Mr. Bates has served in sales leadership and senior management positions in computer and terminal manufacturing, information technology and software development markets for more than 35 years. With experience spanning major account, multi-tier channel, government, Telco, direct and OEM sales, Mr. Bates has been directly responsible for numerous successes in hardware, software and service sales. These positions included responsibilities for marketing, operations and service management.
Additionally, he has had P&L responsibility and management experience in strategic planning, start-up operations, new business development, customer support and human resources, and has specialized in building and training sales field organizations. His sales and sales management experience encompasses mainframes, min-computers, multi-processor microcomputers, and a wide variety of software, including computer networking, security solutions, MRP, database design, financial packages, distributed applications, host applications and PBX Contact Center solutions for both TDM and IP environments.
Most recently, Mr. Bates developed a channel team for EADS TELECOM – North America and previously served as Vice President, Sales and Marketing for the Americas for Eicon Technology. Other experiences include senior sales management and marketing positions at Wyse Technology, Plexus Computers, Molecular Computer, and Honeywell Information Systems.
Mr. Bates has served on the School Board of Matteson, Illinois, and Rockford, Illinois and was on the board of directors for a number of youth sports clubs.