Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.

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Inside Track: An environmentalist at heart

Beginning with collecting thrown-out pop cans at an early age, Bill Wood never envisioned a career in environmentalism.

April 21, 2017
Bill Wood started picking up pop cans from the side of the road when he was only 4 or 5 years old in hopes of “becoming rich” from the deposit refund. Read More

Inside Track: Breuker has a ‘servant’s heart’

Holland Home CEO began nursing career on a dare.

April 14, 2017
When Mina Breuker introduces herself to new employees at Holland Home, she leaves them with a simple message, steeped in her own experience — “See? A nurse’s aide can become president.” Read More

Inside Track: Hair stylist follows her dream

Owner of JoJo’s House of Beauty creates a diverse salon where everyone is welcome, prioritized and celebrated.

April 7, 2017
Josephine White said many African-American women face a familiar inconvenience: you go to a salon on the weekend and wait for hours in line for a hairstyle that takes several more hours to finish. Read More

Inside Track: Putting his mark on Grand Rapids

Architect Isaac Norris strives to innovate and change perception of local neighborhoods.

March 31, 2017
Isaac Norris finds similarities between his love of music and his work as an architect. Read More

Inside Track: A life of purpose

Rich Sorota’s gambit of experience with high-profile companies lays foundation for current job as CEO of Ranir.

March 24, 2017
Having a purpose is important to Rich Sorota, which is why his current role as president and CEO of Ranir is the best of his career. Read More

Inside Track: A new world of medicine

Originally concerned with becoming a clinician, John Butzer finds just as much fulfillment in the administrative side of field.

March 17, 2017
For nearly three decades, John Butzer was the chief of medicine at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. Read More

Inside Track: Giving people a reason to smile

Growing up, LaughFest Director Joanne Roehm knew she was destined for a leadership position in the arts.

March 10, 2017
As she discusses Gilda’s LaughFest, Joanne Roehm adopts a serious tone. Read More

Inside Track: Risky venture pays off for Harris

Worksighted owner fondly remembers starting company on tight budget with no capital.

March 3, 2017
A futon and old TV stacked on a milk crate were all that sat in a plain, white-walled apartment, as Mike Harris greeted his parents. Read More

Inside Track: With second opportunity, attorney answers the call

Anita Hitchcock is happy with job as Grand Rapids city attorney after passing on the position first time around.

February 24, 2017
Seven months in, Anita Hitchcock couldn’t be happier with her new role as Grand Rapids city attorney. Read More

Inside Track: Changing the status quo

Grand Rapids native, Mini Mogul Group founder Kristian Grant showed entrepreneurial spirit as a child.

February 17, 2017
Growing up, even if she never actually said she wanted to be an entrepreneur, the signs were always there Kristian Grant had big ideas that needed to get out. Read More