Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.

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Inside Track: Foundation of trust propels Zhang to top

Managing partner and CEO of Zhang Financial said he has achieved top status as financial planner through hard work, relationships.

June 23, 2017
After almost three decades living in the United States and running a wealth management practice, Charles Zhang said his treasure isn’t in the millions he’s made — it’s in the people who trust him. Read More

Inside Track: An unexpected career change

Waterford Place executive director never envisioned himself working in senior care.

June 16, 2017
Throughout Waterford Place retirement community, there are artfully crafted wood pieces and stained glass. Read More

Inside Track: Desire to learn shapes career

Executive director of Heartside Ministry nearly missed out on opportunity to attend college.

June 9, 2017
Growing up in Zimbabwe, Tendai Masiriri’s parents always imported on him the importance of pursuing a full education — and Masiriri took it to heart. Read More

Inside Track: Bridging the opportunity gap

Executive director of the Hispanic chamber aims to apply international experience to open doors for Latino students, businesses.

June 2, 2017
Via his work in Mexico, Spain and now West Michigan, Guillermo Cisneros has come to understand a key truth: People need help to grow and succeed. Read More

Inside Track: Drive for change fuels Ley

Wanting more out of life, Better Drinking Culture CEO immersed himself in beer culture to help him land current job.

May 26, 2017
In late 2014, Jason Ley began to think about how he wanted to die. Read More

Inside Track: Paying it forward

A recovered drug addict and former Mel Trotter resident, Smashburger GM helps men get life back on track.

May 19, 2017
Tony Johnson often spends his lunch hour at Mel Trotter Ministries interviewing possible job applicants to come work for him at Smashburger, where he is the general manager. Read More

Inside Track: Dentist seizes business opportunity

John Bruinsma’s passion for patient care led him to create herbal suckers that battle tooth decay.

May 12, 2017
John Bruinsma never would have guessed the artificial taste of a sugar-free lollipop would one day lead to the taste of a $2,000 bottle of scotch. Read More

Inside Track: Trials prepare attorney for dual career

Elizabeth Rosario went from being a single mom at 14 and dropping out of high school to founding tax business and law firm.

May 5, 2017
Some people might look at Elizabeth Rosario’s life and see hard work overcoming tough luck. But Rosario likes to keep the focus on a higher power. Read More

Inside Track: Overseas work helps CSO grow

Entering college unsure of career path, Owen-Ames-Kimball’s Josh Szymanski landed on civil engineering and hasn’t looked back.

April 28, 2017
Josh Szymanski felt more in danger leaving Iraq at the height of the Iraq War than when he drove in to start his stay dredging a river near the border of Kuwait and Iraq in 2003. Read More

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