Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.

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Inside Track: Impacting communities through business

President of Cascade Business Team believes in power of business for social change.

November 17, 2017
In keeping with Cascade Engineering’s family business model of social responsibility, Christina Keller, president of Cascade Business Team, is passionate about the abilities of businesses to make a positive impact on their communities. Read More

Inside Track: Enriching the culture of Grand Rapids

After 33 years with Calvin College, Michael Van Denend looks to make city ‘globally astute’ as executive director of World Affairs Council of Western Michigan.

November 10, 2017
Thirty-three years is a long time to spend in one job. That’s what Michael Van Denend did, and then he changed careers. Read More

Inside Track: Matthews’ message is clear: ‘Live with art’

Grand Valley State University director of galleries and collections approaches 20 years acquiring art for public good.

November 3, 2017
Henry Matthews believes art is not something that should be confined to a gallery; it should inhabit and transform public spaces. Read More

Inside Track: Learning from defeat

Owner of The Mitten Brewing Co. has no regrets after leaving music career to open brewery.

October 27, 2017
For more than a decade, Chris Andrus struggled to survive as a singer-songwriter. Read More

Inside Track: Turning passion into vocation

Grand Rapids designer values mentorship and client relationships.

October 20, 2017
Rock Kauffman said he always had a “thing” for design. Having a grandmother who was an interior designer inspired him from a very young age. He often decorated and rearranged the furniture in his own room. Read More

Inside Track: And he still isn’t done

Executive director of Alano Club uses personal experience with drug abuse to help those in need of sobriety.

October 13, 2017
When Kevin O’Neill-Boehm tells the story of how he got to the Alano Club of Kent County, he punctuates it with a five-word phrase that becomes more unbelievable with each use. Read More

Inside Track: YWCA leader ‘moved by survivors’

In first six months of CEO role, Charisse Mitchell puts passion for human development at the forefront.

October 6, 2017
Charisse Mitchell is driven by service. Her passion for helping those affected by domestic and sexual violence stems from her strong belief in the dignity of all human beings. Read More

Inside Track: Education is cornerstone of success

Rachel Scott credits mother for instilling in her importance of learning.

September 29, 2017
Rachel Scott’s mother felt there was nothing more important to instill in her children than education. Read More

Inside Track: Strong work, mentors propel Wickstrom

President and future CEO of Erhardt Construction credits childhood chores and early field experience for career success.

September 22, 2017
As Erhardt Construction says goodbye to its longtime chairman and CEO, Joe Erhardt, the company welcomes a familiar face. Ben Wickstrom has served as president since 2011, and as the future owner of the company he’s been a team member of since 1998, he remains committed to teamwork and quality service. Read More

Inside Track: Wilson is drawn to the executive side of health

Michigan Blood CEO’s first job was running a 100-bed hospital at the age of 25.

September 15, 2017
Jim Wilson comes by his passion for health care honestly. Read More