For the better part of his youth Gary Cato was educated through public schools in central Massachusetts graduating Hudson High School. Cato’s college education began at Worcester Junior College then Worcester State College. After returning to Worcester State University (WSU) he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Studies w/concentration in Planning & Public Policy, then went on to earn his Master of Science in the Urban Studies sponsored Non Profit/Public Management Program. He also looks to contribute in the community and raise social capital.
Gary Cato’s career has primarily been in the real estate and construction industry except for a few years in the early 1980’s at a Community Action Corp. as a grants manager. His consultant work began in 1981 for the City of Boston, Office of Property Equalization (Assessing Dept.), while selling and leasing real estate at local and national firms. In these years his focus was also upon the permit process and assisting local builders in that effort.
In the late 1980’s thru the mid 1990’s he did fee appraisal work for Elliott, Gottschalk Associates, and Fox Associates as a licensed appraiser. A career as builder, developer began in 1996. As public regulations became more restrictive, Cato’s skills interacting with Conservation Commissions, Zoning Boards, Planning Boards and Public Works Departments became sharper. With extensive experience in public policy and planning, his development projects are harmonious with their environment and compatible with community goals, while protecting the property owner bundle of rights. As a predominantly ground up builder, Cato has excelled at navigating through local and state authorities while developing parcels of land and building over 40 homes. The adaptive reuse of over 14,000 square feet (sf) of a former church, and 10,000 sf tenant fit-ups, provided experience on the commercial side.