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Shirley Mueller Ranks in the Nation’s Top 1% of Loan Originators for the Fifth Consecutive Year

Shirley Mueller

AUSTIN, TX (March 18, 2019) – New Jersey-based residential mortgage lender First Choice Loan Services Inc., a Berkshire Bank Company today announced that Loan Originator Shirley Mueller has been ranked 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 U.S in 2011. The minimum eligibility criteria are a total individual production of at least $30 million in 2018, and entries cannot include loan volume of associate originators or junior originators that earn a commission on the same loan files.

This is the fifth consecutive year for Mueller to make this distinguished list. She is based in Austin, Texas.

“It’s really extremely exciting to earn a spot on the list of the top 1% of loan originators by Mortgage Executive Magazine for the fifth time. It never grows old. In fact, every time is a milestone and creates a new goal which is to not break the streak,” said Mueller. “The only way to accomplish that is to ensure that every client I serve has an exceptional and smooth mortgage experience. Their happiness and satisfaction are the true benchmarks of my success.”

Having Mueller featured by Mortgage Executive Magazine once again has Executive Vice President of National Production James Iley very proud.

“Shirley is definitely deserving of this honor. Her commitment to meeting the special home financing needs of our country’s Veterans is outstanding. The operations teams at First Choice Loan Services love providing her support day in and day out because of the tremendous respect we have for the work she does,” said Iley. “We’re so glad to have Shirley as part of the First Choice Family. She consistently provides amazing service to the Veteran community, and we look forward to helping her to consistently do this for years to come.”

For more information on these rankings, visit For more on Mueller, visit


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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