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Seven First Choice Loan Services Loan Originators Rank on Prestigious List

National Mortgage News, Top Producers of 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ (April 25, 2019) – New Jersey-based residential mortgage lender First Choice Loan Services Inc., a Berkshire Bank Company today announced that seven loan originators on its home loan production team rank on the “Top Producers 2018” list featured in National Mortgage News. The list appears in the April 2019 issue.

This year marks the 21st anniversary of the Top Producers program. The rankings are open to mortgage loan originators and mortgage brokers who work at depository, nonbank and mortgage brokerage firms in the United States.

First Choice Loan Services’ loan originators making the list this year include James Kochakian, based with our Methuen,  Massachusetts office, ranked 101st; Darren Kidder, based with our Costa Mesa, California team, ranked 116th; Kevin Gillis, based in our Middleton,  Massachusetts office, ranked 154th; RJ Crosby, based in our Scottsdale, Arizona office, ranked 155th; Reid Waltzer, based in our Morganville, New Jersey office, ranked 186th; Hans Stone, based in our Long Beach, California office ranked 236th; and Joanna Mann, based with our Costa Mesa, California team, ranked 298th.


Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Norman T. Koenigsberg is very excited for these First Choice Loan Services loan originators to have earned these rankings.


“It’s really remarkable to have 7 of our amazing loan originators make this list of Top Producers for 2018 in National Mortgage News. What is particularly awesome to see is how they are spread from coast to coast which just reinforces the great home loan journeys we provide our home owners and home buyers in practically every state,” said Koenigsberg. “Even greater, it’s wonderful for James, Darren, Kevin, RJ, Reid, Hans and Joanna to earn these well-deserved accolades. They are tremendous mortgage professionals who embody the boutique-style mortgage experiences and service beyond belief we are known for at First Choice Loan Services. I’m so proud to have each of them on our team!”


The rankings are available online 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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