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Venture Capitalist and former CEO of Gateway computers takes the Governorship of the State of Michigan.

Snyder’s new ‘portfolio company’ is now call "State of Michigan Corporation" or "SoMICH Corp." (Traded as DJI:  MI or Michigan)

His Transition Team so far:

Doug Rothwell – Appointed by John Engler as head of MEDC and MEGA
Sharon Rothwell – John Engler Chief of Staff for 8 Years
Mark Murray – Worked under John Engler in Education, Budget and as Treasurer.
Jeff Barnes – Policy Advisor for the Snyder Campaign
George W. Jackson, Jr – President & CEO, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

UPDATE: Snyder Transition Challenges and Analysis now posted HERE.
UPDATE: Rick Snyder Transition Hits Snag and Will Snyder Toe-the-line?

Initial PROFILES of Rick Snyder's Transition Team BELOW...

UPDATE: Rick Snyder Administration APPOINTMENTS found HERE and some are below, like Snyder Appointment of Dick Posthumus, Special Adviser and Liaison to Michigan Legislature.

UPDATE: Stephanie Comai and Patricia Mooradian - Co-chair, Rick Snyder Inauguration Planning Committee [Profiles in Progress]

Michigan’s SoMICH Corp’s Governor Chairman & CEO Elect Rick Snyder's Transition Team Profiles:

Doug Rothwell
Snyder Position: Transition Team Chairman, Snyder Transition Team

Position Leaving: President & CEO, Business Leaders for Michigan (2009-Present)

Past Positions:
President, Detroit Renaissance Inc (2005 – 2009)
Executive Director of Worldwide Real Estate, General Motors (2002 – 2005)
President & CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corp (MEDC) (1999 – 2003)
Director of the Michigan Jobs Commission (1998?- 1999)
Chief of Staff, Governor of Delaware (X - 1993?)
Executive Vice President at MBNA Corp. (Bank America)
Multiple Positions MBNA Corp. (Bank America)
Policy Advisor, Office of the Governor of Delaware (Pierre Samuel "Pete" du Pont, IV-R)
Presidential Management Internship (Reagan?), Baltimore MD, Washington DC
UNKN, City of Wilmington, DE

Initiatives and Accomplishments:
Plan: "The Road to Renaissance" (Detroit Renaissance XXXX)
Plan: "Michigan Turnaround Plan"

Awards and Distinctions:
National Governors’ Association’s Outstanding Public Service
University of Delaware, President's Outstanding Public Service
CoreNet Global, Real Estate Innovator of the Year
Automation Alley, CEO of the Year
State's Economic Education Council, Michigan's Champion of Economic Education
Engineering Society of Detroit, Outstanding Regional Leader of the Year

B.A. University of Delaware
M.A. - Masters of Public Administration, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC (1980)
Program for Sr. Execs in State & Local Government, John F. Kennedy School, Harvard

Spouse: Sharon Rothwell (Also Profiled)
Current Residence: Ann Arbor, MI
Hometown: Work in Progress

Sharon Rothwell
Snyder Position: Transition Team Vice Chairwoman, Snyder Transition Team

Position Leaving: Vice President Corporate (Civic) Affairs, MASCO Corp (2003 – 2010)

Past Positions:
Board of Regents (Late Engler Appt.), Eastern Michigan University (EMU) (2002 - 2006 resigned)
Chief of Staff, Gov John Engler (1995 - 2003)
Director, Office of the State Employer (X - 1995)
Advisor to Gov Engler on Quality Management (X - 1995)
State Personnel Director, State of Delaware (X-X)
Deputy Director, Personnel Department, State of Deleware (X-X)
Director of the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Families (X-X)
Position, Public Administration Institute, University of Delaware (X-X)

Initiatives and Accomplishments:
Established new Department of Services for Children, State of Delaware
Work in Progress

Awards and Distinctions:
None Identified

M.A. - Masters of Public Administration, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC (1980)
UNKN, Undergraduate (likely UNC)

Age: [Courtesy Omission]
Spouse: Doug Rothwell (Also Profiled)
Current Residence: Ann Arbor, MI
Hometown: Dunn, NC

Mark A. Murray

Snyder Position: Transition Team Vice Chairman ("in off hours"), Snyder Transition Team

