakfast

DEARBORN — Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand will be the keynote speaker at the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce Business Builder Breakfast, at 7:30 a.m. May 16 at the Doubletree Hotel Detroit/Dearborn, 5801 Southfield Service Drive, Detroit.

Individual tickets are available ($30 for members, $35 for non-members) as well as corporate tables ($400) by going to www.dearbornchamber.org. The event is sponsored by Oakwood Healthcare System.

The Detroit Lions 2011 season was a cavalcade of historic moments and emotional highs. While the season may have ended in the first round of playoffs, fans were still treated to numerous nationally televised games, and the team unit proved they were not the same pushovers from years prior.

They became a force in the NFC and a likely fixture in playoff race for the foreseeable future. Working alongside general manager Martin Mayhew and head coach Jim Schwartz, Lewand is leading one of the NFL’s most improved teams.

“We want business owners and executives to be motivated and inspired by comeback stories such as the Detroit Lions,” Chamber president Jennifer Knott Giering said. “Lewand has proven to be a creatively aggressive business force. In addition to the transformation of the Lions’ business operations, he has helped position Ford Field as a cornerstone in the area’s urban renewal and revitalization efforts.”

Since taking the helm, Lewand continues to evaluate and review opportunities to grow the team’s operations to impact it’s ability to win on the field. In 2010, the team sold out seven of eight home games and introduced numerous fan-friendly and family-oriented ticket options.

Overall attendance in 2011 increased 14 percent, the largest increase by any NFC team. Detroit was one of only two teams in the NFL to experience a double-digit increase in ticket sales. Under Lewand’s guidance and direction, Ford Field has been host to Super Bowl XL (2006); NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four (2009); NCAA Men’s Hockey Frozen Four (2010) that not only set NCAA Frozen Four records but world indoor hockey records as well.

Lewand received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1991, and earned both his juris doctor at the U-M Law School and his master’s degree in business administration from the U-M Business School in 1996.

Lewand aided the Michigan football program in various capacities on a volunteer basis while attending the school.

He and wife, Suzanne, have four daughters and maintain several close alliances to community organizations.

The chamber offers this breakfast series as an opportunity for members to engage with newsmakers and key opinion leaders who make significant impact on the business community. The Business Builders Breakfast in May is the first of these breakfasts scheduled for 2012. Previous speakers included Ford Motor Co’s. Alan Mulally and U-M athletic director David Brandon.

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