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Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.
Years of on-the-job training chart a course for Veneklasen to follow in his father’s wake
If not for a $100 check from his grandmother, Chris Veneklasen could still be on Nantucket Island teaching windsurfing. Read More
Mary Free Bed’s ‘dominant force’ in market is enough to capture attention of globetrotting rehab doctor
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
Learning curve steep but commitment strong as cancer accelerates transition from father to daughter
There was a time Sue Cunningham-Milito didn’t want to follow in her father’s footsteps. Read More
A lifetime of learning puts Samaritas CEO in a position to handle any situation that arises.
As a child, Sam Beals witnessed enough trauma for a lifetime. Read More
ABC’s director of workforce development knows firsthand that college is not the only predictor to success.
Growing up with a professor for a father, Jen Schottke used to feel ashamed she didn’t finish her college degree. Read More
DeVos Learning Center’s director of programming matches President Ford’s qualities with museum’s new curriculum.
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
Employee Assistance Center’s director encourages email-free workdays and more face-to-face interaction.
Leslie Fiorenzo’s goal is simple — she wants to make Mondays more popular. Read More
Bethany Christian Services’ new refugee employment supervisor foresees the impact of an untapped resource.
Kyle Garberson is only two months into a job he said already makes him proud to be an American. Read More
Ryan Mast digs into the flower planter industry with acquisitions, new products and retail locations.
When he started college, Ryan Mast intended to become an airline pilot, but instead he took off as an entrepreneur. Read More
Triangle Associates vice president knows there is a lot more to construction than just swinging a hammer.
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