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Two First Choice Loan Services Loan Originators Rank Among Nation’s Best Military Originators

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ (November 29, 2018) – New Jersey-based residential mortgage lender First Choice Loan Services Inc., a Berkshire Bank Company today announced that Loan Originators Shirley Mueller and Jimmy Vercellino are featured on National Mortgage Professional Magazine’s list of the Best Military Originators. This appears in the November 2018 issue.

For this inaugural list, National Mortgage Professional Magazine sought to honor individual loan originators based on three factors: total VA loan units closed in 2017, votes on their profile, and a brief essay on why the loan originator is committed to helping active service members and veterans. In 2017, Mueller closed 180 VA loans with $45,913,939 in VA loan production. Vercellino closed 106 VA loans totaling $29,272,174 in VA Loan production.

The achievements of these two loan originators have made Executive Vice President of National Production James Iley very proud.

“Jimmy and Shirley both consistently amaze me with their unwavering dedication to the Veteran community. Their commitment to our nation’s heroes is inspiring,” said Iley. “The Veterans of this country have given so much for us so they deserve the absolute best. For this reason, the teams at First Choice Loan Services are eager to support Shirley and Jimmy in all that they do because we know who they serve. This recognition that Jimmy and Shirley earned is well deserved and a wonderful reflection of the exceptional service they provide their home buyers and homeowners every day.”


For the past three years, Mueller also has been named on the Scotsman Guide’s Top VA Volume list. She is based with the First Choice Loan Services Loan Originator team in Austin, Texas. Vercellino has been named on the Scotsman Guide’s Top VA Volume list for the past two years and is based with the First Choice Loan Services Loan Originator team in Scottsdale, Arizona.




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. Products and services not offered in state of New York.  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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