Manuel "Manny" Flores is the President and Chief Executive Officer of SomerCor, a Small Business Administration (SBA) Certified Development Company (CDC). Flores took the reins at SomerCor after serving two years as a member of the nonprofit lender's Board of Directors and brings a unique blend of public and private sector experience and leadership to the role. Flores recently led all communications, marketing and business development as Chief Strategy Officer for Glass Mountain Capital LLC, a national accounts receivables firm. He also practiced law at Kelleher & Buckley, LLC as Of Counsel and at Arnstein & Lehr, LLP as Partner, where his role included representing financial institutions on regulatory matters. Flores served in the Chicago City Council with distinction as Alderman of the 1st Ward and went on to lead the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation as Director and Acting Secretary, where he regulated and supervised state-chartered banks and credit unions. Flores has a strong background in economic development; he sits on the Cook County Economic Development Advisory Committee and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Small Business Advisory Council of Illinois, where he advances policies and initiatives to support small businesses and encourage economic growth.