Cheryl (Cheri) R. Welge
Cheryl Welge is a senior business development executive in Ameren Corporation's Economic Development Department.
As senior business development executive, Cheryl is Ameren's business development contact for a twenty-two county region in western, central and southwestern Illinois. She is responsible for implementing Ameren’s business development strategy to create and sustain economic growth, support public strategy and foster community stewardship. Cheryl is also responsible for planning and coordinating corporate wide business development programs. Additional responsibilities include project management and community relations.
Cheryl began her utility career with Ameren’s legacy company, Central Illinois Public Service Company, in 1989. After serving in various support positions within both the Industrial Services and the Customer Expansion & Retention Departments, Cheryl assumed the role of marketing coordinator of the CIPS Marketing Programs Department in 1996 and joined the Ameren Economic Development Department in 1998. In 2013, she was promoted to her current position.
Cheryl is a graduate of both Lincoln Land Community College and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, having earned a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, with a major in marketing.
In addition, she graduated from the University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute in April 1999 and became a Business Retention & Expansion International (BREI) certified BR&E Consultant in 2003. Cheryl is a Past Chairman of the Illinois Development Council.