Called "perpetually newsmaking" by POLITICO, CATECOMM shapes public opinion and makes positive change for some of the largest campaigns, corporations, and associations in the country.
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CATECOMM produces cinematic commercials, animations, and films.
In 2015, CATECOMM acquired Unknown Media, an Orlando-based production company delivering stunning, world-class visuals, in order to streamline creative and production services. This allows our creative team the freedom to deliver higher quality work product at a reduced cost and with quicker turnaround.
Rocket Lobby makes calls, emails, meeting requests, and social media posts to lawmakers easier, more effective, and more engaging. And it’s as easy to embed as a YouTube video.
We collect the front pages of Florida's daily newspapers available online and deliver them to you beautifully via email by 9:00 a.m.
This map is an accurate time lapse of votes in Florida, the checkmate swing state of the 2016 presidential election cycle. Each point represents a single vote, by each voter's registered address, color coded by party or other affiliation.
We collect the front pages of the newspapers important to the 2016 presidential campaign and deliver them to you beautifully via email by 8:30 AM.
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.
He has grown CATECOMM, founded in 2010, into a powerhouse provider of media relations, media production, media training, media products, and advertising.
Influence Magazine recently named him one of the 100 most influential people in Florida politics and Florida Trend designated him a person you should know.
Cate is also a nationally recognized political consultant, including providing commentary on cable news channels CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News Channel.
Cate graduated from Auburn University and has a graduate degree in Applied American Politics and Policy from Florida State University, where he has served as an adjunct instructor teaching earned media. He is an Emmy®, Pollie®, and Silver Anvil® award winner.
Franco Ripple serves as Vice President and joined CATECOMM in 2013.
Previously, he served as Director of Public Affairs at CBS Radio, where he managed public relations for six Tampa Bay media outlets, and produced and hosted the weekend news program. Ripple possesses more than a decade of experience in communications and public affairs at the local, state, and national level.
He has served on multiple statewide campaigns, on President Obama's 2008 campaign, and has advised a U.S. Senator, a Governor, and Fortune 500 executives on communications, digital, and media strategy. He also served as a White House advance staffer for Vice President Biden, and began his career as a White House Intern in the Bush Administration.
Named in 2015 as Tampa Bay's top public relations pro in the Tampa Bay Business Journal, Ripple is an Addy® winner, an Emmy® nominee, and a graduate of the University of Florida.
Stephanie Shumate manages the growing CATECOMM team.
Shumate was born in Tallahassee and grew up playing on the steps of the Old Capitol, at age three, becoming the youngest volunteer on the late Governor Lawton Chiles' campaign.
Before joining CATECOMM in 2015, Shumate was mentoring young journalists with Herff Jones Yearbooks in an 18 county territory in North and Central Florida, and previously worked on Loranne Ausley's 2010 CFO campaign as the Director of Operations and Logistics. She also served as a Student Senator at Florida State University, before graduating in 2008.
She is actively involved in The Junior League of Tallahassee and serves as a committee chair every year. She is also a founding member of the capitol city's charity kickball league, Tallahassee Kickball Association, which helps raise more than $5,000 every season for local non-profits.
Damian Cardona joined CATECOMM in 2015 following the acquisition of Unknown Media, the production company he co-founded in 2010.
Cardona is a producer, coder, and brand expert, having worked with major corporations like Speed Stick, McDonalds, eHow, and Red Bull. He has worked with CATECOMM since 2012, producing content for major political and corporate campaigns, including Charlie Crist's 2014 Gubernatorial Campaign.
He earned a graduate degree in Entertainment Business and Media Design from Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida.
Michael Starr Hopkins a veteran of Obama '08 & '12 and Clinton presidential campaigns, former public defender, and prolific cable news guest, is joining CATECOMM.
Hopkins will be based in St. Petersburg and joins the in-demand and innovative firm during a very busy election cycle, including roles on three major statewide campaigns in Florida.
CATECOMM was founded in 2010 by Kevin Cate, called a "multimedia wiz" by the Tampa Bay Times and named one of Florida's 100 most influential people by Influence Magazine. The firm represents some of the largest corporations, non-profits, and associations in the state. CATECOMM also publishes Above the Fold Florida and owns Rocket Lobby, the "most advanced advocacy tool of all-time."