We had the good fortune of connecting with Katie Ronstadt Arellano and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My family has a deep history here in Tucson, back in 1882 my great great grandfather moved to Tucson from Mexico and started his own wagon and carriage company which eventually became F. Ronstadt Hardware and now is commemorated in the Ronstadt Transit Center. Since then my family has continued entrepreneurship in Tucson and have developed many businesses of their own; from insurance, real estate, recording studios, guitar building and more. To be honest, the idea of starting my own business scared me at first. However, looking back at my history and seeing how my family has poured into the Tucson community gave me the courage I needed and the desire to participate in that legacy. Ultimately, I know that what my business has to offer the community is worth it and can provide many other small business a chance to thrive in Tucson.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I joined IntegrityTek 4 years ago as an assistant, at that point the company was just a year old. It has been incredible to be able to participate in watching it grow from two employees to seven and continue to grow to the point of creating another branch here in Tucson. The business has had its ups and downs, we have received many rejections but on the flip side have been blessed with many wonderful, lasting clients who we have great relationships with. Through those rejections, we continued to press forward and learn new ways of connecting with new clients. Our goal as a company is to see other businesses thrive. We are dedicated to the small business owners we work with and with our small team we are able to serve them personally and efficiently.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When I have guests in town I love to take them on the SunLink Tram that runs through Downtown Tucson. Which take you to my favorite coffee shop in town, Presta, specifically their Mercado San Agustin Location, they have wonderful coffee and super sweet staff, not to mention the beautiful courtyard that is lovely all through the year thanks to their misters that cool it down in the summer. That courtyard also holds Seis, a wonderful Mexican style restaurant with delicious shrimp tacos (my favorite). I would also take them down Fourth Street to explore all the fun shops down there, such as Creations, the Food Co-Op, the Rustic Candle and many more. We would have to check out the amazing local music at Hotel Congress as well as their great drinks and different food trucks depending on the night of the week. There is much more but lastly for now, I would take them on a trip up to Mount Lemon to explore Summerhaven and hike the trails in the mountains.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My Shoutout has to go to Livvy Nallipogu, CEO and Founder of IntegrityTek. He is the one who encouraged me to bring the business here to Tucson and start a branch of my own. He has taught me everything I know and has continued to be a mentor in the digital marketing field as well as always pushing me beyond what I knew was possible. Thank you so much Livvy.