Wednesday, December 02, 1998
Governor John Engler announced today that Richard Czuba, Director of Tourism and Public Affairs for Travel Michigan, will resign from his position to explore other professional avenues outside of state government. Czuba is currently on leave from his position with the state to organize the 1999 Inaugural. "Richard has done an outstanding job representing Michigan in one of our largest industries," said Engler. "His talent and energy will be greatly missed, not only at Travel Michigan, but also as a valued and loyal member of my administration. His vast knowledge of state government, his dedication and hard work will be remembered. I wish Richard all the best in his future endeavors in the private sector." As Director of Tourism, Czuba helped create Michigan's new state slogan, "Great Lakes. Great Times." He is credited with creating a more service-oriented focus that better serves the hundreds of thousands of Michigan and non-Michigan residents that request Michigan tourism information. Czuba is also hailed by industry leaders as someone who has worked closely with them to better meet the needs of the tourism industry in Michigan. Before serving as Advisor to the Governor for Planning and Research from 1993 to 1995, Czuba, a native of Sodus, worked at the Michigan Republican State Committee from 1983 to 1987 as Director of Research and again from 1989 to 1993 as Director of Research and Communications. Czuba was appointed to his current post at Travel Michigan in January 1997. Governor Engler has appointed Deputy Director Jeff Mason, of East Lansing, as Acting Director of Tourism.