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Snyder makes appointment, reappointment to Michigan Travel Commission

Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of John Madigan, of Munising, and the reappointment of Sally Laukitis, of Holland, to the Michigan Travel Commission.

The commission collaborates with destination marketing associations, non-profit corporations and organizations to develop, promote and enhance Michigan’s travel and tourism industry. It also provides the Michigan Economic Development Corporation with input and advice regarding activities related to tourism in the state.

“John and Sally bring strong backgrounds and extensive experience in travel and tourism to the commission. I am confident they will do great work to showcase all that Pure Michigan has to offer," said Snyder.

Madigan is an owner and general manager of Pictured Rocks Cruises Inc., and an owner of the Munising Hardware Co. He is president of Superior Insurance Agency in Sault Ste. Marie, of Mullet Lake Marina in Cheboygan, and of Apostle Island Cruises in Bayfield, Wisconsin. Madigan earned a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University. He replaces Elizabeth Workman.

Laukitis is executive director of the Holland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, working in the tourism industry for more than 20 years. She worked as sales director and guide coordinator for the bureau and as a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines. Laukitis is founder and chairperson of the Visitor Planning Initiative, president of the Michigan Association of Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Tourism Industry Coalition of Michigan. Laukitis was named CVB Industry Star of the Year at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism. She earned a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University.

Appointees will serve four-year terms expiring Aug. 20, 2018. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.