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Snyder makes appointments to Ski Area Safety Board

Friday, July 12, 2013

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Jim Bartlett, of Harbor Springs, Timothy Meyer, of Cadillac, and Charles Gano, of Indian River, to the Ski Area Safety Board.

The seven-member board works with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to oversee the operation of ski areas, surface and chair lifts, and rope tows.

"These industry experts are a great fit for this board and I am confident they will make many positive contributions during their service," Snyder said.

Bartlett has served as president and general manager of Nub's Nob since 1987. The winter ski resort was ranked No. 1 in North America by Ski Magazine in 2007. Previously, he worked as special projects manager for Snow Machines Inc. and as a professional ski patroller for Big Sky in Montana and Boyne Highlands. Bartlett holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Western Michigan University. He will represent Lower Peninsula ski area managers and replaces Joel Woods.

Meyer has been mountain operations manager for Caberfae Peaks and Ski Resort since 2002. Previously, he worked as professional ski patrol and summer program supervisor for Winter Park Resort in Colorado. He is a member of the Central Division National Ski Patrol. Meyer holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Aquinas College. He will represent Lower Peninsula ski area managers and replaces Michael Call.

Gano is an attorney and shareholder with Plunkett Cooney LLC, where he serves health care providers, the resort/golf/ski industry and summer resort associations. He is a member of the Association of Ski Defense Attorneys and has been involved in ski industry-related activities for more than 30 years. He previously served as a legal advisor to the National Ski Patrol, the Midwest Ski Area Association and the National Ski Areas Association. Gano holds a bachelor's degree from Miami University and a law degree from Case Western Reserve University. Gano will represent the Central U.S. Ski Association and replaces James Kiefer.

Bartlett and Meyer will serve four-year terms expiring June 8, 2017. Gano will serve the remainder of a term expiring June 8, 2016. Appointments to the board are subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.