Earl Poleski of Jackson was named the Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s executive director on February 22, 2017. He previously served in the Michigan Legislature from 2011 to 2016, holding prominent roles as chair of the Financial Liabilities Reform Policy Committee and the General Government Appropriations Subcommittee. Earl also has been a certified public accountant since 1981, working as a sole-practitioner and partner with accounting firms providing individual and business accounting, tax and consulting services, while also representing clients to the IRS and state tax agencies. He has also served in the oil and gas industry, where he managed the controllership, tax and treasury functions of CMS Nomeco Oil & Gas Co. in Jackson, and as vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer of Dart Energy Corporation in Mason. Earl has been married to his high school sweetheart, Candy, since 1978. Together, they have two grown sons, Earl Wayne and John, and two grandchildren. Earl and Candy are members of the First United Methodist Church, where he sings in the Chancel Choir. He also has led Jackson youth on several mission trips around the country, while teaching values such as service, hard work, honesty and responsibility. In the summer, Earl and Candy enjoy trailering their boat, “Peace of Candy,” and traveling around our beautiful state. Roger Curtis was named director of the Department of Talent and Economic Development (TED) by Gov. Snyder in November 2016. TED works to ensure that the state can efficiently and effectively develop, administer and coordinate Michigan’s economic, housing and talent development initiatives and programs. Roger previously spent 10 years as president of Michigan International Speedway. Under his leadership, MIS hosted two annual NASCAR races – bringing an estimated $414 million in economic activity to the state. Roger worked to make MIS a year-round destination with the addition of sports car and go karting events, automotive research and development programs and non-motorsports events such as a Tough Mudder, and a three-day country music festival called Faster Horses, one of the fastest growing music festivals in the nation. Roger previously served as vice president of sales and marketing at California Speedway, senior director of marketing and sales at Richmond International Raceway and director of marketing and sales at Watkins Glen International.