Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.

ARTICLES

Inside Track: Construction world listens to innovator’s sound idea

Layoff freed Bruce Burgess to solve a noisy problem.

July 22, 2016
Following more than a decade in construction and as the vice president of a construction firm, Bruce Burgess walked into work one day in 2011 and saw his computer missing and his boss there to hand him a box. Read More

Inside Track: Boosting therapy with horsepower

GVSU prof puts patients with disabilities in the saddle.

July 15, 2016
Beth Macauley is one of only four speech-language pathologists in the country certified in hippotherapy, an emerging technique that puts patients on horseback to improve speech, motor and cognitive functions. Read More

Inside Track: All about the connections

There’s nothing impersonal about Leslee Lewis’ working relationships.

July 8, 2016
Growing up, Leslee M. Lewis moved around quite a bit. After living the first six years of her life in Breckenridge, her family moved about every two years, by her estimation. Read More

Inside Track: ‘Everything balances’

Numbers capture Jeff Williams’ imagination, but trust is where the real value lies.

July 1, 2016
Oddly enough, Jeff Williams’ big career break came after he was already managing about $500 million. Read More

Inside Track: Windsurfer changes tack to get on board with building

Years of on-the-job training chart a course for Veneklasen to follow in his father’s wake

June 24, 2016
If not for a $100 check from his grandmother, Chris Veneklasen could still be on Nantucket Island teaching windsurfing. Read More

Inside Track: Andrew Haig specializes in building programs to rebuild patients’ lives

Mary Free Bed’s ‘dominant force’ in market is enough to capture attention of globetrotting rehab doctor

June 17, 2016
Dr. Andrew Haig’s passion for rehabilitation has taken him around the globe, where he helps build physical rehab programs in impoverished countries and mentors young doctors. Read More

Inside Track: Answering service owner finds her calling in family business

Learning curve steep but commitment strong as cancer accelerates transition from father to daughter

June 10, 2016
There was a time Sue Cunningham-Milito didn’t want to follow in her father’s footsteps. Read More

Inside Track: Beals sets intentional boundaries to help others reclaim their lives

A lifetime of learning puts Samaritas CEO in a position to handle any situation that arises.

June 3, 2016
As a child, Sam Beals witnessed enough trauma for a lifetime. Read More

Inside Track: Ashamed no longer, Schottke leads students on career path

ABC’s director of workforce development knows firsthand that college is not the only predictor to success.

May 27, 2016
Growing up with a professor for a father, Jen Schottke used to feel ashamed she didn’t finish her college degree. Read More

Inside Track: Shubert’s character shines through in varied classroom positions

DeVos Learning Center’s director of programming matches President Ford’s qualities with museum’s new curriculum.

May 20, 2016
Clare Shubert never expected her career as an educator would involve so much time in a hard hat, but since December, that’s been a regular feature of her wardrobe. Read More