, the company's founder, opened W.L. Bates Company, Inc. in 1947. Since then, W.L. Bates Company, has become one of the most successful family-operated real estate firms specializing in the industrial
, commercial and retail
, farm and ranch markets, as well as property management. With a combined real estate sales experience of over 59 years, the company has established itself as one of the top commercial real estate companies in South Texas.