Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.

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Inside Track: A love of language

Former ballet dancer turns to sign language interpretation to help deaf students communicate.

February 16, 2018
Clinton McMurray loved ballet dancing when he was growing up. Read More

Inside Track: Problem-solver pedigree

Earning reputation as ‘fix-it guy,’ Jack Johnson helps bring advanced energy to companies big and small.

February 9, 2018
Jack Johnson’s work has earned him the reputation of a problem-solver. The co-founder and director of operations for Holland-based Volta Power Systems takes his experience as an engineer to the market of lithium-ion energy. Read More

Inside Track: Striving for inclusion

Executive director of Grand Rapids Pride Center uses leadership skills learned from first job to empower LGBTQ community.

February 2, 2018
Thomas Pierce learned his first lessons in work and leadership during his college job at Walmart. Read More

Inside Track: Juggling school, sports and startup comes up aces

At 20 years old, Grand Valley student-athlete Katarina Samardzija is growing athleisure startup with pitch competition wins.

January 26, 2018
Running a business has never been theoretical for Katarina Samardzija. Read More

Inside Track: Ambition drives Jbara

A penchant for turning ‘no’ into ‘yes’ helped president/owner bring professional basketball to Grand Rapids.

January 19, 2018
He was never the tallest, most elusive or the strongest, but he was always ambitious. Read More

Inside Track: Efficiency drives innovation

President of SalesPad uses emerging technology to increase productivity in every step of career.

January 12, 2018
Jen Jurgens hadn’t been SalesPad’s vice president of marketing for even a year before stepping into the role of the company’s president, but coming from a diverse career involving the use of new and emerging technologies to optimize efficiency has given her the skills and the perspective to be at the forefront of innovation. Read More

Inside Track: A voice for everyone

Incoming CEO of Cherry Health relishes in serving Grand Rapids community.

January 5, 2018
To Tasha Blackmon, the incoming CEO of Cherry Health, the patients are more important than anything. Read More

Inside Track: Bringing a ‘welcoming spirit’ to tough issues

New director of Center for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity at Aquinas College is unafraid to tackle hard topics with grace.

December 29, 2017
As in the business world, one of the main barriers to diversity and inclusion in higher education circles is ignorance, Alicia Lloyd said. Read More

Inside Track: Navy veteran lends a hand

Michael Hyacinthe’s programs help past military members reintegrate into society with affordable housing, jobs.

December 22, 2017
Growing up in New York City, Michael Hyacinthe wanted to play basketball. Read More

Inside Track: Leading by example

CPOY winner attributes success to personal integrity and respect for team members.

December 15, 2017
At the 2017 Excellence in Construction Awards, the Associated Builders and Contractors West Michigan Chapter (ABC/WMC) honored Van Dyken Mechanical’s Jeff Dickman with the Craft Professional of the Year (CPOY) award for outstanding craftsmanship and leadership. Read More