The District 5610 PETS Planning Committee is thrilled to announce that our keynote speaker for our luncheon on Friday, April 8 will be V.J. Smith.
 
An inspiring motivational speaker and published author, Smith graduated from South Dakota State University in 1978 and spent the decade of the 1980s working for the Allied Signal Aerospace Company in Kansas City.  He returned to his alma mater in 1990, working for six years in the SDSU Athletic Department.  He was appointed Executive Director of the SDSU Alumni Association in 1996.  In January 2007, he left that position to pursue a career in professional speaking.  Smith travels the country and makes more than 100 speaking appearances a year.
 
In March 2014, Meeting and Conventions Magazine named V.J. as one of the favorite speakers of meeting planners throughout America. 
 
He is the author of the best-selling book, The Richest Man Town.  The book details Smith’s relationship with a little old man who ran a cash register at a local Walmart.  “That guy changed my life,” Smith says.
 
Smith is a two-time finalist in Toastmasters' International's “World's Championship of Public Speaking.”  He is also the author of Can You Hear What I See? and Jackrabbit Tales.
 
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Smith has been a member of the South Dakota State Senate since January 2019 and is the President of Life's Great Moments located in Brookings, SD.