Though born in Mississippi, Cherie was raised in New Jersey. She received her Bachelor of Science in Computers, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a concentration Statistics, and a minor in Physics from Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, New Jersey. After college she worked in the Research & Development division of Siemens for three years in Princeton before being sent on an international assignment for another 3 years to the division headquarters in Munich,
Germany. After finally overcoming the language barriers, she enrolled in the International Institute of Business Studies to work on her International MBA. This private institute was set up by a consortium of U.S. universities in which Clemson University was the degree granting school.
After two years of studies in their executive program, as well as completing her three year contract, she returned to the U.S. to complete her MBA at Clemson during the summer of ‘94 before returning to Siemens USA. Shortly thereafter, she found herself moving to South Carolina permanently to join the start-up of BMW’s first full manufacturing plant outside of Germany. Joining the Launch & Change Management department, she was involved in every launch the plant has had since ’94. During this time, Cherie has also managed Press launches, Prototype builds, Release Quality, the BMW Individual vehicle program, and relocated back to Munich for two years to lead the launch team for the current generation X5.
Since the beginning of this year, she has transferred to the Quality department where she is now responsible for the management of the Problem Resolution Process for all BMW Plant Spartanburg models: the X3, X5 & X6. Two years ago she began doing Triathlons Sprint/Olympic in her ‘free’ time. Her most proud accomplishments, however, are her son Duncan and her daughter Katie.