Sally Smith

Corporate legend has it that the Buffalo Wild Wings' founder moved the fledgling company to Minnesota in part to lure Smith, a promising young chief financial officer, to become CEO. Smith was named chief executive and president in July 1996 and a director in August 1996. Before joining the company, she was the CFO of Dahlberg, Inc., where she was mentored by company founder Ken Dahlberg, who was also an early investor in the restaurant company.

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Sioux Falls, S.D.




Married, two children


Universiity of North Dakota




Member of the board of directors at Alerus Financial Corp. and served as chairperson of the National Restaurant Association in 2011.

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Buffalo Wild Wings looks for growth beyond its core restaurants

ARTICLE Updated: Mar 23 2014 - 9:36 AM

“Beer, sports, wings” has been a winning mantra at Buffalo Wild Wings. But the new Wild Wings restaurants that open this year in the Middle East will be beerless, in deference to Muslim...

Quarterly profit takes off at Buffalo Wild Wings

ARTICLE Updated: Feb 4 2014 - 9:00 PM

Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. posted a bang-up quarter Tuesday, with falling wholesale chicken wing prices anchoring a 25 percent increase in profits that handily beat Wall Street’s...

A big quarter for Buffalo Wild Wings

ARTICLE Updated: Oct 30 2013 - 5:59 AM

Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. posted a 67 percent increase in third-quarter profits, blowing past Wall Street’s expectations with strong sales growth and lower chicken wing costs.“We’re...

Buffalo Wild Wings heads to Asia

ARTICLE Updated: Aug 29 2013 - 6:23 AM

Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. is accelerating its international expansion by striking a deal with a restaurant operator in the Philippines, marking its first foray in Asia.The company said it is working...

Minnesota CEO pay: Lots of options

ARTICLE Updated: Jul 29 2013 - 9:46 AM

Chief executives across Minnesota rushed to convert their stock options into cash and stock last year, riding a bull market that jumped more than 16 percent in 2012.Among the findings within the Star...

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