Duration: 1 hour 

As year-end approaches, commercial real estate lenders are challenged given the uncertain market to juggle the impact of the Fed’s aggressive interest rate hikes, rising delinquency rates, and the urgent need to quantify and manage CRE portfolio risk.  

Listen to this discussion on the current state of the CRE lending market and how lenders are responding to the latest shifting sands. After highlights on how 2023 is taking shape and benchmarks from LightBox’s recent sentiment report — Chris Henkel, a leading lender consultant, shares his real-world perspectives on changes in lending volume and standards, how bankers assess and manage portfolio risk, and the most formidable headwinds in today’s uncertain market. 

Gain insights and stay attuned to the forces driving change in real estate finance, understand the risks and opportunities of lending in an environment unlike anything we have seen over the years.



Chris Henkel
President at Henkel Analytics


With 30 years of banking, finance, and risk analytics experience, Chris has led financial institutions of all sizes with managing financial risks through digital transformation, data science, and business analytics. He has extensive experience in commercial banking (CRE, corporate, middle-market, ABL), credit and financial risk management, advisory services, and B2B sales. Chris brings added leadership value to large, diverse teams utilizing his expertise in financial risk consulting, project design and management, data analysis and interpretation, and financial modeling. 

Before his entrepreneurial ventures, Chris most recently served as a Managing Director at Moody's Analytics, advancing their integrated risk solutions to the commercial real estate (CRE) industry. He led a team of CRE experts and served as the trusted point of contact and advisor for strategic customers across the customer lifecycle–onboarding, adoption, advocacy, and renewal–ensuring they continuously gain business value from Moody's Analytics products and services. 


Dianne Crocker
Principal Analyst at LightBox


Dianne Crocker is a trusted advisor and respected expert on strategic intelligence for consultants, technology trends, benchmarks on risk management practices, commercial real estate market trends and forecasting. As principal analyst at LightBox, she is responsible for delivering timely intel and metrics on commercial real estate market trends based on research, industry surveys and client outreach.

With over 20 years of experience in the CRE industry, Dianne has analyzed the market through four cyclical downturns. She is a prolific speaker and thought leader, regularly speaking at leading industry events. Recent market keynotes include Environmental Bankers Association 2023, Globe St. Women of Influence 2022, and Credit Union Business Group 2022. CREi recently included Dianne Crocker in the 2023 Annual List of Influential Women in Commercial Real Estate, recognizing women for their social and industry influence. Globe St. Real Estate Forum listed Dianne among their 2022 Women of Influence (Consultant/Advisor category) based on career achievements, community outreach and mentorship within the industry.