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Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.
DeVos Learning Center’s director of programming matches President Ford’s qualities with museum’s new curriculum.
Clare Shubert never expected her career as an educator would involve so much time in a hard hat, but since December, that’s been a regular feature of her wardrobe. Read More
Employee Assistance Center’s director encourages email-free workdays and more face-to-face interaction.
Leslie Fiorenzo’s goal is simple — she wants to make Mondays more popular. Read More
Bethany Christian Services’ new refugee employment supervisor foresees the impact of an untapped resource.
Kyle Garberson is only two months into a job he said already makes him proud to be an American. Read More
Ryan Mast digs into the flower planter industry with acquisitions, new products and retail locations.
When he started college, Ryan Mast intended to become an airline pilot, but instead he took off as an entrepreneur. Read More
Triangle Associates vice president knows there is a lot more to construction than just swinging a hammer.
Paul Lemley has worked on so many different kinds of projects throughout his life, people often ask, “Wait, are you 100 years old?” Read More
Rachel Lee, director of East Hills Council of Neighbors, has a passion for the neighborhood she also calls home.
The director at the East Hills Council of Neighbors sees the importance of preserving historical and architectural character during neighborhood revitalization. Read More
Chicago’s cutthroat advertising world and a little advice from Jeff Foxworthy resulted in Kantorwassink co-founder’s arrival in Grand Rapids.
Despite heading up a major account at one of the largest advertising firms in the world, Wendy Wassink was frustrated. Read More
With two startups of his own, at the moment Spencer Blanchard is more interested in growing someone else’s startup.
Spencer Blanchard is a business owner who became so popular with his clients, he ended up working for them. Read More
After failing to become an astronaut, Martin Axelrod’s career trajectory has been anything but boring.
The faulty O-ring that caused the space shuttle Challenger to explode in 1986 stifled Martin Axelrod’s lifelong dream and changed his life forever. Read More
From pool lifeguard to executive positions in several cities, Scott Lewis has had a lifelong career with the YMCA.
Scott Lewis is one of the newest members of the Grand Rapids community, having moved here in January to take on the role of president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. Read More