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Snyder makes appointments to Michigan Unarmed Combat Commission

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed Kevin Moore, of Dearborn Heights, and John Thibault, of Orion, to the Michigan Unarmed Combat Commission. He also reappointed James Weber, of Brighton. 

Housed within the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, the 11-member commission regulates professional boxing and mixed martial arts events.


"These individuals are great additions to the commission, and I am confident their combined skills and experiences will benefit unarmed combat sports in Michigan," said Snyder.



Moore is president of Detroit's Teamsters Local Union 299 and serves as a trustee for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. He has been active in numerous community groups including the United Way, Gleaners Food Bank, Special Olympics and Detroit Big Brothers Big Sisters. Previously, Moore was an amateur boxer and has followed the profession for 25 years. He will represent the general public and replaces James Sype.


Thibault is a wealth management adviser and associate vice president of Fifth Third Private Bank in Southfield. Previously, he worked for NatCity Investments, UBS Wealth Management and Morgan Stanley. Thibault received training in mixed martial arts and is a licensed timekeeper. He holds bachelor's degrees in psychology and business administration as well as a master's degree in business administration, all from the University of Michigan in Dearborn. Thibault will represent licensees in mixed martial arts and replaces Jason Holtz.



Weber serves as associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School and as the chief research officer at Flint's Hurley Medical Center. Since 2003, he also has served as a ringside physician for USA Boxing and as a medical consultant for several boxers. Weber earned a bachelor's degree in physiology from Michigan State University and a degree from the Des Moines University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Iowa. He will continue to represent licensees in mixed martial arts.


Appointees will serve four-year terms that expire June 5, 2016, and their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.