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Krannert Executive Forum - Cheryl Snead

Cheryl Snead

Cheryl Snead

President, Chief Executive Officer, and Facility Security Officer
Banneker Industries, Inc.

Cheryl W. Snead is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Banneker Industries, Inc. a world-class provider of Supply Chain Management solutions headquartered in North Smithfield, Rhode Island.

Ms. Snead received her undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts.  She worked for General Electric (GE) honing her engineering and management skills before earning a master’s degree in business from Purdue University.  Later, she managed the machine shop operations of a small, minority-owned firm in R.I. before starting Banneker Industries in 1991.  Ms. Snead received an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree from Bryant University in May 2006. She is also a green belt Six Sigma Specialist.

Banneker Industries, Inc. and Ms. Snead have received numerous awards, both for business accomplishments and ongoing civic work. In 2014 she was inducted into the Women’s Business Enterprise Hall of Fame. In 2009 she was named a “Women’s Business Enterprise Star” by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and the New England Businesswomen of the Year by Bryant University’s Women’s Summit.  Banneker Industries has been featured nationally in Inc., MBE, Essence, Black Enterprise and ARMY magazines. Banneker Industries was named the “National Subcontractor of the Year” by the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2008.

Ms. Snead is the Vice Chair of the WBENC Women’s Enterprise Forum and serves on the WBENC Board or Directors as well as AMICA Insurance Company.  She is an immediate past Director of Bank Rhode Island. Her community activities include serving on the Board of Trustees of Bryant University, a charter member and officer of the Greater Providence RI Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.  Ms. Snead is a passionate, motivational speaker advocating youth, minority and women empowerment.