Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.


Inside Track: Coaching the basics on and off the court

Jim McGannon’s youth sports organization focuses on the kids and learning athletic skills, rather than on competition.

July 31, 2015
Coach Jim McGannon takes a different approach with youth sports. Read More

Inside Track: Crafting a long and successful career

Establishing the North American office of Create and Craft has been a whirlwind of activity for Ray Shelgosh, with more in store.

July 24, 2015
Ray Shelgosh thought a light sweater would be all he would need for a quick mid-April interview in Grand Rapids. Read More

Inside Track: Focused beyond the tragedy

Stephen Cohle’s interest in forensic pathology led him to accept the job of Kent County deputy medical examiner in 1982.

July 17, 2015
Dr. Stephen D. Cohle’s work day often entails things people don’t want to contemplate. Read More

Inside Track: Perspective makes ownership easier for Kirkwood-Hall

Trader of the Year award winner overcame personal tragedy to buy and run a family business.

July 10, 2015
Ann Kirkwood-Hall and her company Bulman Products Inc. were honored in May with the West Michigan World Trade Association’s Trader of the Year award. Read More

Inside Track: Engaging the community

Jesse Bernal’s commitment to inclusion and equity stems from his experiences growing up in a small town in southern Texas.

July 3, 2015
Jesse Bernal recognizes it is the impact of the individual that provides direct meaning for his commitment to social justice. Read More

Inside Track: Kelly helps underdogs to become achievers

Recognizing rock bottom propels single mom to new professional heights.

June 26, 2015
Katie Kelly had hit rock bottom. Read More

Inside Track: A compassion for animals

Award-winning business owner and veterinarian Lynn Happel educates herself to stay on top of a changing field.

June 19, 2015
Unlike her classmates with New Kids on the Block posters, Lynn Happel’s bedroom when she was little was plastered with dog, cat and horse posters. Read More

Inside Track: Don’t say ‘temp’ at Fettig

Mike Fettig says his family’s staffing agency focuses on permanent jobs with core values of people and performance.

June 12, 2015
Mike Fettig said there’s a BHAG at the Fettig employment agency in Grand Rapids — as well as a new home with windows overlooking the Grand River. Read More

Inside Track: Novakoski sets himself apart through lifelong learning

Driving force behind the company’s success is the idea of doing an ‘unmistakably E&V’ job.

June 5, 2015
While many construction-related businesses are struggling to find the talent needed to operate in an increasingly good construction climate, Mike Novakoski said his company isn’t among them. Read More

Inside Track: Kirin catches the creative wave rolling through Grand Rapids

Still in her 20s, this young entrepreneur already has juggled several creative businesses and nonprofit passions.

May 29, 2015
Want to feel really lazy? Read More