Meet the Team

Meet our team

When you walk into Gateway, you’ll see lots of friendly faces. Get to know the people behind the smiles, and learn a little about the team that makes our bank so special.

Management team

Meet the Team
Send James a message

James has worked in the banking industry for over 32 years, mostly in business lending and management.

Prior to joining Gateway Bank in 2007, James served as President of a community bank in Kansas for a decade. Under James’ leadership, Gateway has grown to $110MM in total assets and has been profitable every year since its third year of operations. Gateway is consistently one of the strongest performing financial institutions in its peer group.

James grew up in the Midwest and is a graduate of Baker University. He is very active in the local community, has served on the board and several committees at Love of Christ Lutheran Church, Community Depository Advisory Board for the San Francisco Federal Reserve, Economic Development Committee at East Valley Partnership, Board Member and past Chair of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce and has taught Junior Achievement. He is currently a member of the Mesa Rotary Club, board member/Treasurer of the Mesa United Way, board member at United Food Bank, member of the MCC Development Board at Mesa Community College and a board member of Local First Arizona.

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Mike is a native of Arizona and has served the Arizona banking community for the past 38 years, including 11 years as President/CEO of a federal savings bank in Scottsdale. Mike and his wife have been married for 33 years, live in Scottsdale and have two children, one a recent college graduate, the other in college.

Mike has a broad background in community banking and has been involved in the organization of a new institution, as well as overseeing branch expansion and growing the bank through the acquisition of another institution.

Mike graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in accountancy and is a Certified Public Accountant. Additionally, Mike is very active in the community. He has been the Board President for Community Housing Resources of Arizona, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping low income families achieve their dream of home ownership, for the last 11 years and continues to fulfill that role. Mike is a also a director of the Ross Farnsworth East Valley YMCA and is a past board member of the Arizona Bankers Association.

Meet the Team
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Don has 41 years of proven banking experience in community, regional and super regional banks with an emphasis on lending. Don and his wife have two grown sons and they enjoy sports, family gatherings and exploring the great Arizona outdoors.

Don has a broad lending background with key areas of experience including commercial real estate, C&I lending, loan portfolio management, credit and risk management and leadership. Prior to joining Gateway in 2011, Don was EVP/Manager of an LPO in Scottsdale for a large community bank from the Midwest. Don spent 30 years in commercial banking with various banks in Kansas/Missouri in business development, loan portfolio management, administration and management positions.
Don is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia. Don has always been active in the communities where he has lived having served as a Board member and President of a Sheltered Workshop, on boards and committees for several organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, economic development councils, United Way organizations and bankers associations.

Meet the Team
Send Jennifer a message

Jennifer has worked in the banking industry for over 21 years. She and her husband are raising three boys and keep busy with all of their sporting activities and family outdoor adventures.

Prior to joining the Gateway team in 2008, Jennifer began her career in Texas and moved to New Mexico, where she worked for two banks in a variety of positions. She also attended Western Schools of Banking.

Jennifer grew up in the White Mountains of Arizona and understands how important it is to be involved in the community. She feels it’s essential to be part of a local bank that cares for and understands the needs of its customers.

Lending team and staff

Anthony Martinez | VP-Commercial Lender Send Anthony a message Jim LeCheminant | VP-Business Development Send Jim a message Shellie Berry | Business Development Send Shellie a message