What do running a glass company and winning multiple pro sports
titles have in common? Both have been done by William Davidson,
president and chief executive officer of Auburn Hills, Mich.-based
Guardian Industries, who also owns the Detroit Pistons (NBA),
Detroit Shock (WNBA) and Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL). Davidson is
the first team owner to win championships in different sports
in the same year.
Over a two-week timeframe, the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley
Cup and the Detroit Pistons won the NBA's Lawrence O'Brien Trophy
for the NBA title. The teams join Davidson's WNBA defending champions,
the Detroit Shock, in his sports stable.
"These victories are a tribute to the talent and work ethic
of our players, our coaching staff and the organization that supports
them," said Davidson. "Everyone worked together unselfishly
in a total team effort."
Davidson applies the same philosophy in sports that he does in
manufacturing: hire talented, hard-working people and trust them
to take risks that deliver rewards.