MARK A. BATES is a graduate of Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana and native of New Castle, Indiana. Mark is president of Pinnacle Insurance Group of Indiana with offices in Crown Point and Hobart, Indiana. Founded in 1942, and remains as one of the most well-respected independent insurance agencies in Indiana.
Mark is past president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Indiana (IIAI) in 2003. In 2005 and 2013, he received the distinguished Harry P. Cooper Public Image Industry Award from the Independent Insurance Agents of Indiana. He is a past recipient of the Young Agent of the Year of IIAI. In 1995, the agency was recognized as Agency of the Year of IIAI. This prestigious award is given to an agency who maintains high-standards of professionalism, ethics and growth within the insurance industry and for their local community involvement. Mark currently serves as vice-chairman of the board of directors of Indiana Farmers Mutual Insurance Company located in Indianapolis, Indiana and leads the governance committee for the company.
Mark currently serves as chairman of the board for the Crossroads YMCA which comprises of four branches in Lake County, Indiana. Most recently, served as capital campaign chairman of a successful $35 million addition to the Crown Point branch of the Crossroads YMCA. Mark is past chairman of the board for the Crown Point Community Foundation and Greater Crown Point Chamber of Commerce.
Mark resides in Crown Point with his wife Lindsay. They have two grown children Michele and Mollie. They are members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Crown Point. Mark’s hobbies include golf, travel, avid college basketball fan, Chicago Cubs fan and has a great appreciation for fine wine.