José Alejandro Flores is a 2003 alumnus of TLU and founder of VOS® Flips, the initial branded product launched by his San Antonio-based company DeFlores, LLC International, an export-import merchant trading company focused on environmentally friendly, sustainable and socially responsible products.
Growing up as a dual citizen of Guatemala and the U.S., Flores developed philanthropic principles and values toward the world as he continually lived and traveled between the underdeveloped and developed worlds. After graduating with a degree in business from TLU, Flores earned an international MBA from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and quickly gained the skills needed to be an effective and successfull international entrepreneur.
The inspiration of VOS® as a brand name was directly inspired by the Spanish spoken in various regions of Central and South America. VOS® Flips are eco-friendly, 100 percent recyclable sandals made from natural rubber-producing communities in Guatemala. The sandals were introduced with the Two Steps At A Time™ social initiative that gives a pair of sandals away to someone in need for every pair sold. Flores’ company also supports more than 500 rubber plantation workers and their families in Guatemala by providing funding for health care, education and improved living conditions.