Profiles of individuals who are leading West Michigan organizations.


Inside Track: Fortier builds career on being a ‘connector’

Ken Fortier said being connected and knowing people is the true joy of his life, and he strives to apply it toward helping others.

Inside Track: Kelly learns HR the hard way

As the first of six children, Beth Kelly is a natural leader.

Inside Track: Tough early lessons prepare Genautis for today

Floriza Genautis knows when a recession comes around, employers have to be ready for it. Building a recruiting firm from the ground up only a couple years prior to the 2008 recession gave her a clear insight into dealing with employment issues in the COVID crisis.

Inside Track: Patience, loyalty shape Maher’s leadership skills

Diane Maher drives a vehicle that turns heads.

Inside Track: Frey Zagel helps others ‘lead strong’

Ellie Frey Zagel strives to apply her resources and connections toward building up the community and helping those with family wealth leave a strong legacy.

Inside Track: Poole finds satisfaction in private education

Through a series of twists and turns, Jeff Poole found his way to the world of private education, building Fusion Academy from a small private school in California to 60 schools across the county.

Inside Track: Hines plants stake on digital side of lawns

They call him “Kendall, the lawn man,” and with good reason.

Inside Track: Garcia values leadership in many forms

Emma Garcia said she’s witnessed too many nonprofits sink into a hierarchical bog that ends up compromising their overall mission.“I became really disillusioned with...

Inside Track: Steady in a time of crisis

Thirty-four years of service at the same bank have allowed Doris Drain to build a record of consistent, reliable leadership during times of prosperity...

Inside Track: Warrior spirit serves Perdue well

From the Spanish American War to the Persian Gulf War, Edward Perdue’s family has a long history of serving their country. And although Perdue retired...