Thistle Farms CEO gets huge surprise on his third day on the job

During his third day at the new job, a serious-looking woman approached Hal Cato and asked him for a minute of his time.

Uh oh, he thought. This isn’t going to be good.

“I want to tell you something,” she started, then paused.

“You’ve been a good father to my son. Thank you.”

'I wanna meet this guy'

Cato has been one of Nashville’s top not-for-profit executives for decades.

He helped form Hands on Nashville in 1990 before serving as CEO at Oasis Center for troubled teens.

Since November 2015, Cato has been CEO for Thistle Farms, a recovery community and social enterprise for women recovering from drug abuse and prostitution.

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