Francis J. Kong is one of the most respected business speakers in the Philippines, and a recipient of The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Award in 2014.
As an entrepreneur, Kong is well-versed in the field of manufacturing and retail. He helped founded a famous garment brand and ran it successfully for 17 years. He also ventured into retail of an Italian fashion brand and managed its marketing and operations for many years. He then formed Success Options, Inc., Funworks, Inc., and co-founded Inspire Leadership Consultancy.
In the field of business consultancy, Kong sits as an adviser in some of the country’s top business corporations and currently sits on the Board of Primer Holdings, Incorporated. His knowledge in entrepreneurship and other business-related arenas is extended to the many of the top business leaders in the country he has mentored over the years.
Kong also holds a segment in a radio program called “Business Matters” at DZFE-FM 98.7 where he shares his insights on business, values, and leadership, which gained a special citation for Inspirational Programming by the Catholic Mass Media Awards of the Philippines.
On an annual basis, he conducts more than 300 talks, seminars, and training both here and abroad. Aside from being an inspirational speaker, Kong is also a columnist for the Philippine Star, and his authored columns have been awarded “Best Business Column” for the years 2009, 2010, 2013 to 2015. On the following year, he has also been accorded as a Hall of Fame Awardee by the Catholic Mass Media Awards.
As an author himself, he has written 20 books and counting. This includes “Famealy Matters”, which awarded the Anvil Award for Excellence, and “Leadership That Matters” that was recognized as the #1 best-selling book in both National Bookstore and Powerbooks outlets nationwide.
He won the Anvil Award for Excellence for the staging of the Dr. John Maxwell Seminar Series and the Gold Quill Award for Best Public Speech category given by the International Association Business Communicators.
He also received the Dr. Jose Rizal Award for Excellence in the field of journalism and garnered the Communication and Leadership Award by Toastmasters International Philippines chapter. Kong is also one of the recipients of the 2018 “Men Who Matter” Award by the People Asia Magazine for his excellence in the field of business and communication arts, and is ranked number 1 in LinkedIn’s list of “Top 47 Filipino Professionals to follow for learning and inspiration”
Kong took up Business Management for his Bachelor’s Degree and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He also holds a Master of Arts Degree at Trinity College and Bible Seminary at Newburgh, Indiana, USA. He completed the Summer Course on Apologetics and Philosophy held at Oxford University, as well as the “Managing Yourself and Leading Others” seminar at Harvard University’s Continuous Education Program.
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