Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.

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Inside Track: Stimulating the economic engine

Jorge Gonzalez builds on banking experience as the new executive director of West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

April 17, 2015
At one point in his career, Jorge Gonzalez was either a member of or leading at least 15 community organizations in West Michigan — all at once. Read More

Inside Track: A proven leader in destination sales

A salesman since his college days, Tom Bennett loves working head-to-head against cities trying to book a convention.

April 10, 2015
Over the years, Tom Bennett has watched Grand Rapids develop from afar. Read More

Inside Track: Young finds wrestling with city government enjoyable

Michael Young, 20-year city manager of Rockford, also heads the Michigan Local Government Management Association.

April 3, 2015
Michael Young must have been cut out for city management. Read More

Inside Track: An advocate for change

Marywood Health Center’s Lisa McMichael sees many changes ahead in the realm of rehabilitation therapy.

March 27, 2015
Lisa McMichael has seen a lot of changes in the field of occupational therapy since she started her career two decades ago, and she expects to see more thanks to the baby boomer generation. Read More

Inside Track: No mixed message for Mixed Staffing

Sara Sherry overcomes obstacles to reduce others’ barriers to the workforce.

March 20, 2015
Sara Sherry is establishing her boutique firm as the staffing agency that personalizes the job market — one person and one employment opportunity at a time. Read More

Inside Track: Working from the ground up

Drive and experience have built a career for minority business leader Michael Verhulst.

March 13, 2015
The first time Michael Verhulst realized he was part of a racial minority group was in sixth grade. Read More

Inside Track: Driven to find new opportunities and to discover ‘what’s next’

Tom Welch, president and CEO of Fifth Third Bank Western Michigan, believes growth is a mindset.

March 6, 2015
It’s not often that entrepreneurial chances arrive in corporate America, but Tom Welch saw an opportunity in 2002. Read More

Inside Track: Wieland is passionate about trash

Kent County’s manager of Resource Recovery & Recycling doesn’t want landfills to become our environmental legacy.

February 27, 2015
Kristen Wieland will tell you she’s no girly-girl when it comes to recycling. Read More

Inside Track: New symphony conductor thinks Grand Rapids pops

Bob Bernhardt, who also has roles with the Louisville and Chattanooga symphonies, was drawn to GR by its vibrant atmosphere.

February 20, 2015
Grand Rapids Symphony goers will recognize the organization’s new principal pops conductor when the 2015-2016 season begins later this year. Read More

Inside Track: Taking risks for a legacy of hope

The YWCA’s programs for victims of sexual assault, abuse and domestic violence have engaged Carla Blinkhorn for 30 years.

February 13, 2015
Carla Blinkhorn is not afraid of a challenge and fearlessly strives to improve the initiatives at YWCA West Central Michigan. Read More