We had the good fortune of connecting with Kate Balsis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kate, what’s the most important think you’ve done for your children?
Travel. For sure! Getting kids out of their comfort zone early was important for me and the I feel like it is impactful to be exposed them to different cultures. They learn so much and you develop trust working together to navigate new things.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Concrete Collaborative has taken the old fashioned craft of concrete and terrazzo making and modernized it for use as floor and wall tiles and counter slabs in contemporary design. We are artisans at heart, creating small batches of hand made tiles and slabs in our California factory that are truly unique, used globally in commercial architecture and residential projects. We are proud to have started and grown our business through our own capital and are a family owned and operated small business. Was it easy, no, being young and innovative and mainly women owned is not easy, especially in a male dominated established construction industry – so we certainly rocked the boat. However we remained persistant and were willing to fight the fight and ultimately the value and uniqueness of our offer shined through and became more and more recognized. But nothing happens overnight and our brand and story is a result of authentic hard work and believing in ourselves, our product and our vision wholeheartedly.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
LA has such a variety of fun places to check out. Weekend trip? I would rent a car and head south to the beaches. Orange County can feel worlds away Laguna Beach, Dana Point etc are perfect for surfing and quaint enough to get the real SoCal vibe. Rent a board hit the waves, rent a boat swim with dolphins and find a beach spot otherwise unreachable, finish the day with amazing Mexican food and cocktails and stay at a boutique hotel. Perfection!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shout out to my partners and family – my sister Hailey, brother in law Ryan, mother Nina, sister Sally and husband Chad. And the whole team of concrete collaborative. Really couldn’t do it without you!