Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Inspired by the pursuit of making a life and not just a living, Leon German Flores III, proud Filipino, does his best to balance his life at work, family and friends, with that of service to God and country.
Before working for government as Chairperson and CEO of the National Youth Commission, Leon worked in the private sector for a decade. After graduating College, he worked for three years in a Filipino-owned, Cebu-based company as his way of giving back to the country, having been educated in state-subsidized universities.
He also worked in various supervisory and managerial capacities for Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies, both voice and non-voice. In his last job where he served as manager to a Fortune 500 company that handles Financial Print, he was awarded twice as Best Performing Manager (Level 6-7 category) for 2 quarters. He used his spare time being active in the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts, Speech Club, and various fun events. In 2009, his managerial competencies were validated when he graduated Valedictorian in a Mid-Level Managers Program ran by the Business Process Association of the Philippines and John Clements.
He enjoyed being a chubby kid running in the halls of the University of San Carlos - South Grade School where he graduated in the upper 10% of the elementary class. He is thankful to the Filipino people for having subsidized his secondary and undergraduate education. It was in Cebu State College (now Cebu Normal University) Integrated Laboratory School where he encountered his first early setback, having lost in the elections of the Student Government president. He remained class president though, and for shamelessly sharing his talents and expressing himself, he graduated with the awards Best in Theatre Management and Best in Performing Arts.
He graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines Cebu College with the degree Bachelor of Business Management. In his senior year, he ran and won unopposed (the first in UP Cebu history) as Student Council Chairperson under the party Nagkahiusang Kusog sa Estudyante. His dynamic Student Council balanced raising the level of socio-political consciousness of the students and letting them enjoy their student life to deal with the academic stress that goes with it. For balancing leadership posts and academic merit, he was UP Visayas’ lone recipient of the Presidential Leadership Scholarship and was awarded The Outstanding Cebuano Youth Leaders (TOCYL) by the Cebu City government.
Outside of work, he continues to engage the youth as National President of Aksyon Kabataan (AK) – the youth partner of the political party Aksyon Demokratiko where he also serves as Vice-President for Research and Education. AK supported the presidential candidacy of Raul Roco in 1998 and 2004 believing that the people should be given a reform-oriented alternative in the presidential race. Leon was also instrumental in making Sonia Roco the “greenest” senatorial candidate in the 2007 mid-term elections. He single-handedly drafted her response to the Green Electoral Initiative (GEI) – a series of questions from various environmental groups to probe into the policy agenda, action plans and positions on various green issues.
In March 2009, Leon signed, on behalf of the youth and as the youngest signatory, the first impeachment complaint against Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez together with former Senate President Jovito Salonga and other civil society leaders for her blatant inaction on high-profile corruption cases.
After President Cory’s demise in 2009, AK supported Aksyon’s call for Noynoy Aquino to take the cudgels and seek the presidency. In the run-up to the 2010 elections, Leon was part of the National Secretariat of Yo!Noy or Youth for Noy and as Youth Adviser for Pinoy Power where he assisted in the campaign operations. He is also the youngest convenor of Re-Imagine Pilipinas Bukas, a gathering of Filipinos to re-imagine the country 25 years hence.
At a young age of 24, he was conferred the Career Service Executive Eligibility (CSEE) by the Civil Service Commission making him eligible to take on executive government positions. For his contribution to nation-building, he was the sole recipient of the 2009 Dangal ng Pilipinas Award for National Youth Empowerment and Governance by the Consumers League of the Philippines and the 2010 Outstanding Youth Leader Award (OYLA) for Participation in Politics and Good Governance by the United Nations Association of the Philippines.
Leon is the son of Engr. Leon Flores, Jr. of Sta. Fe Bantayan Island, Cebu and Ma. Luz German Flores of Butuan City, Agusan del Norte and is eldest brother to a brood of four. Eating and badminton are his two sports which explain why he is the perfect poster boy for yo-yo weight loss/weight gain.
Ultimately, he hopes to be remembered as an eternal believer, eager learner, perky dreamer, difference-maker and God-fearing leader who has finished the race, ran the extra mile and kept the faith.