Speaker Details

Leon Younger

PROS Consulting, Inc.

Leon is the founder and president of PROS Consulting. He has more than 40 years in parks, recreation, and leisure services. Leon is a recognized leader in applying innovative approaches to managing parks and recreation organizations. He has held positions as director of parks and recreation in Indianapolis, Indiana; executive director of Lake Metroparks in Lake County, Ohio (Cleveland vicinity); and director of parks and recreation in Jackson County, Missouri (Kansas City). He received the 1994 National Recreation and Park Association's Distinguished Professional Award for his progressive and innovative thinking in the management of public parks and recreation entities. Leon is routinely invited to present his management and development philosophies at conferences, workshops, and training across the United States, as well as internationally. He is co-creator of the Community Values Model, a business model that synthesizes community and stakeholder input into a strategic plan. He regularly addresses sessions at the National Recreation and Park Association Conferences and has served as a board member and instructor at the Pacific Revenue and Marketing School in San Diego, California and the Rocky Mountain Revenue and Management School in Colorado. Currently, Leon is serving on the Board of Directors for the City Parks Alliance, the only independent, nationwide membership organization solely dedicated to urban parks.