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Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointments, reappointments to Michigan Travel Commission

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Charles Burns, of Novi, and Sammie Lukaskiewicz, of Jackson, and the reappointments of Mike Busley, of Traverse City, and Jon Nunn, of Grand Rapids, to the Michigan Travel Commission.

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

“These appointees all 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," Snyder said.

Burns is general manager of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. Previously, he served as director of security for the IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Burns is the treasurer of the Detroit Metro Convention Visitors Bureau Board, where he also serves on the executive committee. He sits on the boards of MotorCities National Heritage Area and Challenge Detroit. He replaces Susan Sherer.

Lukaskiewicz is senior director of communications at the Michigan International Speedway where she oversees the integrated marketing communications team responsible for public relations, media relations, advertising, marketing, consumer marketing, promotions, and social media. Lukaskiewicz is on the board of directors of Brooklyn Irish Hills Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Automotive Press Association. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas and a master’s degree in management and leadership from Webster University. She replaces Roger Curtis.

Busley is co-founder and owner of the Grand Traverse Pie Co., which he and his wife started in 1996. He previously worked for Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics and served as a board member of the Downtown Traverse City Association and the Fast Casual Executive Alliance. He earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University.

Nunn is executive director of Grand Action in Grand Rapids, a nonprofit corporation established to build support for construction and development of commercial projects in downtown Grand Rapids. Nunn also serves on the John Ball Zoo Advisory Board and is a board member on Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. He earned both a bachelor's degree in public administration and a master's degree in communications and science from Western Michigan University.

Burns serves a four-year term expiring Aug. 20, 2018. Lukaskiewicz, Busley and Nunn will serve four-year terms expiring Aug. 20, 2019. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.