Financial Manager / Broadcaster / Philanthropist
A beloved former radio and television broadcaster, Damian Calato went on to forge a second and third successful career, both in mass media management, and then in the financial services sector.
Beginning his career in local media, with radio station KPEL AM / FM in Lafayette, LA; Calato went on to join the on-air team at KLFY TV-10, the CBS network affiliate in Lafayette, where he was the long-time host of “Hello Acadiana.”
This experience quickly evolved into a career in media management, going from on-air anchor and TV personality to later serving as a Sales Manager, General Manager (at 34, the youngest GM to operate and manage a TV station in a Top 100 market), and then ultimately serving as Vice President & General Manager of WGMB, WVLA, WBRL and WZUP-TV, prior to becoming Vice President of Communications Corporation of America for all of Texas and Louisiana, with direct responsibility for overseeing 21 media markets in two states.
He then built yet another career, this one in financial planning, as Calato has worked for more than 30 years with business owners and executives in developing financial strategies to expand their business, protect their assets, and accumulate wealth.
He has served in increasing levels of management with two of the national preeminent and most highly respected financial planners, Northwestern Mutualand Mass Mutual Financial Group, the latter of which he currently serves as Director of Development and Sales Manager. He is also the President and Owner of Dynamic Communications, a consulting and education firm; and he previously served as Director of Marketing for TYL Trading, the only commodity trading company based in Louisiana.
In 2012, Calato qualified to become a Long-Term Care (LTC) Specialist in 2012, and has demonstrated a passion for making LTC benefits a part of one’s retirement planning. Having cared for his father, who had Alzheimer’s for over 10 ½ years, Calato learned firsthand the struggles a family goes through during these trying situations.
A believer in giving back to his community, Calato has developed numerous campaigns and fund-raising events in the Baton Rouge and Lafayette areas; and has been recognized for these efforts by earning the Volunteer Fund Raiser of Year award from Baton Rouge Philanthropy; being named to the prestigious Top 40 Business Executive Under 40 by the Baton Rouge Business Report; being awarded the Marketer of the Year award by Sales & Marketing Executives Internation, and earning the Rosemary Award granted by Alzheimer’s Services of the Capitol Area.
In addition, Calato continues to serve as President and / or as a Board Member for a number of area organizations, including: Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area; Serra Club of Baton Rouge; St. Jude Men’s Club; Kiwanis Club of Lafayette; Advisor to Catholic Community Radio, Closer Walk Ministries and NAIFA.
A graduate of the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, Calato also holds both a Series 6 and Series 63 Securities License along with Life & Health Insurance License.
Damian and his wife, Ellen, are the parents of three grown children, and are the proud grandparents of one grandson.