Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.


Inside Track: Building inspiration through perspective

Peter Hugo Baldwin credits family trips, mentors for desire to become architect.

October 21, 2016
Peter Hugo Baldwin credits his choice of becoming an architect to an interconnected assortment of incidents that happened earlier in his life. Read More

Inside Track: Chef finds happy medium

Once a restaurant owner, Jeremy Paquin enjoys ‘just being a chef again.’

October 14, 2016
An email arrived in Jeremy Paquin’s inbox several weeks ago regarding a piece of his past he cannot shake. Read More

Inside Track: Sharing West Michigan’s stories

Spectrum Health senior communications specialist Rick Jensen enjoys being active in public relations community.

October 7, 2016
Rick Jensen has the opportunity to share some of the most amazing stories in pediatric medicine with the West Michigan community and beyond. Read More

Inside Track: Giving back to his tribe

Kurt Trevan leaves full-time banking job to help Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians expand economy outside of gaming.

September 30, 2016
Around 5 a.m. every Monday morning for six months, Kurt Trevan hit the road and made the three-hour drive from Grand Rapids to Chicago. Read More

Inside Track: Irwin colors outside the lines

‘WGVU Morning Show’ host turns to broadcasting after physical therapy job no longer fulfilled her.

September 23, 2016
Shelley Irwin likely would not have been this year’s ATHENA Award recipient had she remained content working as a physical therapist. Read More

Inside Track: Brewing up a career

Infante’s love of arguing, beer helps him create practice as alcoholic beverage lawyer.

September 16, 2016
For a while, Joseph Infante was in line to be a geologist, based on a suggestion by his older brother of an easy class at Michigan State University. Read More

Inside Track: New music director takes baton

Marcelo Lehninger’s love for conducting leads him to Grand Rapids Symphony

September 9, 2016
Marcelo Lehninger will take the podium as the new music director of the Grand Rapids Symphony for the first time Oct. 28 and 29. Read More

Inside Track: ‘Efficiency nut’ Chris Harper finds hard work always pays off

COO’s fascination with computers, coding leads to lucrative career.

September 2, 2016
For some, it takes a lifetime to find the right career path. Chris Harper found his around age 12, shortly after his family moved to Ada. Read More

Inside Track: NAI Wisinski general manager banks on his relationships

A career in the financial industry leads to commercial real estate success for Brad Bruinsma.

August 26, 2016
Every business story essentially boils down to two great forces: money and people. Read More

Inside Track: Meeting people never gets stale

Grocery career has taken SpartanNash VP down many aisles.

August 19, 2016
Walking through the Breton Village D&W Fresh Market, Brian Haaraoja smiled and greeted every passing customer. Read More