About Bates Events

Bates Events is an industry leader when it comes to planning and executing special events.

Our Story

When company founder Amy Bates moved to Northwest Arkansas in 2002, she found a gap in Event Planning Services in the area. After planning a successful private function, event planning inquiries started flowing in and Bates Events was born. Over the past fifteen years, Amy has grown Bates Events capabilities to a level unmatched in the Northwest Arkansas Area. Five years ago, Amy expanded the company’s capabilities to provide a wider reach in the Northwest Arkansas market and nationally.  Since then, Bates Events has produced a sister company, Amanda Reed Weddings (formerly Bates Reed Brides), with co-owner, Amanda Reed.

AMY BATES

With over 20 years of industry experience, Founder and President, Amy Bates brings a creative approach to event planning, allowing her to offer clients a unique and customized event experience. This approach has earned her the repeat business of both private and corporate clients.

Five years ago, Amy Bates grew the company bringing on additional team members who share her innovative approach to the business allowing Bates Events to expand its services. As Amy likes to say, “We do all the work, and you get all the credit.”

STEPHANIE BENTON

A Texan by birth, but with roots happily planted in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Stephanie Benton joined the Bates team in 2012 while completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality + Event Management at the University of Arkansas. Stephanie took a brief hiatus from Bates Events in 2016 when her husband was relocated to Texas.  During her time there Stephanie gained valuable experience in the field of destination meeting planning in the pharmaceutical industry.

Stephanie and her husband returned to Arkansas in 2017 when she rejoined Bates Events, bringing a wealth of knowledge and specialized industry skills that benefit our clients on a daily basis. Stephanie enjoys planning the logistics and intricate details of each meeting or event to ensure for a smooth and successful result.  Event planning is her passion and shines through her hospitality heart and service-minded attitude every day.

STEPHANIE BENTON

A Texan by birth, but with roots happily planted in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Stephanie Benton joined the Bates team in 2012 while completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality + Event Management at the University of Arkansas. Stephanie took a brief hiatus from Bates Events in 2016 when her husband was relocated to Texas.  During her time there Stephanie gained valuable experience in the field of destination meeting planning in the pharmaceutical industry.

Stephanie and her husband returned to Arkansas in 2017 when she rejoined Bates Events, bringing a wealth of knowledge and specialized industry skills that benefit our clients on a daily basis. Stephanie enjoys planning the logistics and intricate details of each meeting or event to ensure for a smooth and successful result.  Event planning is her passion and shines through her hospitality heart and service-minded attitude every day.

Our Services

At Bates Events, we do so much more than just plan events. Our trusted team creates unique event experiences tailored to our clients brand, taste, and needs. Our dedication to detail and creativity is unparalleled in the area. Whether it’s a fundraising gala, corporate event, office party or destination meeting, we can plan and execute all the details for any occasion.

Bates Events has been offering special event planning services for over 15 years. We have the experience and expertise to coordinate events of any nature. We offer full-scale planning services that includes management of event logistics, budget advisement and management, theme development, vendor selection and negotiation, comprehensive event timelines and much more. Whatever your occasion might be, our team has the experience and service network to handle every aspect of your event.

Bates Events has grown to handle a wide variety of services including planning and coordination of special events, fundraising galas, social events, corporate meetings, destination meetings, incentive travel, pharmaceutical meetings and much more. As a company, we are energized now more than ever in the experience and level of event planning that we offer! Contact us on our contact page to schedule a meeting to discuss your next event.