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Candor’s Sara Knochel Named Housing to HousingWire’s Women of Influence 2023

August 1, 2023

This year’s HousingWire Women of Influence list recognizes a remarkable group of women in housing who represent the pinnacle of excellence and innovation. These extraordinary women have shattered glass ceilings, defied expectations and carved a path of success through their dedication, expertise and unwavering commitment to transforming the housing landscape. Through their visionary leadership, they have propelled the industry forward, driving change, fostering inclusivity and taking the reins as female executives in a traditionally male industry.

From leading mortgage companies and real estate firms to spearheading groundbreaking initiatives and driving policy reforms, these honorees are making an indelible impact on housing. Their collective expertise spans the entire spectrum of the sector, encompassing areas such as lending, tech, real estate, appraisal, compliance, operations, sales and so much more.

For data scientist Sara Knochel, the thing about data analytics is that to apply it successfully, you have to understand the business you’re in. Knochel has made a career applying her skills to all things mortgage — topping it off with an MBA to refine her business acumen — which has led her to assume her role as CEO of data and analytics at Candor Technology. Knochel is guiding a team at the forefront of mortgage technology through the use of cutting-edge AI that effectively automates an underwriter’s thought process while performing credit and information risk assessments.

Knochel and her team have built Candor’s CogniTech Expert System Technology, which simulates the decision-making ability and high-level cognitive tasks of human experts and recently earned a U.S. patent. The impact of this technology is groundbreaking, promising to change the face of mortgage lending by automating the costliest and most time-consuming portion of origination: how underwriters conduct credit and information risk assessment. Thanks to Knochel’s leadership on this project, CogniTech’s results have been extraordinary, with clients reporting significant improvements to cycle times and pull-through rates.

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