Berkshire Bank's Silverman Recognized as One of Boston"s Finest Mortgage Professionals

PITTSFIELD, MA, October 21, 2016 – Berkshire Bank, America's Most Exciting Bank®, is excited to announce that Howard Silverman, Senior Mortgage Loan Officer, has been selected by Five Star Professional as one of Boston's Five Star Mortgage Professionals of 2016. This exciting recognition appeared in the Sunday Boston Globe in September.

Five Star Professional conducts research in more than 45 markets in the US and Canada to help consumers in their search for the best service professionals. The research team reached out to peers, clients and industry experts, including over 6,800 Boston homeowners, to collect data regarding mortgage professionals in the greater Boston area. The individuals recognized provide exceptional customer service and this honor reflects overall client satisfaction.

The final list of Five Star Mortgage Professionals represents less than 2% of the mortgage professionals in the Boston area. Howard Silverman, along with a select group of 47 individuals, was recognized for his outstanding work in the field.

"Howard provides superior service and support to each client he works with, ensuring that he builds a rapport and relationship first and foremost," said Al Costello, EVP Home Lending. "We are honored to have an individual from our team selected by the Five Star research group, and are proud of Howard for being recognized for his dedication to his clients."

For more information on the Five Star Award and the research methodology, 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 $8 billion in assets and 91 full service branch offices in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Vermont providing personal and business banking, insurance, and wealth management services. The company has a pending agreement to acquire First Choice Bank, a $1.1 billion bank with eight branches in Princeton, New Jersey area and a national mortgage originations subsidiary. Berkshire Bank was named one of Massachusetts Most Charitable Companies in 2016 by the Boston Business Journal. To learn more, visit, call 800-773-5601 or follow us on: Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Berkshire Bank is the official bank of NESN's Boston Bruins coverage.

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