Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture

College Honors Benefactor's Memory with Tree Planting

Published Date: Nov 9, 2017 2:30:00 PM

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Members of the Dean's Advisory Council, the Department of Apparel Merchandising & Management's advisory board, and the Huntley College of Agriculture joined with the late Henry Cherner's family to plant an olive tree at AGRIscapes in his memory on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Mr. Cherner, a Los Angeles fashion industry pioneer and a long-time AMM supporter, died July 16 at the age of 66.

Mr. Cherner was a managing partner of AIMS360, a company based in Los Angeles’ Fashion District that created business software for fashion companies. He served on the AMM advisory board since the department was founded in 1997. He also joined the Dean’s Council in 2014.

For the past eight years, Mr. Cherner generously donated his company’s Enterprise Resource Planning software to Cal Poly Pomona for students to use in their advanced apparel production lab and senior capstone courses.

Earlier this year, Mr. Cherner expanded the number of students who could use the software from 25 to 50. He also extended its availability to students for the next 10 years.

The software allows users to enter information about a product line, such as style, raw materials, purchase orders, vendors, and sales representatives. The system generates invoices, picking tickets, packing slips, order confirmations, and other documents to run the wholesale manufacturing operation. More than 5,000 companies use the software.

Mr. Cherner was passionate about educating students. In addition to his involvement at Cal Poly Pomona, Mr. Cherner was a senior adjunct instructor at Los Angeles Trade Technical College and UCLA Extension, teaching “Fashion Merchandising Math and Understanding Apparel and Technology Principles with AIMS” since 1998.

Mr. Cherner served on advisory boards with the Art Institute of California – San Diego and Inland Empire, Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Saddleback College, the Textile Association of Los Angeles, and the California Fashion Association.