Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.


Inside Track: Williams ignites a ‘no limits’ attitude

Acrisure CEO leads growing global insurance brokerage with a vision outside his line of sight.

November 29, 2019
Gregory Williams is not the kind of guy who rests on his laurels. Read More

Inside Track: Captivated by the written word

DYS Media founder Dave Yonkman began journalism career at age 15.

November 22, 2019
From an early age, Dave Yonkman was an ambitious entrepreneur, and he has continued to demonstrate success throughout his business endeavors. Read More

Inside Track: A vision for Grand Rapids

Well Design Studio partner Tyler Doornbos finds inspiration to improve city’s culture after living on West Coast.

November 15, 2019
When Tyler Doornbos moved back to Michigan, he had a vision in his head about what an awesome city Grand Rapids could be. Read More

Inside Track: Landing on an aviation career

New airport CEO Torrance Richardson’s interest in airplanes started as child attending airshows.

November 8, 2019
Torrance Richardson said he always knew he wanted to work in an industry related to airplanes. His father worked on avionics equipment while in the U.S. Navy, and Richardson grew up attending airshows. Read More

Inside Track: Helping people’s dreams come true

Attah Obande uses past experience to assist hundreds in their entrepreneurial journeys.

November 1, 2019
Attah Obande spent a decade as a banker before losing his job forced him to find his true dream. Read More

Inside Track: DeWaard turns arguing into a career

Partner at Varnum had decided his future profession from a young age.

October 25, 2019
Ronald DeWaard’s opinionated nature, coupled with a compassionate heart, has been a guiding compass throughout his life. Read More

Inside Track: Reflecting company values

Comfort Research co-founder Matt Jung initially struggled to redefine his business’s beliefs.

October 18, 2019
Matt Jung said he believes in simplicity, not just for his company’s famously oversized beanbag chairs, but also for crafting a company culture that attracts and retains people who do the right thing, expect the best and find a better way, the company’s core values. Read More

Inside Track: Bob Taylor helps lost veterans ‘find a new purpose’ in life

Owner of Alliant Enterprises assists veterans reacclimating into society.

October 11, 2019
As a former member of the U.S. Air Force, Bob Taylor understands what it means to be a military veteran and works to helps others like him. Read More

Inside Track: Daley spreads message of belonging

DE&I leader at D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s wants all staff, families and children to feel valued — ‘no asterisks.’

October 4, 2019
Andre Daley said he believes that when D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s employees can bring their full selves to the table at work, they will be better able to help the children and families they serve to feel safe, nurtured and valued. Read More

Inside Track: Dad’s advice spurs business

Winsome Kirton finds her calling as an artistic entrepreneur after initial decision to study pre-med.

September 27, 2019
Winsome Kirton is her own boss. The 30-year-old is the co-founder of Pack Elephant, a business-to-business gifting platform that allows artisans and entrepreneurs to sell and market their products to different businesses. Read More