Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.


Inside Track: For the love of 'numbers and food'

Garmon uses strong work ethic to create family enterprise, helping others through taxes and catering.

April 19, 2019
Jeannica Garmon became a time-management pro by running two businesses while working a full-time job. She said pursuing her passions alongside family makes the nonstop work worthwhile. Read More

Inside Track: Hunt’s path less traveled

President of public relations firm Lambert & Co. nearly made a career out of acting.

April 12, 2019
As president of the largest public relations and investor relations firm in Michigan, Don Hunt took an unorthodox path to the top. Read More

Inside Track: 'Finance geek' finds his niche

Co-founder of Blue Pointe Equities leverages prior investment and real estate brokerage experience to build portfolio of real estate investments.

April 5, 2019
Andrew Visser is, in his own words, a “finance geek.” The co-founder of Blue Pointe Equities is leveraging his experience in investment and real estate brokerage to build a diverse portfolio of real estate investments. Read More

Inside Track: Winn keeps roots firmly planted in GR

AHC+Hospitality president has overseen company’s portfolio grow from one to seven hotels.

March 29, 2019
The Grand Rapids economy has fluctuated through the eras, and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel has been there for everything since 1913. Read More

Inside Track: Goals and reality align for Fiechtner

Educator-turned-business-owner finds community in her new franchise, Alkalign Studio.

March 22, 2019
Elise Fiechtner moved to Ada during its nascent renewal with one big goal: creating a community within a community through fitness. Read More

Inside Track: Investor invests in ag industry

Chairperson of ACRE AgTech uses investment knowledge to guide agricultural entrepreneurs.

March 15, 2019
Tim Parker is the president of Grand Angels venture group, which provides financial investment, mentorship opportunities and network resources to startup companies to help them grow. Read More

Inside Track: Contributing to GR’s growth

Michael Maier makes his mark on city as managing partner of Cusp Group, PURE Real Estate.

March 8, 2019
Orion Real Estate Solutions may take the spotlight on its vast portfolio of multifamily projects in the greater Grand Rapids area, but part of the credit should go to its longtime partner, Michael Maier, managing partner of Cusp Group and, more recently, PURE Real Estate. Read More

Inside Track: Pursuing a lifelong dream

Ali Ghebleh opened Shiraz Grille in 2009 after Iranian wars kept him in the United States.

March 1, 2019
When Ali Ghebleh moved from his home country of Iran in 1980 to obtain an MBA from Central Michigan University, he intended to return and open a business with his brothers. Read More

Inside Track: Trupiano aims to 'make work a better place'

SpartanNash executive backs idea that employee experience is key driver of business success.

February 22, 2019
Yvonne Trupiano became hooked on human resources when she took a college class focusing on the history of the labor force. Read More

Inside Track: High-risk move pays off

Rebecca LeClaire started marketing firm 14 years ago.

February 15, 2019
When Rebecca LeClaire became a parent, she took unconventional steps to support her family. Read More