Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.

ARTICLES

Inside Track: Comerica’s new regional manager sets sights on mentoring leaders

Debra Van Hevele worked her way from teller window to corporate suite on the strength of lasting relationships.

February 5, 2016
Working as a part-time teller at her local Comerica Bank after high school, Debra Van Hevele never thought she would make a career out of it. Read More

Inside Track: A championing voice for the aging population

As associate state director of community outreach with AARP, Jennifer Muñoz advocates for senior initiatives.

January 29, 2016
While Jennifer Muñoz may not have set out to work with seniors, after spending seven years in the industry in various capacities, Munoz said she absolutely loves it. Read More

Inside Track: Even a spy couldn’t uncover Lister’s latest film role

GR actor has a part in ‘Batman v Superman,’ but he can’t say a word about it.

January 22, 2016
Ralph Lister is about to become one of Grand Rapids’ most high-profile actors, thanks to a mysterious role in the upcoming Michigan-made blockbuster “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” set to be released in March. Read More

Inside Track: Non-beer drinker Schaafsma is happy to build breweries

A timely encounter put contractor on the right path for Grand Rapids’ burgeoning beverage industry.

January 15, 2016
Mark Schaafsma was having drinks at Bar Divani one day nearly a decade ago and started up a chance conversation with a fellow patron. Read More

Inside Track: Shoveling snow uncovers a thirst for business

As owner of The Apartment Lounge, Bob Johnson maintains its welcoming atmosphere, as well as its generous philanthropy.

January 8, 2016
Last week Bob Johnson celebrated three years as owner of The Apartment Lounge, one of only two LGBT bars remaining in downtown Grand Rapids. Read More

Inside Track: Navigating transportation and supply chain management

Les Brand focuses on finding solutions to help companies expand their distribution globally.

January 1, 2016
Les Brand, chief executive officer at Supply Chain Solutions, considers his biggest career break walking away from a chance to sail around the world with Wally Stenhouse during the Whitbread Round the World race after finishing school in 1974. Read More

Inside Track: Hispanic roots and making connections build entrepreneur

Successful businessman Javier Olvera wants to serve as a business bridge to the local Hispanic community.

December 25, 2015
Remember the name Javier Olvera. Read More

Inside Track: Nothing is casual about Floyd’s passion for restaurant industry

Meritage’s director of chef-casual dining has traveled the country turning operations into the best eateries they can be.

December 18, 2015
Joe Floyd likes a challenging restaurant guest. Read More

Inside Track: Gardner puts down roots for a social enterprise nonprofit

Urban Roots serves as a platform for education and empowerment through urban agriculture.

December 11, 2015
Levi Gardner is trying to raise $1 million to make his dream for his urban agriculture venture, Urban Roots, a reality. Read More

Inside Track: McGuigan has a passion for tackling the big issues

Community Foundation for Muskegon County’s president works to engage philanthropists to improve the lives of the community.

December 4, 2015
Chris McGuigan, president and chief executive officer of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, has been involved in the community ever since moving to West Michigan to practice law, after graduating from Indiana University Law School in Bloomington. Read More