A world class provider of Supply Chain Management Solutions.
Team Banneker is committed to understanding and exceeding the needs and expectations of all our Customers by working together to drive business excellence.
Our team, Team Banneker
Passionate about customer success and delivering tailored services, Banneker is a leading provider of end-to-end supply chain management and integrated third-party logistics solutions to a wide range of Fortune 100 companies in multiple industries.
Team Banneker delivers value to our customers through a unique mix of services and solutions including; Integrated 3PL, Supply Chain Solutions and Consulting. Headquartered in Rhode Island, the company has operations across the nation:
- North Smithfield, RI (Headquarters)
- North Kingstown (Quonset), RI
- Lincoln, RI
- Huntsville/Madison, AL
- Goleta, CA
- Springfield, MA
Ethics Policy and Credo
We as Team Banneker members value each other and work both individually and collectively to achieve Customer Success. We strive to achieve this goal by continuously improving ourselves, our processes, and our supply chain solutions each and every day. We act with integrity and are open and honest in our communications – we do what we say and say what we do. As a world class company, we are socially responsible for our communities, our environment, and our country.
We define our Corporate Social Responsibility mission as:
“an ethical and ideological responsibility to contribute to the welfare of our communities and society at large; acting with concern and sensitivity and being aware of the impact of individual and collective actions on others, particularly those who are disadvantaged.”
As such, each year we map out a plan on how we intend to execute our Corporate Social Responsibility vision by developing specific goals and aligning ourselves with various charitable and non-profit organizations in the surrounding communities of our operations. At Banneker, we believe social responsibility and community service should be integrated into the daily activities at the Company and adopted by Team Members at all levels, we also create ways to intimately involve our Team Members as well as customers in our goals.
Born in Englewood, New Jersey on May 18, 1958 to the late Sylvia Watkins and William Watkins, Jr., Cheryl Watkins Snead’s career exemplified her pioneering and inspirational spirit. She was the first African-American woman to graduate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a B.A. degree in Mechanical Engineering. After a decade of honing her engineering and management skills at General Electric and earning her MBA from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management, Cheryl charted her own path by founding Banneker Industries, Inc. in 1991, named after Benjamin Banneker, the first recognized African-American mathematician, astronomer and inventor.
Banneker Supply Chain Solutions, Inc. started as the continuation of a small, machine shop (Peerless Precision and then Banneker Industries) in Lincoln, Rhode Island that Cheryl Snead worked for as the Vice-President of Operations. As a machine shop, the company specialized in the precision machining (CNC milling and turning) of defense oriented components and assemblies for the aerospace and defense sector. Companies such as Textron Lycoming, Hamilton Standard, Raytheon, and Sikorsky were clients as well as the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force. Unfortunately, like many machine shops in the Northeast, the company could not sustain the high costs of union labor, worker’s compensation, and high utilities costs in New England and eventually closed in June 1991. As if matters couldn’t be worse, it was also at the start of Operation Desert Storm in the Middle East and the machine shop was producing machined parts for major defense systems. From previous training at General Electric and a strong desire to “not keep the customer hanging” Cheryl decided at the time to find a way to finish the work to help their customers rather than to pursue employment with another manufacturer or as a consultant. The machine shop was closed and Cheryl bought the assets and started Banneker Industries with the sole intent of completing the companies open machining contracts and transitioning into another industry soon after.
To determine where Banneker would go after machining, Cheryl did some real “soul searching” to identify the company’s core competencies. With a background in engineering, Cheryl decided to focus on Banneker’s core processes (procuring materials, expediting deliveries, receiving and inspection, inventory management, cycle counting, kitting and sub-assembly, and distribution). Anticipating the eventual decline in defense manufacturing and increased opportunities in relationship-based services, Banneker began diversifying its business into other service oriented aspects of the manufacturing industry, specifically warehousing, logistics, procurement, and supply chain management (SCM) – a term that was not well known in the manufacturing industry in the mid-90s. At this time Cheryl’s passion for leadership and team building drove her to create the moniker of “Team Banneker” – a team of individuals that work together for the betterment of the company while also seeing themselves as part of something bigger than themselves; they were to be a part of a system and a vision that would take grow Banneker to new heights.
On January 22, 2018, Cheryl Watkins Snead passed away due to a brief illness and complications resulting from surgery. Prior to Cheryl’s surgery, she named Junior Jabbie as acting President & CEO and upon her passing, he was named her successor. When Cheryl passed Banneker lost a visionary and inspirational genius, and the world lost an amazing human being. Cheryl was more than just Banneker’s Founder and President & CEO, but also an incredible person, a dynamic business leader, a trusted confidant, a community champion, an inspiring mentor, and a close friend to so many. Cheryl left behind a company that only she could have built, and her spirit will forever be ingrained in the very fabric that makes up Team Banneker.
Behind the Name
Cheryl W. Snead originally named Banneker Industries after one of her heroes, Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806). He was the first recognized African-American mathematician, astronomer, and inventor. He is credited with making the first American striking clock, publishing several almanacs, and was influential in the design of our nation’s capital. In 2019 the company changed their name to Banneker Supply Chain Solutions, Inc. to commemorate the honor our rich history and deep roots while also recognizing the vast array of services and solutions the company offers to its clients today.