About Us


Envirofit was founded on the idea that enterprise principles can transform the development of household and commercial energy technologies for people living in extreme energy poverty. In 2003, Envirofit set out to change the way energy products were developed for people living in remote parts of the world. With a goal of improving harmful traditional cooking methods, Envirofit innovated a product line of aesthetic, high performance cookstoves tailored to the needs of customers in emerging and underdeveloped markets. Years of consumer research and product development proved that people who lack access to electricity and clean cooking solutions do desire and will buy high quality products that can improve their lives.

 


 

Today, Envirofit has grown from a business with one product to a global company serving over five million people, with over a dozen user-designed products and regional headquarters in East Africa, West Africa, Asia, and Latin America that offer the local production and distribution of clean cookstoves.

Our Philosophy


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Business for Good

We believe that developing business opportunities is the most sustainable approach to help people make smarter decisions for themselves and build better lives through innovative cooking solutions.

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Built for Scale

Global challenges require large-scale solutions. With nearly half of the global population still living in energy poverty, Envirofit invests in developing and bringing to the market scalable solutions that will improve the access and adoption of clean energy solutions on a global scale.


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Consumer Centered Design

Envirofit believes that everyone across the world is united in an ambition to live a healthy, productive, and meaningful life. Consumers are at the center of our product design, and behavior change depends on their satisfaction. We create smart products to help our consumers make smart decisions.

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SMAAARTTM Thinking

Creating access to clean energy technology involves more than a technology revolution – it requires innovation along the entire value chain, from product manufacturing and sales to marketing and customer service. Over the past decade, Envirofit has developed and scaled a social venture committed to serving a global community. This model has helped support the creation of markets that address consumer preferences, create access to new technology, and develop business partnerships with the capacity and commitment to support customers after they’ve purchased Envirofit products.

Our Model


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The Smart 360 model

World Class Research & Development – At the cutting edge of cookstove innovation, our engineers work in our world-renowned cookstove lab side-by-side with our research team to design stoves that meet the cooking requirements of our customers across the globe.

Design for Adoption – Each stoves goes through rigorous consumer testing, where we focus, group test, and survey over 2,000 people in order to find and fix problems before the stoves reach our customers.

Production for Scale – To manufacture at scale, materials and products are inspected throughout the production and shipping process to ensure each product meets our stringent quality standards.

Extensive Distribution – We partner with last mile entrepreneurs, local businesses, and international distributors to scale access to clean cooking technology in both urban and rural markets.

Customer Care – Through our customer care center, we provide training and support to encourage clean cookstove awareness and adoption.

Impact reporting – We call customers to monitor and evaluate products in use and collect information on cooking habits. This feedback helps drive our product innovation.

SMAAARTTM Programs


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SMAAARTTM Businesses

We work with financing organizations, small businesses, small holder farmers, and women’s groups to develop sustainable local cookstove businesses.

Envirofit, with Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, is working to build the global business case for investing in female cookstove entrepreneurs. Through an innovative training program, we empower women across the global cookstove value chain.

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SMAAARTTM Scale

We advise and custom build large-scale sustainable cookstove programs that make clean cookstoves adoptable, affordable, and accessible.

Envirofit, in partnership with the President of Honduras, has custom designed a stove for Hondurans to transform the lives of 1.5 million people and create a market for clean cookstove production for Latin America.

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SMAAARTTM Response

We provide rapid production and supply of cookstoves for conflict, emergency, and relief situations anywhere around the globe.

Envirofit has successfully supplied institutional and household stoves to relief efforts in Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Somalia, Nepal, and Haiti. Envirofit and the Women’s Refugee Committee delivered stoves to a refugee camp in DRC to explore how cookstoves could reduce gender-based violence.

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Our Technology


The Smart Clean Cookstove Solution


Envirofit makes the highest quality, lowest cost smart cookstoves for families and enterprises across the world. Using advanced computational fluid dynamics and emissions modeling, we spent over ten years improving efficiency standards, developing innovative heat resistant materials, and innovating premium cookstove design features to meet the desires of our customers across different cooking cultures. The result is cookstoves that last longer, cook faster, and perform better.

Durability

Traditional stoves are made with scrap metals that break down from high temperatures in two to three months. Envirofit stoves are made with EnviroflameTM heat-resistant materials and come with a one-year warranty.

Speed

Envirofit’s stoves cook 50% faster than traditional cooking methods and 20% faster than other improved cookstoves.

Efficiency

Envirofit’s stoves are 3x more efficient than traditional cooking methods, reducing fuel consumption up to 60%.

Emissions

Envirofit’s optimized rocket stove design and patented combustion chamber technology maximizes airflow to reduce smoke and toxic emissions up to 80%.

How does it work?

