Paul R. Kopenkoskey

Paul R. Kopenkoskey

Paul Kopenkoskey is a freelance writer for Gemini Publications who resides in Grand Rapids.

ARTICLES

Inside Track: Posh Petals grows out of successful home business

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

Inside Track: Troy Yarbrough is happiest when he’s building something

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

Inside Track: Chef turns his focus to teaching life skills to local youths

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

Inside Track: Sprague lives out the pro-life journey he endorses

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

Inside Track: Munger gives men a chance to leave their past behind

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

Division merchants waiting on Silver Line

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

Inside Track: World Affairs Council opens global window in West Michigan

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

West Michigan firms see Detroit’s potential

Motor City is becoming more interested in this area’s cultural amenities.

May 23, 2014
Back in the 1930s, 47 Commerce Ave. SW housed an auto repair shop. Read More

Inside Track: A heart for leadership and helping the hungry

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

Comic-Con boldly goes into its second year

Convention moves to larger venue, adds more dates.

March 28, 2014
The sophomore year of Grand Rapids Comic-Con is expanding at warp-speed. Read More