Brett Wendler

Vice President  – Design and Development

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Brett Wendler is Vice President for Design and Development, leading the teams that clarify long-term market trends and develop solutions to fulfill those expanding needs.

The design and development team is responsible for understanding markets and applications, developing display and control systems and effectively launching solutions to the market. A platform strategy delivers standard and configurable products which are tailored to support custom projects. Engineers, technicians, project managers, coordinators and technical writers work with product management, application engineers and other teams across the company to ensure products are designed for reliability, security, quality and serviceability.

Brett has led improvements in our teams and processes, including leveraging design platforms across products, implementing Lean Agile engineering practices, and bringing together multiple product development personnel into one cohesive unit.

Before his role as a Vice President, Brett served as the engineering manager responsible for LED video display systems, leading the engineering teams in the US and China. He led the way on several generations of video display products, through-hole and surface-mount displays, indoor and outdoor applications, and LED video display modules.

Brett started at Daktronics in 1992 as a student to explore a career in electrical engineering. He worked in customer service and found his passion in design engineering. After graduation, he worked full time as a design engineer in the video products engineering group.

He serves on the advisory board for X Display Company (XDC), which partners with Daktronics for microLED development. Brett is a recognized leader in our industry, recently presenting a technical paper for the Society of Information Displays. He has served on advisory boards at South Dakota State University and is the chair of the endowment committee at his church.

In his spare time, Brett enjoys spending time with his family at the lake, fishing and being on the water. He enjoys attending college and professional football games with his kids, and he likes to travel and explore museums with his wife.

Brett earned his electrical engineering degree from South Dakota State University, with a minor in math.