Press Release from Gov. Bill Haslam, Jan. 14, 2011:
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Governor-elect Bill Haslam today named Steve Cates Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of General Services.
The Department of General Services operates the functions of state government, including building management, printing and photographic services, food services, records management, warehousing and procurement.
Cates has been a partner in Cates-Kottas Development since 1991, helping to build some of Middle Tennessee’s most beautiful neighborhoods.
“I’m excited that Steve Cates will join our team because I believe his management skills will serve Tennesseans well as he heads General Services,” Haslam said. “With Tennesseans figuring out how to be more efficient at home, we as a state government must do the same, and Steve is the right man for that job.”
Cates just completed serving as Chairman of the National Home Builders Association Political Action Committee, having previously served as Fundraising Chair. He is the current President of the Home Builders Association of Tennessee and past Governmental Affairs Chairman for the association.
He served for two years on the 21st Judicial District Drug Court of Williamson County and was a member of the Nashville Ballet Board. He remains on the Junior Achievement Board of Directors.
He graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Civil Engineering and served on fundraising committees for Auburn including the Legends Campaign Committee. He previously served on the Athletic Department Advisory Board and now serves on the Auburn University Engineering Council.
“I’m honored that Gov.-elect Bill Haslam has selected me to be a part of this highly skilled team,” Cates said. “I look forward to taking a business-like approach to government and trying to operate it more efficiently and effectively.”
Cates, 47, is married to Lyn. They attend Brentwood Baptist Church.
A photo of Cates can be obtained here.
For more information, please visit www.billhaslam.org.