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Ann Contreras and Shirley Mueller Rank Among Top Women Originators

Top Women Originators - Contreras & Mueller

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ (May 3, 2019) – New Jersey-based residential mortgage lender First Choice Loan Services Inc., a Berkshire Bank Company today announced that Senior Loan Originators Shirley Mueller and Ann Contreras are listed among the Scotsman Guide’s Top Women Originators.

For this inaugural list, Scotsman Guide drew from the over 5,200 submissions from mortgage professionals across the nation vying for a spot among the Top Originators lists published in the April 2019 issue. The Top Women Originator list was born out of awareness that the industry traditionally is skewed more male, with 61 percent of mortgage originators being men and 39 percent being women. The publication also believes featuring women in the industry is also notable given light of the changing demographics of home buyers.

On the Top Women Originators list, Mueller ranks 144th, having produced over $55 million in volume and 204 units in 2018, and Contreras ranks 123rd, having produced over $58 million in volume and 173 units in 2018. In last month’s Scotsman Guide issue, Mueller ranked seventh on the Top VA Volume list, and Contreras ranked for Top Refinance Volume.

Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Norman T. Koenigsberg is extremely proud of Contreras’ and Mueller’s accomplishment.

“Ann and Shirley are individually amazing, each in her own right. While both consistently rank as top producers at First Choice Loan Services, each approaches the business in different ways. Ann loves to help families and first time home buyers, and Shirley focuses her skills and knowledge to serve the Veteran community. Both women are remarkable examples of the excellence we strive for at First Choice Loan Services,” said Koenigsberg. “We are incredibly happy to see them honored once again by the Scotsman Guide, and we are excited to see and support all their future successes.”

Contreras is based with the First Choice Loan Services Loan Originator team in Costa Mesa, California, and Mueller is based in Austin, Texas.



About First Choice Loan Services Inc.

First Choice Loan Services Inc., a Berkshire Bank Company is headquartered in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Founded in 2009, the company is licensed to originate and close residential mortgage loans nationwide, excluding Arkansas and New York. With 34 locations across 12 states and close to 500 employees, First Choice Loan Services Inc. offers FHA and VA programs, Jumbo loans, fixed and adjustable rate loans, and refinancing and renovation programs. First Choice Loan Services Inc. is an Equal Housing Lender, NMLS #210764. Licensed by the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance. AZ BK# 0918586. Licensed by the Department of Business Oversight under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act. Products and services not offered in state of New York. To learn more about First Choice, visit or follow us on: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

About Berkshire Bank

Berkshire Hills Bancorp (NYSE: BHLB) is the parent of Berkshire Bank, America’s Most Exciting Bank®. The Company, recognized for its entrepreneurial approach and distinctive culture, has $11.6 billion in assets and 113 full service branch offices in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey and Pennsylvania providing personal and business banking, insurance, and wealth management services.  Berkshire Bank was named one of Massachusetts Most Charitable Companies in 2017 by the Boston Business Journal.   To learn more, visit, call 800-773-5601 or follow us on: Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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