Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.

ARTICLES

Inside Track: Irwin colors outside the lines

‘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

Inside Track: Brewing up a career

Infante’s love of arguing, beer helps him create practice as alcoholic beverage lawyer.

September 16, 2016
For a while, Joseph Infante was in line to be a geologist, based on a suggestion by his older brother of an easy class at Michigan State University. Read More

Inside Track: New music director takes baton

Marcelo Lehninger’s love for conducting leads him to Grand Rapids Symphony

September 9, 2016
Marcelo Lehninger will take the podium as the new music director of the Grand Rapids Symphony for the first time Oct. 28 and 29. Read More

Inside Track: ‘Efficiency nut’ Chris Harper finds hard work always pays off

COO’s fascination with computers, coding leads to lucrative career.

September 2, 2016
For some, it takes a lifetime to find the right career path. Chris Harper found his around age 12, shortly after his family moved to Ada. Read More

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