Sales & Marketing Executives of Cleveland (SME Cleveland) has been assisting sales and marketing professionals reach their goals and improve their skills for over 90 years!

We have 300+ members, 30+ company members, 5 corporate sponsors and offer networking luncheons, educational workshops with a sales or marketing theme, Business After Hours Networking Events, Sales Training Events, 4 lead exchange groups and a Distinguished Marketing and Sales Award Banquet where we honor Northeast Ohio’s best sales and marketing professionals

Distinguished Marketing & Sales Awards

Presented by SME Cleveland

Introducing the 2020 Business Executive of the Year:

Micki Byrnes
President & General Manager
WKYC Cleveland

The Distinguished Marketing and Sales Awards (DMSA) is the profession’s premier honor to acknowledge excellence and provide community recognition for outstanding sales and marketing achievements. Selection criteria is based on the demonstration of the highest business, professional and ethical standards.

Join the 2020 Business Executive of the Year Micki Byrnes, President & General Manager WKYC Cleveland and other outstanding award recipients at the 59th Annual Distinguished Marketing and Sales Awards gala banquet, Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven.

2020 Business Executive of the Year

Micki Byrnes

President & General Manager

WKYC Cleveland

Micki Byrnes currently serves as President & General Manager of WKYC Media, overseeing all operations of the broadcast station and its digital platforms. She joined Channel 3 in 1997 as Director of Marketing and was named Vice President, Advertising and Promotion in 2000, and Station Manager in 2014.

Byrnes has held broadcast management positions in Boston, San Francisco, Atlanta and Orlando. She is a past Chair and Director of PROMAX, International, the television industry’s premiere marketing association. Byrnes has also served on the marketing advisory boards of CBS Television, ABC Television and Fox Broadcasting and is the past Chairperson of the NBC Affiliate Promotion Committee.

Micki was a member of the 2005 class of Leadership Cleveland and continues to serve on their Selection Committee. She helped create the US Marshal of Northern Ohio’s Posse for Community Outreach and was a member of the FBI Citizen’s Academy class of 2012. She currently serves as a board member of the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation, In Counsel with Women, the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the American Red Cross, The Cleveland Leadership Center, Destination Cleveland, the Ohio Association of Broadcasters and Coats for Kids.

Micki has won numerous regional Emmy, Telly and Addy Awards. She was inducted into the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame in 2013 and was named a 2016 YWCA Woman of Achievement and a 2016 Crain’s Woman of Note. She was also named 2016 General Manager of the Year by Broadcasting & Cable magazine.

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Upcoming Events

SME-U Workshop: How to Become a Trusted Advisor!

January 14, 2020 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am

SME Business After Hours – January 22 2019

January 22, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

2020 DMSA

February 20, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm


We’re committed to helping sales and marketing professionals grow professionally and enrich their careers.

  • Learn business success secrets from industry leaders at Networking Luncheons

  • Grow your sales & marketing skills in hands-on SME-U Workshops

  • Get lucrative business leads at our 4 bi-weekly Business Connections (BizCon) Lead Exchange Groups

  • Access top sales & marketing executives with the online Member Directory

  • Attend the Best Networking Event of the Year – Distinguished Marketing and Sales Award Banquet

  • Build company awareness at SME events with exclusive sponsorship opportunities


At our networking luncheons and educational workshops run by industry experts and businesspeople.

SME Cleveland is all about building strong, lasting relationships with others through continued networking and connections. Our Business After Hours events, networking luncheons and lead exchange groups are designed to encourage networking and relationship building with your peers.

SME Cleveland was built to be an organization that helps Northeast Ohio to flourish, build strong connections, and enrich our membership’s careers and businesses.




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