Bryce Cherven has had a long-time passion for pastries, but she never imagined she would go from baker to boss. When her catering position was eliminated after the COVID-19 pandemic hit, she channeled her stresses into sweets and quickly realized her future dreams could come to life.
President and CEO Craig Ahlstrom was involved with a variety of local organizations for decades, including United Way, YMCA, Mesa Chamber of Commerce, various City of Mesa committees and boards, and Central Arizona Homebuilder’s Association. After investing so much in the city for so long, his company needed help in return — and Gateway Bank was there to provide support.
Mesa’s bustling real estate industry has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, trickling down to business challenges for Springs Realty. When Congress passed the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in spring 2020, the company jumped at the chance for financial assistance.