About us

Brightcore is on a mission to overhaul outdated and inefficient lighting. Lighting infrastructure affects more than the eye can see. Representing as much as 40% of commercial energy consumption, lighting affects profitability and productivity as well as your carbon footprint. Lighting also influences aesthetics, comfort, productivity, health, and security.

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.

Ron French

CEO

Ron has been leading businesses in the clean tech arena for the past 13 years.  Most recently, he was Head of Direct Energy Solar, overseeing both its commercial and residential businesses.  Prior to that, Ron was the president of RGS Energy’s Commercial Business, Alteris Renewable’s solar and wind business units and got his start in the renewable energy business running Solar Works Inc. solar electric and solar thermal business.

 Ron received his BA in Economics from the University of Vermont and his MBA in Finance and Marketing from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.  Ron and his family live in a solar powered and LED illuminated home in Connecticut.

Konstantin Braun

Co-founder

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-founder

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.