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Four new members appointed to the Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority

Contact: James Lake, MDOT Office of Communications, 
906-786-1830 ext. 323
Agency: Transportation

March 23, 2011 -- Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed four new members to the Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority: Stuart Bradley, Linda Hoath, Scott Shackleton and Nicholas White.

Established in 2000, the Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority is a joint organization between the U.S. and Canada. This board seeks to provide safe and efficient movement of people and goods across the International Bridge between Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

"International trade is important to reviving Michigan's economy," Snyder said. "These individuals will continue to promote a healthy trade partnership between the U.S. and Canada."

Bradley, of Marquette, is chairman and CEO of MIUpperHand, Inc., an online company that sells products made in the Upper Peninsula. He served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force and was deputy Commander for maintenance at K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base. Bradley served eight years on the Marquette City Commission and one term as mayor. He earned a bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University and an MBA from Southern Illinois University. He replaces Gary LaPlant.

Hoath, of Sault Ste. Marie, has been the executive director of the Sault Area Convention and Visitors Bureau since 2002. She is a member of the Michigan Association of Conventions and Visitors Bureau and was a past president. Hoath is the founding coordinator of Sault Events, Inc., which promotes jobs, stability and improvements to the Sault Ste. Marie community. She replaces William Sutter.

Shackleton, of Sault Ste. Marie, is the general manager of Tanglewood Marsh Golf Course. He previously served as a state representative, is a member of the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners and previously served on the Sault Ste. Marie City Commission. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Lake Superior State University. He replaces Richard LeBlanc.

White, of Petoskey, is the owner of N.J. White Associates, practicing architecture for nearly 33 years. He previously served on the Emmet County Board of Commissioners, Petoskey Planning Commission and the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance. White earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Ohio Wesleyan University and a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Cincinnati. He replaces Brian Davie.

Appointees serve at the pleasure of the governor and are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

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