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Haslam Taps Former Campaign Manager for Special Assistant Post

Press Release from Governor-elect Bill Haslam; Dec. 4, 2010:

Cate to Aid in Special Projects, Advising and Management

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Governor-elect Bill Haslam today announced former campaign manager Mark Cate as Special Assistant to the Governor.

Cate currently is aiding Haslam in his transition to governor, and as Special Assistant to the Governor, he will have several duties under his purview.

Cate will be a political adviser, handle special projects for Haslam and assist Deputy to the Governor Claude Ramsey with management. He also will be responsible for actively identifying and recruiting rising leaders to state government.

“As Crissy and I traveled across the state during the campaign, I heard time and time again how professional our campaign staff was, and that was because of Mark,” Haslam said. “As the campaign manager, Mark made the trains run on time, and his contribution to the campaign cannot be overestimated.

“His management skills and eye for professionalism will be a tremendous asset to our team as we prepare to tackle tough challenges and take advantage of unique opportunities at the state level,” Haslam said.

Prior to joining Haslam’s gubernatorial campaign, Cate worked for Knoxville real estate development firm Lawler-Wood as a vice president and previously served for 16 years in executive management for Maryville College.

“My belief in Bill Haslam’s vision of job creation, education and budget management was what inspired me to work with his campaign, and that’s exactly what has me excited for this new opportunity,” Cate said. “I am honored to be a part of this administration, and I look forward to helping the Governor-elect carry out his vision.”

Cate received his B.S. from Carson-Newman College and his M.S. from the University of Tennessee. He also attended Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management.

He is an active community member and previously served as vice chairman of the Blount County Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Blount Education Initiative, and a member of a number of boards including: Maryville City Board of Education, New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center, Leadership Knoxville and Innovation Valley, Inc.

Cate, 45, has a wife, Cathy, and they have two daughters Bailey and Abby.

For more information, please visit www.billhaslam.org.

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