Joe Kanfer is known around the world, and especially in his backyard, where he has built GOJO industries into a household name.
With headquarters in Akron, GOJO is a world leader in the field of hygiene and skin care products for institutional markets. It invented Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer.
Kanfer, a Richfield resident, also is synonymous with the Jewish community in Northeast Ohio and Israel.
He is chairman of Startvest Partners, which develops biotech start-ups in Israel, and of HeadSense, which focuses on measuring intercranial pressure and concussion.
Kanfer is a past chair of United Jewish Communities, the former name of the Jewish Federations of North America, the agency that coordinates more than 150 Jewish communities of North America. He has served on the boards of the Jewish Agency for Israel, the Akron Jewish Community Board and The Lippman School. He also is a past chair of the Jewish Education Service of North America,
He is a member of the President’s Advancement Council of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron and the executive committee of the Greater Akron Chamber board of directors. He is a past chair of Akron Tomorrow and past vice chair of the University of Akron board of trustees.
Kanfer has a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School.