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5.3.2024 / Gateway Awards

Gateway Named to Top Mortgage Lenders by Mortgage Executive Magazine

TULSA, Okla., May 3, 2024 – Gateway Mortgage, a division of Gateway First Bank, is proud to announce that it has been named to the Top 50 Mortgage Companies in America 2023, published by Mortgage Executive Magazine. Gateway ranks number 30 based on total yearly mortgage volume. This list is considered one of the most comprehensive lists of the nation’s top 100 closely held mortgage companies and publicly traded banks, ranked by their total yearly mortgage volume. Mortgage Executive Magazine seeks to recognize and celebrate the service, dedication, and hard work that mortgage originators, managers, and executives put into building their companies and serving their clients.

“Top Mortgage Originators are gaining market share and growing production just as their competition leaves the mortgage business,” states the magazine. “This past decade has been turbulent in the mortgage industry. More than 70 percent of the mortgage competition has been swept away during this time of change. For many of the nation’s top producers, the consumer’s “flight to quality” has created a unique opportunity to grow market share in both purchase and refinance mortgages.”

In addition to the company’s rankings, 15 of Gateway’s mortgage loan originators were included on the magazine’s list of Top 1% Mortgage Originators in America 2023. Each originator is ranked by their yearly mortgage volume, which cannot include the loan volume of associate originators or junior originators who earn a commission on the same loan files.

Gateway is excited to recognize the following team members for their hard work last year:

  • Josh Allyn, Houston, TX

  • Jack Little, Bluffton, SC

  • Letty Alvineda, Bay City, TX

  • Michael McElroy, Ada, OK

  • Paddi Bailey, Beaufort, SC

  • Jeannette Merritt, Lake Jackson, TX

  • Brett Baldwin, Oklahoma City, OK

  • Jimmy Parker, Pawley’s Island, SC

  • Todd Binkley, Friendswood, TX

  • Thomas Rosser, Edmond, OK

  • Jo Crozier, Granbury, TX

  • Chris Wilhelm, Marlton, NJ

  • Bryan Davenport, Myrtle Beach, SC

  • Terry Wooten, Waxahachie, TX

  • Chris Doke, Norman, OK

“We are thrilled to have Gateway team members recognized by Mortgage Executive Magazine this year,” said Scott Gesell, CEO of Gateway First Bank. “I am extremely proud of our team’s dedication to serving our customers.”

"It's exciting to see our team's expertise and caring service recognized again, especially during a difficult housing market,” explained Steven Plaisance, President of Mortgage Banking for Gateway. “This includes everyone from sales all the way through operations to funding – our entire team is focused on helping families into homes.”

To view the complete list, visit Mortgage Executive Magazine, click here.

About Gateway

Gateway, headquartered in Jenks, Oklahoma, is a leading financial institution that provides banking and mortgage services to individuals and businesses. Gateway is one of the largest financial institutions in the state, with assets totaling over $2 billion. In addition to its 10 banking centers in Oklahoma, Gateway has a strong national mortgage presence, with just over 90 mortgage locations and approximately 800 employees. © 2024 Gateway First Bank. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. NMLS 7233.


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Melissa Bogle 918-291-4654

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