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

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ (March 6, 2017) – New Jersey-based residential mortgage lender First Choice Loan Services Inc., a Berkshire Bank Company,  today announced that thirty one loan originators on its home loan production team have been ranked among the top 1% of mortgage originators in the nation. This list appears in the Winter 2017 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 2016, 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 and Jimmy Vercellino (Scottsdale, Arizona); Brent Hicks and Michael Fooshee (Dallas, Texas); Joshua Moody and Cory Neal (Plano, Texas); Shirley Mueller (Austin, Texas); Chris Nooney (Houston, Texas); Thomas Phares (Southampton, Pennsylvania); Francis Phillips (Santa Fe, New Mexico); John Stefan (Kingston, New Jersey); Reid Waltzer (Morganville, New Jersey); Hans Stone (Long Beach, CA); and Mark Balley, Ian Chi, Ann Contreras, Wes Etheridge, Tammy Holmberg, Chuck Holroyd, Gina Howard, Darren Kidder, Brian Kostrinsky, Paul Lanzano, Douglas Moore, Daniel Moyer, Wayne Ostrander, Victor Picariello, Christiana Sanchez, Jeff Sirard, Wendy Wilcox, and Jeff Wilson (Costa Mesa, California). Wilson also earned a spot on the list of the Top 200 Mortgage Originators in the Nation in the same issue of Mortgage Executive Magazine.

Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Norman T. Koenigsberg is extremely proud of the accomplishments of such a large number of loan originators from First Choice Loan Services.

“The First Choice loan originators who earned a spot on Mortgage Executive Magazine’s list of the Nation’s Top 1% gained their places through a combination of dedication, outstanding service, and plain hard work.  They are leading examples of the quality of our loan originators at First Choice,”  said Koenigsberg.  “The high production which earned them all a spot on this list could not be achieved without a strong measure of extraordinary commitment to providing their clients and business partners with a seamless loan experience.”

First Choice Loan Services had twenty-three loan originators make this same list last year. 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, Hawaii and New York. With 11 locations across 6 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. To learn more about First Choice, visit


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