Daktronics has a proven management team whose top ten officers and managers have amassed nearly 200 years of combined experience in the electronic display industry. Biographies of chairman and co-founder Al Kurtenbach, CEO and president Jim Morgan, chief financial officer Sheila Anderson, and vice president Frank Kurtenbach follow.
Dr. Aelred J. Kurtenbach
Aelred J. Kurtenbach, Ph.D. is a co-founder of the Company and has served as a Director and Chairman of the Board since its incorporation in 1968. He served as President of the Company until 1999, Chief Executive Officer until 2001, and Treasurer until 1993. Dr. Kurtenbach holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, the University of Nebraska and Purdue University, respectively. Dr. Kurtenbach brings to the Board an in-depth perspective of our business and industry derived from his experience as co-founder of the Company, as the Chief Executive Officer of the Company since its founding through 2001, and as Chairman of the Board since then.
James B. Morgan
James B. Morgan joined the Company in 1969 as a part-time engineer while earning his M.S. degree in electrical engineering from South Dakota State University. He became President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company in 1999 and Chief Executive Officer in 2001. He served as its Vice President, Engineering, with responsibility for product development, contract design, project management and corporate information systems, from 1976 to 1999. Mr. Morgan has also served as a Director of the Company since 1984. Mr. Morgan brings to the Board his experience and knowledge of our business and industry derived from his current position as Chief Executive Officer and his experience of over 40 years working for the Company.
Frank J. Kurtenbach joined the Company in 1979 as Sales Manager of the Standard Scoreboard Division, which was expanded to include other products in 1981. He served as Sales Manager for the Company from 1982 through 1993, as a Director since 1984 and as a Vice President since 1993. Currently Mr. Kurtenbach is employed on a part-time basis with the Company. Mr. Kurtenbach has an M.S. degree in Health Science and recreation from South Dakota State University. Dr. Aelred Kurtenbach and Frank Kurtenbach are brothers. Mr. Kurtenbach brings to the Board his experience and knowledge of many years in developing our sales and distribution channels and in developing our talent, in particular, our emphasis on affiliations with colleges and universities. He has been a key leader in this regard for more than 29 years.
Sheila M. Anderson serves as Daktronics’ Chief Financial Officer. Anderson graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University with a bachelor of science degree in accounting; she is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of South Dakota. She became a certified public accountant in 1996.
Anderson joined Daktronics in 2002 as a project accountant. 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.
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.
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