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Management Graduate Damien Cato Leverages Education for Promotion at H-E-B

Damien CatoDamien Cato never imagined that a high school job working at H-E-B would transform his professional career. Cato will graduate this December with a bachelor’s in management.

Cato began working for H-E-B in 2012.  When he enrolled at UTSA in 2014, he wasn’t sure of his career path, but he had a drive to help others.  He soon realized that a career with H-E-B allowed him to fulfill his professional aspirations as well as his dedication to serving others.

“My favorite part of working at H-E-B is how often they give back to the surrounding communities,” said Cato. “H-E-B steps in when not many people do.”

Throughout his tenure he has served in various roles. After graduation he will be promoted to service lead and manage the front end of the 1604/Bandera store with over 150 partners.

“The College of Business and H-E-B have shaped me into a leader,” said Cato, a native of San Antonio. “I can apply what I have learned academically and professionally to my daily life.”

The demand of being a full-time employee might discourage many students, but Cato managed his time wisely so he could be successful both at UTSA and H-E-B.  He was recognized for his academic achievements by being named to the Dean’s List, received an H-E-B scholarship, volunteers with the Food Bank and participated in the H-E-B Partner Development Program.

“­­­­­­­­­­­Damien has an incredible work ethic,” said Rick Utecht, associate professor of marketing. “He always shows up to class and consistently does more than is expected of him. He truly is a remarkable young man.”

“UTSA is truly a family and community-focused school with an important focus on its students,” said Cato. “Being a COB student at UTSA means that my degree will forever be growing as UTSA develops into one of the best in the nation, and I am proud to say that I will forever be a Roadrunner for life.”

–Valerie Quintana

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