Mr. Bates is the owner and founder of The Bates Group of Companies, LLC. The Bates family has been in business in Sonoma County since 1953. Mr. Bates's father and grandfather developed and built Kelly Road, a private 28-mile road which extends from Cloverdale, California to the coast, and subsequently logged over four billion board feet of timber, enough to build every residential unit in San Francisco five times over.
Logging led to construction, and in 1981 Mr. Bates started his own construction and development company. Through the early 1980's The Bates Group of Companies, LLC stayed active in construction by offering equity sharing to their homebuyers and stayed profitable by maintaining low overhead, controlling costs and executing their work on schedule.
Having built hundreds of homes and developed or mapped over 2,000 residential home sites, Mr. Bates is familiar with the major builders, suppliers and marketplace in his market areas.
Mr. Bates is also active in the community. He is a past Director of the Home Builders Association, having served for ten years. He is a past board member of the Sonoma County Arts Council, to which he was appointed by a County Supervisor. Mr. Bates was presented the G.A.I.N. Program’s Most Prized Supporter Award, having given generously of his time to that program. He is married and has three daughters and a young son.
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R.J. ReGester attended the University of Phoenix and received his bachelor's degree in Business and Sustainable Enterprise Management. His 29 years in the construction industry in Sonoma and Lake Counties have given him a broad range of experience.
R.J. has served as superintendent on commercial and residential construction projects for Midstate Construction Corporation, overseeing projects such as hotels, libraries, banks, automobile dealerships, and multi-unit residences. He has experience in all phases of residential construction from ground-up new construction to design/build renovations.
As a building inspector, R. J. checked structural quality and general safety of commercial and residential buildings, reviewed plans to ensure the meeting of building codes, local ordinances, and zoning regulations, and monitored project sites to ensure compliance and maintenance of safety regulations. R. J. has previously worked with victims of fires in evaluating options and assisting with packing and moving, as well as rebuilding.