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Atlas Copco has a large presence at SME


Atlas Copco presented Cherie Tilley with the first annual Miner of the Year Award at the 2013 Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) annual meeting in Denver.  The meeting was the largest so far with 7,202 in attendance and nearly 823 exhibitors and booths.

Atlas Copco USA presents Miner of the Year award to Cherie Tilley at Society for Mining, Metallurgy

Pictured are (from left) Jess Kindler, General Manager of Atlas Copco Nusantara and SME division secretary, Bill Warfield, Miner of the Year Cherie Tilley and M&E Chair Steven Holmes.

The award was established by Atlas Copco to recognize mine site leaders who are able to manage production, people, community, safety and to be good stewards of the environment.
Tilley was born at Anaconda’s Rio Tinto mining camp in Nevada and raised at Anaconda’s Darwin mining camp in California. At the age of 11 his father put him to work underground on a Scheelite discovery. Hand steel and a single jack was used to excavate a 40-foot shaft where they had a hand windlass for hoisting.
Atlas Copco Geotechnical Drilling and Exploration Division Business Development Manager Bill Warfield steered the creation of this new award through a committee in SME. He said, “This award isn’t about Atlas Copco or what equipment he uses, but about someone who has contributed so much to our field.”
Tilley said, “If I wasn’t in mining, I don’t know what I would have done. It’s all I know. Receiving this award is a great honor.”
Warfield said, “We felt that we as a group were good at giving honors to top level management, the CEOs. But we were lacking in recognizing the person who gets in and does the work in the mines.”
Cherie Tilley has spent 54 years in the underground mining industry, working in mine management the last 37 years.
Tilley retired from Dynatec Mining Corporation but is active as a mining consultant as Tilley Exploration and Development Company LLC, and serves on the board of directors for Copper King and Mohave Gold.

Atlas Copco’s Bill Warfield also received the Distinguished Service Award, which honors members of SME who have made outstanding contributions to the Mining & Exploration Division in its programs or other activities. Warfield has been an actively involved member of SME since he was the President of the Student Chapter at Colorado School of Mines. He has served on numerous SME and M&E committees. As M&E Division Chair in 2011, Warfield oversaw the creation of the Miner of the Year award and the Stewart Wallace Memorial Scholarship–both of which were awarded for the first time at SME. 

For further information please contact:
Christina Burns, Marketing Communications Director
Atlas Copco Construction Mining Technique USA LLC
Telephone: 720-235-2325; Fax: 623-780-0222
Liz Martin, Public Relations Specialist
Ellenbecker Communications, Inc.
Telephone: 507-945-0103; Fax: 877-572-9860