Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.

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Inside Track: Marriage leads to career break

Wife’s encouragement, support gives Keith Hopkins confidence to start his own fundraising firm.

December 2, 2016
During his two-decade career in fundraising, Keith Hopkins has had a hand in more than 175 campaigns, most of them in the West Michigan region. Read More

Inside Track: ‘Leading with compassion’

Dean of MSU College of Human Medicine preaches treating everybody, especially his patients, with respect.

November 25, 2016
As a child, Norman J. Beauchamp Jr. always came to the dinner table prepared to answer three questions posed by his mother: How was your day? What was your highlight? And did you achieve your goals? Read More

Inside Track: Changing people’s lives

Mel Trotter CEO Dennis Van Kampen opts for career in human services after destined for law enforcement career.

November 18, 2016
Dennis Van Kampen remembers journeying with a friend to Juarez, Mexico, in 1988 for what would prove to be far from the typical touristy experience. Read More

Inside Track: Contemplation leads to career change

Following 9/11, Jeff Karger opts to spend less time traveling and begins not-so-obvious path toward real estate job.

November 11, 2016
Jeff Karger had several days of contemplation in San Francisco following 9/11, and it changed the course of his career. Read More

Inside Track: Trucking conference steers attorney in right direction

Perrin Rynders credits a series of fortunate events for becoming a trial lawyer with Varnum.

November 4, 2016
Perrin Rynders has filed more than 170 lawsuits against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan since 2011 over hidden fees, winning a $6.1 million judgment for client Hi-Lex Controls Inc., which was the first lawsuit filed, and settling all of the other cases. Read More

Inside Track: A life-changing trip

Karen Tracey always knew she wanted to do something artistic or creative with her life, but a copywriting class at GVSU really opened her eyes to the power of words.

October 28, 2016
When Karen Tracey says her trip to Mexico was life changing, she isn’t exaggerating. Read More

Inside Track: Building inspiration through perspective

Peter Hugo Baldwin credits family trips, mentors for desire to become architect.

October 21, 2016
Peter Hugo Baldwin credits his choice of becoming an architect to an interconnected assortment of incidents that happened earlier in his life. Read More

Inside Track: Chef finds happy medium

Once a restaurant owner, Jeremy Paquin enjoys ‘just being a chef again.’

October 14, 2016
An email arrived in Jeremy Paquin’s inbox several weeks ago regarding a piece of his past he cannot shake. Read More

Inside Track: Sharing West Michigan’s stories

Spectrum Health senior communications specialist Rick Jensen enjoys being active in public relations community.

October 7, 2016
Rick Jensen has the opportunity to share some of the most amazing stories in pediatric medicine with the West Michigan community and beyond. Read More

Inside Track: Giving back to his tribe

Kurt Trevan leaves full-time banking job to help Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians expand economy outside of gaming.

September 30, 2016
Around 5 a.m. every Monday morning for six months, Kurt Trevan hit the road and made the three-hour drive from Grand Rapids to Chicago. Read More