Members also elected Patrick DeGreve as vice president, Oana Bogdan as treasurer and Thomas Wilkins as secretary.
Coates has been a member of the guild, which operates as Local 800 of the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, since 1996. His film credits include “Flight,” “Runaway Jury,” “The Proposal,” “Hot Pursuit” and “The Secret in Their Eyes.”
He received an Emmy nomination for his work on Stephen King’s “The Stand” and worked on the ABC series “October Road.”
Coates is a member of the Television Academy and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and one of the few members of Local 800 to begin his entertainment career as a professional actor. He was instrumental in creating and organizing the first new member orientation and the first member directory for the Art Directors Guild.