President and CEO
Buffalo Wild Wings Inc.
Smith joined Buffalo Wild Wings as CFO in 1994, when the company had just 35 locations. She was named CEO in 1996 and has since led the company’s remarkable growth. The Golden Valley-based company’s revenue has grown ten-fold since it went public in 2003. At the same time, BWW is now investing in emerging restaurant concepts PizzaRev and Rusty Taco. For 2013, BWW posted net earnings of $71.6 million on revenue of $1.27 billion. (In 2003, the company’s revenue was $126.5 million.) Smith isn’t slowing down: BWW opened its 1,000th location in January and opened at Times Square in May.