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Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointments to Ski Area Safety Board

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of James Grundstrom, of Negaunee, and Steve Robinson, of Birmingham, 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 tow ropes.

"I thank these appointees for their willingness to serve on this board and am confident they will help contribute to the safety of residents and visitors who take advantage of Michigan’s numerous ski areas," Snyder said.

Grundstrom is president of Frei Chevrolet, Inc. He is a member of many local and regional boards and associations as well as a member of the National Ski Patrol, and Assistant Region Director of the National Ski Patrol North Central Region.  Grundstrom also serves as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northern Michigan University. He represents public members from the Upper Peninsula and replaces Jim VanderSpoel.

Robinson is principal at VERSA Development and former competitive skier. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, Detroit Urban Land Institute and International Council of Shopping Centers. He was past president of the Michigan Association of Planning and served on the board of directors of the organization for seven years. Robinson currently serves on the board of Tamarack Camps. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University. He will represent engineers with ski experience and replace Ron Edwards.

Grundstrom serves the remainder of a four-year term expiring June 8, 2018. Robinson serves a four-year term expiring June 8, 2019. Appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.