Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.

ARTICLES

Inside Track: Transition from food to beer started early for Crank

Jim Crank is happy to have joined the craft brewing scene; now he’s looking for more space in Grand Rapids.

January 30, 2015
In the 1990s, Jim Crank spent a lot of time thinking about craft beer. Read More

Inside Track: Powered by challenges

Before joining Norris, Perné & French, Lon Swartzentruber helped a school system secure its financial future.

January 23, 2015
The new managing director — the first and only managing director — at Norris, Perné & French, the oldest privately owned investment management firm in Grand Rapids, is a guy with a track record of taking on difficult challenges. Read More

Inside Track: Boileau foresees dynamic growth ahead

A short-lived career in journalism after college led Randy Boileau into the finance industry and the field of communications.

January 16, 2015
A couple of key words that come up repeatedly when Randy Boileau speaks about his past and future are “storytelling” and “interesting,” both of which are also good words to describe Boileau. Read More

Inside Track: Webster whips up ingredients for successful business

Community involvement and customer service are key ingredients for Second Floor Bakery owner.

January 9, 2015
Business owner, foster mom and baker extraordinaire Katie Webster adds a sweet creative flair to the Holland community. Read More

Inside Track: Andy DeBraber helps others find their voices

Journalistic, religious and advocacy roots led Heartside Ministry director into nonprofits.

January 2, 2015
About once a day, red and blue flashes stream through Andy DeBraber’s office window overlooking Division Avenue in Heartside. Read More

Inside Track: Wine serves as catalyst for RedWater Restaurant Group

COO Craig Smith used his food service experience to successfully blend a mix of private golf courses and public eateries.

December 26, 2014
In the early 1980s, Craig Smith had a fortuitous encounter with a recruiter. Read More

Inside Track: Scripps is energized by politics

The president of the MiEIBC has been a member of the Michigan House and previously worked on campaigns here and in Scotland.

December 19, 2014
For a guy who isn’t 40 yet, the president of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council seems to already have been there and done that. Read More

Inside Track: His vision for the theater is to be part of the change

As managing director of Actors’ Theatre, Kyle Los will use his business development experience to engage local businesses.

December 12, 2014
In November, Kyle Los joined Actors’ Theatre as managing director. Read More

Inside Track: Posh Petals grows out of successful home business

Elizabeth Schenk left a job in corporate communications to run her award-winning business full time.

December 5, 2014
Elizabeth Schenk might still be working in corporate communications at Universal Forest Products Inc. had it not been for a business venture that progressively blossomed. Read More

Inside Track: Finding the balance between analytics and people

David Levitt, co-founder of Third Coast Development, has made it a point to learn something from everyone he’s worked for.

November 28, 2014
David Levitt is creating his legacy in the local real estate industry by being somewhere in the balance between being the smartest and the nicest guy in a room. Read More