Grab a cup of coffee, and pull up a chair for a virtual fireside chat with Gateway Bank President James Christensen and business mentor Tisha Marie Pelletier on Thursday, October 21, 2021.

James will share an economic update and tips on how to navigate the current banking and lending landscape. Then, Tisha will talk about purposeful networking and personal branding for business owners. James and Tisha also welcome questions and conversation throughout the event.

Attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a $100 gift card to a local business. The winner will be announced at the end of the fireside chat and must be present to receive the gift.


Thursday, October 21, from 9-10 a.m. AZ time


Virtual on Zoom | RSVP to receive link

About the speakers

James Christensen

James has worked in the banking industry for over 33 years, mostly in commercial 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, past advisory board member of Mesa’s Economic Development Advisory Board, member of Mesa Rotary Club, board member 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 33 years.


Tisha Marie Pelletier

Dubbed “authentic with a touch of badass,” by her peers, Tisha Marie Pelletier brings her infectious energy every time through her storytelling and powerful, inspirational tips for entrepreneurs on and offline.

She has served as an emcee and professional speaker on numerous stages as well as on her own platforms hosting the Success over Struggle™ live panel and podcast and her weekly livestream #tishatalks LIVE @ 4:45.

Tisha is also the Chief Experience Officer of Tisha Marie Enterprises, LLC empowering entrepreneurs to take their vision and make it happen, a personal brand builder, founder of Social Connect PHX, an international business mentor, author and mom of two. She recently received her real estate license and launched her newest venture, Property with Personality LLC, in May 2021 to teach realtors how to build their personal brand to stand out in the crowd.

Nothing gives her more satisfaction than seeing individuals launch their brilliant ideas and go for it! Connect with Tisha at