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Five First Choice Loan Services Loan Originators Rank in the Scotsman Guide Lists for 2018

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ (April 10, 2019) – New Jersey-based residential mortgage lender First Choice Loan Services Inc., a Berkshire Bank Company announced that five loan originators on its home loan production team rank across several lists for top loan production in 2018. These lists appear in the April 2019 issue of the Scotsman Guide.

Based on their loan production volume in 2018, they each earned their spots from over 5,200 submissions from mortgage professionals across the country. After receiving submissions, Scotsman Guide required written verification of top entrants’ volume data from a certified public accountant, the chief financial officer at the originator’s company or a similar source. Scotsman Guide, the leading resource for mortgage originators, released its tenth annual Top Originators rankings in the April 2019 residential edition.

First Choice Loan Services’ loan originators making the lists this year include Nick Bronsozian, based in our Glendale, California office, ranked 357th,  James Kochakian, based with our Methuen, Massachusetts office, ranked 479th , Jeff Sirard, based with our Costa Mesa, California team, ranked 397th all for Top Dollar Volume; Ann Contreras, based with our Costa Mesa, California team, ranked 68th for Top Refinance Volume; and Shirley Mueller, based in Austin, Texas, ranked 7th for Top VA Volume.


Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Norman T. Koenigsberg is very glad to see these First Choice Loan Services loan originators earn these recognitions.


“The lists in the Scotsman Guide are some of the most prestigious rankings to earn in our industry today. I’m extremely proud of each of our loan originators who appear this year. Nick, Jim, Jeff, Ann and Shirley each work tremendously hard throughout the year so these accolades are very well-deserved,” said Koenigsberg. “All four also appear among the list of the top 1% of loan originators in the nation by Mortgage Executive Magazine, so it’s wonderful to see their remarkable professionalism and dedication being recognized. We’re happy they are a part of the First Choice Family and look forward to supporting their success for many more years to come.”


For this year’s full lists, click here.



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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