Chris Lauer

Chris Lauer

Vice president of order fulfillment, Digi-Key Electronics

Description

After serving four years in the Air Force as an aircraft armament system specialist, Chris Lauer joined the civilian workforce and quickly rose to his leadership position at Thief River Falls-based Digi-Key Electronics, an electronic components distribution company and one of the country’s largest private companies. Over the past five years, Lauer and his team have been leading a $400 million, 2.2-million-square-foot expansion of a product distribution center. Once finished, the center will support 1,000 new jobs and allow Digi-Key to process nearly three times the number of packages. Lauer is also responsible for managing 2,200 employees and an average of 27,000 orders picked, packed, and shipped worldwide daily.