Rafael Adame is the president and managing partner of Mexus Group, President and CEO of Mexus Communications, LLC, an IT outsourcing, Wi-Fi sales, management, and ownership company. He is also Chairman and CEO of RAL Investments, a real estate investment LLC. Adame is a founding member of the Paso del Norte Group, the vice chair of the El Paso Community College Foundation, chair of the Ysleta and El Paso Independent School District Foundations, member of the Board of Directors for the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation, Chair of Hospice of El Paso, Chair of the Boys Club of El Paso Foundation, and Vice Chair and Secretary of the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority aka/CRRMA.
Prior to acquiring Mexus, Adame was the Director for Business Development at DTSI, Executive Vice President of Rio Grande ComputerLand, President of Federal Systems Group d.b.a. FSG, Executive Vice President of Compatible Micro Solutions, Reseller Account Executive for New Mexico and west Texas for Apple Computer, Inc., and Store Manager of Computer Technology Associates. Adame has served the public on the following boards and committees: City of El Paso Airport Board, City of El Paso Cable Commission, City of El Paso Public Utility Regulation Board/Chair, County of El Paso Civil Service Commission, and County of El Paso Risk Pool Commission.
He has also participated in the following organizations: Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce (executive committee member and board of directors), Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (committee chair and board of directors), Regional Economic Development Corporation, Boys & Girls Clubs of El Paso Board of Directors, Rotary Club of El Paso (board of directors, civic committee chair), United Way Allocations Committee (chair), American Cancer Society (board of directors), El Paso Symphony Orchestra (board of directors), and Sun Bowl Team Luncheon (chair).
Adame graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) with a B.B.A. with a Computer Science option and El Paso Technical High School. Mr. Adame is married to Margaret Adame Torres and the proud parent of two daughters Margaret Nicole Adame Winningham and Gabrielle Renee Almengor.
Josh Hunt is Executive Vice President and Member of the Board of Directors for Hunt Companies, Inc. Mr. Hunt is President of Hunt Military Communities, President of the Hunt Family Foundation, and serves on several other Hunt governance boards and committees. In addition to his duties at Hunt Companies, Mr. Hunt is a board member of the Borderplex Alliance, where he also co-chairs the Civic and Infrastructure Committees; member of the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) President’s Athletic Advisory Council, St. Clements School Board, Sierra Providence Hospital Governing Board, Wells Fargo El Paso Advisory Board, and serves as a director of the YWCA Foundation of El Paso. He is a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) El Paso/Juarez and Aspen Chapters, Urban Land Institute and International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). As Vice Chairman and CEO of MountainStar Sports Group, Mr. Hunt participated in the successful effort to acquire the Tucson Padres, a Triple-A Baseball affiliate of the San Diego Padres which began play as the rebranded El Paso Chihuahuas in a $75 million, state-of-the-art Ballpark in the heart of downtown El Paso in spring of 2014, as part of a regional economic development initiative. Mr. Hunt serves on the board of directors of Minor League Baseball’s Pacific Coast League, Triple-A Baseball. Mr. Hunt graduated from The Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Real Estate/Finance and also earned an MS Degree, with honors, in Real Estate and Construction Management from the Daniels School of Business at the University of Denver.
Lisa Budtke is the Assistant Treasurer of El Paso Electric Company. She is responsible for Cash Management, Financial Forecasting, and Investor Relations. The bulk of Lisa’s career was spent working for Petro Stopping Centers, L.P. (Petro) and an affiliated company in various financial and leadership capacities. Her last position at Petro was Treasurer, Assistant Secretary, and Director of Finance, where she oversaw the areas of credit, accounts payable, audit services, fixed assets, treasury, tax, and financial planning. Lisa also worked for a few other local companies including Columbia Healthcare and Verde Realty.
She holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from New Mexico State University and has earned her MBA from the University of Phoenix. She has been recognized as a YWCA Reach Award Honoree and graduated Class of XXIV from Leadership El Paso, and graduated from Leadership Texas in 2013. She has also been active in the community, serving as past President and Treasurer of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Board. Lisa is a member of the National Association of Professional Women and Financial Women in Texas.
In his current role, Sigfrido leads Quality Operations for the Cardiovascular and Specialty Solutions Group of Johnson & Johnson.
His team is committed to restoring the quality of life of customers through the quality, innovation, and reliable service of its supply chain.
He leads Quality Operations for sites located in Mexico, California, Texas, and The Netherlands. Prior to this role, he led Manufacturing Operations as general manager for the Biosense Webster manufacturing sites. He also led Manufacturing Operations for Ethicon Endo-Surgery.
Prior to this role, Sigfrido led the Process Excellence team for the Johnson & Johnson Global Surgery network of manufacturing sites, which included 21 sites across the Americas, EMEA, and Asia.
Sigfrido has held responsibilities in the areas of Manufacturing, Engineering, Sourcing, External Manufacturing, and New Process/Product Development. He has held leadership roles with Biosense Webster, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Ethicon Inc, and Cordis Corp.
