Katy Horiuchi was born in Osaka City and graduated from Kansai Gakuin University with a degree in psychology. Upon graduation, began working in the trade section of the Sakura Color Products Corp. It was then, while pioneering marketing opportunities in Eastern Europe, she became attracted to the field of international business.
With an eye on developing skills in the international business field, she entered Northwestern University/The Kellog School of Management(full-time MBA) where she majored in Marketing and earned a master’s degree in business administration.
After that she worked in Kansas and California in IT venture companies during the intense IT bubble years. After returning to Japan, she worked for large foreign companies like Lucent Technologies and Vodafone where she was engaged in strategy planning and global product development. She was involved in drawing up middle and long term plans and headed major projects, such as a business partner program startup and and development of mobile phone services for businesses.
After 13 years of business experience, in August of 2005, a son was born to her and her husband, Hidetaka. The following year, she helped her husband start H&K Global Connections. A typical Osakan, she aims at being an engaging international businesswoman while at the same time she devotes herself to taking care of their young son.
Hidetaka Horiuchi was born in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture and graduated from Konan University. He became interested in international business after beginning to study English conversation in university.
He joined the international retail company "Yaohan" and there felt keenly the need for practical training in international business. He then went to study a special course at an American University. While there, he learned that Yaohan had gone out of business.
After working for a while in an American marketing consulting firm, he returned to Japan where he was employed by the Japanese branch of a high quality German furniture maker "Wilkhahn". There he learned the importance of business philosophy and design.
Next he joined the international language school, "Berlitz", a language school with branches in many countries around the world. His responsibilities included "Internet","Advertising" and "Public Relations", through which he gained general marketing skills. The number of users of the English learning services he produced for the company’s website grew to the tens of thousands.
In 2006, he and his wife started H&K Global Connections. As the father of a little baby he aims at both successful business and successful family life. He sets aside a portion of each day to spend time with his family.