Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.

ARTICLES

Inside Track: An advocate for change

Marywood Health Center’s Lisa McMichael sees many changes ahead in the realm of rehabilitation therapy.

March 27, 2015
Lisa McMichael has seen a lot of changes in the field of occupational therapy since she started her career two decades ago, and she expects to see more thanks to the baby boomer generation. Read More

Inside Track: No mixed message for Mixed Staffing

Sara Sherry overcomes obstacles to reduce others’ barriers to the workforce.

March 20, 2015
Sara Sherry is establishing her boutique firm as the staffing agency that personalizes the job market — one person and one employment opportunity at a time. Read More

Inside Track: Working from the ground up

Drive and experience have built a career for minority business leader Michael Verhulst.

March 13, 2015
The first time Michael Verhulst realized he was part of a racial minority group was in sixth grade. Read More

Inside Track: Driven to find new opportunities and to discover ‘what’s next’

Tom Welch, president and CEO of Fifth Third Bank Western Michigan, believes growth is a mindset.

March 6, 2015
It’s not often that entrepreneurial chances arrive in corporate America, but Tom Welch saw an opportunity in 2002. Read More

Inside Track: Wieland is passionate about trash

Kent County’s manager of Resource Recovery & Recycling doesn’t want landfills to become our environmental legacy.

February 27, 2015
Kristen Wieland will tell you she’s no girly-girl when it comes to recycling. Read More

Inside Track: New symphony conductor thinks Grand Rapids pops

Bob Bernhardt, who also has roles with the Louisville and Chattanooga symphonies, was drawn to GR by its vibrant atmosphere.

February 20, 2015
Grand Rapids Symphony goers will recognize the organization’s new principal pops conductor when the 2015-2016 season begins later this year. Read More

Inside Track: Taking risks for a legacy of hope

The YWCA’s programs for victims of sexual assault, abuse and domestic violence have engaged Carla Blinkhorn for 30 years.

February 13, 2015
Carla Blinkhorn is not afraid of a challenge and fearlessly strives to improve the initiatives at YWCA West Central Michigan. Read More

Inside Track: Integrity goes a long way

Former golf pro Brad Rosely uses his golf mindset to make over West Michigan commercial real estate.

February 6, 2015
All Brad Rosely ever wanted to do was play golf. Read More

Inside Track: Transition from food to beer started early for Crank

Jim Crank is happy to have joined the craft brewing scene; now he’s looking for more space in Grand Rapids.

January 30, 2015
In the 1990s, Jim Crank spent a lot of time thinking about craft beer. Read More

Inside Track: Powered by challenges

Before joining Norris, Perné & French, Lon Swartzentruber helped a school system secure its financial future.

January 23, 2015
The new managing director — the first and only managing director — at Norris, Perné & French, the oldest privately owned investment management firm in Grand Rapids, is a guy with a track record of taking on difficult challenges. Read More