Position Current: President & CEO, Meijer’s Inc. (2005-Present)

Board of Directors, Meijer’s Inc. (2005 -
Board of Directors, DTE Energy Holding Company (2009 – Present)
Boards of Directors, Universal Forest Products Inc (2004 – Present)

Past Positions:
President, Grand Valley State University (2001- 2005)
Member, Board of Education, City of Detroit (Active in 2000 X-X)
State Treasurer, State of Michigan (1999 - 2001)
Special Policy Advisor to the Governor (K-12 Education) (1999 - 2001)
Vice President of Finance and Administration, Michigan State University (1998 – 1999)
Director, Dept of Management and Budget, State of Michigan (1994-1998)
Deputy Director, Dept of Management and Budget, State of Michigan (1991-1994)
Acting Director, Family Independence Agency
UNKN, Department of Commerce, State of Michigan (Director was Doug Ross then in 1984)

Initiatives and Accomplishments:
Floated as Republican Candidate for Governor for the 2010 Cycle in early 2009
At MSU built the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, Keller Engineering Labs and Lake Ontario Hall
As Special Advisor to Gov Engler, involved in starting the Michigan Merit Award for high-school seniors and Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP) testing program

Awards and Distinctions:
Work in Progress

M.A. Labor and Industrial Relations, Michigan State University (1979)
B.A. Economics, Michigan State University

Age: 55
Spouse: WIP
Current Residence: WIP
Hometown: Work in Progress

Jeff Barnes
Snyder Position: Chief of Staff, Snyder Transition Team

Position Leaving: Policy Director, Snyder for Michigan Campaign

Past Positions:
Commission Officer, US Army, Branch Armor, (1996? – 2006)
Service: Bosnia-Herzegovina (Peace Keeping), and Iraq (7th CAV Invasion of Iraq, 2003 and second tour) and Korea
Rank: Mostly likely Major (P), possibly Lt Colonel (Cycle 8-9 years)

Initiatives and Accomplishments:
Decorated Combat Veteran with two tours in Iraq
Snyder Campaign for Governor

Awards and Distinctions:
Honorary Order of St. George (UK award to Foreign Nationals)
Two Bronze Stars, US Army
Meritorious Service Medal
Combat Action Badge

B.A. Business, Capital University, Columbus, OH (1996?)
M.A. Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan (2007?)

Age: 35
Spouse: Taryn Barnes
Current Residence: Ann Arbor, MI
Hometown: Work in Progress

George W. Jackson, Jr.
Snyder Position: Not Specified, Snyder Transition Team

Position Might be Leaving: President and CEO, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
(not specified if he is leaving this position) (2002 -

May be currently active within the following:
Downtown Development Authority (DDA)
Economic Development Corporation, City of Detroit (EDC)
Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA)
Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (DBRA)

Past Positions:

Member of 12 Boards in SE Michigan and Detroit (WIP)

Former Member, Board of Directors, Nexenergy
Chief Development Officer, City of Detroit from (2006 - 2010)
Director of Customer Marketing, DTE Energy (1980 - 2007)
Multiple Postings, DTE Energy (1980 – 2007)
Adjunct Faculty Member, Lawrence Technological University School of Management
Personnel and Human Resources US Navy

Initiatives and Accomplishments:
Worked on the financing of Book Cadillac Project
Leading executive in the Lower Woodward Improvement Initiative
Freeing up land by negotiation for the Detroit River Front

Awards and Distinctions:
CEO of the Year, Automation Alley

B.S. Human Resource Development, Oakland University
M.A. Management - Business Management, Central Michigan University

Age: WIP
Spouse: WIP
Current Residence: WIP
Hometown: Detroit

UPDATED Rick Snyder Administration APPOINTMENTS:

Richard Earl Posthumus or Dick Posthumus
Snyder Position: Senior Adviser to Snyder, Liaison to the Michigan State Legislature

Position Leaving: ‘Retired’ as President and CEO, Compatico Inc (2006 – November 2010) (Office Furniture Manufacturer in Grand Rapids, MI)

Current Positions:
Partner, Compatico Inc. (Conflict of DATES 2004 or 2006? – Present)
Member, Board of Directors, Mercantile Bank Corp. (June 2010 – Present)

Member, Board of Trustees, Michigan Council on Economic Education (2010 – Present)
Member, North American Manufacturers Association (NAM)
Member, Board of Directors, Michigan Chamber of Commerce
Member, Board of Directors, Metro Hospital
Member, Board of Directors, Greater Grand Rapids YMCA
Member, Board of Directors, Grand Rapids Economic Club

Past Positions:
Private Industry
President and CEO, Mercantile Bank Corp. (???? – June 2010)
(Retirement announced in June 2010)
Director, Strategic Public Policy (and Regulatory) Services Group, Varnum Consulting LLC (2003 – ????)

