Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.

ARTICLES

Inside Track: Walker chief marks 40 years in law enforcement this year

For Catherine Garcia-Lindstrom, becoming a police officer in the 1970s meant overcoming a series of obstacles.

July 25, 2014
Catherine Garcia-Lindstrom stands as a much-needed example of how law enforcement can be an accepting and viable career path for women and members of minority communities. Read More

Inside Track: Munger gives men a chance to leave their past behind

The founder of the five-year-old Exodus Place strives to help residents find their purpose in life.

July 18, 2014
Robb Munger was nearly killed when a mortar shell knocked him off of his feet in Honduras, but he was rattled even more when the final payment of a property tax bill came knocking on his door. Read More

Inside Track: Earned confidence drives OST president to be a leader

A successful career has always been important to Meredith Bronk — but not necessarily in technology.

July 11, 2014
Even from an early age, Meredith Bronk told herself that no matter what profession she chose, she would become a success. Read More

Inside Track: Assarian enjoys the process of chipping away at his goals

Following what he’s good at leads Steve Assarian to the job of business librarian at GRPL.

July 4, 2014
Steve Assarian does two things every morning. Read More

Inside Track: In the minority: not the usual computer science nerd

Susan Cotts, the first female partner at C/D/H, is among relatively few women in leadership in the IT industry.

June 27, 2014
Susan Cotts likes to stay absorbed in the task at hand without worrying about what the rest of the herd is doing. Read More

Inside Track: Change catalyst brings vision to fruition in Midtown

Christine Helms-Maletic will draw on neighborhood and nonprofit experience as WMEAC’s new board president.

June 20, 2014
Christine Helms-Maletic likes to spend her Saturdays enjoying the Midtown neighborhood she and her husband, Tim Maletic, and their two teenage daughters, Malory and Lauren, call home. Read More

Inside Track: World Affairs Council opens global window in West Michigan

Dixie Anderson has hosted dignitaries, bestselling authors and presidents from around the world.

June 13, 2014
Dixie Anderson strolled past the security detail assigned to protect then-Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and his wife for a meet-and-greet and afternoon tea at the Amway Grand Plaza. Read More

Inside Track: Doyle mastered his creative process in the military

The founder of three startups, Paul Doyle credits the discipline of the Marine Corps for making him a successful entrepreneur.

June 6, 2014
There are probably few in the Grand Rapids entrepreneurial community who don’t know Paul Doyle’s name. Those who don’t should take note of it. Read More

Inside Track: A simple goal: doing it right and getting better every day

Grand Rapids Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill measures success as far more than winning championships.

May 30, 2014
Five winning seasons and two championships isn’t a bad way to start a head coaching career. Read More

Inside Track: Evolution of police work is evident in Wyoming

Former Police Chief Jim Carmody is now director of the Wyoming Department of Public Safety.

May 23, 2014
Police work was much more a seat-of-the-pants process when Jim Carmody got into it in 1975 at age 23. Read More