Don Gates is a Christian literary agent with The Gates Group. He started in 2013 with Kyle Idleman as his lone ministry partner, and now represents 30+ authors with over 100 books in publication.
Prior to launching his own venture, Don was the Vice President of Marketing for Zondervan, the leading Christian communications company – a division of HarperCollins. He led a team of professionals on the branding, advertising, creative, promotions, and public relations for books as well as worked closely with editorial and sales in all decisions. He collaborated with some of the most accomplished authors and leaders in the Church, including Chuck Colson, Rick Warren, Anne Graham Lotz, Philip Yancey, Lee Strobel, Ann Voskamp, and Max Lucado.
Before moving into ministry, Don spent 15-years in brand management and marketing. His last role was Brand Marketing Officer at YUM! Brands, responsible for A&W and Long John Silver’s. Previously, he was the Marketing Director of Hugs & Kisses at The Hershey Company; and started in brand management with The Campbell Soup Company.
A native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Don received a BS degree in economics from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, where he played Ivy League football. He also earned a MBA degree with a concentration in finance and management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. This year, he will complete a Masters of Divinity degree in Worldview and Apologetics at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
Don has been faithfully married to Amy for twenty-three years and is very active in the lives of their children – Don III, Abigail and Emily. He is an avid reader, engaging communicator and enjoys coaching sports. He is a dedicated member at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville; and on the board of several faith-based organizations.
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