Michigan Government
Michigan Lieutenant Governor (1999 – 2002) under Gov John Engler (R)
Michigan State Senator - District 31 (1983 – 1998)
Republican Senate Majority Leader – Longest in MI history (1991-1998)
Executive Committee Member, National Conference of State Legislatures
Board Member, American Legislative Exchange Council (1991 – X)
Director of Constituent Relations, Michigan Republican House Office (X - 1982)
Director of Program Development & Research, Republican House Office (1979 - X)

Executive Vice President, Michigan Beef Industry Commission (1974-1978)
Staff, Michigan Farmers and Manufacturers Beet Association (1972 – 1974)
Owner, Bowne Center Farms in Kent County (1978 – Present)
Farmer, (1974 – Present)

Initiatives and Accomplishments:
Describes himself as "Progressive Republican" (in 2009)
Instructor, Young Centurion Program, Conservative Institute (2007)
Advisor, Dick Devos (R) for Governor Campaign (2006)
Board Member, Great Lakes Education Program (Charter Schools, Vouchers and Education "Reform" – Mackinac Center associated) (2005)
Survivor, Prostate Cancer (2004)

Won Michigan Republican Primary for Governor against Joe Schwartz (2002)
Lost bid for Governor of Michigan to Rick Snyder predecessor, Gov Jennifer Granhom (D) (November 5, 2002)
Loss in 2002 inspired a movement for Ted Nugent as Michigan's governor in 2006
Missed "70% of his votes in the State Senate" (presumable during his 2002 campaign for MI - Gov)
Michigan Delegate to Republican National Convention (1972 and 2000)

As Lt Governor under Gov John Engler (1999 – 2002):
Announced Mackinac Bridge selection as #1 Civil Engineering Project of the 20th Century by American Society of Civil Engineers of Michigan (ASCE) (1999)
Helped establish the Governor's Quality [in Health] Care Award (Michigan CIS 1998)
Chaired the Michigan Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Task Force (Lt Gov)
Called for a "Marshall Plan" to protect the state's rivers and lakes in 2001 (Lt Gov)
While Lt Gov ran a Political Action Committee (PAC) "Posthumus Victory Fund USA" (1994 – 2002)

As State Senator (1983 – 1998):
Sponsored Proposal A (XXXX) - reforms (cutting) property taxes and allocation to local education
Proponent of Michigan Education Savings Program (MESP)
Candidate for Michigan Presidential Elector (1996)
Opposed formation of the Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA)
Led push for Tort Reform legislation (1995)
While State Senator ran a Political Action Committee (PAC) "The (Posthumus) Leadership Fund"

Awards and Distinctions:
President's Award, Child Abuse and Neglect Council of Oakland County
Honorary Doctor of Laws, Grand Valley University
Honorary Doctor of Political Science, Northern Michigan University
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Jordan College
Centennial Honor Roll Member, Alpha Zeta (Agricultural Fraternity - as of 1997)
Distinguished Service Award, Michigan State Horticultural Society (1992)

B.A. Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University (1972)
(listings as having also (minor?) 'Public Affairs Management')

Age: 60
Spouse: Pamela (Pam) (d. of cancer 1950 – 2010) – four kids
Daughter in Politics: Lisa (Lyon) Postumus State Representative House - District 86 (January 2011 - Present)
Current Residence: Alto, MI
Hometown: Caledonia, MI

Rick Snyder has also named 'Democrat' Andy Dillion, former Democratic Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives as State Treasurer.

PROFILE Pending...

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Originally posted to Hector Solon on Fri Nov 05, 2010 at 07:48 AM PDT.

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