Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.


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

Inside Track: 'Leading from the heart'

Elzinga & Volkers COO Tony Roussey stresses importance of creating a culture of safety in construction industry.

September 20, 2019
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

Inside Track: Mantella challenges convention

New GVSU president wants to elevate university to national level, provide more access and opportunity at local level.

September 13, 2019
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

Inside Track: On the frontlines of business

Air Force veteran advances through Kellogg’s ranks with a mindset of service, integrity.

September 6, 2019
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

Inside Track: Business runs in the family

CEO of MessageWrap begins his own entrepreneurial journey after learning from family of business owners.

August 30, 2019
Nathan Vanderploeg comes from a family that is deep-seated in business. Read More

Inside Track: Achieving the American Dream

Mary Martinez immigrates to United States and opens two restaurants to satisfy her love for making tamales.

August 23, 2019
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

Inside Track: Scogin returns home

President of Hope College returns to school that gave him a bachelor’s degree.

August 16, 2019
He was a student at Hope College, and now, he’s back again at age 39, this time as the college president. Read More

Inside Track: Faith fuels Booker’s fight for equity

New VP of diversity, equity and inclusion for Metro Health-University of Michigan Health shares path to ‘positive change.’

August 9, 2019
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