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2007 FPC grad honored by Forbes Magazine

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Alec Manfre is one of Forbes' “30 Under 30" in the Energy sector.

Information provided through news release from Flagler Schools

The energy sector breakout of Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30” feature for 2016 included 2007 Flagler Palm Coast High School graduate Alec Manfre. The annual feature highlights “standouts perfecting innovations that could lead to new sources of low­-carbon energy and massive energy savings.”

 “Alec impressed me in the way he carried himself, along with that internal drive that he possessed.”  Phil DeAugustino, FPC guidance department.

Manfre, CEO of Bractlet, headquartered in Austin, Texas, started the company in 2011 with a group of friends on the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta. The engineers have developed hardware and software designed to monitor energy usage in buildings, allowing customers to better control their energy costs. According to Forbes, “the system is now monitoring 500 pieces of equipment for customers in more than 6 million square feet of commercial space. By identifying wasteful usage, Bractlet has helped customers cut costs 35%.”

“Cornelia and I are extremely proud of him, for his diligence and hard work in achieving this success,” his father, Sheriff Jim Manfre, said. “We also would like to give credit to the Flagler County School District and particularly his mentors such as Diane Tomko, his teacher and head of Future Problem Solvers, and Warren Sanson, his math teacher who prodded him to seek a degree in mechanical engineering and apply to Georgia Tech. And also Roger Tangney, the head of the International Baccalaureate program that taught Alec about hard work and discipline.”

Phil DeAugustino, chairman of the Guidance Department at FPC, remembered Alec and was not surprised at how success has followed the former Bulldog.

“Alec impressed me in the way he carried himself, along with that internal drive that he possessed,” DeAugustino said. “There are many successful students in our IB program, and many have the drive for high achievement, however, Alec is that top 1% student that comes along that can do it all; academics, clubs, sports, social interaction, and commitment to the community. Alec strived for excellence in every area.”

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