SME to honor Rod Carlson, add young professional award

Sales & Marketing Executives Inc. of Sioux Falls is honoring business development professional Rod Carlson with its 2018 South Dakota Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year award.

SME Sioux Falls will present Carlson with the honor at the SME Excellence Awards banquet Feb. 27 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

The banquet also will introduce the new Rising in Excellence Award, which will be presented to an SME Sioux Falls member age 25 to 45 who is viewed as a future leader in and has contributed to the business community. Nominations can be submitted  at SMEsiouxfalls.org.

Carlson, who was born and grew up in Thief River Falls, Minn., graduated from Brown College with a degree in radio and television. He moved to Brookings 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 driving growth of the cable and telecommunications industry in South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska for Midcontinent Communications.

He later served as vice president of business development at First Premier Bank, as director of public affairs for Sanford Health and most recently as director of public relations and marketing for Active Generations.

Carlson also is a committed volunteer who has been involved in multiple service clubs, nonprofits, the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and the board of the Sioux Falls Airshow.

SME Sioux Falls members can attend the banquet for free. The cost for guests is $50. Visit SMEsiouxfalls.org for tickets.

SME to honor Rod Carlson, add young professional award

Sales & Marketing Executives Inc. of Sioux Falls is honoring business development professional Rod Carlson with its 2018 South Dakota Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year award.

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