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Continued: Proto Labs' chief 'organizer' will search for a second act

  • Article by: NEAL ST. ANTHONY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 3, 2013 - 12:56 PM

“Brad hires good people and lets them do their job,” Wherwein said.

Lukis, 65, retired as chief technical officer but remains chairman of Proto Labs, where he is the largest shareholder with about 16 percent of the stock. He was on a sailboat off the South Carolina coast when I reached him by phone on ­Friday.

“I will take credit for contributing the technology, and I still stick my nose into a project, but I don’t write computer code anymore,” Lukis said. “But there was no way I could run a company. Brad built a great management team. He’s not intimidated by hiring people smarter than him.”

 

Neal St. Anthony • 612-673-7144



 

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