Management

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Aelred J. Kurtenbach, Ph.D. Dr. Aelred J. Kurtenbach is cofounder of Daktronics, Inc. and currently serves as chairman of the Board of Directors.Kurtenbach, a native of Dimock, South Dakota, has B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, all in electrical engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, the University of Nebraska and Purdue University, respectively. He also taught electrical engineering at South Dakota State University and Purdue University. While on the staff at SDSU, he cofounded Daktronics, Inc. in 1968.

Daktronics designs, manufactures, markets and supports, large dynamic display systems, scoreboards and large screen video systems, on a global basis. The company currently employees approximately 2,500 people including 250 college students who work part time. 
 
Dr. Kurtenbach served on the Brookings School Board for twelve years and on the South Dakota Board of Regents from 1984-1986. He has also served on the Education Committee for the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Chair of the South Dakota State Junior Achievement Program and as Chair of the South Dakota EPSCoR Committee. He currently serves as Chair of the South Dakota Enterprise Institute and on the Board of the National Association of Manufacturers. He is also an active member of the Organizing Committee of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Newman Center as well as a member of the South Dakota State University Board of Trustees.
 
Dr. Kurtenbach was twice named South Dakota’s Small Businessman of the Year. He was honored in 1994 as the South Dakota Executive of the Year and the South Dakotan of the Year by the University of South Dakota School of Business. He was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 1992. Additional awards are SD School of Mines and Technology Outstanding Alumni 2000; SDSU Non-Alumnus Distinguished Service Award in 1986; SDSU Distinguished Engineer Award in 1990; SDSU Family of the Year 2000; Purdue University Outstanding Electrical Engineer 2001; and the Region VIII District Director’s Choice Award from the US Small Business Administration in April 2004.
 
Over the years Dr. Kurtenbach and Daktronics have been recognized with numerous awards for entrepreneurism and quality. Dr. Kurtenbach was chosen as the Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000 for manufacturing in a national competition sponsored by Ernst & Young. Daktronics, Inc. was named the 1994 Entrepreneurial Success of the Year by the Small Business Administration for South Dakota and the Denver Region. Daktronics was also chosen the South Dakota Business of the Year in 2000, 1993, 1989 and 1987 by the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
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Reece A. Kurtenbach is the Chief Executive Officer for Daktronics, Inc.

Previously, Kurtenbach served as Executive Vice President for Live Events and International, and provided corporate oversight for the company’s design and development engineering.

The Live Events Business Unit encompasses the sales and service departments for our Large Sports Venues and Rental and Staging markets, as well as the Video Products Engineering development group.

The International Business Unit serves our customers outside of North America and is organized into the regional areas of: Asia Pacific, Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA), and Latin America/Caribbean. Each region maintains both Sales and Service functions appropriate for the size and maturity of the specific region.

Kurtenbach’s responsibilities for engineering included providing oversight to the company’s product strategies and platform developments.

Kurtenbach began his career with Daktronics in 1982 as a student, working in manufacturing and customer service. He graduated from South Dakota State University in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and minors in math and computer science.

After graduation, Kurtenbach worked for a few years in two other technical companies, and then returned to Daktronics in 1991 to work as an Applications Engineer on large display projects. In 1994, he became manager of a design group, leading the development of Daktronics' first full color LED video display product. Since then, Daktronics has become a leader in the technology of large screen LED video displays, and the acknowledged world leader in sales in this product category.

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Sheila M. Anderson serves as Daktronics’ chief financial officer. Anderson holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn., and a master's degreee in business administration from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D. She became a certified public accountant in 1996.

Anderson joined Daktronics in 2002 as a project accountant. Her accounting experience prior to joining the company includes a senior accountant role at Dakota Minnesota and Eastern Railroad, as well as responsibility for accounting and auditing functions at two public accounting firms. In 2006, Anderson became the corporate controller for Daktronics, assuming responsibility for the company’s internal and external financial reporting, as well as supervision of the company’s accounting functions. She was named CFO in September 2012.