Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.


Inside Track: A pro in the ‘people business’

DK Security COO uses her leadership position for shining spotlight on others.

June 15, 2018
When Sindia Narber talks about her role at DK Security, she returns again and again to the stories of the people around her rather than her own accomplishments. Read More

Inside Track: A farmer with dreams

Bryan Heffron hopes to use experience running family farm to enact future policy changes.

June 8, 2018
Bryan Heffron has been farming nearly his entire life. Read More

Inside Track: Award-winning pedigree

Elzinga & Volkers president and CEO looks to put firm on national map with ‘right-brain’ leadership, employee-centric approach.

June 1, 2018
With a “right-brain” style of leadership and an employee-centric approach to business, Elzinga & Volkers President and CEO Mike Novakoski is on a mission to make the Holland-based construction firm “unmistakable.” Read More

Inside Track: Preparing future leaders

Aquinas College President Kevin Quinn leans on experience in a number of careers to improve school’s curriculum.

May 25, 2018
If anyone fulfills the title “jack of all trades,” it’s Kevin Quinn. Read More

Inside Track: Educator connects theory and practice

Nkechy Ekere Ezeh leads nonprofit addressing early childhood education while also training parents.

May 18, 2018
Born and raised in a small village in Nigeria, Nkechy Ekere Ezeh was shocked when she came to the U.S. as an adult and heard the messages bombarding low-income minority parents. Read More

Inside Track: Mad man finds calling

Co-founder of LEAD Marketing Agency originally went to college for journalism.

May 11, 2018
“Two stupid to see what’s in front of us, but really two wise to never stop.” Read More

Inside Track: Customer-first approach

Owner/president of SJA Solutions passionate about meeting companies’ growing IT demands.

May 4, 2018
Sean Agerson is a passionate problem-solver. The owner and president of SJA Solutions started his IT firm with just himself and a laptop, but 13 years later, put it on track to earn $5 million in revenue this year. Read More

Inside Track: Finding his calling

John Glover uses experience growing up in poverty to serve those experiencing homelessness.

April 27, 2018
John Glover said his experience growing up in poverty is what propelled him to direct service work for those in a similar position. Read More

Inside Track: Turning houses into homes

Self-taught interior designer helms growing home décor subscription box company and QVC line.

April 20, 2018
Farah Merhi’s “aha moment” came in the middle of a home improvement project. Read More

Inside Track: The circle of life

As executive director of Festival of the Arts, David Abbott looks to showcase different cultures he experienced attending the event as a child.

April 13, 2018
Jacobson’s department store was where it all started. Read More