ABOUT Bates-Wells Advertising

The O. G. Bates Company was started in March 1946 by O. G. and his wife Ethel Bates on Texas Avenue in Lubbock, Texas. In the early 1950’s, Larry Wells, stepson of O. G. and son of Ethel, joined the company. This was the beginning of what was to soon become the Bates-Wells Company.


 In the early 1960’s O. G. retired and Larry purchased the balance of the company and became the sole owner. The company was incorporated on October 7, 1974. In July of 1975, Mark Stiff as a college student joined the company as a part-time engraver. In 1977 he started in sales and in 1982, Mark and Larry Wells joined in a partnership that lasted until Larry’s death in July 2002. Today, Mark is Vice President of the company.  He holds the Master Advertising Specialist designation from Promotional Products Association International.


 Roni Stiff joined the sales staff in April 1989. She has consistently been a part of the sales leaders recognized for outstanding sales each year since she started. Today, as President/CEO, Roni not only handles multiple accounts, but also works with new sales representatives as well as helps make decisions on day to day operations of the company. In 2002, Roni became majority stockholder of Bates-Wells, Inc.  She holds the Master Advertising Specialist designation from Promotional Products Association International.


Today, Kimi Davis and Britt Stiff, daughters of Roni & Mark, are involved in the company. Kimi is a sales representative and Britt is the Office Manager, handles the accounting and works with clients and our sales representatives.
As we enter into our 71st Year in business, we want to thank all of our loyal customers and sales representatives for your part in making Bates-Wells the success we are today.