Connecting our members to a new level of success.

Our members value our organization over all others.


What are your professional goals?   Networking?  Continuing Education?

If you are serious about your career and becoming more valuable to the marketplace, you've got to invest in quality associations with cutting edge speakers and targeted content. 

Our members tell us that SME is the most valuable group in their network.   


Taking you further.

Sales & Marketing Executives of Honolulu is a professional organization dedicated to ethical standards, continuing professional development, knowledge sharing, mentoring students and advancing free enterprise. As the only executive sales and marketing association in Honolulu, SME Honolulu fills a void by providing a personal and professional community devoted to providing knowledge, growth, leadership and connections between peers in both sales and marketing. Our organization provides seminars, lectures and networking opportunities however we are perhaps best known for our Salesperson of the Year event, which honors community leaders.

Monthly Dinner Meetings

Ten times a year we host a dinner meeting with engaging and informative speakers.  But we won’t be hurt if your main focus is the cocktail hour where we enjoy pre-meeting beverages and networking.  One member says it is his “ideal dinner party that [he] gets to have with up to 100 of Honolulu’s most prominent business contacts almost every month”.

Members only events

Occasionally we get exclusive access to special venues or are offered behind-the-scenes opportunities.  These events are reserved for members only and often include gifts, prizes and exclusive rewards. 


How to Become a Member

If you are a member of the sales and marketing profession, we’d like you to be a member of SME Honolulu.

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2017-2018 SME Honolulu President
David C. Livingston, Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

Looking forward to a great year for Sales & Marketing Executives.  SME has been serving as the cornerstone sales and marketing organization for Hawaii for half a century.  Our monthly speakers keep us up to date on the latest innovations in our field.  Our members find these educational and motivational speakers essential to their personal and professional growth.  Our Sales Person of the Year Event (SPOY) is the event of the year honoring our best and brightest leaders in Hawaii. The networking opportunities in SME abound. Each meeting I look forward to being with some of my closest friends for the past two decades that I’ve been involved with the organization.  They have become to go-to-people that have enriched my life, and helped my growth both as an individual and as a business leader.


Janet Scheffer (Past President), our program chair, will be inviting the best and brightest to address our group.  We will have a variety of venues and topics.  Stay tuned!


Malia Lageman (Past President) will be keeping our finances on track as our treasurer.


Michelle Stofel will be serving as our membership chair while recruiting new talent to our group.


Alex Makk, our secretary, will be filling in a lot of areas our former Executive Director performed.  Alex grew up in SME.  A former PSE Student from UH, she attended SME events many years assisting Karen – she’s well trained for the position.


Donna Smith will serve as a special advisor to the board in her role as Sales Person of the Year (SPOY) Chair.


Serving with Past President David Hayter will be the other key board members Jaydence Goya, Buddy Moore, Jean Paul Gedeon, Adele Tasaka, Robin Kennedy and Michael Troy (Past President X2).  A great leadership team.


I’m proud to serve as President this year and look forward to a lot of food, fun and fellowship at our meetings! 


I also want to thank our outgoing board members Kealii Kane (Past President), Rob Mora, Kirk Nakamoto and our Executive Director Karen Smith for their service and their leadership. 


If you're reading this, and your not an SME member, call me today so I can host you at our next event.  I promise an entertaining, educational and personally rewarding experience!


Hold on tight, the fun is about to begin!


David C. Livingston

President 2017-2018

Sales & Marketing Executives Honolulu


You can reach me at 808 542-4945 (Cell) or my Ameriprise Office at 808 441-4000 or e-mail me at

I have made several new business connections which helps me keep a pulse on the trends in our local market.
— Tom Colandrea, Expedia VP & General Manager
SME is a great organization. The monthly meetings are always very educational, informative, and are great networking events.
— Joe Bock, Nella Media Group
Being a part of SME allows me the opportunity to network with key business leaders in the Honolulu area and to be connected to the changing landscape of sales and marketing... This organization has provided some invaluable training on important business practices. A great group.
— Michael Troy, Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Fantastic organization ... Hawaii’s Premiere Sales and Marketing organization.

A “must join” for up-and-coming, as well as longtime sales and marketing professionals.

— Janet Scheffer, President of Mana Means Communications