Katie Szade started her career in a cocktail bar, where the love and passion for Hospitality industry began. She was soon promoted and ran several bars, Champagne bar and restaurant in a 5* hotel (Hyatt). The total of 10 years experience in Hospitality Operations.
Human Resources has always been an interest and whilst at Andaz Hotel by Hyatt, she moved to a HR team, where she ran internal projects, Recruitment and managed HR systems. After a few years Katie moved to D&D London as a Recruiter, from where she took a big leap of faith and moved to Technology. For seven years she worked in a capacity of Project Manager/Systems Implementation Consultant at Fourth, a company for many years unrivalled in the space of Software for Hospitality industry. Katie project managed and implemented HR and Scheduling systems into over 60 customers in UK and EMEA i.e Honest Burgers, Jumeirah Hotels, Rick Stein Restaurants, etc.
Katie then implemented Data Analytics software, to help customers make better informed business decisions by understanding their data from many sources i.e. Finance, HR, Payroll, Scheduling, Purchase to Pay and Inventory and Point of Sale.
In 2020, Katie saw the opportunity and wanted to help businesses affected by the pandemic by sharing her professional expertise and founded KATAMI Consultancy Ltd - the perfect way to outsource implementation of Tech and Non-Tech projects for the Hospitality, Retail and FinTech sectors.
KATAMI Consultancy Ltd
When Katie, our Founder, decided to leap into the unknown during what seemed to be the most difficult time for the humanity across all continents all at the same time (read: COVID) and set up the startup to help struggling businesses with internal projects and software implementation. She wanted to name the business in the way it would be easy to remember, yet unique.
Originally from Poland, Katie wanted the name to be easy to pronounce for an international audience. She also wanted to somehow capture her personality within the name. But didn't want for it to be directly a name/surname scenario with Ltd in the end.
There were a few ideas that seemed like a good name. In the end, it was the likelihood of combining the Polish names with Japanese sounding word, which would remind the prospects of Japanese precision and hardworking culture.
KATAMI is a merger between two names. KATArzyna (polish first name) and MIlena (middle name) of our Founder. It also means EXECUTIONERS in Polish (we just focus on executing plans and projects 😉) and MOMENTO / SOUVENIR in Japanese (keepsake of good impression). It can can mean RIGHT SIDE / SHOULDER, which we interpret as being honest and straightforward - Straight from the Shoulder.
And here it was, a perfect name!