Apr 30, 2024

Chris Semrau – Phi Delta Theta’s 2024 Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient

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Chris Semrau – Phi Delta Theta’s 2024 Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient

The Phi Delta Theta Distinguished Alumnus Award is an accolade that celebrates excellence in one’s accomplishments and character. For thirty years, this recognition has been awarded to astronauts, Olympians, politicians, and other tremendous leaders. In February at the 2024 General Officers Convention in Oklahoma City, we honored Chris M. Semrau, North Dakota ’97.

Chris has shown leadership and dedication to the Fraternity from the beginning. As an undergraduate, Chris attended Phi Delta Theta’s Leadership College in 1997 and the 82nd General Convention in San Antonio, Texas. From serving as the social chairman and secretary for his chapter, Chris exemplified the character of a great leader early on. In addition to his Fraternity involvement, he served as the president in the student government association at UND.

“The continued support and invaluable relationships provided by Phi Delta Theta helped me develop skills and a network to pursue a career path in sports and entertainment, which I am grateful for.”

Chris Semrau, North Dakota ’97, Distingushed Alumnus Award Recipient

Brother Chris M. Semrau exemplifies the qualities and achievements this award seeks to honor. As the General Manager of Paycom Center, home of the NBA’s OKC Thunder, and Prairie Surf Studios in Oklahoma City, Semrau has overseen a remarkable period of growth and success. Since his arrival, Paycom Center has experienced a significant increase in touring events, culminating in a record-breaking year in 2022. The Country Music Association also recognized the excellence of Paycom Center by naming it as a finalist for ‘Venue of the Year’ in 2023.

Chris’ contributions to the entertainment industry have been widely acknowledged. As one of the youngest General Managers of a major professional sports facility in North America, he was a 2022 finalist for Venue Executive of the Year by the International Entertainment Buyers Association. Additionally, Chris has been selected four times by Venue’s Today Magazine as a finalist for Booking Achievement, underscoring his exceptional talent and dedication to his profession. Notably, 405 Magazine recently named Brother Semrau to its ‘Metro’s Most Influential’ list, further cementing his reputation as a leader in his field.

Prior to his role in Oklahoma City, Chris played a pivotal role in the construction and opening of the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. During his tenure, the PREMIER Center garnered significant recognition. He was named a finalist for an Academy of Country Music Awards for Venue of the Year three times and Pollstar’s Best New Concert Venue. Chris has made an impactful and lasting mark on the entertainment landscape.

Chris has made an impactful and lasting mark on the entertainment landscape, and with this impact, the General Council of Phi Delta Theta has recognized Chris Semrau with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

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