Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.

ARTICLES

Inside Track: A life of purpose

Rich Sorota’s gambit of experience with high-profile companies lays foundation for current job as CEO of Ranir.

March 24, 2017
Having a purpose is important to Rich Sorota, which is why his current role as president and CEO of Ranir is the best of his career. Read More

Inside Track: A new world of medicine

Originally concerned with becoming a clinician, John Butzer finds just as much fulfillment in the administrative side of field.

March 17, 2017
For nearly three decades, John Butzer was the chief of medicine at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. Read More

Inside Track: Giving people a reason to smile

Growing up, LaughFest Director Joanne Roehm knew she was destined for a leadership position in the arts.

March 10, 2017
As she discusses Gilda’s LaughFest, Joanne Roehm adopts a serious tone. Read More

Inside Track: Risky venture pays off for Harris

Worksighted owner fondly remembers starting company on tight budget with no capital.

March 3, 2017
A futon and old TV stacked on a milk crate were all that sat in a plain, white-walled apartment, as Mike Harris greeted his parents. Read More

Inside Track: With second opportunity, attorney answers the call

Anita Hitchcock is happy with job as Grand Rapids city attorney after passing on the position first time around.

February 24, 2017
Seven months in, Anita Hitchcock couldn’t be happier with her new role as Grand Rapids city attorney. Read More

Inside Track: Changing the status quo

Grand Rapids native, Mini Mogul Group founder Kristian Grant showed entrepreneurial spirit as a child.

February 17, 2017
Growing up, even if she never actually said she wanted to be an entrepreneur, the signs were always there Kristian Grant had big ideas that needed to get out. Read More

Inside Track: Driving force fuels Ross

New co-director of Start Garden: Everyone has a responsibility to make the city inclusive, equitable and diverse.

February 10, 2017
Darel Ross II, the new co-director of Start Garden, is a man on a mission. Read More

Inside Track: Study abroad trip sets foundation

Urbaneer founder Bruce Thompson has undergrad experience in Spain to thank for tech career.

February 3, 2017
In the late 1980s, Bruce Thompson was struggling with Microsoft Excel while working at Hewlett Packard, so he posted a question on a forum connecting HP offices and left work for the day. Read More

Inside Track: Seibold finds you can go home again

East Grand Rapids High School graduate, city mayor Amna Seibold never thought she would return to serve community where she grew up.

January 27, 2017
Amna Seibold said when she graduated from East Grand Rapids High School and headed off to Albion College she was sure of one thing: She’d never move back to her hometown. Read More

Inside Track: Physician rebounds to restart career

Addiction specialist Sandy Dettmann turns life around after chronic illnesses had her living out of her car, struggling for her life.

January 20, 2017
Just a little more than five years ago, Dr. Sandy Dettmann was living out of her car, eating her meals at Mel Trotter Ministries and re-learning her multiplication tables. Read More