Arnold Sand is a graduate of UCLA and worked as a youth counselor at the YMCA through his college years. Arnold joined SME in 1992 as one of the firm’s original employees. Arnold quickly initiated SME’s Business Keynote Division in 1993 and has passionately worked to expand our expertise in this arena ever since, establishing SME as one of the top resources for thought leaders in the country. He helped launch SME’s Entertainment Division in 1994 with SME’s first entertainment booking, Jim Carrey, just prior to the release of his hit film, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Since then, SME has booked and produced artists such as Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, Elton John, Van Halen, Lady Gaga, Brooks & Dunn, Jerry Seinfeld, Sting, Gwen Stefani, Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr., Don Henley & Glenn Frey, Lenny Kravitz, John Mellencamp, Robin Williams, Blake Shelton, James Taylor, Jay Leno, Earth Wind & Fire, OneRepublic, Lionel Richie, John Legend and Carrie Underwood. The majority of Arnold’s clients have been with him at least ten years and many have been with him longer than fifteen. Arnold has instilled creativity, innovation, and customer service into the corporate culture at SME.
Why I love what I do
I love building long-term relationships and becoming part of my client’s team. I love receiving notes like this one from a client who has been with me since 1995: “Another successful event! I’d hate to think that I take that for granted. We have set such a standard for our conferences, anything less than perfection just isn’t acceptable. And thankfully, you have the same philosophy.” And I love working with an amazing, talented team every day.