Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.

ARTICLES

Inside Track: Sprague lives out the pro-life journey he endorses

The local Pregnancy Resource Center is one of the largest in the country with an annual budget of $2 million.

August 22, 2014
Displayed inside Jim Sprague’s office are photos of his three children: Jacob, Madison and Kevin, ages 20, 14 and 11, respectively. Read More

Inside Track: Millennial entrepreneur rides the wave of GR’s renaissance

Andrew Montpetit’s start-up, Thoughts You Can See, draws on his talent of expressing ideas visually.

August 15, 2014
Even though Andrew Montpetit loved to draw as a kid, he was always told that “the starving artist” path was too financially risky. Read More

Inside Track: Brewery Vivant is a good business and a good neighbor

Jason Spaulding learned from his experience and travels in Europe that there’s more to a brewery than making good beer.

August 8, 2014
The idea of making a career of beer has become an accepted premise in Grand Rapids, and few have done it better than Jason Spaulding. Read More

Inside Track: Keeping aspiring entrepreneurs on track

Linda Johnson Otterbridge’s Hook a Sista Up organization provides support and teaches accountability.

August 1, 2014
First-time entrepreneurs are a lot of fun to work with, according to Linda Johnson Otterbridge, because “you never know what they’re going to come up with.” Read More

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