Smith to Receive 2019 BSA Leadership Award

Smith to Receive 2019 BSA Leadership Award

Jennifer Smith, President and CEO
Innovative Office Solutions

Jennifer Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Innovative Office Solutions, was named as the honoree of this year’s Business Solutions Association (BSA) Leadership Award.

“Jennifer Smith is clearly a leader in our industry,” said BSA President Barry Lane, Avery Company. “Throughout her career, Jennifer has displayed those leadership qualities and traits that made her stand apart from others.  BSA is very pleased to honor Jennifer Smith as its 2019 honoree.”

Smith’s career spans 34 years in the business products industry. She began her career working for Dayton-Hudson and then proceeded to work for Town & Country Office Products, US Office Products and Medcare Products.  She founded and became the CEO of Innovative Office Solutions in 2001.

Smith and Innovative Office Solutions have been named:

  • The EY Entrepreneur of the Year for the Upper Midwest
  • Most Admired CEO by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
  • The (Real)Power 50 by the Minnesota Business Magazine
  • 50 Fastest Growing Women Owned/Led Companies in North America presented by the Women’s Presidents Organization
  • 100 Best Places to work for seven consecutive years
  • Ranked for ten years on the Inc 5000 fastest growing privately held companies in America

Jennifer is on the Forum for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Board, Dealer Advisory Board of Essendant, Minnesota Vikings Women’s Advisory Council and the InSports Foundation, the charitable arm of Innovative Office Solutions.

Jennifer is a graduate of Hamline University with a double major in Psychology and Business Management.  

Her and her husband Brooks live in Minneapolis, Minnesota and have two children; Max (26) and Maddie (24).

Smith will receive the BSA Leadership Award at the President’s Awards Dinner on September 5 during the 2019 BSA Annual Forum, which takes place September 4 - 5 at The Renaissance, The Depot in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. Nominated individuals must display dedication and longevity to the industry, business acumen, forthrightness and integrity while having a cooperative spirit.

The BSA Awards Dinner is included in the full registration package for the 2019 Annual Forum. For more information, contact BSA headquarters (Phone: 410-931-8100; E-mail: [email protected])