Sally J. Smith

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Sally J. Smith
Born Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Occupation President and CEO

Sally J. Smith (born c. 1958)[1] is president and chief executive officer of Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.[2][1]


Sally Smith was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1979, earning a Bachelor of Science in business administration and accounting.

Smith has experience with KPMG Peat Marwick. She spent 11 years at Dahlberg, Inc. with her last post as chief financial officer.

Smith was hired by Buffalo Wild Wings in 1994 as the chief financial officer and was promoted to president and CEO in 1996, when the chain had about 70 locations.[1] While she has been at the company, it has expanded from 35 locations in 1994 to 1175 as of February 2016.[1]

She has also served as chair of the National Restaurant Association. In 2016, Smith was awarded the TDn2K Workplace Legacy Award, which recognizes leaders in the restaurant industry who have demonstrated success in balancing superior people practices and best-in-class operational results.[3] [1]

Smith is the daughter of Dick Wold, who was the leader of First National Bank of Grand Forks, which is now Alerus Financial.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e (31 July 2011). Sally Smith's (chicken) wings are soaring, USA Today
  2. ^ Koteff, Ellen (October 2012). Sally Smith Riding High At Buffalo Wild Wings, FSR Magazine
  3. ^ "2016 TDn2K Workplace Legacy Award to Honor Buffalo Wild Wings' CEO Sally Smith". Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  4. ^ (19 September 2014). Sally Smith - For Board Service To Alerus Financial And Buffalo Wild Wings, Twin Cities Business

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