Katie is the COO and Director of Quality Assurance at Spika, and she is incredibly proud to be a part of the family business. She began her career at Spika in the marketing department, but throughout the years she ventured into many other areas of the company, including accounting, finance, quality assurance, production, and on-site product installation. In 2014 she was promoted to her current position as COO. Able to maintain the big-picture point of view while delving into the details, Katie passionately guides Spika’s employees to achieve remarkable things together.
An alumnus of the University of Montana, Katie graduated at the very top of her class with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and Marketing. Her Honors College senior thesis – a study on the effect of trade missions on small business export success – has allowed Katie to skillfully contribute to the development of business opportunities for Spika in international markets. She is also a National Merit Scholar and former intern of the Senate Finance Committee.
A true nerd who loves writing company procedures and processes, Katie thrives on the challenges of growing a small business and is passionate about ensuring the company has a positive impact on the community. In her free time, Katie can be found playing with her chow and two cats, searching Pinterest for recipes and home design ideas, or chatting with coworkers at the “Cheers” of Lewistown. You can tell Katie is a Montanan because she feels lost in a place where you can’t see the stars.
Katie sits on the boards of the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center and Educational Opportunities for Central Montana.
How I Want to Participate in PowerHouse
Katie would like to use PowerHouse MT to show that manufacturing is a viable and rewarding career for women.