Gateway First Bank
, headquartered in Jenks, Okla., has named Jeff Schmidt as its chief mortgage operations officer.
In his new position, Schmidt will manage the underwriting, appraisal, closing/funding, post-closing and construction lending departments, and he will also be responsible for expanding Gateway’s mortgage call centers in Dallas and Frisco, Texas. Schmidt has been with the bank since coming aboard in October 2010 as regional vice president.
“Jeff brings deep expertise in mortgage banking derived from his 35 years of experience in both mortgage and banking. His knowledge will help us build the robust mortgage operation we need to support our growth goals,” Stephen Curry, CEO of Gateway First Bank. “Jeff has had a long track record of success at Gateway, and his promotion was well-deserved. This is a critical role as we implement new mortgage banking technology, streamline our operations and improve our recapture.”