Gateway First Bank Opens Flagship Center

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COMMUNITY SUPPORT: Gateway First Bank CEO Scott Gesell, second from left, announced a $20,000 donation to the Jenks Public Schools Foundation for the Bookmobile during the new Jenks banking center Grand Opening.

Gateway First Bank opened its new flagship banking center recently to the cheers of team members and community leaders. As a part of opening, two special community programs were announced as a testament to Gateway’s mission of strengthening families and communities.

The flagship banking center’s convenient location is a welcoming landmark upon entering the city of Jenks. Located on Jenks’ Main Street, the 3,500 square foot banking center sits near the company headquarters just off Highway 75 at 100 S. Gateway Place.

The building’s location, architecture, and design are an intentional reflection of Gateway’s dedication to serving families and the community. The use of modern materials and glass creates an open and inviting atmosphere with a large, spacious lobby as well as a community room that is available as a meeting space. The banking center provides a place to touch down, drop by, get connected, and serve clients in a sunlit warm, and welcoming environment.

“We are thrilled to open our new flagship location that is also the “gateway” to the city of Jenks,” said Scott Gesell, CEO of Gateway. “Today is the culmination of a dream to merge a successful nationwide mortgage company with an Oklahoma community bank. We promised that if allowed to turn this dream into a reality, we would expand access to banking services into communities across Oklahoma and its contiguous states.”

Gateway First Bank started in 2019 with five centers in western Oklahoma that are cornerstone businesses in those communities. The Grand Opening in Jenks, along with another in Oklahoma City lbrought Gateway’s banking footprint to eight locations, with more on the way.

“The new Jenks banking center will go above and beyond in providing traditional bank branch services,” said Greg Wagner, Senior Vice President/Retail Banking Executive. “The building will serve as a multi-purpose space where clients and community members can drop by and connect while fulfilling their banking needs in a warm and welcoming environment. Today is a testament to Gateway’s commitment to investing in our local communities, starting right in the city we call home.”

Gateway’s approach in building banking centers offers clients both options of high-touch service and high-tech solutions. The banking center accommodates personal consultations with bankers in private offices to assess client needs and develop a plan to help customers achieve their goals. For clients on the go, Gateway offers an interactive drive-thru banking experience and a 24-hour ATM along with online and mobile app experiences.

The Gateway Corporate campus and surrounding area is quickly developing and will be a mixed-use space including a Candlewood Suites Hotel, Casey’s General Store, medical office buildings, office space, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Vertical Limit Fitness, and South County Gymnastics.
Project partners include Gibraltar Capital, KSQ Design, CR Crawford Construction, 360 Engineering, Precision Engineering Group, Wallace, and Studio 08 Consultants.
30 Days of Giving Promotion
As a testament to Gateway’s mission of strengthening families and communities, Gateway is the new 2022 sponsor of the Jenks Public Schools Foundation Bookmobile. In addition, Gateway kicked off a “30 Days of Giving” promotion,
For every new customer that opened a new checking account in person at the Jenks banking center between Feb. 25 and March 26, 2022, Gateway donated $100 to the customer’s choice of one of the following non-profit organizations:

• Jenks Community Food Bank provides food and other necessities to individuals and families living in the Jenks Public School district who need temporary assistance.
• Youth Services of Tulsa serves the Tulsa area homeless and at-risk youth by providing them with a support network. Their mission is to value and accept all youth, supporting and challenging them to embrace their potential. 
• Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa provides nutritious meals, wellness checks, and caring contact to elderly and disabled homebound individuals in Tulsa and surrounding areas. Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa has served the Tulsa area and surrounding communities for nearly 50 years.