He has 18 years of experience with Johnson&Johnson and holds a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T) and a Masters in Engineering Management from Florida International University (F.I.U).
Edward Escudero is President and CEO of High Desert Capital, LLC, a finance company that specializes in providing various types of capital alternatives to small and mid-size companies. Until 2013, Ed was the Executive Vice-President and CFO of C&R Distributing, a major distributor of fuel and lubricants and owner of various convenience stores in West Texas and Southern New Mexico. He also served as the Secretary and CFO of Petro Stopping Centers, L.P. During his tenure at Petro, the Company grew to have locations in over 34 states and sales of over $2 billion. While at Petro, he held the vital role of managing key departments within the Company, including Accounting, Legal, Human Resources, Audit, Financial Planning, and Information Systems. In 2007, Ed was instrumental in assembling the sale of Petro.
Ed believes in playing a key role in community affairs. Ed currently serves on several boards, including El Paso Electric Company, WestStar Bank, Sierra Providence East Medical Center, El Paso Community Foundation Investment Committee, El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation. He also served on the Texas State Securities Board from 2007-2011. Ed has received several awards that recognize his achievements and philanthropic efforts, including the El Paso Community Spirit Award in 2015, El Paso Business Hall of Fame in 2014, Hispanos Triunfadores Award in 2013 and the UTEP Gold Nugget Award in 2012.
He received his B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Texas at El Paso. He and his wife, Margie, live with their two children in El Paso, Texas.
Brent D. Harris is the executive chairman and CEO of Industrial Realty Group Incorporated. Industrial Realty Group was formed in 1994 to develop, own and manage manufacturing and warehousing facilities in El Paso, Texas. Industrial Realty Group also provides third party land and building pre-acquisition due diligence, development and property management services. Harris is also the managing general partner of Plexxar, a real estate investment company that owns of over 350 acres of land and 692,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse facilities in northwest El Paso.
In addition, Harris is president of various Mills Plaza Properties entities and FSW Investments, developer and owner of the Mills and Centre Buildings, the Fountains at Farah, the Plaza Hotel, and various other buildings and land in downtown El Paso along with 128 acres of land in northwest El Paso.
Harris was a member of the Governing Board of Sierra Providence Health Network for seven years where he served as Chairman for two years. He also serves as a board member of the El Paso Downtown Management District, the Wells Fargo Advisory Board and is on the Board of Directors for two of the Medical Center of the America’s real estate entities, MCA Tech Park and MCA Realty.
Gary Hedrick is an adjunct professor of corporate enterprise at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He worked at El Paso Electric for more than 30 years in various positions including president and chief executive officer, served on the El Paso Electric board from 2001 until 2009. In addition to being a professor, Hedrick serves on the Development Board for UTEP, as well as several for-profit, and not-for-profit civic and charitable boards. He has an MBA and a BBA from UTEP.
Ted Houghton is chair of the Texas Transportation Commission, which oversees statewide activities of the Texas Department of Transportation. Gov. Rick Perry appointed Houghton chair on Oct. 7, 2011. He was originally appointed to the commission in December 2003 and reappointed in February 2009. A native of El Paso, Houghton is self-employed in the professional fields of financial services, executive benefits, and estate planning. He is the first resident of El Paso to serve on the commission.
Houghton has served on the School Land Board. He also served for eight years on the El Paso Water Utilities Public Service Board. For El Paso's Rapid Transit Board, he served as vice president, chair of the public relations and communications committee, and treasurer of the political action committee. He also served on the board of directors of the El Paso Electric Company and as president of the Sun Bowl Association. He was a member of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Committee.
Houghton is a graduate of Coronado High School and went on to earn a business degree from the University of Texas at El Paso. He is married to Hettie Cardon Houghton and they have five children.
Meyer Marcus is chairman and owner of MIMCO Inc. in El Paso, Texas. Marcus is an El Paso native whose real estate career began in 1972 collecting rents and making repairs to properties owned by his father. He progressed to buying and selling land, developing and redeveloping shopping center properties, warehouse properties and office buildings, with the primary focus always on creating high quality projects that are efficient and functional. Together with a small group of local investors, he has built a portfolio of over 325 properties in the El Paso, Las Cruces, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin and Rio Grande Valley markets all under MIMCO’S management. Over this same time period, through his direct hands-on training, he has grown MIMCO, Inc. into a staff of 32 professionals focused on leasing, property management property maintenance, and real estate development.
Meyer is also very involved in the El Paso community and presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Bank of the West, the Advisory Board of the Paul Foster Texas Tech Medical School, Founding Board of Directors of the Borderplex Community Trust, and is the Director of Make-A-Wish Foundation of the El Paso local chapter.
