|Alumni Award Winners: Ron (McNeil) His Horse is Thunder, Fort Yates, N.D., Excellence in Education Award; Craig Katt, Atlanta, GA., Special Achievement Award; Mary and Ed Furois, Spearfish, Special Service Award; Tim Penton, Miami, Fl., Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Craig Katt, Class of ’75, is owner and partner as well as president of Solare Solutions, a visual communications company with headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. and a manufacturing site in Wiggins, Miss. The multi-layered company is comprised of a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art signage manufacturing facility; an award-winning creative design team; an animation/content creation media group; and a video systems integration division for hi-tech large-screen indoor and outdoor display systems.
Priori to joining Solare, Katt was the national market manager for the international Belgian video display manufacturer Barco after serving 10 years as one of the company market managers for Daktronics.
Katt is recognized as one of the industry experts in LED (light emitting diode) technology and is a frequent contributor of technical articles dealing with the technology. Considered a “go-to” by architects and designers throughout the country, Katt’s consultant efforts are manifested in some of the nation’s most advanced large screen video designs.
Katt and his wife, Beth, have four daughters.