Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.


Inside Track: High-risk move pays off

Rebecca LeClaire started marketing firm as a single parent 14 years ago.

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

Inside Track: Staying ahead of the curve

Michigan Software Labs co-founder urges clients to embrace innovation.

February 8, 2019
Mark Johnson still carries his old Blockbuster Video card. The co-founder and managing partner of Ada-based Michigan Software Labs uses it as an illustration for how disruption in the technology sphere can either make or break companies. Read More

Inside Track: Using tragedy to help others

Gabriel Grant uses personal home care experience to start his own home health care business.

February 1, 2019
Gabriel Grant had just graduated high school with plans to attend Michigan State University when a car crash changed everything. Read More

Inside Track: Kutt is the confidence maven

Owner of Mod Bettie Portraits/Naughty Bettie provides ‘safe and supportive’ space for female self-expression.

January 25, 2019
Elise Kutt moved to Grand Rapids in 2013 knowing the photography market was saturated and she would have to offer something more than camera skills. Read More

Inside Track: A natural remedy

Ryan Lafferty uses firsthand experience with sight issues to develop CBD products.

January 18, 2019
Ryan Lafferty is using his own medical challenges to help others. Read More

Inside Track: New city, same challenges

Mark Washington uses prior experience working for city of Austin to guide him as city manager in Grand Rapids.

January 11, 2019
Mark Washington was appointed Grand Rapids city manager just seven months ago in July, but for him, it feels like forever ago. Read More

Inside Track: Dedication to philanthropy

Executive director of Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy helps organization expand reach beyond Grand Rapids.

January 4, 2019
Teresa Behrens said she has driven about 40,000 miles per year for the past 10 years commuting from her home in Ann Arbor to her job in Grand Rapids. Read More

Inside Track: Heeringa was 'built to be a manufacturer'

Trendway chair and CEO says he is one of the few people doing exactly what he’s always wanted to do.

December 28, 2018
Don Heeringa has a passion for industry that hasn’t waned over his more than 50 years in the business. Read More

Inside Track: Man’s best friend

Trial attorney comes out of retirement to create law firm to support animals.

December 21, 2018
Allen Fiorletta proved retirement is not for everyone. Read More

Inside Track: The people’s commissioner

1st Ward Kentwood city commissioner is not afraid to challenge the status quo in representing her constituents.

December 14, 2018
Emily Bridson, 1st Ward Kentwood city commissioner, came into the public sector in November 2017 and shortly made a name for herself as a disruptor. Read More