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SME leadership and structure

Strategies, Structure & Governance
Current Leadership
Volunteer Leaders
Board of Directors
Establishes SME's business policies and strategic direction. SME members interested in being considered for a seat on the Board may apply by submitting an application More Info

Executive Committee
Serves as the lead officers of the SME Board of Directors, meeting when the Board is not in session to make operational decisions on the procedures of SME. More Info

Member Council
Formulates recommendations to the Board of Directors relative to SME membership recruitment, retention and engagement. SME members interested in being considered for a seat on the Member Council can click here to apply. More Info

Membership Consultants
Lead communication between SME and local chapters, ensuring each chapter has tools for success. There are three types of membership consultants: senior, student and special-purpose.

Local Chapter Leaders
Consists of a chapter chair, chair-electsecretary and treasurer, who help motivate, organize, build enthusiasm and bring manufacturing together...locally. The chapter leaders oversee membership recruitment and retention endeavors, as well as coordinate the chapter's strategic planning efforts, helping guide the chapter through its short-term and long-term goals.
International Director/Member Council Nominating Committee
Identifies, evaluates and nominates candidates for the Member Council and the SME Board of Directors. Members interested in being considered for a seat on this committee can click here to apply.

International Awards & Recognition Committee
Administers SME's world-class awards and Fellows programs, which recognize individuals and companies for manufacturing excellence. More Info

Certification Oversight & Appeals Committee
Oversees SME certifications and ensures they are continuously updated and improved to meet industry needs. The committee is also responsible for guiding the investigation and development of any new certifications under consideration. More Info

The SME Volunteer Leader Toolkit is designed to help you be a more effective volunteer leader. If you have any questions, concerns or would like to contribute to this toolkit, please email