Committees

SME Scholarship Fundraising

Responsible for conducting the annual event wherein funds are raised to support the SME Scholarship program. Meets monthly April – September.
Kathie Brown, Chair, Good Samaritan Society
TBA, Vice Chair

Holiday Gala

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

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.
Mike Knudson, Chair, HenkinSchultz
Kathie Brown, Vice- Chair, Good Samaritan Society

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
Dawn Dittman, Vice Chair, DataSync

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
TBA, Vice Chair

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.
Ginnie Zobel, Chair
TBA, Vice Chair 

PSE Liaison

Liaison to work with the USD Pi Sigma Epsilon Chapter, including communication, recruiting speakers and resource person, organizing “Shadow Days” and assisting with PSE projects.
Rand Wergin,  Chair
TBA Vice Chair 

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.
Marc Rasmussen, Chair
Dawn Olmstead, Vice Chair

Scholarship Committee

Works with area colleges, universities and schools to promote the SME Scholarship Program, evaluates the applicant, determines the recipients of the scholarship awards, and makes the presentation at the April Membership Meeting and assists SME Youth Benefit Auction committee as requested to raise monies to support scholarships. Meets monthly October – April
Ryan Reiners, Chair, State Farm Insurance 
TBA Vice Chair

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.
Adam Cooper, Chair
John Bruning,  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.
Roxanna McKenna, Chair
Tom Johnson, Vice Chair, Karl’s TV

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.
Tom Johnson, Chair
Jan Feterl, Vice Chair

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