Sioux Falls, S.D. – Feb 26, 2018– The Sales and Marketing Executives, Inc. (SME) of Sioux Falls today announced that they have received word from Governor Dennis Daugaard that February 27th will be proclaimed Rod Carlson Day in South Dakota. SME will honor Carlson as the 2018 South Dakota Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year™ at the SME Excellence Awards® on Tuesday, February 27th at the Sioux Falls Convention Center in Sioux Falls.
Carlson, who was born and raised in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, graduated from Brown College with a degree in radio and television. Carlson moved to Brookings, South Dakota, with a cable company and was hired by Sioux Falls Cable in 1974.
Carlson, who has served in the roles of general manager and vice president of government affairs and community relations, spent the next 31 years blazing the trail for the growth of the cable and telecommunications industry in South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska for Midcontinent Communications. His diversified skill set and natural ability to develop long-lasting business and personal relationships paved the way for him to move into the world of banking with First Premier as vice president of business development, health care as director of public affairs with Sanford Health and, most recently, as director of public relations and marketing for Active Generations.
A committed volunteer, Carlson has continued his dedication to community service for countless non-profits in education, tourism, human services. Service clubs, the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and local and state governments have also benefitted from Carlson’s many contributions. Carlson is a decorated veteran of the U.S. Air Force and is a past board member of the Sioux Falls Airshow. His honest, thoughtful and heartfelt representation of these many organizations has brought millions of dollars in support of their causes.
Some tickets are still available for $50 for the evening dinner event which begins at 5:30 pm with a social. RSVP to 605-336-5626 if you’d like to attend.
Sales and Marketing Executives Inc. of Sioux Falls (SME) is a professional association dedicated to sales and marketing excellence. SME offers professional growth, education and networking opportunities for members and supports youth education through scholarship programs to encourage students to pursue sales and marketing careers. SME members include CEOs, marketing managers, sales managers and other senior executives who contribute to the advancement of sales and marketing management. More information about Sales and Marketing Executives is available at www.smesiouxfalls.org.