Kevin Bates, MBA ’02

Kevin Bates, Pepperdine MBAKevin has joined the Irvine-based material science company MMFX Steel Corporation of America as product manager. He brings nearly two decades of experience in product management and development with global companies engaged in heavy industry. Kevin will oversee development and execution of all product line marketing strategies for MMFX, which manufactures and markets corrosion-resistant, high-strength steels, including MMFX2-branded concrete reinforcing rebar.

Kevin’s professional background includes a number of senior-level leadership positions in the mining, automotive, construction, and oil & gas industries. He arrives at MMFX following six years at Boart Longyear in Salt Lake City, where he served as director of engineering and global product manager. The 120-year-old company is the world’s largest provider of contract exploration drilling services to the mining industry, as well as a technology leader in the design and manufacture of drilling rigs and tooling products.

Prior to that the California native served as global product manager for Los Angeles-based Barksdale Control Products, a $60 million division of Crane Co, focused on design and sales of highly engineered industrial products. During his five-year tenure there, he focused on developing strategic initiatives for instrumentation and control products used by heavy-duty truck companies as well as oil & gas original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s).

Kevin started his career at General Motors Corporation in 1994. He held several engineering and manufacturing management positions at the company’s Anaheim facility, which produced automotive lead batteries for OEM’s and retail.

In addition to a Pepperdine MBA, Kevin holds a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine.

Kevin Bates, MBA ’02
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