Envirofit stove design utilizes state-of-the-art combustion technology to burn hotter and cleaner than traditional cooking and other stoves. Building on this design, we are developing the first commercially viable stove that meets Tier 4 standards for every aspect of stove emissions, the highest standards as set by the International Workshop Agreements.

 

See how it works:

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“Looks matter. A good-looking product is as important in a small rural village in Myanmar as it is anywhere else. During field testing, we found participants preferred the Envirofit model mainly because of ease of use and the attractive design.”

– David Nicholson, Mercy Corps

Our Team


Board of Directors

Ron Bills
Ron Bills
Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board
Ron Bills
Ron Bills
Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board

Ron Bills is an innovative thought leader, passionate about using enterprise solutions to solve global social challenges. Building the Envirofit business and the brand since 2005, Ron’s global foresight grew the company from a small startup to a thriving global social enterprise with operations in India, Africa and Latin America, 6 factories and ~500 employees.

Ron’s drive to use free enterprise to deliver high quality products to emerging consumer markets at the lowest possible cost has helped to transform the clean cookstove industry, earning him recognition as a 2016 Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year. Ron’s unrelenting focus on customer satisfaction, durability, and functional aesthetic design has been pivotal in shifting the product development methodology for clean cookstove manufacturers to an approach where cookstove users are not seen as beneficiaries but as customers with needs, desires and aspirations.

Ron has led publicly traded and private sector global business units for multinational companies including Polaris Industries, Yamaha Motor Corporation, and Bombardier and served as the CEO of Segway. His career began as an engineer with Martin Marietta Aerospace.

Lee Mcintire
Lee Mcintire
Chairman (retired) CH2M HILL & Envirofit Board Member
Lee Mcintire
Lee Mcintire
Chairman (retired) CH2M HILL & Envirofit Board Member

Lee has more than 35 years of executive leadership and governance experience. He served as Chief Executive Officer and President of CH2M HILL from 2009 to early 2014, and afterwards was Executive Chairman of the Board for an additional nine months. During his tenure as CEO, CH2M HILL exhibited international growth and corporate stability, and was repeatedly a Fortune’s Most Admired and Best Places to Work company; known for ethics, sustainability and the development of women in the workplace.Before being appointed to CEO in January 2009, Lee served as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer and President. Prior to joining CH2M HILL, he was a partner, executive vice president, and served on the Board of Directors of the Bechtel Group of Companies from 1989 to 2004.  Lee served on the Chairman’s Leadership Council, and was President of several of Bechtel’s multibillion-dollar companies.

Pradeep Pursnani
Pradeep Pursnani
Deputy Director, Shell Foundation & Envirofit Board Member
Pradeep Pursnani
Pradeep Pursnani
Deputy Director, Shell Foundation & Envirofit Board Member

Pradeep joined Shell Foundation in early 2010 to run its expanding clean cookstoves program. In 2012 Pradeep was appointed as a Deputy Director and is responsible for operational management of programs and strategy development for future investments.Previous to joining the Foundation, Pradeep spent three years in the Strategy and Portfolio department for Shell Group. He has held a range of business roles and has extensive experience in defining corporate strategy for major multinationals, as well as starting and growing early-stage enterprises. Pradeep is a Chartered Management Accountant and has a degree in International Business Management.

Dr. Bryan Willson
Dr. Bryan Willson
Professor of Mechanical Engineering at CSU & Envirofit co-founder and Board Member
Dr. Bryan Willson
Dr. Bryan Willson
Professor of Mechanical Engineering at CSU & Envirofit co-founder and Board Member

Willson is founder and co-director of CSU’s Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory (EECL), a leader in the study of internal combustion engines, natural gas technology, algae biofuels, intelligent electric grids, advanced building technology, technology for the developing world, and clean biomass cookstoves.He currently serves as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). His focus at ARPA-E includes natural gas, and he served as the founding director for CSU’s Clean Energy Supercluster, a university-wide initiative to accelerate the development and commercialization of clean energy solutions across the entire university. Dr. Willson received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Randall Monson
Randall Monson
Vice-President of Finance & Chief Financial Officer
Randall Monson
Randall Monson
Vice-President of Finance & Chief Financial Officer

Randall focuses on developing Envirofit’s Enterprise Resource Planning system, strengthening offshore personnel capabilities and improving stakeholder relations, in addition to his essential financial duties. A licensed CPA in Colorado, the bulk of Randall’s career has been spent at small and large corporations managing financial reporting systems and personnel.Randall’s previous positions include Director of Financial Reporting for Transamerica, CFO at Harlyn Products Inc, Director of Operations at ITI_HaiLian, and Controller for operations with Boise Cascade and Container Corp of America. Randall developed curricula and taught as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bondoukou, Cote d’Ivoire, and earned an MBA in operations and information systems at UCLA’s Graduate School of Management.


