TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Cable Telecommunications Association (FCTA), representing the franchised internet, communications, television and home security companies of Florida, announced today that Kate Wallace has been selected for the position of director of public affairs for the FCTA.
Brad Swanson, president of FCTA, said Wallace is joining the association at a time of rapid innovation and transformation in the internet and television industries. “Our industry’s technologies are transforming from cable telecommunications providers to deliverers of streaming television, communications, connected home management and integrated security solutions,” Swanson said.
“As we continue to share success stories of our industry’s innovations in Florida and beyond,” said Swanson, “I’m excited to have Kate on board to further these efforts.”
“On behalf of the FCTA, I am pleased to welcome Kate to our team,” said Derek Cooper, chairman of the board of FCTA and vice president, government and regulatory affairs for Comcast. “Kate is a dynamic communications pro who will add tremendous value to our organization and its members.”
“I congratulate Kate on her position with the Florida Cable Telecommunications Association. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Kate in the past, and she will undoubtedly be a tremendous asset to their team,” said Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam.
Wallace comes to the FCTA from the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd), where she served on the communications staff as community engagement director, overseeing grassroots coalition building for the foundation’s Florida initiatives, and contributed feature stories to the foundation’s national blog. Previously, she served as advocacy director for nine southeastern states at the foundation.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Florida, Wallace held a variety of key roles in the government and public affairs arenas. In Washington, D.C., she served stints with the Walmart Stores, Inc., federal government relations office, Arizona-based Triadvocates LLC, Congress and the White House. Upon returning to Florida, she joined The Fiorentino Group, serving on staff in both its Jacksonville and Tallahassee offices, before moving to ExcelinEd.
FCTA has represented Florida’s internet and television providers in the capital for more than 50 years, and its member cable companies have invested more than $6 billion and counting in Florida to offer Floridians more choice and more value. About 13.5 million Floridians benefit from cable innovations every day. From Key West to Pensacola and everywhere in between, cable companies are making the difference by driving programs to support education, mentoring, volunteerism and community spirit. For more information, visit www.cableinflorida.com.