President & Founder - Tim Forbess
A native of rural Tennessee, Tim Forbess has enjoyed a lifetime of work that has involved adventure, innovation, and entrepreneurial curiosity as a motivation to improve the lives of individuals and communities. Growing up watching his dad master complex printing presses to perfection and benefiting from a mother who has modeled servant leadership for decades, it was organic to take an interest in complex issues with an eye on the neighbor known and unknown.
With a background in both journalism, psychology, and finance, Tim’s life work has involved being the youngest Vice President of a Theological School in the United States and Canada (United Theological Seminary, Dayton, OH), building a charter school for non-reading urban children, building childcare for teen moms attending school, adding 6 cell phone towers to a church steeple to fund the parish, and for 5 years the CEO of a national foundation in Washington, DC researching non-pharma health care options for persons where pharma was not available, traveling to 31 countries during that tenure. Budapest is a favorite.
While attaining a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Memphis, a Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary, and work done on a Ph.D. in impact investing at Antioch University, a constant theme continues to emerge. It involves seeing the avenues to connect transformative issues to the resources to initiate them and sustain them. It makes the topics of “impact investing” one of the most exciting fields to learn and engage. It’s the capstone to a life’s work.
Tim & Co. are developing a new model of housing that is sensitive to climate change, environmental impact, energy efficiency, minimal maintenance, and attainable for persons who are working hard (or have retired from working hard!) and now desire an affordable, well constructed and attractive home. The models that are being built have roofs with a 50-year warranty, a steel structure with a 40-year warranty that is designed to withstand 150 mph wind, a safe room inside, built-in interesting and innovative envelopes. Currently, a lot of focus is on areas affected by tornado activity in the Miami Valley and in neighborhoods where investment makes sense for the community and profit for the investor.
Tim is also working on an aqua farm project that brings eco-sensitive growth methods into controlled environments that eliminate chemical uses. Using fish as the nutrient provider and controlled lighting, the healthiest foods desired can be raised in a fraction of the time as work in the fields. The first installation is on-line for the 3rd quarter of 2020. It has been a two-year journey of learning, training, and educating.
For fun, Tim reads a lot (curiosity breeds research) and when working on projects is prone to listen to classical music too loud to be ignored. At the core of life is faith, love of God, and a lot of laughter. When designing GFB, Tim decided to be in a working relationship among friends and to spend more time with Lukas and Frankie, canines by birth, and sojourners in a thousand ways. Tim is often in Tennessee with parents and family and travels a bit to spend time with friends whose stories matter to him.
President of General Contracting - Mohamed Al-Hamdani, Esq.
Mohamed AL-Hamdani came as a Refugee along with his family to the City of Dayton in 1992. At the time he was 10 years old. He is the second child of 6. He has 3 brothers and 2 sisters. His mom and dad are current residents of Centerville. He is a product of Dayton Public schools, where he attended Miami Chapel Elementary, Fairview Middle and Colonel White High School.
A graduate of Wright State University and the University Of Dayton School Of Law, Mohamed has dedicated himself to serving this community. After graduating from Wright State University, Mohamed went to work with the Department of Defense as a Cultural Advisor to the Marine Corps. His work helped develop cultural and linguistic immersion training for over 3000 marines prior to their deployment to Iraq.
After completing his law degree, Mohamed went on to serve as the Director of Leaders for Equality and Action in Dayton (LEAD). LEAD works with local and county officials to resolve issues in the areas of transportation, education, job training and economic development.
Mohamed then went on to serve as the Operations Manager of the Montgomery County Human Services Levy in 2014. The levy helps more than 50,000 children and families in the county through the Job Center, Children’s Services and Public Health. Mohamed guided the campaign to a successful victory. Mohamed was named as a 40 under 40 award recipient by the Dayton Business Journal in 2016.
Mohamed has been a member of the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center Board since 2017. He joined the board because he believes in the organization’s mission and vision towards expanding social justice and fighting for housing rights for the most vulnerable members of our society.
He was elected to the Dayton Public Schools Board of education and began serving his first term January 2018. Earlier this year, Mohamed was inducted into the Dayton Business Journal Forty under 40 Hall of fame. Mohamed is an Immigration Lawyer at Larson Lyons & Al-Hamdani in Dayton. He is the father to two beautiful boys, Adam and Zachariah.
Consultant - Richard L. Burton
Rick has over 40 years of executive-level management experience in manufacturing planning and finance. As a senior team member in multiple national organizations, Rick created and administered long-standing models of management/employee development programs.
He is celebrated for his ability to apply group dynamics and helping his teams improve communications and problem-solving. Rick is skilled at engaging and translating issues among members of multi-disciplinary groups.
He is uniquely gifted in the task areas of I-9 Compliance, Human Resource Consultation, Record Keeping, Federal / Multi-State Employment Law, and insurance requirements.
Web Design - Allison Cox
Allison has lived in Dayton, OH since 2009, and is the Director of Development at Equitas Health's Dayton Office. Over the last 10 years she's dedicated her time to working within the nonprofit sector. Previously, you would have found her at Dare 2 Defy Productions (Development & Business Director), A Special Wish Foundation - Dayton (Development & Special Events Manager), The Human Race Theatre Company (assoc. director of development), The Dayton Visual Arts Center (office manager), and The Zoot Theatre Company (business manager). Prior to arriving in Dayton, Cox worked for Summit Adult Medicine Center, a large satellite office of Akron General Medical Center/The Cleveland Clinic, as their Finance Manager.
"I have a true philanthropic soul, and feel Dayton in my heart - so you will often find me volunteering for area nonprofits! In the past I've sat as a board member for: The Greater Dayton LGBT Center, The Dayton Gay Men's Chorus, and The Dayton View Historic District board. It's been a privilege to step in as the designer for the i3Home Designs website."