Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.

ARTICLES

Inside Track: NAI Wisinski general manager banks on his relationships

A career in the financial industry leads to commercial real estate success for Brad Bruinsma.

August 26, 2016
Every business story essentially boils down to two great forces: money and people. Read More

Inside Track: Meeting people never gets stale

Grocery career has taken SpartanNash VP down many aisles.

August 19, 2016
Walking through the Breton Village D&W Fresh Market, Brian Haaraoja smiled and greeted every passing customer. Read More

Inside Track: Connections at heart of Legacy Trust

William Walker values the art of service — and works in the service of art.

August 12, 2016
William Walker founded wealth management firm Legacy Trust in Grand Rapids at a time when many small financial institutions had already been devoured by larger regional or national franchises and more were soon to follow. Read More

Inside Track: More than just a copier

John Lowery follows dad’s lead on customer service, focuses on management and culture to grow business

August 5, 2016
When John Lowery speaks about Applied Imaging, the company he founded in 1987, he brims with pride. Read More

Inside Track: Military service becomes basic training for life, career

Universal Mind’s Brad Ruiter gains confidence to blaze a tech trail.

July 29, 2016
It was in Brad Ruiter’s blood to go into the military. Read More

Inside Track: Construction world listens to innovator’s sound idea

Layoff freed Bruce Burgess to solve a noisy problem.

July 22, 2016
Following more than a decade in construction and as the vice president of a construction firm, Bruce Burgess walked into work one day in 2011 and saw his computer missing and his boss there to hand him a box. Read More

Inside Track: Boosting therapy with horsepower

GVSU prof puts patients with disabilities in the saddle.

July 15, 2016
Beth Macauley is one of only four speech-language pathologists in the country certified in hippotherapy, an emerging technique that puts patients on horseback to improve speech, motor and cognitive functions. Read More

Inside Track: All about the connections

There’s nothing impersonal about Leslee Lewis’ working relationships.

July 8, 2016
Growing up, Leslee M. Lewis moved around quite a bit. After living the first six years of her life in Breckenridge, her family moved about every two years, by her estimation. Read More

Inside Track: ‘Everything balances’

Numbers capture Jeff Williams’ imagination, but trust is where the real value lies.

July 1, 2016
Oddly enough, Jeff Williams’ big career break came after he was already managing about $500 million. Read More

Inside Track: Windsurfer changes tack to get on board with building

Years of on-the-job training chart a course for Veneklasen to follow in his father’s wake

June 24, 2016
If not for a $100 check from his grandmother, Chris Veneklasen could still be on Nantucket Island teaching windsurfing. Read More