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Michigan 50 Companies to Watch: K-Tec Systems

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April 26, 2017 1:00 PM

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Cathy Koch, Founder, CEO, and President of K-Tec Systems began her career in 1980. Cathy studied business and marketing at the University of Cincinnati then moved to Southeast Michigan where she began working in the temperature instrumentation field.

After working in all faces of the industry, Cathy started her own business, K-Temp Control Systems, now K-Tec Systems, in March 1989. K-Tec Systems is a global distributor and integrator of advanced control systems and has been a reliable source to the automotive, aerospace, food and, chemical industries over 27 years.

Cathy is fully committed to reinvigorating the importance of quality and accurate test measurements. Today she’s increasing K-Tec Systems’ distribution business and adding a lean manufacturing component to its business model to gain control over delivery and quality. To give this new energy and raise expectations for her company, Cathy envisions a culture that is based on creativity, healthy workspace, and learning to attract and retain a talented workforce. All these years, Cathy’s leadership has been focused on building K-Tec Systems’ honor-winning culture.

In 2000, Cathy was honored on Entrepreneurship Action Day and received a special tribute from the State of Michigan for K-Tec Systems’ growth.

Cathy was featured in DBusiness Magazine as one of the 8 Detroit Women business leaders making a difference in the growth of their respective companies, industries, and communities in the Metro Detroit area.

In 2016, she was chosen to be an Inner Circle Guest of Honor for Inforum, a professional women’s alliance focused on creating strategic connections and accelerating careers for women throughout Michigan and the Midwest.

Cathy continued her education and in 2016, she graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program through Babson College, an entrepreneurial program for small businesses.

As part of her award recognition as the 2015 Outstanding WBE Achiever, she also received a scholarship from General Motors to attend Tuck School of Business Executive Program.

Cathy is a WBE certified business owner and Co-chair for the Great Lakes Women Business Council, where she inspires professional women toward achieving their dreams.

Because she is a staunch supporter of advancing women in the automotive industry, Cathy is also proud to be on the Executive Board of Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation as Vice-President of Supplier Relationships.

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