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Personnel note: DFS Comm Director Chris Cate moves to 180 Communications

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Veteran communications director Chris Cate is moving over to Tallahassee-based public relations firm 180 Communications as the new vice president of corporate communications.

Cate, who most recently served as communications director for the Florida Department of Financial Services, brings over a decade of media and public relations experience.

“Chris’ experience working in a newsroom and as a spokesperson on high-profile and critical issues gives him the unique skillset of someone who has covered prominent stories and successfully pitched them to reporters,” said 180 Communications CEO Don Yaeger. “We’re excited for Chris to join our team and increase our ability to tell the stories of businesses, organizations and individuals that resonate with their targeted audiences.”

Cate’s career began in 2005 as a news producer and sports reporter for the CBS affiliate in Birmingham, Ala. In 2007, he started in public relations for the State of Florida, with roles as spokesperson and speechwriter for the governor of Florida. By July 2011, he became communications director for Florida’s secretary of state, and later for the state’s chief financial officer.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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