The Daktronics Experience

The Daktronics Experience

All things Daktronics and LED industry related including trends we're seeing, our recent projects and other cool features.

Episodes

June 1, 2022 19 min

What do you know about Daktronics’ factory in Redwood Falls, Minnesota? To shine a spotlight on the location and hear all about it, Justin and Matt are joined by Tom Quackenbush, Daktronics Plant Manager in Redwood Falls. He shares some history of the factory, the types of products they produce, some big projects they will be a part of and much more.

  • Daktronics Employment Website: https://www.daktronics.com/en-us/employment
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    What happens when art and Out Of Home advertising collide? ArtPop Street Gallery is finding out the answer in Charlotte, North Carolina. Justin and Matt talked with Wendy Hickey, Founder and Executive Director of ArtPop Street Gallery, to hear more details about how they are highlighting artists and their work with the community.

     

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  • ArtPop Street Gallery Website: artpopstreetgallery.com
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    Leading up to one of the largest tradeshows of the year, Integrated Systems Europe, Justin and Matt sat down with Ben Aesoph, International Sales Manager for Daktronics, to talk about everything surrounding the show. Ben shares his experience on the international LED scene, a few things he’s looking forward to and the technology Daktronics will be showcasing during the event.

  • Daktronics ISE Webpage: daktronics.com/ise
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    In Our Backyard works to fight human trafficking in the United States and Daktronics has partnered with the organization to spread awareness by creating and using digital content on billboards and other digital signage. Justin and Matt are joined by Cheryl Csiky, Executive Director of In Our Backyard, to hear more about their efforts, real-life stories they’ve encountered and what you can do to help.

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    Control at a sporting event can be very basic or extremely complicated. Lucky for operators, we try to make it easier with products like All Sport Pro Soccer. To hear about this offering, new developments and how it integrates into the game-day production, Justin and Matt are joined by Chris Johnson, Daktronics scoring and timing product manager. He shares all the details and more, especially for soccer.

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    To hear about bringing displays to life in high schools, Justin and Matt visit with Alicia Bennett, Daktronics Creative Services account manager for high schools. She shares information on available graphics packages including high school senior headshots, the process from requesting content to deliver, and trends she’s seeing in the industry.

  • Daktronics High School Creative Services Contact Email: entertain@daktronics.com
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    Ahead of basketball tipping off in Sioux Falls, Justin and Jesa travel to the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center to hear about the history of the Summit League Basketball Championships and what’s in store for this year as they celebrate their 40th anniversary. Joining them are Bryan Miller, Assistant Commissioner for the Summit League, and Eric Ray, Daktronics Event Producer at South Dakota State University. They share their history with...

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    February 23, 2022 26 min

    The experience surrounding sports is ever-expanding, most recently into casinos and venues with sportsbooks. To hear more about this and trends within these applications, Justin and Matt visit with Josh Francois, managing director, and James Roehrl, sales representative, both in the Spectaculars division at Daktronics. They discuss the massive LED walls that are being installed along with creative implementations of direct-view LED...

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    Don and DJ Rockwell with St. Matthew United Methodist Church sit down and talk with Matt and Justin about how they use video for their services. They also cover the history of video at the church, the decision to make the jump from projection technology to LED and how it's been received by their members.

     

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    In another installment of the High School Athletic Director mini-series, Justin and Matt spoke with Ken Green, Sales Territory Manager at Daktronics and former High School AD. Ken shared his experiences as a former coach turned AD, how to create a full audiovisual experience at high schools and additional benefits schools receive from having those systems installed.

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    Continuing the High School Athletic Director mini-series, Justin and Matt spoke with Bob Kernell, a new Daktronics sales representative in the high school market and former Athletic Director of Liberty High School in Missouri. Bob shares his experience of adding video displays to the venues in Missouri, how those displays provide an additional revenue stream and a few pointers for current ADs looking into these types of systems.

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    After recently attending the National Athletics Directors Conference, Bud Postma, High School Market Consultant for Daktronics, joins the podcast again to talk about his recent participation in the event. He also gives a summary of the conversations he had while he was there and leaves us with one piece of advice for every school in 2022.

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    Jami Itiavkase, Director of Productions at the Cincinnati Reds, joins Justin and Matt to talk about the evolution of technology at the Reds including an upgrade to all HDR-capable LED displays at Great American Ball Park. Listen on to hear Jami’s story of working her way up in the Reds organization, experiences she’s had while hosting large events, product and service aspects, and much more.

  • Cincinnati Reds Webpage: https://www.ml...
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    Can digital signage help when selling tasty treats and engaging with your community? Tim LeFevre, President of LeFevre Corporation and owner of 10 Dairy Queen franchises in West Virginia, joins Justin and Matt to tell you the answer to that question is an emphatic YES! The conversation also covers Tim's history of selling cards as a child all the way to owning his own businesses, the impact digital signage has made at two of hi...

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    What happens when a new ballpark is built and a vision is realized from concept to first pitch? Justin and Matt were fortunate enough to hear this story from Seth Silber, Co-owner of the Fredericksburg Nationals, and Zhancheng Wu, Director of Productions. They talk about their love for baseball, building a ballpark and what they do with their equipment to create an exciting game-day experience.

  • Fredericksburg Nationals Website: ht...
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    Live Book is a product that can be a game-changer for your live event productions. Don’t just take our word for it because in this episode Parker Peltier, video coordinator for Southeastern Louisiana University’s Athletics Department, joins Justin and Matt to tell about his firsthand experience with the product.

  • Southeastern Louisiana University Athletics Website: https://lionsports.net/
  • Daktronics Live Book Webpage: https://www.da...
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    As Daktronics continues to evolve and grow, the same is true for our Creative Services team. To hear about the changes and a few recent projects including Climate Pledge Arena and the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), Justin and Matt are joined by Diane Gonzalez-Ferranti, Executive Producer of Daktronics Creative Services, and Mark Eisenstadt, Daktronics Professional Services Manager.

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    Sign codes, zoning and permits? There’s a lot going on behind the digital signs you see on a regular basis. To hear about those details, Justin and Matt are joined by Jen Clites and Shawna Hanson from Daktronics’ Sign Legislation team. They talk about LED signs in on-premise, off-premise and out-of-home applications, including some of the terminology, regulations and considerations that can go along with them.

     

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    How can a uniform graphics package for streaming content help an entire conference? To find out, Justin and Matt are joined by Dominic Hennig, director of strategic communications and brand advancement at the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). This conversation covers their implementation of Daktronics Live Book, the resurgence of the CCHA and much more.

  • CCHA Website: https://ccha.com/ 
  • Daktronics Live Book Webpage: http...
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    Quite often, we hear that our people at Daktronics are great to work with and genuinely enjoy what they do. But to experience that firsthand, you might have to apply! Justin and Matt spoke with Leah Brink, HR recruiting and pipeline manager, to hear about the open career opportunities that Daktronics has to offer. This conversation covers the flexibility available in those positions and shifts, the wide variety of roles that are cu...

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