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.
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.
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.