Rodolfo "Rudy" Mata is a shareholder with the law firm of Blanco Ordonez Mata & Wallace, P.C., who practices in areas that include real estate, banking, commercial transactions and business organizations. Rudy is admitted to practice law in Texas, New Mexico and Massachusetts (inactive status) and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas and the District of New Mexico. He is also a member and former President of the Mexican American Bar Association, a member of the El Paso Bar Association and is an active member of the Sunturians, a local civic organization.
Prior to entering private practice, Rudy served as Law Clerk to United States Federal District Court Judge David Briones in the El Paso Division of the Western District of Texas and also served as Law Clerk to the Justices of the Land Court in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition, Rudy is a former member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the professional arm of the American Planning Association. Rudy has served on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys, the Steering Committee for the Massachusetts Environmental Justice Network, and is a former member of the Boston Bar Association. Rudy sat on the City of El Paso Brownfields Redevelopment Board, is a former member of the board of directors for the El Paso Collaborative for Community and Economic Development and is a past Chair of the Hispanic Issues Section for the State Bar of Texas.
Rudy is a graduate of Riverside High School and received his Bachelor of Arts in architecture from Princeton University. He simultaneously pursued a law degree from Boston College Law School and a master in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While at Boston College Law School, Rudy served as Editor-in-Chief of the Boston College Third World Law Journal. Rudy is married to Elizabeth Wechsler Mata, a patent attorney, and they have three children.
Charles "Trey" C. Miller, Ph.D., is the associate vice president for clinical research and health care quality at UTHealth in Houston, Texas. Dr. Miller oversees the university's policies, procedures and programs around clinical research and health care quality. He is also responsible for the implementation and assessment of programs to enhance efficiencies and increase quality in core areas of the university's mission of education, research and clinical care.
In addition to his role as associate vice president, Dr. Miller is professor in the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, co-director of the Center for Clinical Research and associate dean for hospital quality initiatives at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.
Dr. Miller earned a bachelor's in religion studies at Texas Christian University in 1983 and a master's in philosophy at Rice University in 1986. In 1993, he earned his Ph.D. in epidemiology at UTHealth School of Public Health and began his career in clinical research at Baylor College of Medicine.
In 1999, he joined UTHealth as an associate professor and director of research in the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery. From September 2005 to January 2009, he served as professor at both McGovern Medical School and UTHealth School of Public Health and vice chair for research in the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery. He then held numerous leadership positions at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center before returning to UTHealth in 2013.
Judy Robison is steeped in the El Paso community, serving on several boards including Texas Cultural Trust, State Board for Educator Certification, and the Paso del Norte Health Foundation. She and her husband, Kirk, own Pizza Properties Inc., QSR Burgers; and several race horses.
Linda C. Troncoso is a civil engineer and a principal of TRE & Associates, LLC (TRE). TRE was formed in December 2011 by Ms. Troncoso and Adrian H. Rosas, P.E. in association with John M. Jansing Jr, P.E. as the successor to the El Paso Office of Gray, Jansing & Associates, Inc.
Troncoso has been involved in the master-planning, design and construction of regional municipal and land development projects in east El Paso with extensive governmental coordination between the City of El Paso, County of El Paso, Texas Department of Transportation, El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization, El Paso Water Utilities, the Texas General Land Office and local municipal utility districts. She has served on numerous committees for the City of El Paso regarding changes to municipal development and construction regulations.
Troncoso is a native El Pasoan and a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering. She currently serves as chairperson of the Land Use Council and board member for the El Paso Association of Builders. She is a committee member of the Infrastructure and Development Committee for the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce and is a board member of the Susan G. Komen El Paso Affiliate.
James Volk is the district executive for BBVA Compass Bank responsible for the El Paso and Southern New Mexico markets. Prior to that, his career as a bank executive spans back to the 1980s. Before BBVA, he was the regional president and director of State National Bank for five years, which was preceded by three years as president, director and CEO of State National Bank of El Paso.
He received a B.S. in Agricultural Business from South Dakota State University. He also received education from the Colorado School of Banking, ABA Commercial Lending School, Midwest Banking Institute, ABA Graduate School of Banking and Investment and Financial Management. His community involvement includes work with Las Palmas/Del Sol Medical Center Board of Trustees, Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority, and BBVA Compass Bank Development Board.
Henry Yoshawirja is a computer engineer and accomplished businessman on a global level, Yoshawirja is a founding partner of Axxion Group Corporation, a company that began as a technology import and export trading house between the U.S. and Asia. Eventually, it evolved and grew, servicing a customer base that included industry trendsetters such as IBM, NetApp and Dell. In 1999, Axxion merged with Loyalty Founder Enterprise of Taiwan, its manufacturing arm, and then went public.
By 2010, Axxion was the strategic supplier partner for global contract manufacturers such as Jabil and Celestica, which provide the supply chain to all large electronic multinationals. As Axxion prospered, Yoshawirja and his partners continued to explore and develop business opportunities in real estate, a sports club, and various other entities. Through the years, he has developed trusted business partnerships and working relationships among large multinational companies throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.
Yoshawirja has a BA in Computer Engineering and an MBA, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.