Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.

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Inside Track: Strong work, mentors propel Wickstrom

President and future CEO of Erhardt Construction credits childhood chores and early field experience for career success.

September 22, 2017
As Erhardt Construction says goodbye to its longtime chairman and CEO, Joe Erhardt, the company welcomes a familiar face. Ben Wickstrom has served as president since 2011, and as the future owner of the company he’s been a team member of since 1998, he remains committed to teamwork and quality service. Read More

Inside Track: Wilson is drawn to the executive side of health

Michigan Blood CEO’s first job was running a 100-bed hospital at the age of 25.

September 15, 2017
Jim Wilson comes by his passion for health care honestly. Read More

Inside Track: Life’s in focus for movie theater exec

Eric Kuiper’s passion for storytelling leads him to career at Celebration! Cinema.

September 8, 2017
While working at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Eric Kuiper was most intrigued by the parts of church that involve storytelling. Read More

Inside Track: Bankruptcy provides clarity

After a failing ownership opportunity, Navigate Ventures President Rob Stam rediscovers his passion for teaching.

September 1, 2017
Rob Stam went bankrupt in 2007, but without that experience, he wouldn’t be where he is today. Read More

Inside Track: Furthering minority ownership

August 25, 2017
The advancement of minority entrepreneurship as an evolving business environment drives most of the work of Jim Roberts. Read More

Inside Track: Discovering her passion for teaching

After finding the desire at a young age, Wendy Falb dedicated her time to improving education in Grand Rapids.

August 18, 2017
Wendy Falb found her passion for teaching at an early age. Read More

Inside Track: Go-getter challenges status quo

Inspired by father's drive, Mirka Wilderer leads Evoqua Water Technologies to remarkable growth.

August 11, 2017
With only a slight trace of a German accent, Mirka Wilderer describes her journey toward an executive role at a Michigan water systems company. Read More

Inside Track: Taking calculated risks

Sarah Abel, self-described ‘typical millennial,’ embraces new challenges and opportunities.

August 4, 2017
Sarah Abel was reading a job description when she told Kim Bode it looked like a wonderful opportunity. Read More

Inside Track: Brutus unleashes client potential

Achievement Resources owner aims at identifying and defeating obstacles to help others obtain success.

July 28, 2017
Embracing challenges and discovering ways to overcome them is the major philosophy of Renwick Brutus. Read More

Inside Track: Freese Decker rounds into form as participatory leader

Spectrum Health COO and executive vice president strives for constant improvement in work and personal life.

July 21, 2017
For new Spectrum Health System Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President Tina Freese Decker, one of the best perks of the job is “rounding.” Read More