Awards Speak Louder than Words

The electronics industry award season is in full swing. It is around this time every year that suppliers present awards to their distributors based on different criteria including customer and sales growth, breadth of inventory, new product introductions (NPIs), collaborative marketing campaigns, partnership management, and more.

It is also a good time to review the results for the first half of 2018, which is showing Digi-Key’s performance outpacing the industry by 2x in growth. Our suppliers are rewarding distribution partners who are adding value and building a stronger brand image, and the awards are one means of highlighting this success.

Digi-Key is humbled to have been the recipient of 30+ industry awards so far this year, with just a sample of achievement noted below. Many global companies are recognizing us for not just North American performance, but now we are seeing awards based on results for both Asia-Pacific and EMEA.

  • Alpha Wire – 2017 Distributor of the Year
  • Alpha Wire – 2017 Excellence Award (Marc Kaluza)
  • Amphenol Industrial – Product Manager of the Year, 2017 (Paul Hejlik)
  • Bel Fuse – Distributor of the Year 2017
  • Bourns – e-Commerce Distributor of the Year
  • Carlo Gavazzi – Outstanding Distributor Achievement Award, 2018
  • ECS Inc. International – 2017 Top Global Distributor
  • HARTING – Distinguished Award for New Product Sales Growth
  • KEMET – FY18 High Service Distributor of the Year Award
  • Kingbright – “Achievement Award 2017, Outstanding Sales Performance”
  • Molex – E-Catalog Distributor of the Year
  • NKK Switches - Partner of the Year Award, Global Distributor for 2017
  • Ohmite - Chairman's Award 2017
  • Vishay – 2017 Catalog Distributor of the Year
  • Vishay – 2017 European Catalog Distributor of the Year


  • Ohmite - Product Manager of the Year (Gary Johnston)
  • Omron – 2017 Distributor of the Year
  • Orion Fans – Top Distributor 2017 Golden Fan Award, Largest Sales Volume Increase
  • Panasonic – E-Commerce Distributor of the Year
  • Panduit – 2017 Highest Sales Growth Distributor
  • Phoenix Mecano – #1 Distributor for 2017
  • Qualtek – 2017 Distributor of the Year
  • Schaffner – Distributor of the Year
  • Sunon – Distributor of the Year, 2017
  • TDK – Distributor of the Year
  • TDK – European Senten Manten Gold Award 2017, High Service Distributor
  • TDK-Lambda Americas – “In Recognition of Exceptional Sales Growth – Star Performer Term T122”
  • VCC – 2017 Global Distributor of the Year, Outstanding Commitment and Sales Growth
  • Wakefield-Vette – “In Recognition of Highest NPI Revenue Growth”
  • Yageo – 2017 Global Distributor of the Year – North America

You may notice that many of the awards recognize Digi-Key as the Distributor of the Year. We also want to make mention of the individual achievements such as the Excellence and the Product Manager of the Year awards. Digi-Key’s difference is in the people. Our success would not be possible without the contributions of each team member. We are proud to have successful relationships with 800+ suppliers. Digi-Key feels these awards reinforce our commitment to maintaining strong and collaborative partnerships, while ensuring our mutual customer bases have access to the broadest depth of product and newest technologies.

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Image of Chris Beeson, Executive Vice President of Sales and Supplier Development at Digi-Key Chris Beeson, Executive Vice-President of Sales and Supplier Development at Digi-Key Electronics, has been driving business innovations at Digi-Key for over 11 years and has been instrumental in creating our unique business model for the electronics industry. He has over 30 years of experience in the electronics distribution industry and is currently responsible for the management of over 650 industry suppliers. Chris is involved in many industry organizations, including the Electronics Component Industry Association, Electronics Representative Association and numerous supplier representative councils.
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