November 2023

M id A tlantic Real Estate Journal — Thriving Over 40 — November 2023 — 7A

T hriving O ver 40 Q&A with Principal and Director of AKF Group’s PA Office Michael Brumberg, RCDD reflects on 33 years of engineering excellence in the CRE industry


source to my teammates. My own experiences under great mentors instilled this in me from the beginning. What unique qualities and or personality do you feel makes you most successful in your profession? I feel that, in this profession, it is important to be comfort- able in a variety of settings and with interacting with a variety of clients at all levels of an organization. What outside activities do you enjoy during you free time? I enjoy being with my fam-

ily and friends at the shore, going on a hike with our dogs, playing the drums, listening to music and attending concerts, as well as taking care of the house and car. What inspiring word of advice would you give to a young executive graduating from college today? Be a good listener; take the time to learn from your men- tors and thank them; learn something new every day; embrace the bumps in the road and learn from them; be well rounded and, most of all, enjoy what you do! MAREJ

hat is your great - est professional accomplishment?

Michael Brumberg, RCDD Principal, Director of PA Office AKF Group Years with company/firm: 9 Years in field: 33 Years in CRE industry: 33 (Construction Industry) Real estate organizations / affiliations: BICSI

Being a respected engineer and mentor to the next generation of engineers. What is your most notable project, deal or transaction? Telecommunications design for an MLB stadium (Citi- zen’s Bank Park) and NFL training facility (NY Giants Training Facility). How do you contribute to your company and / or the industry? Directing of office opera- tions, supporting business development, leading the elec- trical/low voltage design efforts, and mentoring junior staff. Who or what has been the strongest influence in your career? My former colleague, Bob Cunningham, graciously took me under his wing as a young engineer. His mentoring style promoted project ownership al- lowing me to own my decisions and confidently grow in my career while lending construc- tive criticism. He made me feel effective and empowered, which has greatly influenced the way I work with my teams. Tell us how and when you began your career in the profession you are in, about your current position, and why you chose the field/ profession you are in today. I always enjoyed taking things apart and putting them back together. I essentially began my career in high school attending George Washing- ton Carver High School of Engineering and Science. My Few of my Favorite Things College: Temple University Book: Patriot Games Movie: Anything from Mel Brooks Apps: Spotify/Flipboard Sports Team: Philadelphia Flyers Food: Anything Italian Restaurant: Bardea (Wilmington, DE) Hobby: Classic Car Restoration If you could dine with anyone, dead or alive, who would you choose? Mel Brooks

current position is as Principal and Director of AKF’s PA of- fice, as well as lead electrical/ low voltage engineer. What were some of your early goals and did any -

thing happen to change them? My goals from the beginning were to be well respected in the industry and a valued mentor, to be a valuable re-


Congratulations to Michael Brumberg, Thriving Over 40 Honoree!


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