We’re led by Katie and Bekhi Spika, who are continuing their family legacy and pushing Spika into the future. In 2022, the SBA awarded Spika with the Women-Owned Small Business certification, recognizing them as one of the few women-led companies in their industry.
Katie is the President and CEO of Spika. As the second generation to lead the family business, she’s passionate about building a company that improves outcomes for its customers, team members, suppliers, and community. She’s a believer in values-driven business, with people and purpose at the core.
Since beginning her career at Spika in 2011, Katie has worked in marketing, accounting, and quality assurance at Spika. In 2014 she was promoted to COO, when she began to actively lead top-level operations and strategy. in June 2018, Katie assumed the role of CEO, completing the transition of the company to the next generation.
Katie graduated with honors from the University of Montana College of Business with dual degrees in Finance and Marketing.
Outside of work, Katie is passionate about connecting and building the Central Montana community. She is an active member of several local Boards, a City Commissioner for the city of Lewistown, and the cofounder of Hidden Montana, 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.
Bekhi is the Director of Sales & Marketing at Spika Design & Manufacturing, Inc. and has years of experience working with the military, space, automotive, and aviation industries. With specialized knowledge in government contracting, solutions-based sales, and custom design and engineering sales.
She began her career at Spika in the marketing department in 2014, in which she determined corporate marketing strategies and managed public relations, workforce outreach, and the creation of product data. She has also served as the Board of Directors Secretary and was elected as the company's Safety Officer from 2016-2017.
In 2017, Bekhi was promoted to her current role of Director of Sales and Marketing, effectively doubling sales orders between 2017 and 2019. She directly oversees business development, marketing, and sales force of account managers and engineers. Bekhi assists with all incoming sales, and continues to improve the sales experience through partner-focused policies and processes.
In 2021, Bekhi was promoted to Vice President in addition to her Sales Directorship role. She supports the President with executive leadership, strategy, culture and public relation development and execution.
Bekhi graduated from the University of Montana in 2012 with a degree in journalism. She made a pit-stop in Minneapolis before returning to her roots in Montana with the family business. She loves cooking, playing bingo with her mother, and promoting the Central Montana community through her side business with Katie, Hidden Montana - an online media and community platform for the socioeconomic development of the Central Montana region.
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. Today he largely maintains an advisory and strategy oversight role at Spika.
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 risks when warranted, and his incredible work ethic.
Carol founded Spika Design and Manufacturing along with her husband Tom. At Spika, she’s 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.
Carol has her BS in Sociology from the University of Great Falls. Earlier, she held positions in healthcare 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 friendly and helpful neighbors and strangers.
Ashley leads the financial and administrative pursuits of Spika Design and Manufacturing. After attaining her BSBA in Accounting from Montana State University in Billings, she furthered her education with a Certification in Management Accounting (104498). She’s a member of the AIPB and IMA. She also serves as a Trustee of the local critical access hospital and Treasurer of the parent-teacher organization.
Prior to joining Spika, she helped the many franchisees of a large outdoor hospitality group with bookkeeping and accounting best practices and guidance as a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. Ashley was drawn to Spika because of the culture and esteem in the community. She enjoys the growth the company pursues and is interested in strategic growth for the purpose of continuing to be an economic engine in her hometown.
When not crunching the numbers, Ashley can be found mothering her four kids, crocheting, learning the piano, enjoying a glass (or two) of wine, jogging, or furthering her education in data analytics. You know Ashley is from Montana because she lives within two miles of where she was born.
As Spika’s COO, Shandon oversees Design, Engineering and Drafting, Production, Project Management, and Supply Chain. Shandon found his way to Spika in 2018 when looking to come home to Montana and continue his career in an engineering and manufacturing field. He graduated from Montana State University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) in 2014, after which he spent four years as Tooling Engineer for Boeing.
MSU’s MET program focused extensively on the Engineering Design Process and real world application of engineering. This focus is well suited to any manufacturing environment and has provided a strong base for brining engineered products to the real world.
While at Boeing, he designed tools (platforms, fixtures, jigs, overhead equipment, transport equipment) to support the manufacture and assembly of the 737 aircraft. Tool design provided ample opportunity to experience many forms of tools, equipment, and processes necessary to the manufacture of aircraft in a highly controlled and safe environment.
Shandon and his team have full technical knowledge of Spika products and use this knowledge to provide engineered solutions that can meet and exceed the access needs of our customers.
Prior to becoming COO, Shandon led Spika’s Design and Engineering department consisting of a multidisciplinary group of engineers and drafters.
Shandon finds enjoyment in Montana’s outdoors with his family going hunting, fishing and camping. Shandon looks to always call Montana home and is excited to support and bring engineering and manufacturing opportunities in his home state.