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Tom Celani Biography & Background

Tom Celani was born in Detroit, Michigan. The son of an Italian immigrant, Tom learned the value of hard-work at a young age when he worked long hours with his father at the family beer distributorship in downtown Detroit. At the age of 26, Tom became the President of Action Distributing Company when his father unexpectedly passed away. Tom put the lessons of his youth to good use and grew Action Distributing Company to one of the largest Miller distributors in the country, selling more than 5,000,000 cases annually. In 1988, Tom founded Sodak Gaming, Inc., growing it from a small company distributing gaming devices to casinos in South Dakota into a company with $150 million dollars in annual sales. Beginning in 1995, Tom developed, financed and managed the Little River Casino Resort for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians.  In 1996, Tom funded and ran the state-wide voter referendum which led to casino gaming in Detroit. Tom was then selected as one of the three companies to receive a casino license, and he partnered with Mandalay Resort Group to build Motor City Casino, which opened to the public in December of 1999.  At that point in time, Tom formed Luna Entertainment.

In addition to his business activities, Tom is highly active in the philanthropic community in Michigan. Most notably, Tom and his wife Vicki were awarded the 2011 Charitable Foundation of the Year award for Michigan. Additional information about Tom and Vicki’s philanthropic involvement can be found on the Philanthropy section of the Luna website.