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Joe E. Phillips Joins First Choice Loan Services Inc.

MANDEVILLE, LA (February 25, 2019) – New Jersey-based residential mortgage lender First Choice Loan Services Inc., a Berkshire Bank Company announces the addition of Joe E. Phillips as branch manager based in Mandeville, Louisiana.


With a career spanning almost 5 decades, Phillips has held leadership positions with Transamerica, United Companies, Fairway Financial Services and First Guaranty Bank.


Phillips decided to join First Choice Loan Services for several reasons.


“I have been a part of the mortgage industry for quite some time. Through the years, I’ve seen a lot of changes. From the ways we communicate with our borrowers to the style of homes being purchased, the field of home financing has evolved. At the same time, some of our client’s basic needs haven’t changed, and those are the desire to have a wide variety of loan options and to experience a quick closing. When I learned that First Choice Loan Services dedicates itself to provide those things, I knew I wanted to call it my new professional home,” said Phillips. “It’s refreshing to find a mortgage company that hasn’t strayed from the needs of clients and values them as families, not merely transactions. It’s this personalized service that has propelled my career, so working with a company that believes the same is a natural fit.”


First Choice Loan Services’ Executive Vice President of National Production James Iley is honored to have Phillips come on board.


“Joe’s career is nothing short of remarkable. I truly consider it a tremendous win to welcome someone of his caliber to the First Choice Family. Just as his clients and business partners do, I’m certain we all will benefit from the experience Joe brings,” said Iley. “First Choice is been receiving some exciting accolades recently, including being named Top Mortgage Employer by National Mortgage Professional Magazine, ranked as one of the Fifty Best Mortgage Companies to Work For by Mortgage Executive Magazine and ranked for Top Overall Volume by the Scotsman Guide. The addition of Joe to our team will undoubtedly drive us to even further accomplishments and successes.”


Phillips can be reached at or by calling 318.272.1033.




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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