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

Cleveland’s Oldest Business Award

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 2019 Business Executive of the Year Carl J. Grassi, Chairman, McDonald Hopkins and other outstanding award recipients at the 58th Annual Distinguished Marketing and Sales Awards gala banquet, Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven.

Sponsor DMSA

2019 Business Executive of the Year

Carl J. Grassi

Chairman, McDonald Hopkins

Carl became firm chairman of McDonald Hopkins in 2016 after serving as firm president for nine years. He is corporate counsel and business advisor to a number of middle-market and growth companies. Carl has extensive experience assisting clients in areas of complex mergers and acquisitions, choice of entity planning, business succession planning, financing and structuring ESOPs, executive compensation and tax planning, creation of family limited partnerships, formation and use of limited liability companies, and IRS controversies.

Carl authors the Small Business “Tax Tips” column for Crain’s Cleveland Business and has written other articles for national publications. He frequently speaks on business planning related topics for business owners, accountants and lawyers.

Carl was named one of Crain’s Cleveland Business “Who’s Who in Northeast Ohio in 2017,” and has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America for the past 8 years. Carl also serves as the Chairman of Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and is involved in numerous organizations in Northeast Ohio


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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