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.

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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

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About Business Executive of the Year

SME’s Business Executive of the Year award is Cleveland’s most prestigious business award for sales and marketing experts. Sales and marketing functions are arguably the most vital success factors for organizations and most evolving. With standards of resourcefulness, sophistication and skill in the sales and marketing, SME has become increasingly aware of the added value and influence that these professionals play in the achievement of success for both greater Cleveland businesses and communities.

Do you have someone you’d like to nominate?

The Nomination deadline is Friday, December 7th, 2018, so please use the link below to nominate your best!

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