Mr. Bates has spent the last 10 years as President, CEO and Founder of WindStream Technologies, a recognized leader in hybrid renewable energy systems. Under Bates’ guidance the Company has deployed projects of all sizes in over 35 countries and established manufacturing facilities in the United States and in India. The Company has won international awards for product design, efficiency and sustainability and has developed strong relationships in the international renewable energy community.

Prior to starting WindStream Mr. Bates spent 15 years in the technology sector and has launched successful technology ventures in both hardware and software. Mr. Bates’ first technology venture, Extreme Audio Reality (EAR) was the first provider of multi-channel, interactive audio, designed for the PC and set-top box gaming arena. EAR successfully licensed its products to all major game publishers including Electronic Arts, Activision, Id Software, Ubisoft and many others. After EAR, Mr. Bates started Avant Interactive, which was Leadership first provider of an interactive or clickable video solution for content owners, publishers and advertisers. Avant was the market leader in this emerging sector, holding licenses and/or contracts with many of the Fortune 100 companies.