Meet our leadership

Cortex executives are committed to a sustainable future. Learn more about our mission-driven team.

A few words on the future of commercial real estate from our CEO

The commercial real estate industry is one of the largest and most important sectors in the world. It’s responsible for operating and maintaining the places where we live, work, and play. Yet, it’s also a major contributor to carbon emissions—a staggering 28%—outpacing even the auto industry. To preserve our planet and achieve our 2050 climate goals, commercial real estate must take bold action.

The intersection of commercial real estate and technology

At the nexus of commercial real estate and technology lies the opportunity for transformative change. We founded Cortex in 2014 with a mission to help commercial real estate be more sustainable in a way that makes real business sense.

Backed by a deep understanding of commercial real estate and energy, we saw a huge opportunity for the industry to harness the power of data, machine learning, and intuitive software to reduce their carbon footprint profitably. Unlike other platforms, we prioritized empowering operating engineers—the frontline of building operations—to enact real-time change.

Our mission continues to be the preservation of our planet. Only when we can connect all the people, systems, and data on one platform can we reap the ultimate benefit of progress toward our collective climate goals.

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Bryan Bennett
CEO & Founder

The Cortex executive team

Bryan Bennett
CEO & Founder
Lisa Rockefeller
Chief Revenue Officer
Scott Pokrywa
Chief Operating Officer
Haris Shafiq
VP of Product

The Cortex advisory board

An advisory board of prominent industry leaders helps guide our work.

Nick Bienstock
Advisory Board Chair & Founding Partner, Savanna Fund
Mitch Konsker
Vice Chairman, JLL
David Falk
President New York Tri-State Region, Newmark
Adam Spies
Co-Head of U.S. Capital Markets, Newmark
Bruce Mosler
Chairman of Global Brokerage, Cushman & Wakefield
Bill Landis
Co-founder & Managing Partner, Raith Capital Partners
Dana Schneider
Senior Vice President, Director of Energy, Sustainability & ESG at ESRT

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