This year OED is recognizing and celebrating Frederick County’s young professionals who are leaders in their industry, give back to the community and add significant value to their company and its culture. Join us as we get to know our Top 50 Under 40.
Kate Cusato, 37
Minuteman Press - Frederick, MD
After working in leadership roles serving at-risk youth in the non-profit sector for over a decade, Kate returned to Frederick from Los Angeles to open a commercial printing business with her father. Through her business, Kate partners with commercial enterprises, non-profits and community leaders to help build a better Frederick.
What is your greatest professional accomplishment?
Owning Minuteman Press gives me an opportunity to serve the community through giving and volunteerism. That was a career must for me as my previous career was in the non-profit sector. Frederick has a rich non-profit community and supporting through donation as well as service is a personal and professional goal I work to accomplish every year.
Name one award you are most proud to have received.
I work hard networking and marketing to build my business. I do so also in effort to join with local leaders trail blazers to create and maintain an inspired and dedicated circle of people working within this amazing community. I was very proud to be recognized recently by Minuteman Press International and awarded Top Achievement in Marketing. There are around 1,000 Minuteman franchises throughout the world and it was truly an honor to be spotlighted for something so close to my heart.
What is your experience with volunteering and civic engagement?
I volunteered for years with City of Los Angeles mentoring a teenager foster youth who struggled with many difficulties. Once back in Frederick, I joined rotary and began volunteering time with Food & More, the Memorial Park Project and Leprechaun Luau. I’m a Chamber Ambassador and have also been a mentor with Woman to Woman Mentoring.
I serve on the Board of Directors for The Rotary Club of Frederick & the MD LGBT Chamber of Commerce where we work to support local businesses and charities. Additionally, I am a member of the Frederick County Chamber’s Public Policy Committee & LFC Alumni Committee as well as the Women’s Giving Circle. I believe our local healthcare system is the heart of Frederick County so we help support Frederick Health through the Corporate Honor Roll.
What was your first job?
I first worked as a sales associate at The Finish Line at the FSK Mall at the age of fifteen. It was a great experience working with friends while also learning the importance of time and money management!
What do you like to do for fun in Frederick County?
My family and I spend a lot of time at the amazing public parks and recreation centers in Frederick County. There are so many places to ride bikes and hike. It's a perfect place to raise a family. If you're looking for adult fun, there is top-notch dining, loads of social sports teams to join and no shortage of breweries, vineyards and distilleries.
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success and why?
Being a people person is a personality trait I am certain has served me well throughout all aspects of my life. I love meeting new people, getting to know their stories and understanding how they relate to others. I have no doubt this trait has helped me in climbing professional ladders and in building my business.