It was announced Thursday that former Detroit Lions team president, Tom Lewand has landed a new gig. Lewand will now be serving as the CEO for Shinola, which is a Detroit-based company that specializes in producing American built products. Items such as watches and leather good can be found at Shinola, along with many other products.
“Look, I had opportunities to talk to a lot of different people and consider a lot of different opportunities, but this is the one that was the most exciting for me,” Lewand told the Free Press. “I’m a lifelong Detroiter and there’s just, as you know, some great things happening in our city. I think Shinola is at the front of the list of those great things, and to have an opportunity to be a part of that team was very unique and is really an honor.”
Lewand succeeded former team president Matt Millen for the position back in December of 2008, a position he held for nearly seven years, before being fired in early November of 2015. He has a pair of degrees from the University of Michigan – an undergrad degree in Political Science and Economics in 1991, and then receives a law degree as well as a Masters degree in Business Administration five years later.
This is a new chapter in Tom Lewand’s life, one that he welcomes the challenges that come along with it. He’s been involved in various football-related roles since first acting as a football student manager for the late great Michigan coach Bo Schembechler.
According to Lewand, don’t count out a possible return to the NFL in some kind of fashion in the future.
“I did it for 20 years and I loved it, don’t get me wrong. Would I go back? Sure, but that would presume that I’m not happy doing this and that’s the other part of this. There’s so much more opportunity to grow. We’re going to open more stores this year. Hawaii. We’re going to end up having four in (Los Angeles) by the end of this year.”
The phrase ‘change of scenery’ is tossed around a lot in the world of sports. Typically meaning someone going elsewhere after being in a particular place for a long time. The new gig at Shinola could very well serve it’s purpose in Lewand’s case as a new beginning in life.