Robert "Robby" L. Bates, CFSP, owner of Bates Family Funeral Home in De Kalb, Texas, is the 2013-14 president of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA). Robby is the owner of Bates Family Funeral Home in De Kalb, Texas.
As president, Robby will serve as the Association's chief elected officer and will preside over the NFDA Executive Board, Policy Board, House of Delegates, International Convention & Expo, Leadership Conference and Advocacy Summit. He will represent the Association and its mission to affiliated professional groups, external organizations, state convention attendees and the public. He will also communicate monthly with NFDA members through an editorial column in The Director magazine, the world's most widely read funeral trade publication.
A Certified Funeral Service Professional, Robby graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science and received his BS from Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches, Texas and a BBA and MBA from East Texas State University-Texarkana. A long-time member of the Texas Funeral Directors Association, Robby has served his state association as president and has been an active chairman and member on many state committees.
After serving as the 2002-03 president of the Texas Funeral Directors Association, Robby went on to serve as the Texas state representative to the NFDA Policy Board.
Robby has taken on many roles with NFDA, including serving on several committees, such as Spokesperson, Operations, Audit and Budget. He served as an inaugural member of NFDA's Professional Conduct Committee. Robby previously served as an at-large representative, secretary, treasurer and president-elect on NFDA's Executive Board.
Bates Family Funeral Home
582 US Hwy 259 South
DeKalb, TX 75559-0368
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