Tom Bates, graduate of Mercer University class of 1976, is the VP/COO of Herlong Bates Burnett Insurance Inc., now, Assured Partners, and has been actively involved in the insurance industry and its member organizations for 41 years. Outside of working as an agency principal and sitting on many insurance advisory boards, Tom also dedicates his time to the Cancer Survivors Park Alliance Board, The Colon Club Board, the Downtown Greenville SERTOMA Club, Camp SERTOMA, and Buncombe Street United Methodist Church. Tom is the current Chairman of the South Carolina Independent Agents and Brokers Association (IIABSC). Tom resides in Greenville SC, with his wife, Ashley, and daughter, Bladen. He is a survivor of daughter Lindsey Bates Motley who lost her battle with Cancer in Feb., 2016.