Title: Port Director (Ret.)
Company: U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Location: Brownsville, Texas, United States
Jorge L. Flores, a retired port director for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of government service.
With over 30 years of experience as a government servant, Mr. Flores found success from 1970 until 2001 as a member of the U.S. Customers and Border Protection (CBP), the largest federal law enforcement organization of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of official ports of entry to the United States. Beginning as an inspector, he gradually rose in rank to become a supervisor and, ultimately, a port director in Rio Grande City, Texas, Brownsville, Texas and Norfolk, Virginia. In this capacity, Mr. Flores is most proud to have managed approximately $350 billion in annual importations.
During the course of his service with the CBP, Mr. Flores availed himself on behalf of his fellow employees as the president of Chapter 160 of the National Treasury Employees Union between 1971 and 1981. Other accomplishments to his credit include his instrumental role in apprehending a criminal charged with involvement in the largest bank heist in U.S. history, which saw the theft of $20 million, just one year after the incident occurred. Mr. Flores was also honored in the 1990s as the “Manager of the Year” for the Southwest Region, and was bestowed with a National Performance Review Hammer Award from Vice President Al Gore, who praised Mr. Flores for his efficiency.
In addition to his work within the government, Mr. Flores found success in the real estate industry as a broker and principal owner from 1980 until his retirement in 2013, during which time he specialized in residential and commercial sales. Likewise dedicated to civic service, he has been active as a member and past president of the Mr. Amigo Association and the Sembradores Unidos Association, both of which provide scholarships to impoverished local students.
In accounting for his success, Mr. Flores largely credits the influence of his parents, whose hard-working nature inspired him to pursue a quality education and cultivate his abilities as a leader. Noted as the founder of the Mr. Amigo Walk of Fame in Brownsville, Texas, he was additionally presented with the Othli Award from the Mexican Consul, which is awarded to a Hispanic of Mexican descent who has dedicated their professional endeavors to opening roads for the next generation of Mexicans to follow, and was recognized for the Best U.S. Customs Strategic Problem Solving Project in 1998, which was sponsored by Harvard professor Malcolm Sparrow. Looking toward the future, he aspires to continue enjoying the benefits of retirement, and to indulge in more writing projects and travel abroad.