Vicki Holt


Proto Labs



Since taking over as CEO in 2014, Vicki Holt has kept two goals top of mind: a) Push the company's annual revenue to $1 billion; and b) outrun her competitors. The second goal is firmly in hand for this e-commerce digital manufacturer of custom prototypes and low- to mid-volume production parts—but pushing revenue to $1 billion will not be easy in an industry where engineers and product developers like to handle a manufacturer’s work before opening their wallets. If anyone can do it, though, Holt can. Since 2015, Proto Labs has posted year-over-year revenue growth near 25 percent, and Holt believes her company can grow 20 percent year over year going forward.