Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.

ARTICLES

Inside Track: Cohen helps organizations in their time of need

Consultant strives to bring the best of herself to someone else’s battle.

August 28, 2015
Sometimes, Shannon Cohen thinks “The A-Team” theme song should play when she’s done with a job. Read More

Inside Track: A calling to work with children and youth

Jim Paparella, the new head of D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s, says Kent is not like any other county in Michigan.

August 21, 2015
Jim Paparella, the new president/CEO of D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s since May, had a pretty good thing going in Lansing when he saw the job opening at DABSJ, one of Michigan’s largest child/youth welfare agencies. Read More

Inside Track: Creating meaningful public spaces for everyone

As Grand Rapids’ new Parks & Rec director, David Marquardt wants to be thoughtful about where funds will be spent.

August 14, 2015
David Marquardt is new to Grand Rapids. Read More

Inside Track: Blue-collar housing and strong work ethic are nice fit

John Bitely’s ‘never give up’ farmer’s mindset saw his Sable Homes through the Great Recession.

August 7, 2015
John Bitely always wanted to be a farmer. Read More

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