Meet the Management Team
Mike Lauer, CEO
Mr. Lauer is responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of Branom Instrument Co. utilizing his career that has spanned engineering, construction, sales, and project management. The 10-years before Branom, Mr. Lauer worked for Foss Maritime (a Saltchuk Company) in increasing leadership roles. Prior to Foss, he was employed as a field engineer by Bechtel, a leading engineering, construction and project management firm.
Mr. Lauer has always had a fascination with the measurement, control, and automation industry with an ambition to grow a company in which he had a significant ownership interest. In July of 2018, he pursued these aspirations by assuming the CEO role at Branom Instrument Co. Going forward, Mike is committed to Mr. Ray Branom’s philosophy that the three most important aspects of any business can be expressed simply: Service, Service, Service.
On the personal side, Mike resides in Seattle with his wife and two daughters with whom he enjoys the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University, followed by a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.
Sherri Nelson, Vice President of Operations
Sherri Nelson has more than 20-years of experience in Accounting, Human Resources, Marketing, Sales Support, Organizational Development, and Operations. Ms. Nelson joined Branom Instrument Co. in 1999 in the Accounting Department where she was responsible for Payroll, Sales Commissions, and Accounts Receivable. She then moved into the role of Sales Coordinator in 2003 where she assisted the Sales Manager/Sales Team and Manufacturers. In 2008 Marketing was added to her duties, where she developed, established, and maintained all marketing strategies to meet organizational objectives.
In 2013, Ms. Nelson moved into the role of Human Resources Manager where she managed organizational development and recruitment in addition to creating and implementing all processes and procedures for the Company. Since then she has also been instrumental as part of the Leadership Team working with the Board to improve efficiencies, improve communication, increase revenue, and reduce costs.
Sherri accepted the position of Vice President of Operations in July 2017. Her current duties include providing oversight for day-to-day operations including Human Resources, Customer Service, Office Administration, and Shipping and Receiving.
In her personal time, Sherri enjoys outdoor entertaining for friends and family, as well as attending local sporting events and concerts.
Evan Hallock, Inside Sales Manager
Evan is responsible for the direction and performance of the Inside Sales Team. Prior to Branom, Evan worked at Darigold where he progressed through the Operations and Supply Chain Management teams before taking a role in their Commodity Sales Division in 2018.
Evan earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Oregon State University in Food Science and Technology and is currently working on a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. Outside of work you can find him enjoying the great outdoors around the Puget Sound.
Joe Stalis, Controller
Joe Stalis has more than 20 years of professional experience in Accounting and Finance. Mr. Stalis is a Certified Financial Analyst who has held Management roles in a variety of industries.
Prior to joining Branom Instrument Co., he gained his experience through roles at Oak Harbor Capital in the Investment and Legal realm, at Amazon.com in the Subsidiary, Intercompany, and Digital spaces respectively, and at Allied Waste Industries and Stanford University Hospital as an Accounting Manager and Unit Controller. Mr. Stalis graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and completed his Master of Business Administration from the same institution.
In his leisure time, he enjoys the great outdoors and spending time with his family.
Corey Porter, Technical Service Manager
Mr. Porter has more than 15-years of instrumentation technical service expertise. Corey began his career at Branom Instrument Co. directly after graduating from Western Washington University in 2003.
He started as Service Coordinator in the Technical Services Department where he learned all aspects of the department including technical service and support, instrumentation repair, and calibration. Mr. Porter was then promoted to the Technical Service Manager with the responsibility of managing the entire service team, both in-house and field technicians. Corey and his highly-skilled team work closely with the sales staff to offer a superior level of quality of services and equipment to Branom Instrument Co.’s customers.
When not working, he likes to spend time with his wife, daughter, family, and friends playing board games, going to concerts, and enjoying the local food, beer, and activities in our area.
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