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Paul Kopenkoskey is a freelance writer for Gemini Publications who resides in Grand Rapids.
‘WGVU Morning Show’ host turns to broadcasting after physical therapy job no longer fulfilled her.
September 23, 2016
Shelley Irwin likely would not have been this year’s ATHENA Award recipient had she remained content working as a physical therapist. Read More
Elizabeth Schenk left a job in corporate communications to run her award-winning business full time.
December 5, 2014
Elizabeth Schenk might still be working in corporate communications at Universal Forest Products Inc. had it not been for a business venture that progressively blossomed. Read More
The CEO of Preferred Construction Group promotes mentorship within the industry.
October 24, 2014
Growing up, Troy Yarbrough discovered he had a knack for grasping the intricacies of science and mathematics. Read More
Tommy Fitzgerald’s eyes were opened to the importance of community at a very young age.
September 26, 2014
The charred remains of Tommy Fitzgerald’s boyhood home have served as an unlikely spark for helping to steer teens’ lives in a constructive direction — and the reason he recently closed his downtown café. Read More
The local Pregnancy Resource Center is one of the largest in the country with an annual budget of $2 million.
August 22, 2014
Displayed inside Jim Sprague’s office are photos of his three children: Jacob, Madison and Kevin, ages 20, 14 and 11, respectively. Read More
The founder of the five-year-old Exodus Place strives to help residents find their purpose in life.
July 18, 2014
Robb Munger was nearly killed when a mortar shell knocked him off of his feet in Honduras, but he was rattled even more when the final payment of a property tax bill came knocking on his door. Read More
Business district is in flux, but new bus line may help.
June 20, 2014
Members of the Division Avenue Business Association say a new bus rapid transit line scheduled to start in August could draw new customers who may not be aware of the eclectic array of businesses that line the retail district. Read More
Dixie Anderson has hosted dignitaries, bestselling authors and presidents from around the world.
June 13, 2014
Dixie Anderson strolled past the security detail assigned to protect then-Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and his wife for a meet-and-greet and afternoon tea at the Amway Grand Plaza. Read More
Brewster Hamm, president and CEO of Senior Meals, is energized by people, projects and worthy goals.
April 4, 2014
Brewster Hamm knows there are a number of for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations squirming in a mire of problems that threaten their future. Read More