Executive Team

Todd A. Pierson


Todd leads the executive management team at Gateway, having joined Gateway as Chief Operating Officer at the company’s inception in 2007. His prior experience includes notable positions both inside and outside of the auto finance industry. Early in his career, he serviced more than 300 financial institutions as a Senior Business Consultant with Hewlett-Packard, and then translated his technical expertise into the role of Vice President of Technology for Ceridian Tax Services. He moved to the auto finance industry in 1999 with Onyx Acceptance Corporation where he served as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President. Mr. Pierson received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in technology from California Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Andrew B. Sturm

Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President

Andrew is responsible for managing overall company operations and the business. He joined Gateway in 2010, and brings over 29 years of business and technology leadership to the company. He also has significant experience in overseeing servicing and collections. Prior to joining Gateway, Mr. Sturm served as Vice President of Technology for Specific Media, a global interactive media company, and as Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President for Onyx Acceptance Corporation. Prior to joining Onyx in 1999, Mr. Sturm served as IT Director for Ceridian Tax Services, and was responsible for filing business tax returns for 700 of the top 1,000 corporations in America. Mr. Sturm received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from DeVry Institute of Technology, Arizona.

Gerald Wilkins

Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President

Gerald is responsible for Finance and Accounting, among other functions. He joined Gateway in 2010 as Controller, and brings over 23 years of auto finance experience to his current role. Prior to his tenure at Gateway, Mr. Wilkins served as Controller at Onyx Acceptance Corporation where he assisted in the company’s start-up in 1993 and its initial public offering in 1996. Prior to Onyx, Mr. Wilkins worked at Ernst & Young, specializing in the financial services industry. While at E&Y, he assisted in engagements with banks, savings institutions and finance companies with assets ranging from $100 million to $3 billion. Mr. Wilkins received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Long Beach State University, and holds an active CPA license in the state of California.

Jennifer Ishiguro

Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President

Jennifer joined Gateway as Chief Legal Officer in 2015, and brings over 17 years of legal experience to the company. Prior to joining Gateway, Ms. Ishiguro spent nearly eight years at Toyota Financial Services, serving as head of the Legal Department’s Corporate Transactions Group and covering the practice areas of securities transactions and reporting, capital markets and derivatives, broker-dealer, corporate governance, commercial secured and unsecured lending, vendor contracts, and financial institutions regulation. Before her time at Toyota, she spent close to eight years at the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, in the fields of securities law and capital markets. Ms. Ishiguro received her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Yale College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, and is a member of the New York bar as well as registered in-house counsel in California.

Brandon Pierson

Chief Strategy Officer and Vice President

Brandon joined Gateway in August 2009, and currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer, overseeing business intelligence and analytics, credit, and risk and assurance functions, among others. Prior to assuming his position as Chief Strategy Officer, Mr. Pierson served as the Manager of the Business Analytics group, and more recently as Chief Risk Officer. Mr. Pierson has deep auto finance and technology expertise. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus in Management Information Systems from Arizona State University, and holds his MBA with a focus in Finance from Chapman University, California.

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