CRE News Hour 10/11/2019: Energy Consumption, LED Lights, and Millennial Multifamily in Suburban Philly

This week's guests are (clockwise from top): Scott Kent, CEO of Brut Lighting, Alec Manfre, CEO and co-founder, Bractlet; and Brandon Segal, Philadelphia Market vice president, LCOR, pictured with Arlo, new multifamily project under construction in the Philadelphia suburbs

In this episode of the CRE News Hour, we’ll take a deep dive on the critical factor of energy consumption in commercial real estate, with Alec Manfre, CEO of Bractlet, which models building energy consumption for clients; and a chat with Scott King, CEO of Brut Lighting, about the advantages of LED lighting in industrial property, and we’ll look at suburban multifamily development attracting millennials in the Philadelphia suburbs, with Brandon Segal from LCOR.


About the Guests

Brandon Segal, Vice President – Philadelphia Metro Development: Mr. Segal serves as Vice President – Philadelphia Metro Development of LCOR. His responsibilities include overseeing the full life cycle of the development process including sourcing, underwriting, entitling, designing, financing, and managing the construction process in the Philadelphia metro area. Mr. Segal joined LCOR in 2014 and played an integral role in the development of 1919 Market Street, a 321 unit, $148 million project in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to his responsibilities for 1919 Market Street, he leads the design, entitlement, and development process for a 244 unit, $60 million multifamily project in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Mr. Segal has more than 14 years experience in the real estate industry, most recently focusing on land development and vertical construction in the commercial and single-family sectors. Mr. Segal holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance, Real Estate and Strategic Management from Villanova University and a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Pennsylvania State University. Outside of the office, Mr. Segal is a guest lecturer in Villanova University’s Real Estate Department, volunteers as a mentor to Villanova’s undergraduate population and serves on the inaugural Nova Next Real Estate Council and Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Next Council for Emerging Leaders.

Scott Kent, CEO, Brut Lighting: Bio to come




Alec Manfre is CEO and co-founder of Bractlet, a smart building software company that empowers building owners to make more informed decisions about building investments. Through its digital energy twin technology, Bractlet analyzes buildings holistically and provides owners with tailored, actionable solutions to enhance building performance and reduce energy use and operating costs. A mechanical engineering graduate from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Alec was named in 2016 to Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in Energy.


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Steve Lubetkin
Steve Lubetkin is the news director for Steve’s journalism background includes print and broadcast reporting for NJ news organizations. In May 2019, he began anchoring and reporting for the new weekly podcast, "The CRE News Hour," a news and features program focusing on the commercial real estate industry. From 2014 to 2019 he was New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for and filled in covering Chicago/Midwest and Atlanta. He has won numerous awards for his audio and video news reporting from the Garden State Journalists Association, and he has also been recognized for video by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced audio podcasts on CRE topics for the NAR Commercial Division and the CCIM Institute. Steve has also served (from August 2017 to March 2018) as national broadcast news correspondent for, a news website focused on practical advice for senior executives in small- and medium-sized companies. Steve also reports on-camera and covers conferences for, a public policy news coverage website focused on New Jersey government and industry; and for clients of, a division of The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC. In March 2021, he was elected to the board of directors of the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Steve has been the computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, since 1996. Steve is co-author, with Toronto-based podcasting pioneer Donna Papacosta, of the book, The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional. You can email Steve at