First Name: Dr. Al
Last Name: Kurtenbach
Company Name: Daktronics
Number of Golden Matrix Award Nominations: Over the past two decades, Daktronics was repeatedly nominated as Allied Member of the Year
Golden Matrix Awards Won: Daktronics was named Allied Member Achievement Award in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015
Achievements / Innovations: Founder of Daktronics; CEO and Chairman of the Board of Daktronics (retired). Leader in development of LED Video technology. Leader in development of Scoring and Timing technology.
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Years in the Industry: 48
IDEA Leadership: Daktronics was recognized as a Golden Matrix Award Winner for the following: Allied Member Achievement Award in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015, President’s Award (Sarah Rose) in 2009, and the President's Award (Mark Eisenstadt) in 2013.
Character Beyond Reproach: In addition to his work with Daktronics, Dr. Kurtenbach currently serves on the boards of the South Dakota Enterprise Institute, the Growth Partnership and the National Association of Manufacturers. He is a member of the South Dakota State University and the South Dakota Community Foundations boards of trustees. He has also served on the Brookings School Board for twelve years, on the South Dakota Board of Regents from 1984-1986, and in the State Senate for the 2004 session. He served on the Education Committee for the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry, as Chair of the South Dakota State Junior Achievement Program, and as Chair of the South Dakota EPSCoR Committee.
Special Consideration: Al Kurtenbach has been instrumental in driving the entire LED video industry within sports since the first the first Daktronics install for Clemson baseball in 1997. He has adapted product offerings to meet the needs of sports venues and teams as his company grew in stride with the industry.
Nominated by: Mark Eisenstadt, Daktronics