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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CEO Pay Watch: Sally Smith, Buffalo Wild Wings Inc.

ARTICLE Updated: Mar 27 2015 - 9:29 PM

CEO Pay Watch Buffalo Wild Wings Inc.Sally Smith, president, CEOTotal compensation: $4,898,032 for the year ended Dec. 31Salary: $750,000Non-equity incentive pay: $1,184,725Other compensation:...

Buffalo Wild Wings misses profit expectations

ARTICLE Updated: Feb 6 2015 - 6:20 AM

Buffalo Wild Wings Inc.’s fourth-quarter profits declined 2 percent and fell short of Wall Street’s expectations, as costs for chicken wings and restaurant labor climbed.Still, Wild Wings...

Buffalo Wild Wings results soar, helped by World Cup

ARTICLE Updated: Jul 30 2014 - 6:40 AM

The World Cup and an overall busy sports season boosted Buffalo Wild Wings’ second-quarter results, which once again beat analysts’ expectations.“Same-store sales were strong during...

Paying up: Hiring a new CEO from outside can be pricey

ARTICLE Updated: Jul 28 2014 - 9:48 AM

The search for a new CEO presents Target Corp. with a tricky paradox.In recent years, shareholders have grown more agitated over the big compensation packages that CEOs of giant companies typically...

Buffalo Wild Wings looks at a China play

BLOG POST Updated: Jun 3 2014 - 2:23 PM

Buffalo Wild Wings recently sent a team of employees to China -- along with University of Minnesota business students -- to assess that market’s viability.The Golden Valley-based company...

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