Management

Ron Bills
Ron Bills
Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board
Ron Bills
Ron Bills
Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board

Ron Bills is an innovative thought leader, passionate about using enterprise solutions to solve global social challenges. Building the Envirofit business and the brand since 2005, Ron’s global foresight grew the company from a small startup to a thriving global social enterprise with operations in India, Africa and Latin America, 6 factories and ~500 employees.

Ron’s drive to use free enterprise to deliver high quality products to emerging consumer markets at the lowest possible cost has helped to transform the clean cookstove industry, earning him recognition as a 2016 Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year. Ron’s unrelenting focus on customer satisfaction, durability, and functional aesthetic design has been pivotal in shifting the product development methodology for clean cookstove manufacturers to an approach where cookstove users are not seen as beneficiaries but as customers with needs, desires and aspirations.

Ron has led publicly traded and private sector global business units for multinational companies including Polaris Industries, Yamaha Motor Corporation, and Bombardier and served as the CEO of Segway. His career began as an engineer with Martin Marietta Aerospace.

Randall Monson
Randall Monson
Vice-President of Finance & Chief Financial Officer
Randall Monson
Randall Monson
Vice-President of Finance & Chief Financial Officer

Randall focuses on developing Envirofit’s Enterprise Resource Planning system, strengthening offshore personnel capabilities and improving stakeholder relations, in addition to his essential financial duties. A licensed CPA in Colorado, the bulk of Randall’s career has been spent at small and large corporations managing financial reporting systems and personnel.Randall’s previous positions include Director of Financial Reporting for Transamerica, CFO at Harlyn Products Inc, Director of Operations at ITI_HaiLian, and Controller for operations with Boise Cascade and Container Corp of America. Randall developed curricula and taught as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bondoukou, Cote d’Ivoire, and earned an MBA in operations and information systems at UCLA’s Graduate School of Management.

Time Bauer
Time Bauer
Vice President of Global Sales & Business Development
Time Bauer
Time Bauer
Vice President of Global Sales & Business Development

An Envirofit co-founder, Tim established and manages Envirofit in-country subsidiaries, and is responsible for overall sales and operations activities. His focus is on in-country operations, new business development development, and partner relations to drive the achievement of sales and margin targets.Mr. Bauer received the William E. Morgan Alumni Achievement Award from Colorado State University, and was honored as one of Time Magazine’s “Heroes of the Environment”. In 2008, Mr. Bauer was awarded the Rolex Award for Enterprise for commercialization work on a retrofit kit for 2-cycle engine powered vehicles used throughout Asia and Africa. Tim has extensive international experience having spent over 14 years working or living overseas, and completed both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering at Colorado State University.

Nathan Lorenz
Nathan Lorenz
Vice President of Engineering & Supply Chain
Nathan Lorenz
Nathan Lorenz
Vice President of Engineering & Supply Chain

An Envirofit co-founder, Nathan oversees R&D, product development, manufacturing and supply chain for Envirofit. He is responsible for ensuring product performance, quality and delivery. He has sourced and manufactured product in 13 different countries, and spends an extensive amount of time in Asia and Africa understanding customer needs and ensuring Envirofit’s products consistently meet expectations.Nathan received his B.S. and his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University Mr. Lorenz received the William E. Morgan Alumni Achievement Award from Colorado State University, and was honored as one of Time Magazine’s “Heroes of the Environment”. Prior to coming to Envirofit Mr. Lorenz worked in program and engineering management in the natural gas industry.

Jessica Alderman
Jessica Alderman
Communications and Public Relations Director
Jessica Alderman
Jessica Alderman
Communications and Public Relations Director

Jessica manages Envirofit’s global communications, public relations, marketing, and founded Envirofit’s women’s empowerment programs. She works closely with Envirofit’s subsidiaries and diverse international partners to create and implement marketing campaigns and women’s empowerment programs that can be adapted and delivered locally.With over 8 years of international experience, she has managed projects in Nepal, Uganda, Kenya, Laos, Israel and Palestine. Jessica received her BA in microbiology from Colorado College and her Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to working at Envirofit, Jessica was a research and media consultant with USAID, UNFPA, the Women’s Global Empowerment Fund and Circle of Health International.

Alan Campbell
Alan Campbell
Global Supply Chain Director
Alan Campbell
Alan Campbell
Global Supply Chain Director

Alan manages the global and local supply chains for all product lifecycle phases. He is responsible for planning, procurement, and logistics functions, as well as strategic sourcing, cost management, supplier and product quality, and assurance of supply. He develops and leads high performing international teams to design and manage complex supply chains, optimizing assets and costs while significantly reducing risk.Alan has more than 15 years of experience managing supply chains in the high-tech electronics and biopharmaceutical industries. He is professionally certified by the Association for Operations Management (CPIM and CSCP), Institute for Supply Management (C.P.M.), and International Supply Chain Education Alliance (CSCM). Mr. Campbell is an officer and director of APICS Northern Colorado, and earned an MBA from Arizona State University with a concentration in supply chain management.

