Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.


Inside Track: Johnson is right at home

Whether it’s personally or professionally, Frey Foundation leader builds strong family relationships.

December 7, 2018
After her first career and raising a couple kids, Holly Johnson was bitten by the philanthropy bug and found her true professional passion. Read More

Inside Track: 'Ready to fly,' Maxson takes off

Founder and president of Jennifer Maxson & Associates unites passion for communication, leadership development.

November 30, 2018
Jennifer Maxson felt an early fascination with how humans send and receive messages, and it’s never quite left her. Read More

Inside Track: Cooper’s fight is personal

Marijuana activist/educator and family member experience better quality of life after using drug.

November 23, 2018
Jamie Cooper said she is on cloud nine these days. Read More

Inside Track: After-hours work pays off

Vista IT Group President and CEO Jeff Stevens started at firm as 26-year-old sales representative.

November 16, 2018
Jeff Stevens, president and CEO of the rapidly growing technology supplier Vista IT Group, said he wants to keep his company on a steep growth curve, and part of his strategy is instilling in his sales staff a level of technical proficiency above the industry standard. Read More

Inside Track: Goorhouse secures CEO dream at 27

Relationship with Holland-based foundation he now leads began as a freshman in high school.

November 9, 2018
Mike Goorhouse landed his dream job at age 27. Read More

Inside Track: Serial entrepreneur invests in community

Nicole Gregory funnels private capital into startups while building beauty chain, real estate firm.

November 2, 2018
The three greatest loves of Nicole Gregory’s career are marketing, real estate and building businesses — and she pursues them all with gusto. Read More

Inside Track: Business basics help Eddie thrive

Malamiah Juice Bar owner says selling family vegetables as a child prepared him for entrepreneurial career.

October 26, 2018
Jermale Eddie said he is thankful for a hard work ethic instilled in him when he was a child. Read More

Inside Track: Rutherford finds his niche

Despite not being technically savvy, Rutherford and Associates president sets himself apart with business expertise.

October 19, 2018
When Michael Rutherford founded Rutherford and Associates in 1986, his brother, Paul, was in high school, but being a business insider in a room full of tech gurus set the younger Rutherford apart and propelled him into his current role as president of the growing tech company. Read More

Inside Track: Competition breeds excellence for Hahn

New Metro Health – University of Michigan Health president and CEO believes patients benefit with better collaboration between health systems.

October 12, 2018
Peter Hahn said he has always known he wanted to be a doctor. Read More

Inside Track: Business is ‘busting at the seams’

Sara Moylan leads sports bra company to three-year average of $3M in revenue and three-year growth rate of 2,770 percent.

October 5, 2018
During her first pregnancy more than 15 years ago, Sara Moylan became increasingly frustrated, as she couldn’t find a supportive enough bra to wear during her workouts. Read More