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About EnVision Corporation 2017-08-26T00:00:56+00:00

History of the Kleinkopf Family:

In 1930, with Europe still recovering from WWI and with rumblings of WWII on the horizon, two brothers from Poland, Max & Oscar Kleinkopf, boarded a ship bound for the Americas ….

Beginning with a small clothing factory and over the next two generations the family expanded into the timber industry, truck and heavy equipment business and real estate investments throughout Argentina and Chile.

By the 1980s, the family business has grown to include the distribution of heavy trucks for the mining industry, public buses, and fleets of taxis. Miguel, the grandson of Oscar Kleinkopf was like his uncle Leon and had an affinity for forestry and eventually ventured into timber importation and furniture & wine box manufacturing.

In 1990, Miguel’s father, Victor, died, leaving each of his children a small inheritance, with a single mandate:

“to invest in and dedicate yourselves to something that benefits the world”.

The Beginnings of EnVision Corporation:

In that same year, Miguel met American, Darion (Todd) Lemons, who was living and working in Chile. Todd uniquely saw environmental problems through the lens of an engineer and an economist, and because of this, he viewed environmental problems as “an inefficient misallocation of resources”. He believed that the root causes were economic and that the environmental consequences were simply the by-products of an economic paradigm in disequilibrium. And so, he told Miguel, he “was trying to develop market based solutions to environmental problems”.

Coincidentally, industrialists and environmentalists in Chile were, not atypically, pitted against one another in a drama that would become the springboard for EnVision Corp. A forestry company named Focura, S.A. owned over 100,000 hectares of old growth temperate hardwood forest in southern Chile, mainly “Chilean Cherry”, and was clear-cutting it for pulp wood for export to Japan’s paper industry. Environmental groups, including Greenpeace, had been protesting and attempting to block the operation for years. Todd approached the owner and asked a simple question: “why would you sell such a valuable natural resource for pulp wood?”. The owner, Hector Salgado’s reply was equally simple and direct: “This forest has been in my family for generations; Do you think I want to clear-cut it and sell it for pulp wood? The forest is full of diseased trees from decades of neglect and under-management because there’s no international market for “Chilean Cherry”. The American furniture industry tells me that “if it ain’t American Cherry, it ain’t Cherry. So, you tell me what else I can do.”

Todd eventually managed to broker a joint-venture between  Focura, S.A. (owner of over 100,000 hectares of old growth temperate hardwood forest in southern Chile) and a Taiwanese flooring manufacturer. The Taiwanese market didn’t have the same biases about Chilean Cherry vs American Cherry and within another year, they had built a flooring manufacturing facility on-site at Focura, had employed an entire indigenous community and were select cutting – instead of clear cutting – the forests to make beautiful Chilean Cherry flooring.

The forest eventually was brought back to health through sustainable management practices, Focura’s profits increased exponentially as did the welfare of the surrounding community and Greenpeace and the other environmental groups moved on to other causes.

On the crest of this major success, with Miguel’s small inheritance and Todd’s vision to develop market based solutions to environmental problems, EnVision Corporation was born.

For many years, the company functioned as a consultancy, sometimes taking small sweat-equity stakes in projects, and eventually co-investing their own funds in projects.

EnVision Corporation Today:

Today, EnVision Corp. has evolved into an incubator of sustainable technologies, providing early funding and proprietary technology development. Its diversified portfolio includes Sustainable Building Products, Conservation Land Banking, Urban Farming Technology and Environmental FinTech.

For over 25 years we have leveraged environmental technologies to build companies which maximize stakeholder returns and solve environmental problems

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Envision corporation works with the world’s most undervalued asset class — the environment — to create market leading environmental investment products

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“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

Mother Teresa