2020 SME Excellence Awards® & SME Membership Meeting

Honoring the 2020 South Dakota Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year™,   Teri Schmidt

2020 SME Excellence Awards®
February 25, 2020
The Sioux Falls Convention Center
Time: Doors open 5:30 pm; Dinner 6:30 pm

Teri Schmidt will be honored as the 2020 South Dakota Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year™ at this event which also includes the 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 in, and has contributed to, the business community. Nominations can be submitted online here.

Teri is a very familiar face to many as the Executive Director of the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). She has led the visitor industry in Sioux Falls, including all sales and marketing of the city with a focus on conventions, meetings, events, bus tours, and tourism-related business for the past 36 years.  

Born in Winner, SD and earning an Education degree from the University of South Dakota, Teri started her career teaching first grade for one year in Ainsworth, NE followed by 9 1/2 years in the Brandon Valley School System. During her time with the CVB, Teri has grown the staff from 2 people to 15 full and 20 part time employees and has built the annual budget from $133,000 to $3 million. Under Teri’s leadership the CVB accomplishments are numerous including: Pheasant Hunters Airport Welcomes, Winter Wonderland at Falls Park, the creation of the Sioux Falls Visitors Guide, and bringing the National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic to Sioux Falls just to name a few. Teri has served on dozens of Boards in the Sioux Falls area and across South Dakota. She has received several honors during her career such as being the first woman ever in Sioux Falls to be selected as Business and Professional Women’s “Business Leader of the Year” and one of only two individuals from her high school inducted in to her high schools Hall of Fame. And most recently, Mayor Paul Ten Haken declared May 14, 2019 as “Teri Schmidt Day” in Sioux Falls, honoring her for passion, leadership and community service.  

Teri is married to Jim Schmidt, has 2 daughters, Brittany and Brianna, 1 adorable grandson, and a spoiled 15-year old shih tzu!

We are proud to recognize Teri Schmidt as the 2020 South Dakota Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year™.

SME Sioux Falls Members can attend the 2020 SME Excellence Awards® for free. Guests $55.

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