Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.

ARTICLES

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

Inside Track: Boileau foresees dynamic growth ahead

A short-lived career in journalism after college led Randy Boileau into the finance industry and the field of communications.

January 16, 2015
A couple of key words that come up repeatedly when Randy Boileau speaks about his past and future are “storytelling” and “interesting,” both of which are also good words to describe Boileau. Read More

Inside Track: Webster whips up ingredients for successful business

Community involvement and customer service are key ingredients for Second Floor Bakery owner.

January 9, 2015
Business owner, foster mom and baker extraordinaire Katie Webster adds a sweet creative flair to the Holland community. Read More

Inside Track: Andy DeBraber helps others find their voices

Journalistic, religious and advocacy roots led Heartside Ministry director into nonprofits.

January 2, 2015
About once a day, red and blue flashes stream through Andy DeBraber’s office window overlooking Division Avenue in Heartside. Read More

Inside Track: Wine serves as catalyst for RedWater Restaurant Group

COO Craig Smith used his food service experience to successfully blend a mix of private golf courses and public eateries.

December 26, 2014
In the early 1980s, Craig Smith had a fortuitous encounter with a recruiter. Read More