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Snyder names Truck Safety Commission members

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today appointed Keith Ferris of Hastings and reappointed Thomas O'Brien of Fremont to the Michigan Truck Safety Commission. 

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

"I am sure these appointees will use their years of industry experience to help the commission ensure appropriate educational information for truck drivers in Michigan," Snyder said.

Ferris serves as corporate asset manager and operations team leader for Apache Logistics in Holland. He previously served as a commercial rental manager, national trainer and branch manager for 28 years with Ryder Transportation Services. Ferris is director of the International 4-H Youth Exchange Foundation Board. He previously served as a member of the Rutland Township Planning and Zoning Commission and as a Barry County commissioner. Ferris earned a bachelor's degree in marketing and sales from Ferris State University. He will represent the general public and replaces David Zick.

O'Brien previously served as director of the Lakeshore Business and Industrial Service at Muskegon Community College and as a teacher in the Fremont Public Schools. He taught a Commercial Driver's License training class at Muskegon Community College. O'Brien earned both a bachelor's degree in industrial education and a master's degree in industrial education and industrial management from Central Michigan University. He will represent community colleges.

Appointees will serve two-year terms expiring Aug. 4, 2013, and are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.