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MRD Employee Spotlight: Tammi Bemman

Today, our spotlight is on Tammi Bemman, Human Resources Director for MRD in East Lansing, MI.

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The Getting to Know you questions

  • 1. First, tell us how long you’ve been at MRD?

  • 17 years. This was my first job out of college. I had another career for over 20 years and when we moved to Lansing, decided if I was going to start over again what I wanted to be. I went back to school and worked at a grocery store while I was going through college as their Human Resource, Front end person. I helped them stay on budget, like what our sites must go through. I at least do have that knowledge of being that person on the front end. When I told the Human Resource Manager that I wanted to be in Human Resources, he said I wasn’t strong/firm enough, if he could see me now. I can say no pretty well now.

  • 2. What do you like most about MRD?

  • The family atmosphere. We work together well. Of course, communication is always a struggle with a company this large but it very much has a family feel to it. Which I think is so important.

  • 3. What is your proudest moment at MRD?

  • Probably when payroll goes perfectly without any issues or errors. It doesn’t happen often but when we have perfect payrolls that is always a proud moment.

  • 4. What motivates you to work hard?

  • That is my Lord and Savior. I figure everything I do, should be to him.

  • 5. Who is your hero?

  • My dad. He was the CFO of a grocery store. He was a man of great integrity but also a man of great compassion. When he died, there were so many people there. I had no clue he had touched their lives in such positive ways but it was very rewarding.

  • 6. Best advice you have been given?

  • My motto is “I need to do as I say I am going to do and be true to myself”. That is probably more from dad’s teaching. Everything else kind of falls into place but if you do what you say you are going to do and you are true to yourself instead of trying to please other people, then you stay on track. People may be upset with you but you know you did the right thing.

  • 7. If you could choose to do any job for a day, what would it be?

  • I like mine! There isn’t any job I would rather be doing.

  • 8. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

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    My dream place to go is Alaska, but I have never been there.

  • 9. What was your childhood nickname?

  • Tammi has always been my nickname. No funny nicknames. Some people called me “Smitty” that was just because I was a Smith.

  • 10. What's 3 things left on your bucket list?

  • I don’t really have a bucket list. Alaska and I would like to go to Tuscany. That would be fun. Grand Canyon, we haven’t done that yet. I would also like to go out East and camp.

  • 11. Favorite things to do on your days off?

  • Camping. We camp all over the place. We have a motorhome (that is going to be our retirement home) and belong to a camp group. Almost every weekend we are out on the road and going somewhere. Generally, in Michigan, we sometimes go to Ohio. Last year, my oldest granddaughter graduated, so we went to Casper, Wyoming. That was fabulous. We went to Mt. Rushmore and did a bunch of stuff on the way there. We went through the Badlands, it was gorgeous. We have our retirement and our bucket list mapped out.