About us

Brightcore started on a mission to overhaul outdated and inefficient lighting in commercial and municipal properties. Such projects, as our name suggests, are core infrastructure improvements that typically serve as the first step to efficiency and sustainability practices.  Today the firm capitalizes on its relationships as well as energy and finance expertise to deliver solutions ranging from lighting and other energy efficiencies to renewables and battery storage.

Leadership

Mike Richter

President

Following a 15-year career with the New York Rangers where he was a three-time NHL All-Star and Stanley Cup Champion, Mike received his degree in Ethics, Politics and Economics with a concentration in Environmental Politics from Yale University. 

Mike went on to co-found Environmental Capital Partners, a $100 million Private Equity Fund focused on resource efficiency, in 2007. He also created Healthy Planet Partners, LLC in 2011, which is a fund to finance and manage the deployment of renewable energy technologies and energy saving retrofits in the C&I space to reduce their operating costs and ecological footprint.

Konstantin Braun

Co-CEO

Prior to co-founding Brightcore, Konstantin was one of the founders of Smart Energy Capital, a distributed solar development and finance company.  Smart Energy Capital completed over 50 solar projects with an aggregate capital cost in excess of $250 million for a wide range of commercial, municipal, and non-profit customers throughout the U.S. The company was acquired in 2013 by NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, the non-regulated subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a Fortune 200 energy company.

Prior to co-founding Smart Energy Capital, Konstantin was a Managing Director and Head of ABS Structuring at Lehman Brothers. Konstantin began his career at Citibank in New York.  Konstantin received a B.A. in Mathematics/Economics from Moscow University and an M.A. in Economics from Yale University.

Rob Krugel

Co-CEO

Prior to co-founding Brightcore, Rob was one of the founders of Smart Energy Capital, a distributed solar development and finance company.  Smart Energy Capital completed over 50 solar projects with an aggregate capital cost in excess of $250 million for a wide range of commercial, municipal, and non-profit customers throughout the U.S. The company was acquired in 2013 by NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, the non-regulated subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a Fortune 200 energy company.

Prior to co-founding Smart Energy Capital, Rob was a Managing Director and Head of Structured Finance Banking at Lehman Brothers.  Rob began his career as a corporate lawyer at Cravath, Swaine & Moore.  Rob received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Our Clients

Brightcore clients include private and public entities across industries and property types.  Below is a selection of our client-base.  Please contact us directly for referrals.