Margaret Bates is a true servant of the people. She is committed to the citizens of Lauderhill, Florida. She has held respected positions on local, county, and national boards and in professional associations. M. Margaret Bates has been and continues to be honored by numerous organizations for her dedication to community service.
Commissioner Bates has served the citizens of Lauderhill, Florida since 1998. During her tenure as an elected official in the City she has created the MLK Taskforce, the City of Lauderhill Trust, the City of Lauderhill Public Art Board, and the annual Jammin’ in the Park Art Fest. Prior to her appointment to the City Commission she was a successful entrepreneur and owner of Bates Processing – a contract processing center for Conventional, FHA, and VA Loans. M. Margaret Bates has also held the position of Branch Supervisor for the Construction Department of Coral Gables Federal Savings & Loan Association – managing an annual budget of $25 million, Loan Processor for Transcontinental Lending – Ft. Lauderdale Division.
Commissioner Bates holds a Master’s of Business Administration and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She studied Business Education at Allen University in Columbia, S.C. She is a licensed State of Florida Mortgage Broker and a Silver Certificate Recipient from the Leadership Institute for the National League of Cities.