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Appointments made to Truck Safety Commission

Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today appointed Daniel Blower, Dave Goller, Ken Houck and Chuck Moser, and re-appointed Walter G. Heinritzi to the Michigan Truck Safety Commission.

The commission develops and administers programs addressing commercial truck driver education.

"Each of these individuals brings unique backgrounds and skills to the board and I am confident they will help ensure that Michigan's truck drivers are properly educated and trained for safe travels," Snyder said.

Blower, of Ypsilanti, has served as a research scientist at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute for 27 years. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers. Blower earned a bachelor's degree in history and a doctorate in history from the University of Michigan. He will represent Michigan's four-year colleges or universities and replaces Jacqueline A. El-Sayed.

Goller, of Rockford, is a business representative for General Teamster Local Union 406 in Grand Rapids. He previously worked for B & B Beer Distributing Co. and USF Holland Motor Express, where he received a "Two-Million Miles Safe Driving Award." He will represent organized labor and replaces James Parrinello.

Houck, of Lake Orion, is a fleet manager for UPS in Flint. He previously worked as a fleet mechanic for UPS and the Detroit News. Houck earned an associate's degree in applied science from Ferris State University. He will represent private motor carriers and replaces Paul Millenbach. 

Moser, of Drummond Island, serves as the executive director of the Eastern Upper Peninsula Transportation Authority. He is a member of the Michigan Transportation Commission. Moser will represent the Michigan Transportation Commission and replaces James Scalici.

Heinritzi, of Lansing, is the executive director of the Michigan Trucking Association. He previously served as associate legal counsel and fiscal analyst for the Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency. Heinritzi earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Michigan State University, a master's degree in public administration from the University of Southern California and a law degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He will represent the Michigan Trucking Association.

Blower, Goller, Houck, and Heinritzi will serve two-year terms expiring Aug. 4, 2013. These appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. Moser will serve a term at the pleasure of the governor and his appointment is not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.