Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.
Owner of Alliant Enterprises assists veterans reacclimating into society.
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
DE&I leader at D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s wants all staff, families and children to feel valued — ‘no asterisks.’
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
Winsome Kirton finds her calling as an artistic entrepreneur after initial decision to study pre-med.
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
Elzinga & Volkers COO Tony Roussey stresses importance of creating a culture of safety in construction industry.
Elzinga & Volkers celebrated 12 years of no lost time due to accidents earlier this month. Not coincidentally, it coincided with around the same time Tony Roussey first stepped through the doors of the company. As chief operating officer and safety director, he has used safety as his base to achieve excellence in his profession. Read More
New GVSU president wants to elevate university to national level, provide more access and opportunity at local level.
When Philomena Mantella started attending college, she said she originally planned to stay on the narrow track that was expected of women at that time. Read More
Air Force veteran advances through Kellogg’s ranks with a mindset of service, integrity.
As a self-described military brat, Joe Zortman knew as a kid he was likely to serve his country one day, but he says he never could have imagined also becoming the vice president of a global organization. Now, he is celebrating 20 years at Kellogg Company. Read More
Mary Martinez immigrates to United States and opens two restaurants to satisfy her love for making tamales.
Mary Martinez is the poster girl for the American Dream. The co-owner and founder of the Wyoming-based Mexican restaurant Tamales Mary came to the U.S. at 17 years old and was able to turn her love for tamales into a thriving business, as well as a vehicle to give back to the community. Read More
New VP of diversity, equity and inclusion for Metro Health-University of Michigan Health shares path to ‘positive change.’
Rhae-Ann Booker was surprised when, fresh out of college, her alma mater, Calvin College, invited her back to work as a minority student adviser in admissions. Read More