Managing Partner, Packaging, Material Handling and Processing

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Cherie Shepard, Managing Partner, and Executive Search Director of DRI's Packaging, Material Handling & Food Processing, has over 14 years of experience working with the leaders in the industry. Cherie works daily to expand these specialty segments by staying current with industry news and trends. In addition to phone and video conversations with the industry's thought leaders, she routinely travels to trade shows and networking opportunities to meet with these leaders. As one of the most resourceful material handling recruiters in the United States, she is known for her ability to quickly comprehend clients' unique needs and identify high caliber talent compatible and capable of working in their specific environment and company culture. Cherie prides herself on her communication with her clients and candidates; keeping them informed throughout the process is the hallmark of building successful relationships.

Cherie founded the DRI Women's Group in 2013 when the company had a handful of women on staff. Since then, the company is now close to 50% women. Cherie earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Cleveland State University and serves as a positive role model for women wanting both a family and successful career. She has two adult children in the Cleveland area. She and her husband love traveling and enjoy the antics of their Yellow Lab, Louie.

Reach out to Cherie Shepard: 440-996-0582

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Cherie Shepard Testimonials

Alex Flesuras, Sales Executive | Candidate

“This was such a great experience. I was banging my head against the wall for four months looking for the right job, then Cherie called and I was working within a month! She was professional, and on the ball. Wonderful!”

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Justin Stovall, VP of Global Sales, Barry-Wehmiller

“Cherie is an excellent communicator and one of the very best in the recruiting space. She is a trusted partner with a deep understanding of the packaging and material handling space. I highly recommend Cherie and the team at DRI.”

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Peter Evans, President, Laser Photonics Corporation

“Cherie is a true professional who places her client’s needs above all else. I had the joy of meeting Cherie through a colleague recommendation, and she quickly went to work for me to find a new position. Because of the…

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Ken Tinnell, President, CRG Automation

“Cherie is a professional in all senses of the word. Making the difficult appear easy, making the complicated simple and turning impossible barriers into small bumps. Cherie and the great folks she leads at DRI know the packaging industry very…

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Harry Piligian, Sales Director – Bizerba USA

“I have been working with Direct Recruiters for about 15 years now, starting with Dan Charney and now Cherie Shepard. The transition of working with Dan to Cherie was seamless; Cherie picked up the standard that Dan had established and…

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Brian Cohen, Chief Executive at Hanel Storage System

“I have worked with DRI and Cherie for recruiting and executive search services for over 15 years. DRI really works hard to get somebody that they believe would fit the position. DRI understands the needs of the company and our…

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Machelle Johnson, HR Director – Pearson Packaging Systems

“I started working with DRI about 7 years ago and it was honestly because Jason Herbert was different from other recruiters. Instead of sending a bunch of resumes that never fit the bill, Jason prequalified and screened candidates to present…

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Cary Landegger, Manager of International Sales – Bosch Packaging Technology

“Cherie did a great job of working with her team to present and manage a job opportunity for me. She skillfully balanced my interest and her clients’ to a mutually successful outcome. Cherie is reliable, extremely professional, responsive and manages…

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Jim Spera, Regional Sales Manager – AmbaFlex

“Direct Recruiters and Cherie Shepard have been my partners for the better part of 13 years, of which 10 I have been in a managerial role responsible for acquiring new talent. I was hired as a candidate through them and…

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Jessica Gentit – Director of Human Resources, Idaho Milk Products

In our CEO search, we were looking to fill the role with someone to set the tone for the entire company, with industry knowledge, integrity, and leadership, who could take us to the next level. For such an instrumental and…

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Darragh Maccabee – CEO, Idaho Milk Products

“I recently had the pleasure of working with Cherie on a significant career change. Throughout the process, Cherie was a constant source of support and managed everything in a thoroughly professional manner. She was available to talk and help and…

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Arnold Lawner – East Coast Sales Manager, Point Five Packaging

“As we all have experienced, there are contacts in business that do what is required and others that are true professionals. Cherie is one of those that elevates above the crowd. She not only pays close attention to the details…

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William Minaeff – Head of North American Implementation, Korber Medipak

“We had used Cherie to fill a very difficult and complex role in our organization. Cherie really helped with the whole process from refining the job description, to identifying key skill sets, and evaluating each candidate. Communication with Cherie was…

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Jeff Rawes – Product & Application Manager, Bizerba USA

“Having dealt with several professional recruiters over the years I know that Cherie is the very best. She is professional, open, and very detail oriented. She is extremely knowledgeable about the packaging industry and it was a pleasure to work…

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Rainer DallaRosa – Vice President, Industrial Division North America at Bizerba

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Cherie and her team for the past 5 years. It has been great to have her supporting us as we push through our growth period. Given all the priorities and lack of time…

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Brian Cohen – Chief Executive, Hänel Storage Systems

“It has become as important to have a reliable relationship with a professional recruiter as it is to have a solid attorney or CPA. Cherie Shepard has taken the time to truly understand our business and our corporate culture. I…

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Ed Fuchs – VP of Sale & Marketing, Arrowhead Systems

“I have worked with Cherie for the last couple of year for personal and for candidate searches and she always goes above and beyond! She is well respected in the industry and is always a pleasure to work with.”

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LaShonna Gojkov – Regional Sales Manager, Combi Packaging Systems LLC

“I have had the privilege of knowing Cherie for several years. We have worked together on some different projects and in my professional opinion, Cherie is a true professional who takes her profession seriously. Cherie treats people professionally yet has…

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