Gillis Joins First Choice Loan Services Inc., A Berkshire Bank Company

Regional Vice President and Branch Manager to Serve New England Region

MIDDLETON, MA (September 6, 2017) – New Jersey-based residential mortgage lender First Choice Loan Services Inc., a Berkshire Bank Company announces the addition of Kevin Gillis as Regional Vice President and Branch Manager based in Middleton, Massachusetts.

Before joining First Choice Loan Services, Gillis served for ten years as a regional sales manager and senior loan officer with LoanDepot. Prior to that, he was the vice president of sales for VIP Mortgage and a senior loan officer for People's Mortgage.

Gillis chose his transition to First Choice Loan Services for several reasons.

"My decision for this professional move to First Choice was made with my clients remaining my top priority. Any change I may make professionally is only done to ensure they receive the outstanding home loan experience they deserve," said Gillis. "First Choice offers boutique mortgage banking backed by the strength of Berkshire Hills Bancorp. Berkshire Bank is the third-largest bank headquartered in Massachusetts with $9.3 billion in assets. In addition, the Berkshire Bank employees' volunteer program provided 40,000 hours of service with a value of more than $1 million in 2016. This strong commitment to their communities is a reflection of the focused and dedicated service they also bring to their clients. I'm excited to extend and enhance that when continuing my relationships with my home buyers, homeowners and business partners."

Berkshire Bank with Eastern Massachusetts retail banking locations in addition to commercial, asset-based lending, small business and private banking teams has a number of strong ties in the Boston region, including being the community presenting sponsor of Boston Seasons at City Hall Plaza and serving as the Official Bank of NESN's Boston Bruins coverage. In addition, Boston Business Journal named Berkshire Bank one of Massachusetts Most Charitable Companies in 2016.

Executive Vice President of National Production James Iley is happy to bring Gillis and his remarkable professional background to build the name of First Choice Loan Services in the New England region.

"Kevin brings with him sharp insight into the New England housing market, so we are particularly glad to bring him into the First Choice Family. We look forward to supporting all his efforts to share the strong reputation of First Choice Loan Services in Massachusetts," said Iley. "First Choice was recently featured as a 2017 Top Mortgage Employer by National Mortgage Professional Magazine, and we have been honored as a Top Mortgage Lender by the Scotsman Guide and one of the Best Mortgage Companies to Work For by Mortgage Executive Magazine. With Kevin serving in a leadership role in the New England region, I'm confident more accolades are to follow."

Gillis graduated from the Isenberg School of Management at University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He ranked for Top Dollar Volume in the Scotsman Guide for 2009 to 2012 and again in 2016 and also in the Top 1% of Mortgage Originators by Mortgage Executive Magazine for 2012 – 2017.

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 17 locations across 7 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

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 $9.3 billion in assets and 97 full service branch offices in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey and Pennsylvania providing personal and business banking, insurance, and wealth management services. The Company has a pending agreement to acquire Commerce Bancshares Corp., the parent company of Commerce Bank and Trust Company, a $2.2 billion bank with 16 branches in the Worcester, MA and Boston, MA markets. To learn more, visit call 800-773-5601or follow us on: Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Contact: Chad Peterson
First Choice Loan Services
Phone: 972.467.2964
E-Mail: [email protected]