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Chris Leff

Chris Leff

Managing Director, Commercial Real Estate


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Chris joined HTLF in 2021 as the Director of Commercial Real Estate, bringing a diverse background across the banking landscape, having managed teams across lending, credit and workout. He joins us with nearly 20 years of banking experience, most recently at The PrivateBank/CIBC where he served as the Head of Regional Commercial Real Estate overseeing a team of 25 professionals across nine markets. He was involved in developing the growth and client acquisition strategies for a portfolio of $4 billion in construction, bridge and term loans and maintains a vast network of real estate investors and developers across the country.

Chris specializes in structuring creative solutions for real estate developers and investment firms that are focused on growing full-service relationships. He is responsible for collaborating with our family of banks to source new and grow existing commercial real estate relationships throughout our footprint.

Chris is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with a double major in Real Estate & Urban Land Economics, and Finance & Investment Banking. Chris is based in the Greater Chicagoland area.

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