Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.

ARTICLES

Inside Track: The new face of change at Muskegon City Hall

Frank Peterson, a native of Flint, is the Port City’s first new city manager in 19 years.

April 18, 2014
Don’t ever try to suggest to the new city manager that Muskegon is just a gritty Rust Belt town, a former industrial center down on its luck and struggling to stay alive — like, say, Flint. Read More

Inside Track: GR Young Architect of the Year receives national award, too

Matt Slagle of TowerPinkster has some big projects under his belt, including several area high school renovations.

April 11, 2014
In June, design architect Matt Slagle will be presented with the 2014 American Institute of Architects Young Architects Award at the national organization’s annual conference in Chicago. 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

Inside Track: Helping kids with disabilities gain control of their lives

Andrea Benyovszky, a special needs teacher from Hungary, works to expand conductive education in the United States.

March 28, 2014
The accent is what most people notice first about Andrea Benyovszky. Read More

Inside Track: Barrett matches preferences with his job for a ‘good life’

A star on social media, the founder of Status Creative aims to take his company to the next level.

March 21, 2014
Jeff Barrett thrives on being an extrovert and forming relationships, yet he’s possibly best known for his Twitter handle. Read More

Inside Track: She escaped from working the street on South Division

Leslie F. King, a victim of human trafficking/sexual exploitation, is now helping other women and girls escape to a better life.

March 14, 2014
It has been cynically called “the oldest profession” but, in reality, it is one of the most brutal and dehumanizing forms of slavery ever practiced. Read More

Inside Track: Kimbrel’s giant contributions come through perseverance

The owner of Painting by Jeff has worked for 30 years to carve out a niche in the community.

March 7, 2014
In late January, Jeffrey Kimbrel was honored by the Woodrick Diversity Learning Center as its 2014 Giant Among Giants recipient, an award that recognizes his commitment and exceptional contributions to the Grand Rapids community. Read More

Inside Track: Rodriguez is comfortable being a voice for West Michigan

Calder Group founder seeks to help shape public policy and infuse clients’ interests at all levels of government.

February 28, 2014
Think of Jared Rodriguez as a policy wonk who has a soft spot for a certain city in Michigan. Read More

Inside Track: Dégagé executive director feels called to work with homeless

In the 20 years since Marge Palmerlee has been involved with the center, it has turned into a different place altogether.

February 21, 2014
“I just want you to know that I’m going to commit suicide tonight.” Read More

Inside Track: Urban recreation unites his love for city life and the outdoors

Chris Muller was reluctant to move back to Grand Rapids but is discovering a wealth of opportunities here.

February 14, 2014
Grand Rapids has a lot to offer; sometimes it just takes a little bit of uncovering. Read More