Long-time local business leader Mark Griffin is the 2019 South Dakota Sales & Marketing Executive of the Year. The award is sponsored by Sales & Marketing Executives of Sioux Falls (SME) and will be presented to Griffin at the SME Excellence Awards event on Feb. 26 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.
A Sioux Falls native, Griffin was educated at both the University of South Dakota and Arizona State University Business School. He worked for W.R. Vanderschueet in Atlanta and for A.G. Edwards in Sioux Falls before joining Lewis Drug in 1978 as the Vice President of Inventory Control. He became President and CEO in 1986 and since then has grown the company from five stores to 58 stores across South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota.
Griffin is a true advocate for the Sioux Falls business community. His service includes the past Chair of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, Forward Sioux Falls, the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, Sioux Falls Airport Board Authority and Junior Achievement of SD. He recently retired from the Raven Industries board after serving for thirty years.
The Excellence Awards will also feature the Rising in Excellence Award, which 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.
Tickets to the SME Excellence Awards are $55 each or free for SME members. The social begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit smesiouxfalls.org.