Dean Swift
Dean Swift
Global Sales Director
Dean Swift
Dean Swift
Global Sales Director

Dean drives Envirofit’s global sales strategy, developing new markets and building sales channels. Coordinating regional sales operations and business development, Dean provides leadership and direction to streamline sales processes and improve distribution and dealer performance.Dean thrives on synergy, entrepreneurship, strategy development and innovation. Prior to Envirofit, Dean managed international sales with OtterBox, a leading Fortune 500 company in the mobile phone and technology industry. There, he helped develop a new HQ in Europe and built an international team that oversaw markets throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa. His passion for travel, adventure and social activism has led him all around the world, most recently taking him to Southern Africa where he worked in education and community development. Dean graduated with a B.A. in Business Marketing and Management from Colorado State University.


Country Directors

Harish Anchan
Harish Anchan
Managing Director, Envirofit India Pvt., Ltd
Harish Anchan
Harish Anchan
Managing Director, Envirofit India Pvt., Ltd

Harish is an innovative leader in establishing distribution channels to reach customers at the base of the economic pyramid. Leading the India team, Harish has developed markets for clean cookstoves in India, Nepal and is expanding across the Asia/Pacific region.Over the past 20 years Harish has successfully launched and built sustainable enterprises while developing the rural market for consumer durables in India. His proven leadership has resulted in recognition amongst programs as MNRE and USAID. Harish earned his Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunication from REC Srinagar.

David Small
David Small
Managing Director, Envirofit East Africa
David Small
David Small
Managing Director, Envirofit East Africa

David manages Envirofit’s East Africa operations including manufacturing, sales, marketing, finance and new business development. David is based in Nairobi, Kenya and has over 30 years of experience as a general manager, growing businesses and developing teams across Africa and the Middle East.His passion for Africa, it’s peoples and positively impacting the lives of those at the bottom of the pyramid brought him to his previous company, d.light design, where he spent 4 years establishing and expanding the business across Africa. Before transitioning to the social enterprise space, David worked with Colgate for 20 years building regional businesses and developing distribution networks for fast- moving consumer goods in Central and East Africa, the Middle East and Russia.

Emilio Rivero
Emilio Rivero
Managing Director, Envirofit Mexico
Emilio Rivero
Emilio Rivero
Managing Director, Envirofit Mexico

Emilio leads operations in Mexico where he manages new business development, finance, sales and marketing. He has been essential in establishing local manufacturing operations in Mexico and expanding Envirofit’s line of plancha stoves throughout Latin America.Emilio has over 20 years of experience in management, new business development, and coordination of political and public relations for international businesses, NGOs, and governmental operations. Before joining Envirofit, Emilio’s many leadership roles included Diplomat and Commissioner of Trade and Investment with the Ministry of Economy and Trade of Mexico, senior advisor to the Cabinet Office of the Government of Japan, and Coordonnateur Général of International Dignitary Services for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver where his work earned him the Extraordinary Service Award from the International Olympic Committee.

Miguel Granados
Miguel Granados
Managing Director, Envirofit Latin America
Miguel Granados
Miguel Granados
Managing Director, Envirofit Latin America

Miguel established and oversees the manufacturing and assembly of Envirofit’s stoves for Latin America as well as sales, marketing, operations, and new business development. Miguel works in both spends his time between the Guatamala and Honduras offices and has spent the past 8 years developing clean cookstove markets across Central America, including Envirofit’s first of its kind partnership with the Honduran government.Before joining Envirofit, Miguel worked with HELPS International, a non-profit aid organization, where he specialized in designing and building cookstoves for the Latin American market. He has experience working in the production and sales of textile products in Mexico and Central America, and has 15 years of experience managing programs with companies including Intercost and Jerry Leigh de Guatemala.


Careers


Are you a passionate, impact-driven individual looking for more than a paycheck? Work for a different kind of company – Envirofit is a Certified B Corp that is shaping the social enterprise sector, redefining international development, and developing new energy markets on a global scale.

Be a part of an industry leading global enterprise with offices in West Africa, East Africa, Latin America and Asia. Join our team in a fast-paced environment on the cutting edge of clean cooking technology development, global supply chain, and base-of-the-pyramid sales and marketing.

Envirofit is looking for visionary leaders with proven results to join us in our mission to grow our company and impact lives around the globe.

 


 

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Current Job Opportunities

East Africa: Envirofit Kenya, Ltd. – Nairobi Kenya

National Sales & Marketing Director – Kenya

To apply to the National Sales & Marketing Director position, please email your cover letter and resume to jane.kamene@envirofit.org. Please indicate the job title in the subject line of your email.