Michael Bates

Michael Bates


Vice President, Sales

Michael Bates is a regional Vice President of Sales for GridPoint, a leading clean tech company whose smart grid platform benefits electric utilities, consumers and the environment. Mr. Bates has over 20 years of extensive sales, marketing, business development and senior executive expertise in the telecommunications and information technology industries.

Prior to joining GridPoint, Mr. Bates was Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing and co-founder of PowerGrid Communications Inc., a turnkey provider of smart grid services.  Previously, he was Executive Vice President and co-founder of Broadband Horizons, where he was instrumental in the deployment of one of the first community-wide broadband over power lines projects for a public power provider in Texas.  In 2000, he founded Summa Associates, LLC, where he led the creation of more than 25 wireless high-speed networks throughout Texas.

Mr. Bates has also served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Metadot Corporation, a subsidiary of Schlumberger, Inc., where he launched the company's open standards-based Web portal program to the energy, education and general business markets. He holds a B.S. from Texas A&M University.

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