Gateway First Bank announced that it hired Tony Taveekanjana as its new executive vice president and chief production officer.
Taveekanjana has 20 years of experience with other mortgage banks and independents.
“This is a significant event in the mortgage industry,” Stephen Curry, chairman and chief executive officer of Gateway First Bank, said in a statement.
“Attracting an industry leader of Tony’s caliber to our team is a terrific complement to the business model we have launched,” Curry added. “His career was built on recruiting great talent and implementing disciplined growth strategies that drive success for both clients and team members. He brings those critical skills to our journey. Tony’s life story resonates with our values.”
Taveekanjana previously served in national sales leadership positions with Envoy Mortgage, Movement Mortgage, and Stearns Lending, as well as senior leadership positions at New Penn Financial, Fifth Third Bank, and Countrywide Home Loans.
Earlier this year, Gateway Mortgage Group completed its acquisition of Farmers Exchange Bank, with the two companies emerging under the name Gateway First Bank and creating one of the top 5 largest banks in Oklahoma.
“With over 800 Gateway team members reporting to him, Tony will have a critical role in helping Gateway become a top tier mortgage bank and ensuring that Gateway is the place where talented people come to be successful,” Curry said.