Councilmember Yates was born in New York City, but grew up in Bay Village, Ohio (a suburb of Cleveland). He graduated from Bay High School in 1985. He has earned two undergraduate degrees; one in Marketing and the other in Management from the University of Cincinnati in 1990 and has recently completed his MBA in Strategic Management from Patten University in California. He and his family moved to Fountain Hills in 2005.
Councilmember Yates has served on the Planning and Zoning committee for 5 years and 2 years as its Vice Chairman. He has chaired the General Plan update committee, the economic and development committee with BVAC, co-chaired the sign committee, and was treasurer of Sunridge Canyon HOA. He presently sits on the Maricopa Association of Governments; Domestic Violence Committee. In his spare time, Councilmember Yates coaches soccer and is active in his church.
Councilmember Yates is an award winning Commercial Real Estate Developer. He is presently the Executive Director of Property Management for Commercial Properties, Inc. (CPI) and operates over 6,000,000 square feet of office, retail and industrial space throughout Arizona. He has owned and operated several restaurants including Panini's Bar & Grill (as seen on "Man vs. Food") and Zeppes Pizzeria.
Councilmember Yates and his wife; Nancy Yates have been married since 1995 and are the proud parents of two children, Sophia, 17; and Mason, 14 (not to mention their black lab; Wizard, German Shepherd; Gracie, their cat; Simba, and whatever other crawling creatures their kids adopt!)