Mr. Woody L. Hunt is Senior Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hunt Companies, Inc. (www.huntcompanies.com), and its affiliated companies.
Mr. Hunt graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance, and he subsequently received his MBA in Finance from UT. Mr. Hunt also earned an MA Degree in Management from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California.
In addition to his duties with Hunt, Mr. Hunt is a member of the Texas Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors; foundation trustee of the Texas Higher Education Foundation; member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center-Houston; Founding Chairman of the Borderplex Alliance in El Paso, where he now serves on the Board of Directors; member and former Chairman of the Texas Business Leadership Council; Vice-Chair for the Council for Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development; an Advisory Director for WestStar Bank; member of the Executive Council of No Labels; and Co-Chair of American Business Immigration Coalition.
Mr. Hunt was previously Chairman of the Texas Higher Education Strategic Planning Committee, which was charged with developing the Higher Education Plan for the State of Texas for 2015 to 2030; Vice-Chairman of The University of Texas System Board of Regents; served seven years, three as Chairman, on the Board of Directors of The University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO); was founding chairman and a board member of the Medical Centers of the Americas Foundation in El Paso; was chairman of the Texas Select Commission on Higher Education and Global Competitiveness; a member of the Western Governors University (WGU) Texas Advisory Board; was a member of the Commission for College Ready Texas and the Texas Tax Reform Commission; was a member of the National Board of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE); was a member of the Texas Advisory Committee on Higher Education Cost Efficiencies; was a member of the Task Force on Higher Education Incentive Funding; was a member of the Council for Continuous Improvement and Innovation in Texas Higher Education; was a member of the Paso del Norte Foundation; and was the chairman of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation. He was a member of the Board of Directors for El Paso Electric (Nasdaq: EE) as well as serving as a member of the Board of Directors of PNM Resources (NYSE: PNM) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In addition, Mr. Hunt has served on numerous other civic, non-profit, and professional boards.
Mr. Hunt has received the Mirabeau B. Lamar medal which is awarded to individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to higher education in the State of Texas. Mr. Hunt received the Dick Weekley Public Policy Leadership Award from the Texas Business Leadership Council, which recognizes a business leader who has exemplified the positive outcomes that are derived at the intersection of volunteerism and public policy.
Mr. Hunt has also received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Texas at Austin, been inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame, McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame, and the El Paso Business Hall of Fame. Mr. Hunt also serves as Chairman of the Hunt Family Foundation, a private family foundation he and his wife Gayle, established in 1987.
Mr. Hunt presently consults and invests from Tournament Capital Advisors LLC. From November 2015 until August 2016, Mr. Hunt served as the managing partner and CEO, middle market credit at Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, LLC, an alternative investment firm in the areas of energy, real estate, credit, and specialty growth capital.
From August 2014 to November 2015, Mr. Hunt served as non-executive chairman of the board of THL Credit, Inc., an externally-managed, non-diversified, closed-end management investment company. Mr. Hunt was a founder and served as chief executive officer and chief investment officer of THL Credit, Inc. and of THL Credit Advisors, a registered investment advisor that provides administrative services to THL Credit, Inc. Previously, Mr. Hunt was chief executive officer and managing partner of Bison Capital Asset Management, LLC, a multi-fund private equity firm. Prior to co-founding Bison Capital, Mr. Hunt was the SunAmerica Corporate Finance president and executive vice president of SunAmerica Investments (subsequently, AIG SunAmerica). Mr. Hunt was with Citibank/Citicorp from 1975 through 1989, with his last responsibilities serving as Far West Area Head of Leveraged Capital and with Senior Credit Officer's designation. Mr. Hunt serves as Lead Director of PennyMac Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE: PFSI.) Additionally, he serves on the boards of Ares Dynamic Credit Allocation Fund Inc (NYSE: ARDC) and CION Ares Diversified Credit Fund, both of which are closed-end management investment companies. Mr. Hunt formerly served on the boards of THL Credit, Inc., THL Credit Advisors, Primus Guaranty, Ltd., Fidelity National Information Services, Inc., Lender Processing Services, Inc. and Falcon Financial, Inc. Mr. Hunt received a BBA from the University of Texas at El Paso and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mike Hunt is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hunt Companies, Inc. Mr. Hunt joined the company in 1971 as a field engineer. He held the positions of office engineer, estimator, superintendent, project manager, and developer. Beginning in 1984, he assumed total responsibility for the construction and contract services operations of the company, directing employees at construction projects throughout the continental United States, Alaska and Hawai'i In 1987, he was elected President and Chief Operating Officer of Hunt Building Corporation, continuing in that position when the company changed its name to Hunt Companies, Inc. in 2008. In August 2013, he stepped down as President and COO and became Vice Chairman.
He graduated from The University of Texas at El Paso with a BBA and attended Arizona State University for post-graduate studies in construction engineering. He is a member of numerous civic organizations and involved in many charitable initiatives, including past participation in the Sun Bowl Associations Western Refining All American Golf Classic and the Yucca Council (Boy Scouts of America) Campaign Steering Committee. He is currently a member of the World President's Organization, International, and sits on the Board of Directors of Moss & Associates.
Chris Hunt has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Hunt Companies, Inc. since 2015. Mr. Hunt is a Director on Hunt Companies’ Board of Directors and also serves on Hunt’s Executive Committee and Investment Committee. Mr. Hunt is on the Board of Directors of numerous Hunt affiliates including Amber Infrastructure Group, Envolve (formerly LEDIC Realty Company), Hunt Companies Finance Trust (formerly Five Oaks) and Moss & Associates.
