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Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.
Jeff Helminski experienced being poor as a youngster and decided that would not be his lot in life.
In high school, Jeff Helminski told his class he was going to be an entrepreneur like Donald Trump. Read More
Bethany Weaver, the young CEO of Legal Copy Services, tries not to draw attention to her age.
Bethany Weaver, CEO of Legal Copy Services, is a little self-conscious about her age and would rather not make an issue of it. Read More
Jessica Ann Tyson recently transitioned her company into a full-service public relations firm.
“Can you keep a secret?” was the theme in early September when Jessica Ann Tyson invited clients, colleagues and friends to the JW Marriott for a special event. Read More
Tommy Fitzgerald’s eyes were opened to the importance of community at a very young age.
The charred remains of Tommy Fitzgerald’s boyhood home have served as an unlikely spark for helping to steer teens’ lives in a constructive direction — and the reason he recently closed his downtown café. Read More
Eric Richards went to law school by default after being unable to get a job with a history degree.
Whether he’s defending a client inside a courtroom or slamming an opponent on a judo mat, one thing about Eric Richards remains consistent. Read More
A young man’s unlikely path leads to becoming the face of the Grand Rapids Drive.
In early 2012, Steve Jbara was sitting in his seat at The Palace of Auburn Hills as a season ticketholder for the Detroit Pistons when an usher approached him. Read More
Habitat for Humanity of Kent County’s new model involves neighborhood stabilization and revitalization.
Mary Buikema knows owning a house can be a transformational experience for a family, which is why she is so passionate about her job at Habitat for Humanity of Kent County. Read More
The new Grand Rapids police chief says the job has many similarities to managing a business.
David Rahinsky is not one of those executives who doesn’t always answer his phone. Read More
The local Pregnancy Resource Center is one of the largest in the country with an annual budget of $2 million.
Displayed inside Jim Sprague’s office are photos of his three children: Jacob, Madison and Kevin, ages 20, 14 and 11, respectively. Read More
Andrew Montpetit’s start-up, Thoughts You Can See, draws on his talent of expressing ideas visually.
Even though Andrew Montpetit loved to draw as a kid, he was always told that “the starving artist” path was too financially risky. Read More