SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sales & Marketing Executives Inc. of Sioux Falls has honored Lewis Drug Inc.’s president and chief executive officer Mark Griffin with an SME Excellence Award. Griffin has been named 2019 South Dakota Sales & Marketing Executive of the Year.
From five stores in 1986 to 58 locations today spanning South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota, the growth of the chain since 1986 has been evident under his leadership as president and CEO. Griffin joined the company in 1978 as vice president of inventory control.
Born in Sioux Falls and educated at both the University of South Dakota and Arizona State University Business School, he worked for W.R. Vanderschueet in Atlanta and for A.G. Edwards in Sioux Falls before joining Lewis Drug. He serves on the executive committee for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, and was the association’s chair from 2002 to 2003.
Griffin is the past chair of the Sioux Falls Airport Authority, Junior Achievement of South Dakota, the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and Forward Sioux Falls.