Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.


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

Inside Track: Family and faith drive Herbruck

President of family poultry farm wants to use his resources to help those around the world.

September 28, 2018
Greg Herbruck said family and faith are the epicenters of his life. Read More

Inside Track: Jonker puts pieces together

Wolverine co-owner’s engineering background translates well to the construction industry.

September 21, 2018
When Aaron Jonker first interviewed to work for Wolverine Building Group in 2006, his boss at the time asked him where he saw himself in 15 years. Read More

Inside Track: Baumgartner is a lifelong caretaker

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s chief medical officer started 46-year hospital career at 16.

September 14, 2018
Mercy Health Saint Mary’s chief medical officer has spent his entire 46-year career at the hospital, starting with his very first job mopping floors. Read More

Inside Track: Her message: inclusion

Krista Flynn, Chemical Bank’s new regional president, looks to help cast wider net for banking talent.

September 7, 2018
Krista Flynn kicked off her career in banking when it still was largely a boys’ club, and she thought she fit in pretty well. Read More

Inside Track: Making theater more accessible

Associate director of Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s school wants more children to enjoy main stage production.

August 31, 2018
In a time when the emphasis on art programs largely has been ignored in public schools across the country, Allyson Paris is determined to make theater relevant and easily accessible to people of all ages. Read More

Inside Track: Opportunist rises to the top

Dan Hodgson climbs the SalesPad ladder despite no college degree.

August 24, 2018
Despite being vice president of operations for SalesPad, Dan Hodgson entered the rapidly growing software company with no college education or any technical experience. Read More

Inside Track: A passion for patient care

Metro Health – U-M cancer center director finds calling after secondhand experience with disease.

August 17, 2018
Laura Smith’s passionate work for cancer patients stems from her own experience with the disease. Read More