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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Three New Members Appointed to the Michigan Gaming Control Board

Last month, Governor Rick Snyder announced the appointment of three members to the Michigan Gaming Control Board. The appointments include two new members, Patrick McQueen of Bloomfield Hills and Andrew Palms of Chelsea, as well as the Honorable Benjamin Friedman of Huntington Woods, who returns after previously serving seven years on the Board.

Patrick McQueen fills the vacancy left by Barbara Rom. Mr. McQueen's background includes substantial experience in Michigan's financial industry, and he presently serves as the managing director of McQueen Financial Advisors. His four-year term expires on December 31, 2015.

Andrew Palms fills the vacancy left by Judge Friedman. Mr. Palms serves as the executive director of communications systems at the University of Michigan, and he has worked for the University for over 20 years. His four-year term also expires on December 31, 2015.

Judge Benjamin Friedman returns to the Board after a short hiatus, and he fills the vacancy left by the resignation of Jim Plakas. Judge Friedman is currently a member of the law firm of Friedman & Lichterman, P.C., and earlier served as a district court judge in Oakland County. He will complete Mr. Plakas's four-year term, which is set to expire on December 31, 2012.

The three new members join current board members Michael Watza, of Northville, and Robert L. Anthony, also of Northville. Governor Snyder also appointed Mr. Anthony to the position of Board Chair.