Green By Design Podcast Episode 010 - Sustainable Manufacturing with Bret Englander

Updated: Jun 21, 2021





Co-Founder, Director of Business Development at Cerno

In the last episode of the season, Brett Englander, one of the partners of the Cerno Group, gives us a behind the scenes peak at sustainable manufacturing within the home goods industry. Brett describes why they chose to do the right thing by the environment through production, and what that actually looks like in process. We discuss how the manufacturing process is another major element to consider for interior designers going green.


Erica:

You have just tuned into the green by design podcast. So maybe that means you're an interior designer, decorators, stager furnishings maker, or just a fan of going green inside. So whoever you are, thank you so much for tuning in and watching your listening today. The goal of this podcast is to help the interior design industry as a whole, as well as the professionals go green through education, discussion and connection. I am your host, Erica Reiner, and I am coming to you today from eco method interiors, which is my practice from Los Angeles. And today's guest is Brett Englander. Now, did I get that last name, correct?

Brett:

Yep, perfect

Erica:

Okay, great. Well, I'm going to tell you a little bit about Brett. He is currently the co-founder and director of sales and marketing at Cerno Lighting. And he is a native from Laguna beach. So we have that in common from Orange County and in Laguna beach, it's a melting pot of artists, surfers, hippies, and entrepreneurs.

Erica:

And so that is where Brett developed a passion for the natural environment, design entrepreneurship, all in his youth Brett's father ran his own business that specialized in product development for the home building industry. This meant many weekends for Brett spent touring the latest completed homes that he worked on, which Brett credits for his ability to combine the creative and analytical sides of running his business. Originally, Brett wanted to pursue a career in journalism and film, graduating from the university of Colorado. After working at a newspaper, he decided to switch gears and pursued a career in business, which led to a few informative roles in finance marketing in 2009, Brett teamed up with his childhood best friends, Daniel and Nick to start Cerno as a co-founder Brett wears many hats, but focuses his efforts on business development as Cerno's director of sales and marketing. Now Cerno is a California based design and manufacturing company that over the last 10 years has grown from the three founders to a team of approximately 50 people that share a passion for design and making modern lighting in Southern California. So, Brett, thank you so much for joining. That was a great little piece of history about yourself.

Brett:

Thanks. Yeah, I think you covered it