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4.20.2018 / Gateway Awards

Kevin Stitt Honored at Annual NAIOP Banquet

JENKS, Okla., April 20, 2018 – The Commercial Real Estate Development Association, NAIOP’s Oklahoma chapter, awarded Gateway Mortgage Group’s founder and CEO Kevin Stitt on Thursday with Development of the Year. The 2017 Deals of the Year Awards Event was held at the Mayo Hotel in downtown Tulsa and recognized the region’s top projects, deals and industry players of 2017.

Each year, NAIOP selects from an impressive list of nominees across the state that are evaluated on a multitude of criteria exemplifying best practices in building and development, and have a significant impact on the Oklahoma community.

“Kevin’s involvement developing the Gateway District was on a short list of keynote projects that commanded our attention for this award,” said Bill Beichler, Vice-President of NAIOP’s Oklahoma Board of Directors. “Specifically, it was Gateway Mortgage Group’s new headquarters that surpassed other nominees considered.”

Gateway’s new headquarters spans 86,000 square feet and sits on a portion of 14 acres owned by Stitt. The building is located at US Highway 75 and West Main Street and is 3.0 miles from Tulsa Hills and Riverwalk Crossing. The building anchors a district that is intended to grow the Jenks community with new restaurants, office space and further retail development.

“Gateway’s new headquarters is a symbol of our team’s dedication and hard work to give individuals across the U.S. an opportunity to own a home,” said Kevin Stitt. “We built the new headquarters to celebrate the tremendous growth Gateway achieved over the past 19 years and to cast high expectations for our company’s future endeavors. I am also excited about the dual role Gateway District plays in growing Jenks’ local economy. What Oklahomans see today is only the beginning of what we will be bringing soon to the area with new office space, restaurants, and retail.”

This is the first year NAIOP has awarded the Development of the Year award in the state of Oklahoma. Other awards included developer of the year, member of the year and sale of the year.


NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association is the leading organization for developers, owners, investors and related professionals in office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate. NAIOP

provides unparalleled industry networking and education and advocates for effective legislation on behalf of our members. NAIOP advances responsible, sustainable development that creates jobs and benefits the communities in which our members work and live. For more information, visit

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