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Kevin Cate, called a “multimedia wiz” by the Miami Herald, is a media consultant for some of the largest corporations, associations, and campaigns in the country.
Prior to opening his own public relations firm in 2010, Cate was named one of Florida’s rising political stars by the News Service of Florida, having already managed press for the 2008 Obama campaign in Florida, multiple campaigns and state agencies, and Florida’s statewide elected Chief Financial Officer.
He is an Emmy®, Pollie®, and Silver Anvil® award winner.
Cate graduated from Auburn University and has a graduate degree in Applied American Politics and Policy from Florida State University, where he serves as an adjunct instructor teaching earned media.
He lives in Tallahassee, Florida with his wife Ashley and his children Ainsley, Emery, and Edison.
Franco Ripple joined CATECOMM in 2013 and runs the Tampa Bay office.
Previously, he served as Director of Public Affairs at CBS Tampa Bay, managing public relations for six media outlets. He possesses more than a decade of experience in government, campaigns, and communications at the local, state, and presidential level. Ripple has served on multiple statewide campaigns and as a White House advance staffer for Vice President Joe Biden.
He is an Addy® winner and a graduate of the University of Florida.
He lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida with his wife Ashley and his son Evan.
Eric Conrad has been described as a "key myth-maker" in Florida politics for his work on numerous electoral and issue campaigns across the state.
Before rejoining CATE COMM, Conrad, a sixth generation Floridian, served as Communications Director for Congresswoman Gwen Graham's campaign, which was referred to as a "bright spot for Democrats" in the Republican wave year of 2014. He also led communications in Florida during the state's first open-enrollment period for the Federal Healthcare Marketplace, during which more than one million Floridians received affordable care. Conrad also helped craft messaging and outreach strategy for more than a dozen campaigns since beginning his career in communications.
Conrad has been recognized as one of Florida's top 30 Under 30 Rising Political Stars by SaintPetersblog and was named a Winner of the Year in 2014 by the Tampa Bay Times for his work during the cycle.
Conrad graduated from the University of Florida and continues to return to UF to lecture on campaign communications.