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Nineteen First Choice Loan Services Loan Originators Rank Among Nation’s Top 1%

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ (March 19, 2019) – New Jersey-based residential mortgage lender First Choice Loan Services Inc., a Berkshire Bank Company announced that nineteen loan originators on its home loan production team rank among the top 1% of mortgage originators in the nation. This list appears in the Winter 2019 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 2018, and entries cannot include loan volume of associate originators or junior originators who earn a commission on the same loan files.


First Choice Loan Services’ loan originators making the list this year include RJ Crosby (Scottsdale, Arizona); Kim Fleischmann (Reno, Nevada); Kevin Gillis and James Kochakian (Middleton, Massachusetts); Shirley Mueller (Austin, Texas); Kim Muscatello (Needham, Massachusetts); Reid Waltzer (Morganville, New Jersey); Hans Stone (Long Beach, CA); and Mark Balley, Ann Contreras, Wes Etheridge, Darren Kidder, John Lanzano, Paul Lanzano, Joanna Mann, Douglas Moore, Wayne Ostrander, Jeff Sirard, and Jeff Wilson (Costa Mesa, California).


Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Norman T. Koenigsberg is extremely happy these First Choice Loan Services loan originators.


“We have an outstanding team of loan originators throughout our organization. I’m especially proud to have these select few represent us on Mortgage Executive Magazine’s list of the top 1% of loan originators in the nation,” said Koenigsberg. “It’s wonderful of them to earn such awesome accolades, but we’re even more excited to receive the incredibly positive testimonials year after year from their borrowing families and business partners. Each one of these loan originators understands the importance of what they do and treat each home loan with the customized and boutique-style service each of our clients deserve.”


For this year’s full list of the top 1% of mortgage originators in the nation, 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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