The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME) is pleased to announce that Cherie Tilley has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Mining & Exploration (M&E) Division Miner of the Year Award. The Miner of the Year Award was established in 2012 to recognize mine-site leaders who are able to manage production, people, community, safety and be good stewards of the environment. The Miner of the Year Award is funded by AtlasCopco, Inc.
“I am very grateful to the SME for selecting me as the recipient of the 2012 Miner of the Year Award,” Tilley said, “It's a great honor and privilege to be recognized by such a great institution as the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration.” Tilley will accept the award at the M&E Division’s Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 12:00pm at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. The SME/AIME Awards Dinner is held in conjunction with SME’s Annual Meeting, February 24-27, 2013.
To say that Tilley is a natural born miner is no exaggeration. He was born at Anaconda's Rio Tinto mining camp in Nevada and raised at Anaconda's Darwin mining camp in California. Tilley has 54 years of Underground Mining experience and has been in mine management the last 37 years. Some of the positions he held during his distinguished career include: General Mine Superintendent at the Mariano Lake Mine and Development Superintendent at the Mount Taylor Mine for Gulf Mineral Resources; Development Manager at the Nose Rock Project for Phillips Uranium and Mine Development Director for Phillips Petroleum; Vice President-Mining for American Mine Services; Mine Manager at the Stillwater Mine for Chevron Mineral Resources; and Project Manager, Safety Director, and Area Manager for Dynatec Mining Corporation. Tilley retired from Dynatec Mining Corporation and is currently active as a Mining Consultant, DBA Tilley Exploration and Development Company, LLC. Commenting on his career, Tilley stated, “My inspiration has been a direct counsel from my father to respond to any hiring agent: ‘When it's too tough for the best you got, it's just right for me.’”
Throughout his career, Tilley has written or co-written nine papers published by SME. He has also been published in Tunnels and Tunnelling, London, UK. His presentations include the Colorado School of Mines Mechanical Mining Seminar, Northwest Mining Association Short Course, and International Society of Explosive Engineers Conference. Tilley received the Award of Merit from the Underground Space Association in 1994.