New York’s Commercial Real Estate Community Gathers to Honor Its Most Notable Women

MAY 20, 2014

Catherine Luthin, President of Luthin Associates, and Lauren Brust, Director of Commercial Building Energy Services for Steven Winter Associates Inc., were among sixteen women honored last night as the Top Women in Commercial Real Estate. The awards were presented by industry publisher, Lori Sokol, President of Sokol Media, at Manhattan’s Club 101.
Catherine Luthin was honored for her contributions as President of Luthin Associates, a financial energy management firm. She has over 30 years of financial and energy management experience within the corporate, governmental, non–profit and regulatory environments. Ms. Luthin also chairs and manages Consumer Power Advocates (CPA), an association of large, non-profit institutions whose primary goal is to decrease the cost of energy by focusing on regulatory decisions and programs which impact energy consumers in New York State. She is also a frequent speaker and contributor to the energy and real estate communities in the tri-state area and a mentor to women trying to advance in the energy industry.

Lauren Brust was recognized for her commitment to executing high-performance and sustainable building projects in existing commercial buildings. As Director of Commercial Energy Services for Steven Winter Associates, Lauren prioritizes and balances the multiple goals that accompany large-scale building and portfolio projects, including energy improvements, feasibility, compliance, certification, and cost considerations. Ms. Brust is part of the Urban Green Council Speakers Bureau for New York City’s Local Law 84 and Local Law 87, and is an active member of industry organizations such as BOMA, Hotel Engineers Association of NYC, and others.

Catherine Luthin commented upon receiving the award, “In an era where women are slowly making headway in areas such as the energy and engineering fields, it is an honor to be recognized for my work in helping to promote that success.” Lauren Brust added, “This event recognizes the amazing strides made by talented women to diversify the commercial real estate industry. By continuing to recognize and raise the profile of woman in leadership roles, we can help to carve out room for others to join this growing industry.”
The awards recognized leaders spanning different sectors and specializations within commercial real estate. Other honorees represented organizations which included Prudential Real Estate Services, Matthew Adams Properties, Tahl Properties, Empire State Realty Trust, AON, Brookfield Properties, and more.

About Luthin Associates
Luthin Associates offers an array of financial energy consulting services to all of the industry sectors in the New York City region and beyond. Our services include energy procurement, bill auditing, regulatory intervention, energy engineering, benchmarking, economic development, RFP management and sustainability planning. For more information, please visit

About Steven Winter Associates
Steven Winter Associates, Inc. provides research, consulting and advisory services to improve commercial, residential and multifamily built environments for private and public sector clients. We specialize in energy, sustainability and accessibility consulting as well as certification, research & development and compliance services. Our engineers and architects have led the way since 1972 in the development of best practices to achieve high performance buildings. As a matter of course, we collaborate with our clients to produce the most cost-effective and innovative solutions. For more information, visit

About Sokol Media
Sokol Media showcases the people and places breaking ground in real estate. They are the publisher of Work Life Matters, Green Matters, NY Residential, and South Florida Residential magazines.