One of the top speakers in America, V.J. Smith will present The Richest Man in Town on Thursday, May 4, at noon and 6:30 p.m. at Speedway Event Center. Smith is often referred to as the speaker who makes people think, laugh, reflect and be emotionally moved by a message. Tickets are $10 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. Both include a meal. Chelcie Eischens, membership director for the Milbank Chamber says, “Many people say V.J.’s message sticks with them for a long time. Don’t miss it. It’s not just for businesses.”
The program is sponsored by the Milbank Area Chamber of Commerce, the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, and the South Dakota Department of Tourism. Tickets are available at both Chamber offices and at the door. To order tickets, contact the Milbank Area Chamber office at 605-432- 6656. Between the two performances, Smith will hold a book signing at the Cheese Store on Main Street in Milbank from 2:30 until 4:30 p.m.
Smith, author of several books including The Richest Man in Town, has been a a motivational speaker in the U.S. and Canada for nearly 20 years. In 2014, Meetings and Conventions Magazine named him one of the top speakers in America. He is also a two-time finalist in Toastmasters International’s World Championship of Public Speaking.
Smith graduated from South Dakota State University in 1978 and worked for the Allied Signal Aerospace Company in Kansas City, Missouri for ten years. He returned to SDSU in 1990 to serve as Assistant Athletic Director. He was appointed Executive Director of the SDSU Alumni Association in 1996 and resigned from that position in January 2007 due to overwhelming requests for speaking appearances.
Marty, Smith’s inspiration for The Richest Man in Town, was a cashier at a big box store who had a profound effect on all the customers who went through his check-out line. V.J. says,”Marty was proof you don’t need money, power, or a title to make a difference in life. You just need to care.”