Meet the Team

Meet our team

When you walk into Gateway, you’ll see lots of friendly faces. Get to know the people who are here to help you.

Management team

Meet the Team
Send James a message

James has worked in the banking industry for over 30 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 his leadership, Gateway has grown to consistently be 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 and serves on several boards and committees, including: current board member and past chair of Local First Arizona, member of Mesa's Economic Development Advisory Board, member of Mesa Rotary Club, board member and chair of United Food Bank, board member of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce, and chair of Mesa Financial Network.

James is also a proud father of two and husband to his wife of over 30 years.

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Mike is a native of Arizona and has served the Arizona banking community for over 40 years, including 11 years as President/CEO of a federal savings bank in Scottsdale. Mike and his wife have been married for over 35 years. They live in Scottsdale and have two grown children.

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 served for over 15 years as the Board President for Community Housing Resources of Arizona, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping low-income families achieve their dreams of home ownership. He is also a past director of the Ross Farnsworth East Valley YMCA, a past board member of the Arizona Bankers Association, as well as a past board member and current member of the Scottsdale Ranch HOA Finance Committee.

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Don has over 40 years of experience in community, regional, and super regional banks, with an emphasis on lending. Don and his wife enjoy sports, family gatherings with their two grown sons, and exploring the great Arizona outdoors.

Don has a broad lending background with key areas of experience in 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. He 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. He has always been active in the communities where he has lived. Don served as a board member and President of a Sheltered Worksho, as well as a board or committee member 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 20 years. She and her husband keep busy with their three sons' 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