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Snyder makes appointments to Elevator Safety Board

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Mike Nelson, of Springport, and John Vitale, of Grosse Pointe Woods, to the Elevator Safety Board.

The 11-member board, housed in the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, is responsible for guidelines, preparation of examinations, and issuance of elevator contractor licenses.

"I thank these experienced appointees for their willingness to serve on this board," Snyder said.

Nelson is a manager for Farm Bureau Insurance. He served as a director for property casualty underwriting, the southeast regional team leader, a senior account underwriter, and as a senior field underwriter for Farm Bureau Insurance. Nelson earned an associate degree from Lansing Community College and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northwood University. He represents insurance companies authorized to insure elevators and replaces Erin Modiano.

Vitale is president of Stucky-Vitale Architects. Vitale is affiliated with the American Institute of Architects, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, city of Grosse Pointe Woods Planning Commission, AESLC Committee, Woodward Action Committee, and the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce. Vitale earned a bachelor’s of architecture from Lawrence Technological University. He represents architects and consulting engineers and fills the vacancy created by the resignation of George A. Svinicki.

Vitale will serve the remainder of a four-year term expiring July 22, 2016. Nelson will serve a four-year term expiring July 22, 2017. Appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.