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Gov. Rick Snyder makes reappointments to State Waterways Commission

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Dennis Grinold, of Lansing, Dennis Nickels, of Grand Haven, and Ward Walstrom, Jr., of Harbor Springs, to the State Waterways Commission.

Housed within the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the seven-member Commission is an advisory body responsible for the acquisition, construction and maintenance of recreational harbors, channels, docking and launching facilities, and administration of commercial docks in the Straits of Mackinac.

"These individuals have been insightful and productive members of the commission and I look forward to their continued service," Snyder said.

Grinold is owner and operator of Fish N Grin LLC, a charter boat fishing service. He is also president of Denny’s Auto Diagnostics Inc. and is past president of the Michigan Charter Boat Association. He was recently elected chairman to the U.S. Section of Advisors of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. He continues to represent the general public.

Nickels is a retired principal with Deloitte & Touche LLP and also worked as a pharmacist. He earned both a U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s License and a U.S. Merchant Marine 100 ton Ship's Master License. Nickels earned a degree in pharmacy from Ferris State University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Notre Dame. He continues to represent the general public.

Walstrom is vice president of Walstrom Marine in Harbor Springs. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Michigan State University. He continues to represent persons residing north of townline 16 in the Lower Peninsula.

Appointees serve three-year terms expiring Sept. 18, 2018. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.