Tami Bandimere-Shrader, Biography
As Executive VP-Administration and “Race to Read”® coordinator at Bandimere Speedway, Tami Bandimere-Shrader welcomes the opportunity to educate others about the exciting world of drag racing. Her grandfather, John Bandimere Sr., founded the strip in 1958 and her father John Jr., ran the facility as President and General Manager until 1998, when her brother John III became General Manager. No stranger to the business of drag racing, Tami has been part of the family business since she was only nine years old when she began working part-time summer jobs at the facility. After a year at Pillsbury Baptist College in Owatonna, MN, and a year in the secretarial program at Barnes Business College in Denver, she returned to work part-time in the track offices while pursuing a full-time receptionist job at a local oil company and then a secretarial job for the Manville Corporation. In 1986, Tami was employed full-time in the speedway’s offices and has enjoyed a variety of duties including receptionist, secretary, office manager, marketing assistant, and most recently, the coordinator of Bandimere’s highly successful race-themed reading program – “Race to Read”®, now in its 19th year of encouraging elementary-age children to read through a fun race theme and prizes. Currently, the speedway hosts nearly 130 events during its April-October season including the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals and the Pepsi High School Drag Racing Series.
With over 55 years in the same location, Bandimere Speedway continues to provide distinctive drag racing entertainment at its multi-use outdoor facility in the beautiful Colorado foothills as told in a recently release book called “Living It Loud” available through the speedway’s website, www.bandimere.com.
Tami is currently involved with the following organizations:
Jefferson County Public Library Foundation Board (President) • WarrenTech Foundation (President) • Cherry Hills Community Church Sunday School and Vacation Bible School Leader • “Race to Read”® Program Coordinator • Christian Motorsports International Board Chair • Bandimere Speedway Ministries Advisory Committee Member • Colorado Christian University IVY Women Member
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