Gateway Mortgage Group Expands into St. Louis With the Opening of Two Branches

April 19, 2012

TULSA, OKGateway Mortgage Group, a privately held mortgage company providing conventional, FHA and VA loans through 50 retail branches nationwide, announced the opening of two new branches in the St. Louis area at 5 Oak Drive in Maryville, Ill., and 820 S. Main Street, Suite 207 in St. Charles, Mo.

Gateway recruited John P. Kroot to lead the Maryville office and Craig Wania to manage the St. Charles location. Prior to joining Gateway, Kroot was a branch manager with MetLife Home Loans and previously held leadership positions with several local lenders and banks. Wania was most recently a mortgage originator with First State Bank of St. Charles and was voted a Five Star Mortgage Professional in 2011 and 2012 by clients, peers and industry experts. The Maryville branch serves the nearby counties of Madison, St. Clair, Monroe, Macoupin and Clinton while the St. Charles location is dedicated to the areas of St. Charles, St. Louis, Lincoln, Warren and Jefferson.

“As some lenders have left the retail lending space, Gateway has had the opportunity to gain a number of talented individuals,” said Kevin Stitt, president of Gateway Mortgage Group. “We offer loan officers an ideal balance of independence and support, alleviating the operational burden for branch managers so that they can focus on originating loans. John and Craig will be strong stewards of Gateway’s principles in the St. Louis area and we look forward to serving borrowers there.”

To speak to a local Gateway representative, email John.Kroot@gatewayloan.com or craig.wania@gatewayloan.com.

About Gateway Mortgage Group

Founded in 2000, Tulsa, Okla.-based Gateway Mortgage Group is a complete end-to-end mortgage company that offers conventional, FHA, VA, Section 184 and USDA loans through a network of more than 50 retail branches across 25 states. Through Gateway’s personal approach and strong dedication to its borrowers and local communities, the company helps customers make sound financial decisions with the right loan product to meet their needs. For more information about Gateway, visit www.GatewayLoan.com.

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