Cathy Koch is Founder, CEO, and President of K-Tec Systems, a global manufacturer, distributor and integrator of advanced control systems. For almost 35 years they have been a reliable source to the automotive, aerospace, food and chemical industries manufacturing and distributing in UK, Germany, Canada, China and the United States.
Cathy has been featured in DBusiness Magazine as a business leader making a difference in the growth of her industry. In 2015, she was awarded “Outstanding Women’s Business Enterprise achiever”. In 2017, K-Tec Systems was recognized as “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” and in 2018 it was awarded “Best Small Business” and “SmartZone”.
In 2016, Cathy graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, and received a scholarship from General Motors to attend Tuck School of Business Executive Program. In 2022, Cathy was selected to be a participant in the 10,000 Small Businesses Export initiative with U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo. That same year she was accepted into the SBA T.H.R.I.V.E Emerging Leaders Reimagined program, from which she graduated last December after a six-month intensive business training. In 2023, has been recognized at the WBENC National Conference as a STAR Women Business Owner, for her excellence in business leadership, resilience, and mentoring.
K-Tec is WBENC certified, and Cathy sits on the Women Business Enterprise National Council Global Forum Committee. In the past, she has been Chair for the Great Lakes Women Business Council Forum. Cathy also serves on the Executive Board of the Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation as Vice-President of STEM projects. She is passionate in helping other women grow their businesses. Additionally, she enjoys golfing, cooking and spending some precious family time with her two grandsons.