Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.

ARTICLES

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

Inside Track: Fiorenzo helps employees do more than just survive

Employee Assistance Center’s director encourages email-free workdays and more face-to-face interaction.

May 13, 2016
Leslie Fiorenzo’s goal is simple — she wants to make Mondays more popular. Read More

Inside Track: Garberson helps connect refugees with job opportunities

Bethany Christian Services’ new refugee employment supervisor foresees the impact of an untapped resource.

May 6, 2016
Kyle Garberson is only two months into a job he said already makes him proud to be an American. Read More

Inside Track: Entrepreneur’s ideas bloom after grounding flight school

Ryan Mast digs into the flower planter industry with acquisitions, new products and retail locations.

April 29, 2016
When he started college, Ryan Mast intended to become an airline pilot, but instead he took off as an entrepreneur. Read More

Inside Track: Long and varied career leaves Lemley something to offer students

Triangle Associates vice president knows there is a lot more to construction than just swinging a hammer.

April 22, 2016
Paul Lemley has worked on so many different kinds of projects throughout his life, people often ask, “Wait, are you 100 years old?” Read More