Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.

ARTICLES

Inside Track: Schuil finds specialty coffee industry to her taste

Leaving behind a career in the finance industry, Greta Schuil helped take her parents’ company to a new level.

November 21, 2014
When Greta Schuil came back to Grand Rapids in late 1989 to help run Schuil Coffee Co., a specialty roasting company started by her parents, Garry and Gladys Schuil, in 1981, she soon saw how open the gourmet coffee market was. Read More

Inside Track: Still in charge and going places

Adversity has never stopped Bridgett Tubbs-Carlon, the founder of the highly successful AppleTree Learning Centers.

November 14, 2014
Growing up in a single-parent household in the early 1980s, there just wasn’t money for luxuries like traveling in Bridgett Tubbs-Carlon’s world. Read More

Inside Track: Restaurant business is a family affair for Chang

Lisa Change came to Grand Rapids to pursue a culinary degree but instead decided to open her own restaurant.

November 7, 2014
In the past six months, 32-year-old Lisa Chang has accomplished more than most people do in several years. Read More

Inside Track: ‘Commitment is the foundation of a good life’

John Wolohan, Guiding Light’s substance abuse program administrator, is a successful product of the nonprofit’s efforts.

October 31, 2014
Men like John Wolohan are, simply put, the best physical evidence for why Guiding Light Mission matters for Grand Rapids. Read More

Inside Track: Troy Yarbrough is happiest when he’s building something

The CEO of Preferred Construction Group promotes mentorship within the industry.

October 24, 2014
Growing up, Troy Yarbrough discovered he had a knack for grasping the intricacies of science and mathematics. Read More

Inside Track: Perseverance trumps upbringing for Blackford Capital director

Jeff Helminski experienced being poor as a youngster and decided that would not be his lot in life.

October 17, 2014
In high school, Jeff Helminski told his class he was going to be an entrepreneur like Donald Trump. Read More

Inside Track: A recovering workaholic with strong communication skills

Bethany Weaver, the young CEO of Legal Copy Services, tries not to draw attention to her age.

October 10, 2014
Bethany Weaver, CEO of Legal Copy Services, is a little self-conscious about her age and would rather not make an issue of it. Read More

Inside Track: Event planner responds to clients' needs for PR

Jessica Ann Tyson recently transitioned her company into a full-service public relations firm.

October 3, 2014
“Can you keep a secret?” was the theme in early September when Jessica Ann Tyson invited clients, colleagues and friends to the JW Marriott for a special event. Read More

Inside Track: Chef turns his focus to teaching life skills to local youths

Tommy Fitzgerald’s eyes were opened to the importance of community at a very young age.

September 26, 2014
The charred remains of Tommy Fitzgerald’s boyhood home have served as an unlikely spark for helping to steer teens’ lives in a constructive direction — and the reason he recently closed his downtown café. Read More

Inside Track: Judo inspires Grand Rapids lawyer in and out of court

Eric Richards went to law school by default after being unable to get a job with a history degree.

September 19, 2014
Whether he’s defending a client inside a courtroom or slamming an opponent on a judo mat, one thing about Eric Richards remains consistent. Read More