Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.

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Inside Track: Engaging the community

Jesse Bernal’s commitment to inclusion and equity stems from his experiences growing up in a small town in southern Texas.

July 3, 2015
Jesse Bernal recognizes it is the impact of the individual that provides direct meaning for his commitment to social justice. Read More

Inside Track: Kelly helps underdogs to become achievers

Recognizing rock bottom propels single mom to new professional heights.

June 26, 2015
Katie Kelly had hit rock bottom. Read More

Inside Track: A compassion for animals

Award-winning business owner and veterinarian Lynn Happel educates herself to stay on top of a changing field.

June 19, 2015
Unlike her classmates with New Kids on the Block posters, Lynn Happel’s bedroom when she was little was plastered with dog, cat and horse posters. Read More

Inside Track: Don’t say ‘temp’ at Fettig

Mike Fettig says his family’s staffing agency focuses on permanent jobs with core values of people and performance.

June 12, 2015
Mike Fettig said there’s a BHAG at the Fettig employment agency in Grand Rapids — as well as a new home with windows overlooking the Grand River. Read More

Inside Track: Novakoski sets himself apart through lifelong learning

Driving force behind the company’s success is the idea of doing an ‘unmistakably E&V’ job.

June 5, 2015
While many construction-related businesses are struggling to find the talent needed to operate in an increasingly good construction climate, Mike Novakoski said his company isn’t among them. Read More

Inside Track: Kirin catches the creative wave rolling through Grand Rapids

Still in her 20s, this young entrepreneur already has juggled several creative businesses and nonprofit passions.

May 29, 2015
Want to feel really lazy? Read More

Inside Track: Making waves on the lakeshore

Bringing more market-rate housing and mixed-use buildings to downtown Muskegon are two of Jonathan Seyferth’s challenges.

May 22, 2015
Jonathan Seyferth may not have planned on finding his footing in economic development, but his leadership position at Downtown Muskegon Now has helped the business community begin to rise. Read More

Inside Track: A career fueled by curiosity

Long-time chef Steve Stallard is creating and developing food products for his BliS Gourmet company that nobody else has even thought of.

May 15, 2015
Steve Stallard likens the culinary industry to the National Football League: Plenty of people get there, but few actually make it big. Read More

Inside Track: Beverage industry déjà vu

Brien Fox of Henry A. Fox Sales now heads the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America.

May 8, 2015
Brien Fox isn’t the first from his family tree to head the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America. Read More

Inside Track: Change agent for inclusion

Sonya Hughes is proud of GRACC’s continued leadership in racial equity and its LGBT initiative.

May 1, 2015
The day the Business Journal sat down with Sonya Hughes, Grand Valley State University’s Johnson Center had just released its VoiceGR survey, which found that racism is “very much an issue” for 11 percent of respondents and “somewhat of an issue” for another 33 percent. Read More