Monthly Meetings and Calendar

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SME is an active and vibrant organization. Check back here often for the latest meetings, gatherings, events and fun activities. We’ll see you there.

Feb
26
Tue
2019 February SME Membership Meeting & SME Excellence Awards
Feb 26 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

2019 SME Membership Meeting & SME Excellence Awards®
February 26, 2019
The Sioux Falls Convention Center
Time: Doors open 5:30 pm; Dinner 6:30 pm

Mark Griffin will be honored as the 2019 South Dakota Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year™ at this event which will also include the SME’s Rising in Excellence Award, to be presented to a current SME Sioux Falls member between the ages of 25-45 who is viewed as a future leader in, and has contributed to, the business community. Nominations can be submitted online here.

Lewis Drug stores are a familiar site to those who hail from South Dakota. From five stores in 1986 to fifty-eight stores today spanning SD, IA and MN, Mark Griffin has successfully navigated the ever-changing retail environment since joining the company in 1978 as the Vice President of Inventory Control. The phenomenal growth of Lewis since 1986 is evident under his leadership as President and CEO.

Born in Sioux Falls and educated at both the University of South Dakota and Arizona State University Business School, Mr. Griffin worked for W.R. Vanderschueet in Atlanta and for A.G. Edwards in Sioux Falls before joining Lewis Drug. He serves on the executive committee for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, having served as that association’s Chair from 2002-2003. A true advocate for the Sioux Falls business community, Mark is the past Chair of the SF Airport Board Authority, Junior Achievement of SD, the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and Forward Sioux Falls. He recently retired from the Raven Industries board after serving for thirty years.

Mark will humbly tell you he surrounds himself with people smarter than he is, and that is what influences the success and longevity of Lewis Drug.

Mark is married to LeAnn, and they have two daughters, Nikki and Davi.

We are proud to recognize Mark Griffin as the 2019 South Dakota Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year™.

SME Sioux Falls Members can attend the 2019 SME Excellence Awards® for free. Guests $55.

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Feb
27
Wed
SME Recruitment Committee Meeting @ TBA
Feb 27 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Recruitment Committee for SME Sioux Falls will meet monthly to engage in ongoing recruiting of new members to the organization.  This committee is responsible for asking members to recuit as well, and awarding $50 credits to members who successfully recruit new members.  The committee also hosts contests during the year for incentive to members who help this process.

The Chair person of the committee is Charlie Nesdahl of TCF Bank and you can email him to get further information. 

Locations of the meetings may change and Charlie will let all members of the committee know about these.  

Feb
28
Thu
SME Board of Directors Meeting @ THE Country Club of Sioux Falls
Feb 28 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

The SME Board of Directors meet to handle the business of the organization and make decisions for the benefit of the membership.

Mar
12
Tue
SME Executive Board Meeting
Mar 12 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

The Executive Officers of SME Sioux Falls meet to handle business of the organization and to thoroughly go over practices and accounting and make recommendations to the full board.

Mar
14
Thu
SME Small Group Event @ American Family Insurance Conference Room
Mar 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The SME Engagement Committee is currently planning a Small Group Event (SGE) for this date.  They will be seeking a speaker who will provide an inspiring 50 minute talk about something related to sales, marketing, business or life.

Please contact Marsha Anderson, the committee chair if you are interested in speaking or call the SME office at 336-5626 or email info@smesiouxfalls.org.  

Mar
26
Tue
2019 March SME Membership Meeting @ THE Country Club of Sioux Falls
Mar 26 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Speaker:  Corey Perlman         www.coreyperlman.com
Topic:  “Social Selling for Sales Teams – the new path from prospect to paying customer”
Sponsor:  Montgomery’s Furniture/Karl’s TV

                    Each social media platform serves a different purpose along the sales cycle. You will learn the best ways to use digital profiles to create new business opportunities, generate repeat business, and earn referrals.
               1)    How to prospect using LinkedIn and turn cold calls into warm leads.

               2)    5 Ways to Makeover your LinkedIn profile and impress visitors.

               3)    How to stay ‘Top of Mind’ with prospects and customers without frustrating or annoying them.

               4)    The secret to deepening the relationship with customers so they’re not just hearing from you at invoice time.

      Corey Perlman is an entrepreneur, author and President of eBoot Camp, Inc. – an education company that provides people with the knowledge and skills to effectively market their business on the Web. Through interactive books, seminars and workshops, Corey quickly transforms business owners, entrepreneurs and company employees into Internet marketing Monsters!Entrepreneur, author and nationally recognized digital marketing expert, His team of highly-skilled digital marketing specialists who manage the social media accounts for over 40 companies.

      Social Media Overload,  his latest book, is an Amazon.com bestseller in every major business category.

      Corey is a top-rated keynote speaker for companies big and small, including Sysco Foods, Dale Carnegie, KTM Motorcycles, Medical Solutions and more.

     He is a proud member of the National Speaker’s Association (NSA) and a Dale Carnegie High Impact Presentations Graduate.

      A native Floridian, fan of small batch bourbons and father of two small children he is desperately trying to keep off of Instagram and Snapchat.

Video Link:          See Corey here

SME Members attend for FREE and should register via the CVENT invite.  Guests $40.  RSVP to info@smesiouxfalls.org or call 605-336-5626.  

Mar
27
Wed
SME Recruitment Committee Meeting @ TBA
Mar 27 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Recruitment Committee for SME Sioux Falls will meet monthly to engage in ongoing recruiting of new members to the organization.  This committee is responsible for asking members to recuit as well, and awarding $50 credits to members who successfully recruit new members.  The committee also hosts contests during the year for incentive to members who help this process.

The Chair person of the committee is Charlie Nesdahl of TCF Bank and you can email him to get further information. 

Locations of the meetings may change and Charlie will let all members of the committee know about these.  

Mar
28
Thu
SME Board of Directors Meeting @ THE Country Club of Sioux Falls
Mar 28 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

The SME Board of Directors meet to handle the business of the organization and make decisions for the benefit of the membership.

Apr
9
Tue
SME Executive Board Meeting
Apr 9 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

The Executive Officers of SME Sioux Falls meet to handle business of the organization and to thoroughly go over practices and accounting and make recommendations to the full board.

Apr
11
Thu
Engagement Committee Meetings @ American Family Insurance Conference Room
Apr 11 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

The SME Engagement Committee meets monthly and plans the hosting of Mixers, Small Group Events (SGEs) and executes a plan to get members engaged and active in the organization.  During the months when Small Group Events are scheduled, the committee meeting will not be held as those events are at the same time as the committee meetings.  During months when mixers are planned, the committee meetings will be held at the regular time, as mixers are in the evening.

The committee members also reach out to new members and host them for coffee and encourage signing up for committee work.  They will be the greeters at SME events and encourage members to interact with each other.  

Marsha Anderson is this year’s chair.  Please click the link on her name to communicate about the committee and volunteer help or offer suggestions.