Kat Rico brings a wealth of experience to her role as Program Director, including 8 years as a local business owner. Through Silver Rose Retro, she created custom dresses with a vintage flair, did bridal alterations, and worked directly with her customers to bring their sewn creations to life.
Kat has a strong operation and marketing track record having worked in the marketing and leadership positions in a variety of organizations, including the Larimer SBDC. Most recently she held the title of Digital Marketing Manager for International Sports Management in Portland, OR, harnessing their existing data to drive sales leads in program that she built from the ground up.
She is a proud Colorado native, raised in the NOCO community with a family history of community impact. She received her Bachelor of Science from Regis University, majoring in Business Administration. For her senior college project, she created a business plan that focused on upcycling old wedding and prom dresses to give them new life. However, the margins for the business were too thin, and ultimately the business was not viable. That did not stop her from refashioning her own wedding dress though, given new life as a cocktail dress as seen in this post.
In addition to her strong professional background, she is an enthusiastic self-described geek and loves all things sci-fi, gaming, technology, and planning new adventures with her husband.
Despite her love for technology, she is also an avid baker and has been sewing since she was a child. In the last few years, she has expanded her sewing skills to include quilting for her extended family.