Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.

ARTICLES

Inside Track: Scripps is energized by politics

The president of the MiEIBC has been a member of the Michigan House and previously worked on campaigns here and in Scotland.

December 19, 2014
For a guy who isn’t 40 yet, the president of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council seems to already have been there and done that. Read More

Inside Track: His vision for the theater is to be part of the change

As managing director of Actors’ Theatre, Kyle Los will use his business development experience to engage local businesses.

December 12, 2014
In November, Kyle Los joined Actors’ Theatre as managing director. Read More

Inside Track: Posh Petals grows out of successful home business

Elizabeth Schenk left a job in corporate communications to run her award-winning business full time.

December 5, 2014
Elizabeth Schenk might still be working in corporate communications at Universal Forest Products Inc. had it not been for a business venture that progressively blossomed. Read More

Inside Track: Finding the balance between analytics and people

David Levitt, co-founder of Third Coast Development, has made it a point to learn something from everyone he’s worked for.

November 28, 2014
David Levitt is creating his legacy in the local real estate industry by being somewhere in the balance between being the smartest and the nicest guy in a room. Read More

Inside Track: Schuil finds specialty coffee industry to her taste

Leaving behind a career in the finance industry, Greta Schuil helped take her parents’ company to a new level.

November 21, 2014
When Greta Schuil came back to Grand Rapids in late 1989 to help run Schuil Coffee Co., a specialty roasting company started by her parents, Garry and Gladys Schuil, in 1981, she soon saw how open the gourmet coffee market was. Read More

Inside Track: Still in charge and going places

Adversity has never stopped Bridgett Tubbs-Carlon, the founder of the highly successful AppleTree Learning Centers.

November 14, 2014
Growing up in a single-parent household in the early 1980s, there just wasn’t money for luxuries like traveling in Bridgett Tubbs-Carlon’s world. Read More

Inside Track: Restaurant business is a family affair for Chang

Lisa Change came to Grand Rapids to pursue a culinary degree but instead decided to open her own restaurant.

November 7, 2014
In the past six months, 32-year-old Lisa Chang has accomplished more than most people do in several years. Read More

Inside Track: ‘Commitment is the foundation of a good life’

John Wolohan, Guiding Light’s substance abuse program administrator, is a successful product of the nonprofit’s efforts.

October 31, 2014
Men like John Wolohan are, simply put, the best physical evidence for why Guiding Light Mission matters for Grand Rapids. Read More

Inside Track: Troy Yarbrough is happiest when he’s building something

The CEO of Preferred Construction Group promotes mentorship within the industry.

October 24, 2014
Growing up, Troy Yarbrough discovered he had a knack for grasping the intricacies of science and mathematics. Read More

Inside Track: Perseverance trumps upbringing for Blackford Capital director

Jeff Helminski experienced being poor as a youngster and decided that would not be his lot in life.

October 17, 2014
In high school, Jeff Helminski told his class he was going to be an entrepreneur like Donald Trump. Read More