Gateway First Bank has announced the addition of Jeff Schmidt to its leadership team as chief mortgage operations officer.
In his new role, Schmidt will oversee the bank's underwriting, appraisal, closing and post-closing, as well as the construction lending departments. Additionally, he will spearhead the expansion of Gateway's mortgage call centers based in Dallas and Frisco, Texas.
“Jeff brings deep expertise in mortgage banking derived from his 35 years of experience in both mortgage and banking," said Gateway Chief Executive Officer Stephen Curry. "His knowledge will help us build the robust mortgage operation we need to support our growth goals. 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.”
Throughout his years in the mortgage banking industry, Schmidt has held various senior leadership roles, including assistant vice president of operations, senior loan officer, and regional vice president of underwriting, closing, and post-closing. In 2010, he joined Gateway as regional vice president.
“I have loved being a part of the Gateway family and am very excited about this new role," Schmidt said. "As the company continues to gain momentum, the Gateway team will absolutely rise to the occasion. Gateway is a proven leader in the mortgage industry, and we have experienced a long tradition of success. I am eager to take on a greater role as Gateway continues to grow and strive for excellence.”