President and CEO
Katie is the President and CEO of Spika Design and Manufacturing. As the second generation to lead the family business, she is passionate about building a company that improves outcomes for its customers, team members, suppliers, and community. She is a believer in values-driven business, with people and purpose at the core. Prior to taking on the role of CEO in June 2018, Katie had worked in operations management, accounting, and marketing at Spika. Katie graduated from the University of Montana College of Business with dual degrees in Marketing and Finance.
Outside of work, Katie remains passionate about connecting and building the Central Montana community. She is an active board member and President of the Boys and Girls Club of Lewistown (https://bgclublewistown.com), the Educational Opportunities for Central Montana, and is the cofounder of Hidden Montana (https://hiddenmt.com), an online media and community platform for the socioeconomic development of the Central Montana region. An aspiring craft cocktail mixologist, Katie spends her free time trying new food recipes, snuggling her cats and dogs, and practicing meditation. She lives in Lewistown with her husband Ben.
Vice President and Director of Sales & Marketing
Bekhi is Vice President and Director of Sales & Marketing at Spika Design & Manufacturing, Inc. She began her career at Spika in the marketing department in 2014 with an added role of Safety Officer in 2016. In 2017 she was promoted to the position of Director of Sales & Marketing.
After graduating from the University of Montana in 2012 with a degree in Journalism, Bekhi detoured into the baby photography and coffee-making industries before coming home to her roots in the family business. She loves cooking, playing bingo with her mother, and promoting the Central Montana community through Hidden Montana, the online media and community platform for the socioeconomic development of the Central Montana region, which she co-founded with her sister Katie.
Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer
Tom founded Spika Design and Manufacturing along with his wife Carol, and was responsible for its early growth, productivity and measured development into a world-class designer and manufacturer of work platforms. His background and skills include 3D solid modeling, design, and structural engineering in addition to being a subject matter expert in OSHA-compliant work stands.
In June 2018, Tom transitioned from the position of Chief Executive Officer to Chief Innovation Officer. You can see some of the early breakthroughs he and the R&D team spearheaded on our our Innovation page. Today, he maintains largely an advisory and strategy oversight role at Spika Design & Manufacturing.
Tom has served as the chair of the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, the chair of the Montana Manufacturing Association, a member of the Montana Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Lewistown Area Chamber of Commerce.
In his free time, Tom enjoys working on his hot rods and riding his motorcycle. He is fiercely passionate about his company and tirelessly committed to developing a better product. You can tell he’s a Montanan because of his entrepreneurial spirit, his willingness to take risk when warranted, and his incredible work ethic.
Carol founded Spika Design and Manufacturing along with her husband Tom. Throughout its years, she has worked as the bookkeeper, purchasing manager, secretary, social director, vice president, janitor, and 100 other positions, many at the same time. Today, she maintains an advisory and strategy oversight role at Spika Design & Manufacturing.
Carol has her BS in Sociology from the University of Great Falls. Earlier, she held positions in health care and social work.
In her free time, Carol loves to garden and bird watch, as well as take care of her animals at the Spika farm and enjoy the beauty of nature. She’s a true Montanan at heart, with a deep appreciation of wide open spaces, wildlife, clean water and air, no traffic, and the friendly and helpful neighbors and strangers.
Treasurer and Controller
Ashley handles all things finance-related and spearheads the HR department.She was drawn to Spika by the company culture and its small but growing size. Ashley has a BSBA in Accounting from Montana State University – Billings and is an Intuit Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor as well as a member of AIPB.
Prior to joining Spika, Ashley was a Franchisee Accounting Coordinator for an outdoor hospitality company.
When she’s not calculating paychecks or analyzing projects, Ashley can be found mothering her four kids, camping, hiking, crocheting, and going on “Sunday Drives.” You know she’s from Montana because she lives within two miles of the hospital where she was born.
Jeffrey W. Ruffner, PE, PMP
Director of Business Development
Mr. Ruffner has 38 years of continually progressive experience in the engineering profession. He has worked in the nuclear fuel processing industry, semi-conductor industry, power generation industry, and environmental technology industry, Aviation industry, and defense industry. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree and a Masters of Science degree in Engineering Science from the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology, and is a registered professional engineer. He has traveled extensively and has hands-on experience in project and business development in Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Poland and Greece.
Mr. Ruffner worked for Spika Design and Manufacturing, Inc. previously as a consultant in 2013. In 2014, he joined the company as a full-time Special Projects Consultant. He currently serves as the company’s Director of Business Development. Mr. Ruffner has previously served as president and CEO of a $25 million/year diversified engineering and technology company.
In 2002 Mr. Ruffner was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce and the U.S Trade Representative to the Department of Commerce, Industry Trade Advisory Committee for Small and Minority Businesses (ITAC-9) to provide input and review the impact of trade issues and agreements on small and minority businesses. He served as chairman of that committee from March 2010 to December 2011.
He has served as president of the Butte Chapter of the Montana Society of Engineers; president of the Montana Society of Engineers; Montana delegate to the National Society of Professional Engineers; board member for the Montana Chamber of Commerce; advisory board member of the Montana World Trade Center; and as a Montana Ambassador.
He is an alumni of Leadership Montana, and has received several awards, including the 1997 Montana Tech Alumni Recognition Award; the 2001 Southwest Montana area Engineer of the Year Award; and — on behalf of the company — the 2002 Montana Governor’s Award for Excellence in Export Marketing.
Director of Design & Engineering
Shandon Reay, MET, is Spika’s Lead Designer and will ensure full design and analyses compliance per this SOW. Mr. Reay graduated from Montana State University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET), after which he spent four years as a Tooling Engineer for Boeing. While at Boeing, Mr. Reay designed tools to support the manufacturing and assembly of the 737 aircraft. As Spika’s Lead Designer, he currently oversees the Design and Engineering department.
The Montana State University MET program focused extensively on the Engineering Design Process and project management. Mr. Reay has passed the FE exam and is pursuing his Professional Engineers license.