Inside Track

Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.


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

Inside Track: Cohen becomes the self-care superhero

Consultant develops three-strand entrepreneurial model based on her 'superpower' of encouragement.

August 10, 2018
Shannon Cohen said a genuine "How are you really doing?" is a question that often goes by the wayside in business circles. Read More

Inside Track: Heinowski keeps rolling with leadership post

Meijer’s logistics manager brings years of experience in trucking industry to National Private Truck Council as board chair.

August 3, 2018
Carol Heinowski’s name will forever be cemented in history. Read More

Inside Track: Flexibility breeds success

OST’s Jim VanderMey takes pride in company’s fun, family-focused work environment.

July 27, 2018
Some of Open Systems Technologies’ “peculiar culture” is a result of Chief Innovations Officer Jim VanderMey’s unorthodox leadership. Read More

Inside Track: Compassionate educator comes 'full circle'

Mary Ruth Scholz, executive director of Noorthoek Academy, enjoys helping disabled students feel empowered.

July 20, 2018
Mary Ruth Scholz feels like she has come "full circle" in her role as the first executive director of Noorthoek Academy. Read More

Inside Track: Chef invites learners to sit at his table

MeXo’s Oscar Moreno develops restaurant concept that is as much about sharing as it is about food.

July 13, 2018
Oscar Moreno was working at Serafina’s, a now-closed Italian restaurant in Holland, when he received a phone call that led to the opportunity of his dreams. Read More

Inside Track: Childhood business mapped today’s strategy

Timothy Haines, founder of Symposia Labs, learned early that giving people what they want is recipe for success.

July 6, 2018
Timothy Haines, the founder of Symposia Labs, mastered the skill of strategic marketing at an early age. Read More

Inside Track: Gym rat finds calling

After failed venture as professional athlete, Nick Klein’s journey leads him to owner of training gym.

June 29, 2018
Nick Klein said he was always a gym rat growing up, even before becoming the CEO of his own personal training gym. Read More

Inside Track: Muskegon’s hometown hero

Gary Allore, Mercy Health Muskegon CEO and president, revels in helping the community grow.

June 22, 2018
Gary Allore called himself the “biggest cheerleader” for Muskegon and its growth. Read More

Inside Track: A pro in the ‘people business’

DK Security COO uses her leadership position for shining spotlight on others.

June 15, 2018
When Sindia Narber talks about her role at DK Security, she returns again and again to the stories of the people around her rather than her own accomplishments. Read More