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Haslam Promotes Special Assistant to Chief of Staff

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; July 23, 2012: 

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the promotion of Mark Cate to chief of staff.

“This title better represents Mark’s role and the work he does in this administration,” Haslam said. “I appreciate his valuable contribution to our office and am pleased to acknowledge his work in this way.”

Cate joined the governor’s staff as special assistant to the governor after leadership roles in the gubernatorial campaign and transition team.

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Recap of Haslam Appointments Thus Far

Statement from Bill Haslam, Tennessee’s Governor-Elect, Dec. 10, 2010:

“The last couple of weeks have been incredibly busy, yet very exciting as we continue building our team and preparing to take office in the New Year. Since the election we’ve had a great response from citizens all across the state offering suggestions for better government and with interest in helping our administration.

“I’m encouraged by the quality and depth of the leadership team (listed below) we’ve recruited to date and look forward to announcing more appointments soon. To read more about our appointments, please go to our transition website at”

“And with the Inaugural approaching and a goal to have the most inclusive celebration possible, things are really starting to come together for the weekend of January 15th. The festivities will kick-off Friday night with a celebration event downtown. The Inaugural Ceremony will take place mid-morning Saturday at Legislative Plaza and the evening celebrations will be held at the newly renovated Opryland Hotel. We are also honored to invite Tennesseans to the Executive Residence on Sunday for an Open House. Details are still being finalized with many of the events free and open to the public. A separate website with all of this information and more is in the works. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Inaugural Team at 615.690.8668.”

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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.

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