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.

Although the 2019 DMSA has come and gone, please continue to celebrate our honorees by checking out the selection of photos and video from this year.

2019 Distinguished Marketing and Sales Awards

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

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.

DMSA Recipients

Nimitt Adhvaryu
Nimitt Adhvaryu
Director of Business Development | OMNI Systems
Linda Barita
Linda Barita
Director of Strategic Alliances | MAGNET
Matt Chaney
Matt Chaney
Vice President, Marketing Technology Manager | Key Bank
Keith Davisson
Keith Davisson
Director, Global Marketing & Communications | The Riverside Company
Brian Gale
Brian Gale
CEO & President | ID Images
Aaron Goldhammer
Aaron Goldhammer
Host & Producer | ESPN Cleveland
Ethan Hendrickx
Ethan Hendrickx
Area Vice President | AJ Gallagher
Michael Hudak
Michael Hudak
Sales Manager | BlueBridge Networks
Patricia LoPresti
Patricia LoPresti
Executive Director | The First Tee of Cleveland
Sandra Madison
Sandra Madison
CEO & Chairperson | Robert P. Madison International, Inc.
Bill Major
Bill Major
VP Sales & Marketing | Everstream
Ellen Moriarty
Ellen Moriarty
Director of Marketing & Creative Services | The Shamrock Companies
Amanda Todorovich
Amanda Todorovich
Senior Director, Content & Creative Services | Cleveland Clinic
Chris Tran
Chris Tran
Vice President, Senior Business Development Officer | Bank of America
Shauna Wilson
Shauna Wilson
Director, Corporate Marketing Communications | Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Zari Venhaus
Zari Venhaus
Director, Corporate Marketing Communications | Eaton

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