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Three First Choice Loan Services Loan Originators Named To Prestigious List

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ (April 12, 2018) – New Jersey-based residential mortgage lender First Choice Loan Services Inc., a Berkshire Bank Company announced that three loan originators on its team have been ranked on the Scotsman Guide 2017 Top Originator list.


With nearly 3,000 unique entrants, this was one of the largest pool of entrants the publication has received since the rankings began in 2009. To be eligible for consideration, originators must have had a minimum of $40 million in production or 100 closed loans in 2017. The publication required verification from a third-party certified public accountant, company CFO or similar source to ensure accuracy.


First Choice Loan Services loan originators on this year’s lists are Josh Moody, based in Plano, Texas, Jimmy Vercellino, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Shirley Mueller, based in Austin, Texas. Moody appears on two lists, ranking 499th on the Top Dollar Volume 2017 list and ranking 212th on the Most Loans Closed 2017 list by closing 304 loans with a total volume of over $64 million. Vercellino ranked 56th on the Top VA Volume 2017 list by closing 154 loans with a total volume of over $40 million. Mueller ranked 15th on the Top VA Volume 2017 list by closing 199 loans with a total volume of over $50 million.


Chief Operating Officer and Senior Executive Vice President Norman T. Koenigsberg is extremely happy to have these First Choice Loan Services loan originators featured in this manner.


“In the way each of them serves their clients, Josh, Jimmy, and Shirley do amazing things every day. It’s really wonderful to see their daily commitment result in these well-deserved national rankings,” said Koenigsberg. “With very passing year, achieving this level of recognition gets more competitive and difficult, so we are particularly proud to have these three honored in this way. They are the best of the best, and we look forward to supporting their remarkable service and continued success far into the future.”


The full lists appear in Scotsman Guide’s April 2018 residential edition and can be viewed online at



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 22 locations across 11 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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