Gateway First Bank makes two key hires

Mortgage & Real Estate

Gateway First Bank made back-to-back announcements this week regarding two key hires. On Tuesday, the bank welcomed Joell Maddox as director of treasury services. The following day, Gateway announced that Thomas Ramm joined as chief investment officer. 

“This is a critical hire for us,” Gateway Chairman and CEO Stephen Curry said at the time of Ramm’s hire. “Thomas is a deeply experienced capital markets executive. His insights and leadership skills will enable us to navigate growth of our core businesses and rapidly changing markets.” 

Upon the announcement of Maddox’s hire, Curry said, “It is key we bring onto the Gateway First Bank team an accomplished leader in Treasury Management to help launch our products and services to best serve our client relationships and grow new ones.”

“Joell has had a very accomplished career in the financial institutions’ industry working with correspondent banks, and I look forward to her being a part of the successful culture and growth with Gateway First Bank,” he added.

Maddox joins Gateway with more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry, both in mortgage and correspondent banking. She has served in senior leadership positions with Origin Bank, IndyMac Bank and Wells Fargo.

Most recently, Maddox was vice president of treasury management sales at Origin Bank. In her new role, she will be responsible for managing relationships with correspondent banks, title companies and commercial customers that are using treasury management services.

In his new role as chief investment officer, Ramm will be responsible for all capital markets and investment-related activities, including the development and execution of investment strategies, secondary marketing, hedging activities and capital markets strategies with GSEs.

According to the company, Ramm is also charged with developing and managing relationships with Wall Street broker-dealers and fixed income investors.

Before joining Gateway, Ramm served as executive vice president of capital markets at Stearns Lending. He was also vice president of capital markets at MetLife Bank and senior vice president of interest rate risk management at First Tennessee Bank and First Horizon Home Loans.
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