Committees

SME Excellence Awards®

Responsibility to plan, implement, conduct this event as an opportunity for SME membership and regional business professionals to acknowledge the outstanding South Dakota Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year. Meets September – February event.
Kathie Brown, Co-Chair, Good Samaritan Society
Kyle Ruhland, Co-Chair,  Century Business Products

Membership – Recruitment

Ongoing responsibility for motivating members to recruit new members and organizing recruitment programs and prospective member gatherings. Meets monthly July – June.
Charlie Nesdahl, Chair, TCF Bank
TBA, Vice Chair

Membership Engagement

Retention tasks including renewal reminder calls and cards, follow-up with companies when a member leaves their position, hold networking events, etc. Meets monthly July – June.
Marsha Anderson, Chair, KeyMedia Solutions
Travis Rhoades, Vice Chair, Web Concentrate

SME Women in Business®

Responsible to plan, implement and evaluate the large-scale annual April event directed at, but not limited to, women in this region. Meets monthly September – April event.
Karen Starr, Chair, Principal Financial Group
Olivia Essig, Vice Chair, Sioux Empire United Way

Marketing and Public Relations

Ongoing committee works with Executive Staff, Board and Committees to communicate to the members and the media the accomplishments of the organization, its members and events. Responsible to assist with Newsletter articles or other contributions. Meets monthly July – June.
Sheila Anderson, Co-Chair, Image Power Play 
Jessica Steinstra, Co-Chair, Voyage Federal Credit Union

Summer Golf Event – J-A-M (Join-A-Member)

In August includes golf (Texas Scramble Style with some creative games) and dinner. Meets monthly April – August event.
Amy Smolik,   Co-Chair, Lake Lorraine
Donna Bult, Co-Chair,  Principal Financial Group

Holiday Gala

Committee to plan the Holiday Party for December arranges entertainment, meals. Meets 2-3 times October – December event.
TBA, Chair
TBA, Vice Chair

Professional Development

Led by the President Elect and assisted by incoming Presidents, this committee works hard on the speaker contracts and to ensure our programs have great educational balance.
Jan Feterl, Chair,  Catholic Community Foundation of Eastern SD
Tim Schut, Vice Chair, First PREMIER Bank

Corporate Sponsorship Committee

Led by the 2nd Vice President, formed to contact local businesses to partner with them on sponsorship of SME events and share speaker services and costs.
Jan Feterl, Chair, Catholic Community Foundation of Eastern SD
Tim Schut, Vice Chair, First PREMIER Bank