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George Basch, MN’10

An explorer and humanitarian based in New Mexico, George Basch is the founder of the Himalayan Stove Project – an organization dedicated to preserving the Himalayan environment and improving the health of the people living there. The Himalayan Stove Project provides clean-burning, fuel-efficient cook stoves as replacements to traditional stoves or open-fire pits which cause unsafe levels of indoor air pollution and use excess fuel.

George has circled the globe as an adventurer, explorer, photographer and creative entrepreneur. Born in Vienna, George immigrated to the United States as a small child, ahead of Hitler’s hordes, and holds dual U.S. and EU citizenship. He grew up in Chicago and graduated from MIT in 1959 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, and earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1961.

After graduate school, while living in New York City, George operated a consumer photographic products division for a Fortune 500 company. He discovered that large corporate life did not suit him, and seeking something more stimulating and rewarding he moved to Denver in 1968 and embarked on his adventures as a serial entrepreneur.

George currently devotes his energies to a wide and diverse array of pursuits. He is president of Property Tax Relief Specialists, a Phoenix-based property tax consultancy which he founded in 1987. He serves as managing director of Bentley Financial, Worldwide, a financial consulting firm, and is the principal of Basch Photography, a creator and marketer of adventure photography and films.

He is Managing Trustee of the Paul Basch Memorial Foundation, an organization devoted to providing humanitarian aid to the impoverished people in the Himalayas, and has served on the Boards of Directors/Trustees of a number of non-profit organizations including schools, hospitals, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in the various communities where he has lived.

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