Franklin Voorhes has applied his problem solving skills recognized by teachers in high school to serving others across the world. He earned his bachelor's degree in mechnanical engineering from Iowa State University. After working as an engineer for the Trane Company, designing technologies, many which remain trade secrets, including a water-lubricated thrust bearing, open rotor tester, and cleaning air streams contaminated by freon.
Mr. Voorhes took his skills to Guatemala where he assisted a non-profit with their technological needs. He soon found ways to help his community of farmers and artisans through small business loans. This interest in helping others led Mr. Voorhes to found the non-profit As Green As It Gets (AGAIG). The purpose of AGAIG is to provide coffee farmers and local businesses with training and support that enable them to create profitable, marketable products, thereby allowing them to improve their quality of life and help their communities in an environmentally and economically sustainable way. The non-profit focuses on transparency, empowerment, and sustainability to make a positive impact on Guatemalans.
Mr. Voorhes is responsible for the development of many new technologies and devices, including Guatemala's first coffee decaffeinator. He recently started a consulting business for the non-profit sector, and consults the for-profit coffee sector by helping coffee shops source good coffee. Mr. Voorhes also began an technology venture, providing solar panels, LED lights, and water filters to those in need.
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