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Business Journal selects 40 Under 40 Distinguished Alumnus

August 9, 2017
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Tami VandenBerg
Tami VandenBerg.

Tami VandenBerg has left her fingerprints all over Grand Rapids.

In 2007, alongside her brother Jeff, she opened The Meanwhile Bar on Wealthy Street, breathing life into a neighborhood corridor that sorely needed it and is now thriving 10 years later. Less than five years after opening The Meanwhile, she launched her second business, The Pyramid Scheme, which has been bringing fresh live music acts downtown ever since. And in 2012, she began her tenure as the executive director of Well House, moving people from the streets into low-income affordable housing on the southeast side of the city.

In addition to her work as a business owner and nonprofit leader, VandenBerg also is the co-founder of Eastown’s Bizarre Bazaar festival and LadyfestGR events and served on numerous boards, commissions and task forces over the last 20 years.

Through her ownership of both The Meanwhile and The Pyramid Scheme, VandenBerg has been a vociferous advocate for community and social responsibility.

VandenBerg’s impact on Grand Rapids has been well-documented by the Business Journal, as a four-time honoree as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan, and was a 40 Under 40 Business Leaders honoree for six straight years.

For her years of success as a business owner, her role as an economic catalyst for multiple areas of the city and her work as a nonprofit director, VandenBerg has earned the honor as the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 2017 40 Under 40 Distinguished Alumnus.

VandenBerg will be honored at the Business Journal’s annual 40 Under 40 event Oct. 24 at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, alongside the 2017 class of the Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Business Leaders.

She joins recent 40 Under 40 alumni Amy Ruis, Patrick Miles Jr., Jeff Lambert and Sam Cummings in receiving the designation.

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