Ten-year-old Max Lanfrank is an emerging entrepreneur who is using his business to help keep police officers across the country germ-free. The self-professed germophobe has his own business that includes mini packets of hand sanitizing gel, lip balm and over a dozen other products. Wanting to help promote a positive image of police, Max started going out to visit police officers, thanking them for their service, and giving them the mini sanitizer packets that he created so the officers can slide into their pockets.
Max learned from his father, a 22-year corporal working for a sheriff’s department in New Jersey, that the job of a law enforcement officer involves getting your hands dirty sometimes. Aside from wanting to help the officers stay clean, Max also donates 50% of his sanitizer sales to a non-profit organization that supports the families of deceased police officers.
Max started the business two years ago and has the support of both of his parents. His mother, Kristen, shared:
“He always wanted to do good- we’ll keep supporting him as long as he wants to do this.”
His father, Bill, who joins Max on his visits to departments, said:
“Obviously I am proud of him. He is a very respectful and good kid. I appreciate how he’s helping other officers and raising money for a police charity.”
During a recent visit to One Police Plaza, the NYPD’s headquarters, Max shared his keen business sense and ability to modify his products to increase their practical use. Earlier on, he received repeated feedback from police officers that the gel container’s shape was too bulky and did not fit properly into their pockets. Max changed the shape to a slimmer design and the feedback turned positive.
Max’s business sense can easily be mistaken for the actions of an adult however he reminded us that he is still only 10 years old. When asked how he feels about being able to meet police officers from numerous departments, he responded, “It’s really fun… and pretty cool!”