Board of Directors


Duane Sander

Chairman of the Enterprise Institute

Duane Sander is co-founder of Daktronics, Inc. in Brookings, SD. He also received the Spirit of Enterprise Award at the 2004 South Dakota Technology Summit.

Aelred Kurtenbach

Vice Chair of the Enterprise Institute

Al Kurtenbach of Brookings is co-founder and chairman of Daktronics, Inc., a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of large screen computer-programmable video displays and score boards.

Keith Bartels

Secretary and Treasurer of the Enterprise Institute

Keith Bartels of Mitchell is vice president of the Martin Group, Inc., in Mitchell. He has also been a registered professional engineer since 1978. Keith served on the SDSU Alumni Association Council from 1989 to 1993.

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Jim Morgan

Mr. Jim Morgan retired in 2013 after 12 years as president and CEO of Daktronics, concluding a four-decade career at the Brookings-based electronics manufacturer, which is the world’s industry leader in designing and manufacturing electronic scoreboards, programmable display systems, and large-screen video displays. He joined Daktronics in the company’s first year of operation as its first design engineer, while still a college student. He remains on the company’s board of directors. Morgan is a graduate of South Dakota State University, where he earned both his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in electrical engineering.

Ed Cannon

Ed Cannon of Minneapolis, MN was the CEO and founder of Cannon Technologies.  In 2007 South Dakota State University recognized Ed with the distinguished engineer award. 

Errol EerNisse

Errol EerNisse of Salt Lake City, UT, is president of Quartztronics, Inc., and vice president of research and development for Quartzdyne, Inc. He founded Quartztronics in 1979 and Quartzdyne in 1990.

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Andy Johnson

Andrew Johnson of Brookings, SD is an owner of Midwest Glass and Access Holdings, LLC.

Jerome Lohr

Jerome Lohr of Saratoga, CA, is president of the J. Lohr Properties and the J. Lohr Winery, both located in San Jose. He formed J. Lohr Properties in 1964. The J. Lohr Winery was founded in 1974 with national production beginning in 1979.

Brad Wheeler

Brad Wheeler of Lemmon, SD is and has been president of Wheeler Manufacturing Inc since 1982. Currently he serves as chairman of the Governors Giant Vision Business Plan Competition, and is a board member of Dacotah Bank Inc.