Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.

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Inside Track: Freese Decker rounds into form as participatory leader

Spectrum Health COO and executive vice president strives for constant improvement in work and personal life.

July 21, 2017
For new Spectrum Health System Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President Tina Freese Decker, one of the best perks of the job is “rounding.” Read More

Inside Track: Building a brotherhood

GRCC professor, counselor, author founded fraternity for empowering black males to succeed.

July 14, 2017
Andre Fields knows firsthand the painful combination of poverty, fatherlessness and systemic racism that haunts many of his black male students. Read More

Inside Track: Carrying on the family business

Born into hotel industry, Peter Beukema re-energizes company by beginning construction of Embassy Suites first proposed a decade ago.

July 7, 2017
The Embassy Suites in the Monroe North district was at a do-or-die crossroads in fall 2016. Read More

Inside Track: The ultimate team player

Former high school standout athlete Chris Sain Jr. develops nonprofit sports program for at-risk youth.

June 30, 2017
When Chris Sain Jr. was a kid growing up in southeast Grand Rapids, sports weren’t just his hobby — they were his way to stay out of a life of crime, or worse, a life cut short. Read More

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