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Mark Cate

Mark Cate

Age: 43

Family: Married to Cathy for 15 years. They have two daughters, Bailey, 10, and Abbie, 8.

Occupation: Vice president for Lawler Wood, LLC., a developer/real estate firm.

What was your first paying job?

“Working as a bagboy at my grandfather’s grocery store, the J & K Superstore, which was located across from the Municipal Center.”

If you could do one impulsive thing, unrestricted by cost, what would it be?

“I would take Cathy and the girls on a year-long trip around the country. We would tour all of the President’s birthplaces (for Abbie) and National Parks (for Cathy) and then take a trip to Brazil (for Bailey) at the end.”

What’s your favorite television or movie quote?

“ ‘Inconceivable’ from The Princess Bride or maybe ‘Eddie, can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?’ from Christmas Vacation.”

What are you guilty of?

“Oh, so much. But I’m so thankful to be saved by grace.”

What is one thing you have always wanted to do but haven’t?

“Play golf in Scotland. I’m not a very good golfer, but I am a fan of golf and Scotland is the birthplace of golf.”

Do you think there is life on other planets?

“Honestly, I really don’t care. There’s so much life on our planet that I want to learn more about.”

What is your favorite material possession?

“Our home. Not because it is anything spectacular, but because of the great times we’ve had here with family and friends.”

What are you reading currently?

“I struggle to finish books. I currently have eleven books on my nightstand, and I’ve read about a third of all of them. They range from The Reason for God by Timothy Keller to The Appeal by John Grisham.”

Who has been the most influential person in the 20th century?

“I’m not sure if he was the most influential, but Teddy Roosevelt certainly captured the energy and passion of the early 20th century. He had such a broad range of interests and was a get-the-job-done kind of guy.”

What was your most embarrassing moment?

“The same thing on many occasions. I have the unfortunate habit of leaving my zipper open.”

What is one word others often use to describe you and why?

“My wife says ‘passionate’ or ‘driven.’ But I think she’s being kind. I think at the end of the day I’m pretty energetic and a person who likes to get things done. I really enjoy making things happen.”

When you were 5 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?

“A baseball player. I loved the Big Red Machine with Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Dave Concepcion.”

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

“My tendency to be too intense and a little overbearing.”

With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?

“As trite as this is, it would definitely be Jesus Christ. God’s son and the world’s greatest agent of change. I can’t think of anything better.”

What do you hate?

“Scallions. I hate green onions, and I hate when people put them on salads or soups.”

What is your all-time favorite movie?

“The Dead Poets Society, a great story that depicts the influence of an inspirational teacher.”

If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?

“I think it would be fun to be a part of the post World War I ‘Roaring Twenties.’ In general, people were optimistic and creativity was high.”

What character in a book or movie would you most like to be?

“The Cat in the Hat. He’s mischievous and certainly chaotic. But in the end, he brings everything back into order.”

What is the best present you ever received in a box?

“When I was 5, Santa brought me a basset hound puppy in an open cardboard box.”

What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?

“My mom and my mother’s mom both told me that if you work hard and do your best, things will work out for you in the end.”

Did you ever get paddled in school and if so, why?

“Yes and more than once. My offenses ranged from running down the hall to chewing gum to making body noises. The old fart noise was the noise that got me in trouble.”

What was your first car?

“A Ford Galaxy 500. When I moved to college I was able to fit all of my earthly possessions into the huge trunk.”

Is the glass half-full or half-empty?

“There’s no such thing as half-empty.

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