Gateway Promotes Kelly Stewart to Vice President, Senior Lending Officer for Banking Operations

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Gateway First Bank has promoted Kelly Stewart to Vice President Senior Lending Officer for Banking Operations. In this new role, he will oversee lending operations for Northwest Oklahoma and will support efforts to bring in new bank clients while cultivating relationships with current customers.

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With more than 27 years of experience as a finance and lending professional, Stewart is well versed in commercial, agriculture, and personal lending, loan portfolio management, customer service and customer retention. He will use his expertise to lead Gateway’s Northwest Oklahoma team, with branches in Cherokee, Helena, Nash, Tonkawa and Wakita.

“With an expansive background in financial leadership experience, Kelly brings a next level commitment to providing quality service to customers,” said Loren Rieger, Market President for Northwest Oklahoma. “He and his team will no doubt deliver on Gateway’s commitment to being a better way to bank and will further strengthen the local communities we serve and support.”

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Stewart began his career at a bank in Alva, Okla., and over the years has become an expert in product development, perfection, cash flow, structure and risk. He joined Gateway in 2019 when Gateway Mortgage merged with Farmers Exchange to form Gateway First Bank.

“We have an incredible team in Northwest Oklahoma, comprised of professionals who have worked in banking for many, many years and understand the value of servicehonesty and fair treatment,” said Stewart. “I’m thrilled to lead this team and continue Gateway’s commitment to providing excellent service to the local communities. There’s so much opportunity to expand our financial footprint, and I look forward to making great things happen with the team’s help.”

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