Robert Leon — Director

Correction Enterprises Director |  Robert Leon

Robert has been at the helm of Correction Enterprises since January 2018. Prior to his appointment as Director he served six years as the Deputy Director. In his role as Deputy Director, Robert led six general managers who oversaw 30 manufacturing plants that utilized inmate labor in 17 different businesses. Prior to this position, Robert served as Director of Professional Services, overseeing the day-to-day operations of five industries.

Throughout his career, Robert's focus and experience has been managing business operations, new business start-ups, capital planning and execution, and the successful transition reentry of inmates. He has collaborated with executive leadership to develop strategic initiatives that benefited both Correction Enterprises and DPS.

Robert has worked, with Prisons in its remissioning efforts to improve prison operations and create more inmate job opportunities while increasing inmate skills and transitional opportunities. Most recently Robert partnered with North Carolina State University to implement LEAN Manufacturing training, a nationally recognized manufacturing model dedicated to improving quality and efficiencies, throughout Correction Enterprises.

Prior to beginning his career with DPS in March of 1993, Robert spent 17 years in the private sector printing industry in a variety of management and production positions. Robert is a graduate of the Correctional Leadership Development Program, Innovation in Government Leadership, NIC Correctional Industries Director Training, a recipient of the NCIA Achievement Award for Supervisory Excellence, and the 2018 Governor's Awards for Excellence in Efficiency and Innovation.