Tracey Bates, Director of Human Resources


Tracey Bates brings 17 years of Human Resource experience to Watercrest Senior Living Group.  Tracey feels her greatest asset is using her God given talent of developing and sustaining human relations with her peers, her associates, and her superiors. Although Tracey studied elementary education in college, her interest and desire to work in the HR field began in 1994 when she was recruited as a Human Resources Assistant in the corporate office of a large nationwide mortgage company. With this position came the responsibility of guiding and coaching managers and associates in 12 offices located across 5 states. Six years ago, Tracey transitioned her HR career into Senior Living and enjoys the versatility it has to offer.  It affords her the opportunity to build relationships with our residents, their family members, and our associates.


Prior to joining Watercrest Senior Living  Group, Tracey excelled as the Regional Director of Human Resources for a regional operating company serving 1,300 associates in 17 senior living communities.  Recognized by her colleagues as a trusted advisor, her expertise in performance improvement, career development, and employee retention was paramount in creating a positive environment for associates and residents alike.  A recipient of the SERVANT Leadership award, Tracey was recognized for her exemplary performance in creating a culture of service.


Tracey is a member of the national chapter of SHRM and recently received a Master Certification in Human Resources Management from Villanova University.  She and her husband Mark were raised in Indiana and have enjoyed living in Palm Harbor, FL for the past 15 years.  Most weekends you will find them boating and enjoying all of the outdoor water activities that Florida has to offer.



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