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New Tom Gores-Approved Photos of Tom Gores

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Tom Gores (or his associates) just uploaded some new images to his Flickr stream. You check out the head tilting here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tom-gores/ I like Tom Gores, but I still maintain that he reminds me of an SNL movie villain. Slow news month? Yeah, kind of.

Tom Gores hires Dave Checketts as consultant

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Former New York Knicks president Dave Checketts is serving as a basketball consultant to new Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores, according to sources close to the situation. The news of Checketts' involvement coincides with former Knicks great Patrick Ewing's emergence late last week as a candidate for the Pistons' coaching vacancy. Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars continues to serve as Detroit's lead basketball decision-maker, with Gores announcing when he officially took control of the franchise earlier this month that "we're going to lean on [Dumars] pretty heavily." Yet sources said that Gores is also taking a level of input from Checketts, who headed up New York's management structure when the Knicks were built around Ewing. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=6709060

Meet the New Boss... Same as the Old Boss?

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The Detroit News quotes Karen Davidson speaking about Tom Gores: "I can not tell you how certain I am that Tom Gores is the right person for this team, and he is going to bring a passion to this that others would not," Davidson said. "He is a man who is smart. He is a man who works hard." In Gores, she said, the team will have an owner with zeal for the game, who understands how to run multiple businesses simultaneously, who is smart and engages people on an intensely personal level. "I always felt that he was eventually going to be the owner after I met him in August of 2010," Davidson said. "He had a passion and, like Bill, he has the ability to juggle a lot of balls in the air. Tom is like Bill. He has a lot of businesses, a lot of people are dependent on him and he has a really bright mind." She also speaks about her late husband's wishes for the team to stay in the family: "Legally, as sole trustee and beneficiary, it was my decision," she said of her husband's appointment of her as the only trustee of the WMD Family Trust, which owns the Pistons, The Palace and the affiliated entertainment enterprises such as DTE Energy Theater. "He very generously said I can do what I want with it. Bill was not a power-trip person. He was just not a man to push anything on anyone. I could have learned the business, I suppose, if I'd wanted. But by the time I did, it would have disintegrated. "You know what I'm like? I like asking the players how their children are. That's what I do!"

Tom Gores Speaks

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Tom Gores was at the Piston's game last night and answered some questions for reporters. He said pretty much everything a Piston's fan could hope for, and spoke directly to several of MFMP's manifesto points, including uttering the ever-popular "Whatever it takes". A good portion of the article from the Detroit News is quotes, so check it out if you need a bit of optimism after the 2nd loss to the Cavaliers this season.

Tom Gores is very, very good at what he does.

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There are many ways for a man end up being worth $2.4B, but Tom Gores did it being smart with money. Smart enough not to overpay for the Pistons. Of course, running an NBA basketball team is unique, but his track record with other businesses can't be anything but encouraging. My head is already tilting in anticipation.

The Wealthy Industrialists in My Peer Group

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PEERS creates opportunities for high net worth individuals to meet, exchange information and negotiate better terms. PEERS is a not-for-profit group. There are no joining or membership fees. The knowledge, connections and buying power of its members are PEERS' capital. PEERS held its first meeting in January 2008. Now there are 50+ members with several billion pounds in combined investable assets. PEERS aims to provide a source of expertise, generate profitable ideas and facilitate good company. It works because PEERS consists of like-minded people with the same wealth management challenges and the same need for solutions. A network of your peers can be a powerful tool to find your way in the wealth management landscape. It can improve the quality of decisions and save time and money. A simple question can direct you to that crucial person you would otherwise never have met. Members may raise ideas that steer you in new directions. You may find new colleagues to share a friendly lunch over a common interest or find a partner for an investment. Wealth management is not only about making money. When does one slow down and start to enjoy? How can you organise wealth management support that leaves you free to enjoy your wealth? How to spend it? At what rate? On yourself, on your children and grandchildren, on charity? What gives real gratification and peace of mind? PEERS endeavours to present answers.

A Look At The Potential Buyers Of The Detroit Pistons

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I broke down three of the candidates to buy the Pistons over at SB Nation Detroit because it could have an affect on three of Detroit's teams. Head over, read up, and come back to share your thoughts. (DBB shout out within).

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