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Kate Konopasek graduated from Wichita State University in 2001 with a BBA in management, and with her MBA from Baker University in 2010. She began her career with Raytheon in Wichita. In 2004, Kate transitioned to Hawker Beechcraft, working in various management and quality improvement roles over the next seven years, including work on the popular King Air platform. Following her time at Hawker Beechcraft,
Kate has spent the past eleven years in various positions with Toray Composite Materials America, Inc., focusing in production management roles in the Seattle-Tacoma, WA area until her transition to Upstate South Carolina in 2021. Kate is currently director of manufacturing/plant manager at Toray in Spartanburg.