Daktronics Expands Aviation Team to Meet Growing Demand

March 15, 2024

As airports enhance the traveler experience through automation and technology,  Daktronics of Brookings, South Dakota, is expanding its aviation sales team to meet growing needs.Jay Bouton joins Daktronics to focus on aviation business development. Chris Van Liew joins Daktronics as the aviation sales manager. Both serve on the aviation sales team within the transportation market at Daktronics. Derek Dorow also joins the team to provide pre-sales technical expertise for highly complex projects.

“Daktronics provides more than 30 years of experience in airports,” says Kevin Palmeter, aviation market manager at Daktronics. “With the addition to our aviation team, we are poised to provide unprecedented attention and expertise to the airport industry. Airports are embracing large-format, complex indoor applications. We are excited to expand the team to help aviation professionals communicate with travelers in new and exciting ways.”

The dedicated aviation team is supported by the regional sales team and ProAV team as well as the engineering team at Daktronics.

Automation and technology are on the rise in today’s airports. The effective use of large-format LED video display technology can provide a flexible and efficient facility, create a consistent sense of place and enhance the traveler experience. The team is eager to provide solutions to the airport industry, showcasing how LED display technology can be used throughout facilities.

About Jay Bouton

Bouton brings more than 40 years of experience in aviation technology to Daktronics. He has relationships with aviation professionals around the world, and he has the technical knowledge to help customers meet operational goals in highly complex environments.

“I'm excited about learning as much as I can about the LED industry, and finding new customers who can benefit from the endless application of informational and engaging video displays,” Bouton says. “I'm looking forward to spreading the word about Daktronics' world-class level of support and performance for airport projects across the country.”


About Chris Van Liew

Van Liew returns to Daktronics, where he started his professional sales career. He aspires to develop new relationships within the aviation industry and establish himself as a trusted, reliable resource.

“Through my experiences with the sports industry, real estate, and hospitality, I've learned honesty and integrity are what will make or break you,” explains Van Liew. “I always leaned on those I could trust in good times and bad, and I want to be that reliable person for our customers so I can help them succeed.”


About Derek Dorow

Derek has been with Daktronics since 2014 and brings experience in managing projects from conception to final realization to the team. His technical expertise has been instrumental in complex, high-profile projects for the federal and defense sectors and now the aviation sector. He was part of the team that recently installed the baggage drop and ticketing installations at Denver International Airport.

“I have focused on the design, development and implementation of complex and sustainable projects,” says Dorow. “As the aviation industry expands its technology and automation at more touch points throughout their facilities, I am excited to help them install the high-resolution products to meet their needs.”