It’s a rare thing to know you’re going to like someone immediately. Katie Adams is one of those people. Her appeal can’t be put down to one thing, an enviable combination of natural intellect, spark, and a wicked wit that’s hard to resist.
Reflecting on her career, Katie laughingly admits she left school as soon as possible because she felt she’d learned everything she needed to know. Not an uncommon theme for critical thinkers, Katie went straight out into the workforce. It was quickly apparent that, while she didn’t know it all, she was capable of anything, and went on to prove it in a multitude of upper level customer service, organisational and event management roles.
What really stands out in Katie’s resume is a consistent recognition of her abilities by employers, prompting frequent promotions to positions of even greater significance. Roles like Personal Assistant to The Lord Mayor of Melbourne City, and Project Manager for a multi-agency approach to the safety of the public within the Melbourne CBD. A project which was notably awarded a High Commendation at the Australian Safety Commerce Awards in 2009 with Katie achieving individual recognition as an upcoming leader in government.
Obtaining a Diploma of Business Management, and accumulating a list of career achievements too numerous to list, Katie eventually returned to New Zealand in 2012. As a Marketing, Communications and Business Manager for a top end salon on Karangahape Rd, she was elected to the K-Road Business Association Executive Committee. The area was used as an arts-event space, and she collaborated heavily with the fashion industry elite to promote K-road businesses, and AOK Fashion Weekend, two years running.
In 2014, she met with real estate mogul, Sue Douglas for the first time, saying she “loved and shared Sue’s family and business ideology and aspirations” and soon after, accepted the role of her Executive Assistant. Katie considers aligning with excellence an ongoing goal, and says the move has proved to be an enormously successful one. She is particularly rewarded by the trust that Sue places in her, and the autonomy to do what she does best; building the brand to its peak and “always making a difference.”
Katie believes in education, beautifying and encouraging participation within our local community. She loves being involved in planning community engagement. Katie facilitates engagement in many local events for the Ray White Sue Douglas Group(h) including the annual Totara Hospice Sunrise Walk. Katie’s interest in her community doesn’t stop outside work. She leads the temporary Wynyard Quarter Community Garden and its volunteers, showcasing the project with open days, events and sustainable collaborations.