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Armin Naismith Joins First Choice Loan Services Inc.

ARMIN NAISMITH Senior Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS# 993546

AUBURN, AL (May 8, 2019) – New Jersey-based residential mortgage lender First Choice Loan Services Inc., a Berkshire Bank Company announces the addition of Armin Naismith as a senior loan originator based in Auburn, Alabama.

Before originating home loans, Naismith served fourteen years as an associate real estate broker with RealtySouth. He made the transition to become a mortgage loan originator in 2013, first with NewPenn Financial and then with InterLinc Mortgage Services.

Naismith found several reasons to move to First Choice Loan Services.

“In making my professional move, it was important to find a company that offers a wide variety of mortgage programs with competitive rates as well as provides a strong support team. More vital than that was to find a place that values the customer and creates a mortgage experience for them that far surpasses their expectations. I found these qualities and so much more at First Choice Loan Services,” said Naismith. “Under the guidance of its exceptional leadership team, First Choice Loan Services has earned incredible accolades this year, including being listed as a ‘Top Mortgage Employer’ by National Mortgage Professional Magazine and ranking among the ‘Top 100 Mortgage Companies in America’ by Mortgage Executive Magazine. I look forward to joining this momentum and building on this success.”

Executive Vice President of National Production James Iley is very glad for Naismith to join the First Choice Loan Services team.

“Armin brings a unique background and perspective to the home loan process. His history in the real estate industry aids him in providing remarkable mortgage experiences that are customized to fit the specific needs of his home buyers and home owners,” said Iley. “We look forward to supporting Armin’s continued success as a loan originator as he helps his clients achieve the dream of home ownership.”

When not working, Naismith enjoys time with his wife and two sons. A 30-year resident of Auburn, Alabama, Naismith spent over 20 years coaching youth baseball, even serving on the board of directors and as president of a local youth baseball organization. He also served on the board of directors of the Hudson Family Foundation.

Naismith can be reached at or by calling (334) 444-7253.




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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