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4.10.2024 / Gateway Awards

Gateway Team Members Named to the 2024 Scotsman Guide Top Originators List

Tulsa, Okla., April 10, 2024– Gateway Mortgage, a division of Gateway First Bank, is proud to announce that 32 team members have been named Top Originators by the 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 two categories, Top Dollar Volume and Most Loans Closed, with 15 named in both categories. The loan officers who made the lists based on 2023 data include:

Josh Allyn—Texas*

Dani Alpers—New Mexico

Letty Alvineda—Texas*

Paddi Bailey—South Carolina*

Brett Baldwin—Oklahoma*

Todd Binkley—Texas*

Mandy Bergdall—Oklahoma

Jo Crozier—Texas*

Bryan Davenport—South Carolina*

Laura DeStefano—New Jersey

Amber Dodson—South Dakota

Chris Doke—Oklahoma*

Christopher Eller—West Virginia

Leisa Gebhart—Arkansas

Vanessa Gonzales—Texas

Ed Jarosik—Nebraska

Mary Kolb—South Carolina

Jack Little—South Carolina*

Michael McElroy—Oklahoma*

Jeannette Merritt—Texas*

Tracy Mock—Texas

Miriam Olivero—New Jersey

Jimmy Parker—South Carolina*

Shari Reeves—Florida

Thomas Rosser—Oklahoma*

Eric Smith—West Virginia

Patrick Steele—Texas*

Ben Stone—Ohio

Jake West—Texas

Chris Wilhelm—New Jersey*

Terry Wooten—Texas*

Bradley Zerbe—New Jersey

*Indicates they are on both lists

“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 First Bank. “I know each Gateway individual recognized works diligently to help our customers get into their dream homes.”

“We are fortunate to have such exceptional people,” said Steven Plaisance, President of Mortgage Banking for Gateway. “No matter what the housing market looks like, this team continues to be recognized for their outstanding performance.”

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 almost 100 mortgage locations and approximately 800 employees.

© 2024 Gateway First Bank. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. NMLS 7233.


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