SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sales and Marketing Executives, Inc. of Sioux Falls is honoring Dr. Vance Thompson with its coveted 2021 South Dakota Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year™ award.

SME Sioux Falls will present Thompson with the honor at the Sioux Falls Leadership Summit on Tuesday, June 1 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

Dr. Thompson has changed the view many people have of South Dakota, quite literally, through this work at Vance Thompson Vision. As a world-renowned refractive and cataract eye surgeon, he has been an innovator in the field of ophthalmology since the beginning of his career having been part of the FDA-monitored clinical trials that resulted in the approval of LASIK, one of the most successful elective procedures available. He and his practice have changed the model for eye surgeons by working collaboratively with primary eye care providers so that his team can focus on providing top-notch surgical and complex case care to patients.

Dr. Thompson believes in a team first approach to customer service. He is known for being passionate about having a caring team and culture experience in order to create a caring patient or customer experience. Entrepreneur Magazine recently awarded Vance Thompson Vision as one of the country’s Top Company Cultures. As an entrepreneur, he has used his gifts of servant leadership to create countless service-oriented business models. As co-owner in Jessup Cellars in Yountville, California, his award-winning staff recently won an award for the Best Tasting Room Experience and Best Wine Club Experience in the Napa Valley for the third year in a row.

In recent years, his practice has grown to include 7 state-of-the-art clinic locations, 20 doctors, and over 260 employees. This growth is only possible because of his dedication to developing a world-class team culture and a patient experience that is second to none.

The Sioux Falls Leadership Summit is a new event hosted by SME Sioux Falls. For this inaugural event, renowned leadership expert, John C. Maxwell, will be the keynote speaker, along with local leader, Tamien Dysart, as the opening speaker. In addition to honoring the South Dakota Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year™, the event will also feature SME’s Rising in Excellence Award. This award will be presented to a current SME Sioux Falls member between the ages of 25-45 who is viewed as a future leader and has contributed to the business community.

Tickets for the Sioux Falls Leadership Summit are $90. Tables are also available for purchase. Doors open at 12:00 p.m. and the event starts at 1:00 p.m. Visit smesiouxfalls.org for tickets and more information.


For more information about the 2021 South Dakota Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year™ award or the 2021 Sioux Falls Leadership Summit, please contact Kacey McCarthy at (605) 336-2656 or email at kacey@smesiouxfalls.org.


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April 16, 2021