Gateway Mortgage opens new branch
Kathy Suttles, branch manager at the new Gateway Mortgage branch in Lawton, is no stranger to the real estate and mortgage business and enjoys Southwest Oklahoma.
Walk into the office and you can tell that she enjoys Southwest Oklahoma and the beauty of wildlife and nature. On display are many photos she has taken of the area and sometimes she gives paintings away to different real estate brokers in town to grace their offices too.
"I was in the military for 10 years and my ex-husband retired from the Army here," Suttles said, and now she's been in Lawton for 20 years.
After working in real estate, Suttles went to Countrywide to Bank of America, to First Mortgage Company.
She recently became branch manager of Gateway Mortgage, which is headquartered in Tulsa and has 40 branch offices throughout the United States. Hours for the business are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
The new office has been open since Oct. 1 and an open house is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the office, 1016 SW C, Suite A.
"From my past experience, I have learned so much on both sides of the coin, both the real estate side and the mortgage side," Suttles said. "One of my goals is to be the lender of choice. We take great pride in our community and we want to shine a light on the unique aspects of Lawton. My passion is to take care of veterans, and that's my favorite thing to do. I get to sit across the desk and visit with customers and I get to know everyone personally when they come in. Gateway services its own loans so business is kept here."
Suttles has two employees in the office, Justin Foster and Amber Whipp.
Foster was born in Lawton but was raised in Southern California. He came back to Lawton in high school.