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The Nashville LGBT Chamber Pride in Business Awards recognized Hal Cato as the 2021 Business Leader of the Year

Kelleigh Michanichou

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NASHVILLE, TN — Hal Cato, CEO of Thistle Farms, received the 2021 Business Leader of the Year award for his accomplishments with Thistle Farms.

Cato provided more than 125,000 hours of employment to women survivors this past year and increased sales revenue by more than seventy percent in the past three years. Thistle Farms provides programs to build a second chance for women survivors of addiction, trafficking and prostitution.

The Nashville LGBT Chamber, an organization that strives for equality in the workplace and society for LGBT members, honors the community members for their work on advancing LGBT issues. Cato is one of the winners out of seven winners from seven award categories.

“The Pride in Business Awards is an inspirational day for the LGBT Chamber and our community. This unique and exciting event attracts our largest, most attentive, and most influential audience. It is a great crowd in front of which to share these powerful LGBT-inclusive success stories. We had to do things a little differently this year due to COVID19 restrictions, but we did not want to go another year without celebrating," said Joe Woolley, CEO of Nashville LGBT Chamber.

Before Thistle Farms, Cato served as founder and CEO of Zeumo, a company that creates closed communication networks for health systems. He sold the company to the Advisory Board Company in Washington, DC. And before that, he served as CEO for the Oasis Center, a non-profit organization that supports youth in times of crisis and provides opportunities for leadership and service for them.

Cato received the Community Champion award by the Human Rights Campaign and was honored as Nashvillian of the Year by the Nashville Scene.

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