Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.

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Inside Track: Kirin catches the creative wave rolling through Grand Rapids

Still in her 20s, this young entrepreneur already has juggled several creative businesses and nonprofit passions.

May 29, 2015
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Inside Track: Making waves on the lakeshore

Bringing more market-rate housing and mixed-use buildings to downtown Muskegon are two of Jonathan Seyferth’s challenges.

May 22, 2015
Jonathan Seyferth may not have planned on finding his footing in economic development, but his leadership position at Downtown Muskegon Now has helped the business community begin to rise. Read More

Inside Track: A career fueled by curiosity

Long-time chef Steve Stallard is creating and developing food products for his BliS Gourmet company that nobody else has even thought of.

May 15, 2015
Steve Stallard likens the culinary industry to the National Football League: Plenty of people get there, but few actually make it big. Read More

Inside Track: Beverage industry déjà vu

Brien Fox of Henry A. Fox Sales now heads the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America.

May 8, 2015
Brien Fox isn’t the first from his family tree to head the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America. Read More

Inside Track: Change agent for inclusion

Sonya Hughes is proud of GRACC’s continued leadership in racial equity and its LGBT initiative.

May 1, 2015
The day the Business Journal sat down with Sonya Hughes, Grand Valley State University’s Johnson Center had just released its VoiceGR survey, which found that racism is “very much an issue” for 11 percent of respondents and “somewhat of an issue” for another 33 percent. Read More

Inside Track: Cultivating STEM excitement in young students

Keli Christopher’s ‘recreational’ Mind Boggle programming focuses on fun, hands-on science for kids.

April 24, 2015
Keli Christopher is sparking students’ interest in science and math through recreational STEM programming to better prepare them for college and beyond. Read More

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