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Brent Hicks Ranks in the Nation’s Top 1% of Loan Originators

DALLAS, TX (March 1, 2017) – New Jersey-based residential mortgage lender First Choice Loan Services Inc., a Berkshire Bank Company today announced that Branch Manager and Loan Originator Brent Hicks has been ranked among the top 1% of mortgage originators in the nation. This list appears in the Winter 2017 issue of Mortgage Executive Magazine.

The Top 100 Mortgage Originator list debuted in 1995 in Mortgage Originator Magazine. Mortgage Executive Magazine expanded the rankings to include the top 1% of the hundreds of thousands of mortgage originators in the United States in 2011. The minimum eligibility criteria are total individual production of at least $30 million in 2016, and entries cannot include loan volume of associate originators or junior originators who earn a commission on the same loan files.

This is the second year for Hicks to make this distinguished list. Prior to this list, Hicks was featured for 9 years among the top 100 loan originators in the nation by Mortgage Originator Magazine. He is based in Dallas, Texas.

“I’m always very humbled and encouraged when I’m ranked on something as prestigious as the list of the top 1% of loan originators in the nation in Mortgage Executive Magazine. These accolades mean a great deal to me,” said Hicks.  “The only thing that means more is knowing that this is a reflection of the high level of satisfaction from my homebuyers, homeowners and business partners. The only way I can achieve greatness in my career is if I’ve made sure I’ve made them a fan through their mortgage experience with me.”

Executive Vice President of National Production James Iley believes Hicks’ honor is well deserved.

“Having worked with Brent for a good number of years now, I can tell you that is a true innovator within the mortgage field. He bravely thinks outside of the box, and a result consistently has profound success,” said Iley. “This type of bold creative thinking is contagious, to the team he leads and to the customers and business partners he serves. Everyone who is lucky enough to work with him is in for an exciting and rewarding journey.”

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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, Hawaii and New York. With 11 locations across 6 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. To learn more about First Choice, visit

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