Our Team

George Basch, Founder, Chairman Emeritus, Board of Directors Member and “Chief Cook”

George Basch (aka Curious George) has circled the globe as an Adventurer, Explorer, Photographer and a Creative Entrepreneurial Businessman.

Born in Vienna, George immigrated to the United States as a small child, ahead of Hitler’s Hordes, and holds dual US 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, Curious 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. These endeavors took him from Denver to Anchorage, Tucson and Phoenix.

Curious 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 pictures 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 Not For Profit Organizations including schools, hospitals, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in the various communities where he has lived.

Curious George was inducted into the Explorer’s Club in 2010, and is a member of The Royal Geographical Society, The American Alpine Club and Rotary International. Between his irrepressible travels all around the world, George currently divides his time between Phoenix, Arizona and Taos, New Mexico.

Yale I. Jones, Board of Directors Secretary

Tibby Gold, Board of Directors Treasurer

Jay Wood, Board of Directors Member

Pam Miller, Executive Director

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