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 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...

Buffalo Wild Wings: Robust expansion plans after strong lst quarter

ARTICLE Updated: Apr 29 2014 - 5:55 AM

Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. once again beat expectations with a 71 percent jump in first-quarter profit Monday, then surprised investors even more by raising its outlook for the rest of the year.After...

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...

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