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Snyder appoints, reappoints members to Manufactured Housing Commission

Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of William Lettinga, of Byron Center, and Steve Karbal, of Bloomfield Hills, to the Michigan Manufactured Housing Commission. The governor also reappointed Jerome Ruggirello, of Northville; Phillip Copeland, of Holly, and Peter Hennard, of Prescott, to the commission.

"I appreciate the appointees for their willingness to serve in these important roles," Snyder said.

The commission establishes uniform policies related to all phases of manufactured housing, business manufactured housing parks and seasonal manufactured housing parks.

Lettinga will represent operators of a licensed manufactured housing park, replacing Mark Rauker. He is the former president of Kentland Corp., where he worked since 1983. Prior to that Lettinga was a partner at TC Financial Holdings and an agent with the Indianapolis Life Insurance Co. He also serves as a board member of the Michigan Manufactured Housing and RV Association. Lettinga has an associate degree in business management from Davenport College.

Karbal will replace Ronald Blank to represent licensed mobile home dealers on the commission. He is a partner at Medallion Homes and has 25 years of experience in the development and operation of manufactured home communities, including developing five communities of his own. He is a CPA and previously worked for Houston-based Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, as well as for the firm of Touche Ross Co. in Detroit. He has a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Arizona, and a master's degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.

Ruggirello is reappointed to represent operators of a licensed mobile home park having 100 or more sites. He is the owner of AJR Development, which manages 2,500 sites throughout Michigan. Ruggirello has a bachelor's degree in communications from Michigan State University and a degree from the University of Detroit Law School.

Copeland has more than 20 years of experience in the mobile home industry and will continue to represent manufacturers of mobile homes on the commission. He is director of engineering for Champion Home Builders and is responsible for modular systems built for both residential and commercial applications. He has a bachelor's degree in civil-construction engineering from Michigan Technological University and is a licensed engineer in 10 states.

Hennard, an Ogemaw County commissioner, is reappointed to represent elected officials of local governments. He owns and operates Hennard Contracting, and is a licensed residential builder specializing in exterior remodeling. He has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Northwood University.

The appointments are for three-year terms expiring May 9, 2016, and are subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.