First Choice News

Paul Heckman Promoted to Executive Vice President of Operations

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ (May 9, 2018) – New Jersey-based residential mortgage lender First Choice Loan Services Inc., a Berkshire Bank Company today announced Paul Heckman has been promoted from Senior Vice President of Operations to Executive Vice President of Operations.

In this role, Heckman will oversee all mortgage operations including Processing, Underwriting, Closing, Funding, Quality Assurance, Critical Docs, Shipping, Post Closing, Government Insuring, Final Docs, and Servicing. Reporting to Heckman will be Nicki Davis (Senior Vice President, Credit), Anna Maria Lepore (Senior Vice President, Closing & Funding), David Lewis (Senior Vice President, Renovation Lending), Joe Skalski (Vice President, Servicing/QC), Bill Holt (Vice President, Loan Delivery), Wella Boyer (Assistant Vice President, Final Docs), Shannon Skalski (Assistant Vice President, Post Closing), and Andrea Sardella (MERS Supervisor). Heckman will report to Ralph Picarillo, Executive Vice President | Chief Financial Officer.

Heckman joined First Choice Loan Services in 2012. Having been in the mortgage industry since 1985, he previously worked at companies such as First Hope Bank/First Hope Mortgage, Inc., Credit Suisse, SIB Mortgage Corp., Paradise Mortgage Services Corp., Realty Mortgage Co., Inc., and Fort Worth Mortgage/Colonial Saving & Loan.

Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Norman T. Koenigsberg is very glad to have Paul serve in this new position.

“First Choice Loan Services is consistently dedicated to improving our systems and strengthening our support of our Loan Originators and the way they serve their clients. With this priority in mind, we are excited to promote Paul into this role,” said Koenigsberg. “He brings remarkable experience, and having been with us for several years now, he knows our culture and our vision. I’m excited to see the enhancements we will experience with Paul in this position.”

When not working, he enjoys time with his wife of 33 years, Kathi, and his two sons, Alex and Nic. Heckman also loves all sports, primarily tennis, golf, water and snow skiing.






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 33 locations across 12 states and over 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. 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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