Chad and Joy Bates are among Arlington’s successful entrepreneurs and community volunteers, having attained an array of accolades, including the Arlington Chamber Small Business of the Year and the Better Business Bureau Golden Touch Awards. They now are focused on three new ventures.
“We have started and/or run eight businesses since leaving the corporate world,” Chad says. “We currently run Legacy Financial, Inc. (a real estate holding company that partners with Realtors using technology across the entire State of Texas), Joovani, Inc. (our all-natural and organic skincare line), and we run The Legacy Group of CrossCountry Mortgage (our mortgage operation). We also used our entrepreneurial experience to start the AISD Education Celebration for the AISD Education Foundation that has netted over $1 million for the Foundation in the first six years in partnership with Six Flags. Unfortunately that event was canceled this year due to COVID 19.”
Chad has more than three decades of experience in lending and has served thousands of happy homeowners in his career. Joy’s business background includes consulting for and managing physician groups, 20 years as a child care owner and director and more than 20 years in the mortgage banking industry.
“My goal for every one of my clients is to have the most amazing experience when buying or refinancing their home,” she says. “Communication is extremely important to me, so I’m always available to my clients.”
All that business success noted, it’s what they do outside of the office that provides Chad and Joy with some of their more meaningful memories.
“Giving back to Arlington is so important to us,” Chad says. “We do it, hopefully, to inspire others to use their God-given talents to make Arlington a better place.”
Here are some highlights of their community involvement:
Both are Life Members of PTA and members of St. Peter & St. Paul Anglican Church, where they’ve held numerous leadership positions over the years. Currently, Chad is a board member of the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce, where he serves on the Executive Committee and as chair of the Economic Development Committee. He’s also on the AISD Education Foundation Board (he is a past president) and on the Executive Committee.
He is also on the Board of Trustees of the Corporation of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, on the Nashotah House Seminary Board, a member and prior board member of the Rotary Club of Arlington, and a visiting lecturer in the University of Texas at Arlington College of Business.
Joy is a member and board member of the Rotary Club of Arlington, as well as a former member of the Junior League of Arlington.
Previously, Chad was district chairman of the Cross Timbers District of the Boy Scouts of America, a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Board, a member of the Arlington YMCA Board, past president of the Young Men for Arlington AISD Bond Steering Committee (co- chair), a member of the AISD Financial Futures Committee, a member of the City of Arlington Bond Committee, a member of the City of Arlington Economic Development Committee, the founding president of the Pope Elementary Dad’s Club, and he has numerous rounds as the president of various local booster clubs. Last, but not least, he coached four sports for years with the Optimist Club of Arlington youth athletic programs.