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4.18.2023 / Gateway Awards

Gateway Team Makes 2023 Scotsman Guide Top Originators

Tulsa, Okla., April 18, 2023 – Gateway Mortgage is proud to announce that 34 team members have been named Top Originators by Scotsman Guide. The list is the industry's most comprehensive and verified ranking of the nation's top-producing residential mortgage brokers, originators, loan officers, and bankers.

The annual Top Originators list by Scotsman Guide has ranked thousands of the nation’s top-producing residential mortgage originators across ten categories, including Top Dollar Volume, Most Loans Closed, and Top Purchase Volume. This list's longevity, verification process, and comprehensive scope have positioned it as a benchmark for the industry.

Gateway team members are recognized in three categories, Top Dollar Volume, Most Loans Closed, and Top FHA Volume. The loan officers who made this year’s list include:

  • Josh Allyn

  • Dani Alper

  • Paddi Bailey

  • Christine Baker

  • Brett Baldwin

  • Todd Binkley

  • Lorre Buhler

  • David Craig

  • Jo Crozier

  • Bryan Davenport

  • Laura DeStefano

  • Amber Dodson

  • Chris Doke

  • Janette Douglass

  • Christopher Eller

  • Kortnee Garcia

  • Vanessa Gonzales

  • Ed Jaroski

  • Kandi Jones

  • Mary Kolb

  • Jack Little

  • Emilia Loaiza

  • Michael McElroy

  • Jannette Merritt

  • Miriam Olivero

  • Sheri Reeves

  • Thomas Rosser

  • Eric Smith

  • Patrick Steele

  • Kathy Tautfest

  • Teri Treadway

  • Chris Wilhelm

  • Terry Wooten

  • Ben Stone

“We are incredibly proud of all of our team members and pleased they are being recognized as Top Originators by Scotsman Guide,” said Scott Gesell, CEO at Gateway. “I know each Gateway individual recognized works diligently to help our customers get into their dream homes.”

“Thanks to everyone’s dedication and hard work, Gateway continues to achieve strong momentum and has a bright future. We are fortunate to have such exceptional people, and I look forward to what the future holds for Gateway,” said Steven Plaisance, President of Mortgage Banking for Gateway.

To view the full list from Scotsman Guide, visit

About Gateway First Bank 

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 over 100 mortgage locations and approximately 800 employees.

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