Kabateck Strategies provides a clear and resonant voice among policymakers, the media, and communities through the development and mobilization of premier coalitions, association strategies and communications campaigns to provide a voice to those less heard and to get our clients the results they deserve.
Meet the Team
John Kabateck, President
Raising the relevance of people, associations, and causes with the California policymakers who shape their future has been the specialty of John Kabateck for more than a quarter of a century.
From keeping small-business owners at a safe distance from the taxes and regulations that threaten their solvency to mobilizing restauranteurs and their employees for fights against legislative proposals harmful to their way of life to giving voice to hundreds of mom-and-pop construction companies working to rebuild California, his Kabateck Strategies firm has made the cause of his clients unmistakably heard, unavoidably registered, and universally respected in the State Capitol.
After graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in English, Kabateck went to work for Gov. Pete Wilson as his appointments secretary responsible for finding the best qualified people for more than eight state agencies. His reputation for spotting talent caught the attention of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger who selected him to serve as his director of external affairs.
After his service to two governors, Kabateck later became vice president and senior legislative director for the California Restaurant Association. Soon after, he was recruited by America’s voice of small business, the National Federation of Independent Business, as its California state director, where he served the next eight years.
Today, his Kabateck Strategies clients include the Associated Builders and Contractors of Northern California, NFIB, which asked him to guide its California efforts once again, and a half dozen other groups dealing with everything from consumer internet privacy to legal marijuana sales and distribution to health care. Kabateck is also of counsel to the international law firm of Alston & Bird.
A native Californian who grew up in Glendale, Kabateck attributes part of his success in working with people to having grown up in a Hollywood family. His mother was musical director for the Ernie Kovacs Show and his father produced the Criswell Predicts TV Show.
Kabateck serves his community as chairman of Patients Rising Now and as a volunteer with the St. John’s Program for Real Change.
Nate Haderlie, Account Executive
Nate Haderlie comes to Kabateck Strategies with more than six years of public affairs experience. Haderlie most recently worked as Senior Communication Specialist with Moroch Partners, a Dallas, Texas based company with a satellite office in Sacramento. Moroch Partners provides marketing and advertising to local McDonald’s Restaurant owner-operators in the Fresno, Sacramento and Reno, Nevada areas. In that role, Haderlie managed the public relations efforts on behalf of the restaurants in the greater Sacramento and Reno areas and managed the more than 300 social media accounts for the restaurants. Before his time at Moroch Partners, he worked at Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern California as their Community Relations Coordinator, helping to educate the community about the charity and raise funds for their programs that assist the families of children receiving medical attention for a life-threatening illness or injury at any of the local Sacramento area hospitals.
Haderlie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, with a Certificate in Public Relations from Boise State University. During his time at Boise State University Haderlie re-established a student-run public relations firm, Blue House Public Relations, which provided an opportunity for students to gain real experience working with clients before graduating. As the firm’s Executive Director, he led the business in finding clients to hire the firm and turned it around from a failing organization to a thriving opportunity for student’s and small businesses in Boise to be mutually successful.
Ken Knecht, Strategic Partner – Digital & Social
Ken Knecht is an Internet marketing veteran with over twenty years of experience in web development and digital marketing. Knecht began his career before graduating college when he launched a web development firm, Tridesign.
After graduating from California State University, Chico Knecht joined a prominent Northern California accountancy corporation heading up their technology division an a senior e-commerce consultant. He went on to become Creative Director and VP of marketing for Travidia, a technology startup that assisted top newspapers and retailers with their digital shopping channels. Travidia was sold to the McClatchy Newspaper Group in 2007 and Knecht moved on as Interactive Media Director at a prominent Sacramento advertising agency, MeringCarson. There he worked with California Tourism, Pebble Beach, NFL Network and many other major brands.
In 2009 Knecht launched InterKnecht, a digital marketing and web development firm. InterKnecht became the digital arm for several traditional ad agencies and eventually merged with another prominent Sacramento firm, Sacramento Marketing Labs where He served as partner and CTO. Today Ken continues to consult for several area firms including Kabateck Strategies.
Vi Blanchard, Administrative Assistant
Vi Blanchard has over twenty-five years of experience in administrative assistance, bookkeeping and owning a small business. Blanchard started her professional career after graduating from Fredrico’s Cosmetology School in Visalia, CA when she started her own hair-styling business. After deciding to try something new, Blanchard went on to work as an HVAC dispatcher for several residential companies where she was in charge of dispatching technicians from the Mexican boarder to the Oregon boarder, and to Singapore and Venice, Italy.
Along with her cosmetology credential, Blanchard has certificates in computer terminology and Excel from Modest Junior College and Sierra Junior College. After taking time off to care for her grandchildren, she worked as a Bookkeeper and Administrative Assistant at a temporary agency and a remodeling company.
Blanchard has been with Kabateck Strategies since 2016 as the Bookkeeper and Administrative Assistant.