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Appointments made to Travel Commission

Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011

Contact: Sara Wurfel
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LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today appointed Mike Busley and Jon Nunn to the Michigan Travel Commission. He reappointed Roger Curtis.

The commission was established to help Michigan's travel industry grow.

"Michigan has a lot to offer to travelers - just yesterday Sleeping Bear Dunes was voted the most beautiful place in America. We need to continue promoting our assets to build our tourism industry.  I am confident these individuals will use their talents to creating a better experience for our citizens and visitors," Snyder said.

Busley, of Traverse City, is co-founder and owner of the Grand Traverse Pie Co., which he and his wife started in 1996. The company now has stores across Michigan and Indiana. He previously worked for Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics. Busley is a past board member of the Downtown Traverse City Association and the Fast Casual Executive Alliance. He earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University. Busley will replace Frank Taylor.

Nunn, of Grand Rapids, is committee executive director of the Grand Action Committee in Grand Rapids. The Grand Action is a nonprofit corporation established to build support for construction and development of commercial projects in downtown Grand Rapids. Nunn also serves on the John Ball Zoo Advisory Board and the Experience Grand Rapids Executive Committee. He earned both a bachelor's degree in public administration and a master's degree in communications and science from Western Michigan University. Nunn replaces Sam Wendling.

Curtis, of Onsted, is president of the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, a position he has held since 2006. Curtis is responsible for managing all aspects of the automobile races at the facility. Curtis previously served as vice president of sales and marketing for California Speedway, where he oversaw advertising, promotions, sales and marketing, public relations and ticketing operations. He has held other management positions at Richmond International Raceway Complex in Richmond, Virginia and Watkins Glen International at Watkins Glen, New York. Curtis serves as secretary for the Lenawee Economic Development Corporation and is a member of the South Central Michigan Works. Curtis earned a bachelor's degree from Indiana State University in Terry Haute, Indiana.

Appointees will serve four-year terms expiring Aug. 20, 2015, and are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.