SME Excellence Awards® Winners

  • 2018Rod Carlson
  • 2017Bernie DeWald
  • 2016Tom Walsh, Sr.
  • 2015Evan Nolte
  • 2014T. Denny Sanford
  • 2013Jeff Scherschligt
  • 2012Dana Dykhouse
  • 2011Donald A Dunham, Jr.
  • 2010Tony Bour, Showplace Wood
  • 2009Craig Lloyd, Lloyd Companies
  • 2008 – Elmer Karl, Karl’s TV & Appliance
  • 2007 – Pete Pederson, PAM Oil, Inc.; PAM Fuels, Inc.; PAM Warehouse, Inc.
  • 2006 – Henry Carlson, Jr., Henry Carlson Company
  • 2005 – Joe Floyd, Midcontinent Communications
  • 2004 – Bernie Hunhoff, South Dakota Magazine
  • 2003 – Sylvia Henkin, Retired Broadcaster and Owner of KSOO
  • 2002 – Tom Everist, L.G. Everist Company
  • 2001 – Joe Foss, Former Governor of South Dakota
  • 2000 – Ruth Ziolkowski, Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation
  • 1999 – Al Schock, Nordica
  • 1998 – Al Neuharth, USA Today
  • 1997 – Terry Redlin, Terry Redlin Art Center
  • 1996 – Pat O’Brien, CBS Sports Show
  • 1995 – Gordon F. Thomsen, Trail King Industries, Inc.
  • 1994 – Dr. Aelred Kurtenbach, Daktronics, Inc.
  • 1993 – David Christensen, Raven Industries
  • 1992 – Oscar Austad, Austad’s
  • 1991 – Marvin Schwan, Schwan’s Enterprises, Inc.
  • 1990 – Bill Hustead, Wall Drug
  • 1989 – Jerome J. Lohr, J Lohr Vineyards & Winery
  • 1988 – Paul Christen, Minnesota Twins
  • 1987 – Joe Robbie, Miami Dolphins