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D. Craig Walling, Jr. Joins First Choice Loan Services Inc.

DALLAS, TX (February 25, 2019) – New Jersey-based residential mortgage lender First Choice Loan Services Inc., a Berkshire Bank Company, announces the addition of D. Craig Walling, Jr. as Regional Vice President of the Central Division based in Dallas, Texas.


Walling began his career in the mortgage industry in 1992. He has built his 27-year career on providing sound solutions for all home financing needs ranging from primary to secondary to investment properties.


He is clear on his reasons for his professional move to First Choice Loan Services.


“I have been in the mortgage industry long enough to learn what makes companies successful and what sets them up for failure. In my professional journey, I’ve seen examples of both. With First Choice Loan Services, I see an embodiment of everything that makes a mortgage company excel in our field,” said Walling. “The operations teams are made up of incredibly dedicated professionals who provide remarkable support for their loan originators. This not only spells success for the loan originators but also for the borrowing families and business partners they serve. It’s this exceptional commitment I’ve found throughout the organization that makes me very happy to make First Choice Loan Services my new professional home.”


First Choice Loan Services’ Executive Vice President of National Production James Iley is excited for Walling to join the team.


“Craig has a proven track record as a national top performer and provides highly personalized, custom-tailored financial solutions to meet the unique needs of his clientele. It’s this kind of excellence and boutique-style service that we look for in our team members and another reason Craig is a tremendous addition to the First Choice Family,” said Iley. “His strong professional history and experience are admirable and will contribute amazing things to the life of First Choice Loan Services. We look forward to the leadership he will provide for our continued growth in the Louisiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas markets.”


Walling graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government. As a native of Dallas and father of three sons, he enjoys hunting, fishing and golfing in his spare time. Walling can be reached at or by calling 214.432.0641.







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


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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