Mr. Hunt began his career at Hunt in 1993 and has served in numerous capacities over his 25-year tenure. Immediately prior to becoming CEO, Mr. Hunt served as President, COO and then CEO of Hunt Development Group.
Mr. Hunt graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance.
Josh Hunt is Executive Vice President of Hunt Companies, Inc, headquartered in El Paso, Texas. He is a member of Hunt Companies' Board of Directors where he serves in several affiliate board, committee and executive capacities. In addition, Mr. Hunt is President of the Hunt Family Foundation and chairs the Hunt Family Council.
Founded in 1947, Hunt Companies, Inc. (Hunt) is a diversified and international family-owned holding company that invests in real estate assets, infrastructure and real-asset focused operating businesses. Today, the platforms employ over 3,000 people.
Mr. Hunt has long been a supporter of his city and the Borderplex region and has served on numerous civic, non-profit, and professional boards and committees. He currently serves on the Board (former Chairman) of The Hospitals of Providence (Memorial and Sierra), is Chairman of the El Paso Children's Museum where he is founding chairman and is on the board (former Chairman of the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation Board. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Borderplex Alliance, a member of the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) President’s Athletic Advisory Council, and, is on the board of the education-focused Trellis Foundation. He is also a director of WestStar Title, a division of WestStar Bank, and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) El Paso/Juarez Chapter.
Mr. Hunt is Chairman and CEO of MountainStar Sports Group (MSSG), an entity formed by Mr. Hunt and his father, Woody Hunt, and another El Paso family to promote regional economic development through sports and entertainment.
MountainStar Sports Group owns the El Paso Chihuahuas, the Triple-A Baseball affiliate of the San Diego Padres and El Paso Locomotive FC, a franchise team of the United Soccer League (USL), the second division of the United States Soccer Federation. Both teams play in Southwest University Park, a $75 million ballpark built as a public/private initiative of MSSG and the City of El Paso. MSSG is also an investor in the FC Juarez Bravos, that represents the Borderplex as a first-division soccer club of LIGA MX. Mr. Hunt serves as the control person for the El Paso Chihuahua’s of Minor League Baseball’s Pacific Coast League and serves as control person for El Paso Locomotive FC as well as on the Board of Governors of the United Soccer League (USL).
Mr. Hunt has received numerous awards and honors, including being named El Pasoan of the Year by El Paso Inc. in 2014, a shared honor with MSSG for bringing Triple-A Baseball to El Paso; and to the El Paso Business Hall of Fame by Junior Achievement in 2019.
Mr. Hunt graduated from The Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University with a bachelor's degree in Real Estate/Finance. He also earned an MS degree with honors in Real Estate and Construction Management from the Daniels School of Business at the University of Denver.
Mr. Hunt and his wife Martita Sealy Hunt have three children, Catesby, Tolliver, and Clementine.
Angela Brock-Kyle joined the Board as an external member in February 2019. As a commercial board director and advisor to corporate clients on governance, strategy and risk matters, Ms. Brock-Kyle brings 5 years of corporate board experience and 25 years with Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association-College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA). While at TIAA she served as a member of the senior leadership team from 2005-2012 in Asset Management, Retirement and Individual Financial Services and Enterprise Risk Management. From 1998-2004 Ms. Brock-Kyle was a Managing Director in Fixed Income Private Placements and a Managing Director in Project Finance after serving in a variety of investment roles since 1987.
She is currently a trustee on the board of the Guggenheim/Rydex Funds complex and the YMCA Retirement Fund. She previously served as Audit Chair for Infinity Property & Casualty (NASDAQ). Ms. Brock-Kyle has been designated a Leadership Fellow by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and has been recognized by the directorship community for her governance expertise.
Eileen Byrne retired from BlackRock in 2008 as Global Head of Real Estate Account Management and currently advises real estate firms on organization, investment and product strategy.
Ms. Byrne's nearly 35 year career in real estate began as a policy analyst for the City and County of Denver, and later a development officer for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. At the Denver Partnership, she was responsible for downtown redevelopment projects in the mid-1980s; she then went on to start her own consulting firm, which was bought by Townsend in 1998. She served as a Townsend principal until 2004, when she moved to BlackRock.
A corporate and non-profit board member and adviser, Ms. Kaplan has more than 24 years of executive-level experience in public policy, communications, corporate governance, and stakeholder engagement in the public, private and non-profit sectors. As the Principal-in-Charge of Government, Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy for global professional services and accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ms. Kaplan spent a decade on the executive management team of PwC and almost 12 years managing PwC's public policy engagement strategy. She has also advised a broad range of c-suite level clients and has significant experience building coalitions and partnerships to advance issues and policies.
Prior to joining PwC, Ms. Kaplan served in senior positions at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she focused on the legislative and regulatory response to corporate governance and accounting failures in the late 1990s and the implementation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. She spent almost ten years on Capitol Hill as a senior communications strategist.
Currently, Ms. Kaplan is an adjunct professor at American University and serves on the Board of Directors of Costar Group (Nasdaq: CGSP). She also serves on a number of non-profit boards, including Running Start, where she serves as Board Co-Chair; as well as on the Advisory Board for the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, Value in Electing Women PAC, the National Women's History Museum's Development Committee, The Wilson Center's Women in Public Service Project, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Advisory Board.
In 2016, Ms. Kaplan received the Alice Paul Alumnae award from American University for her work on women's political engagement. In 2015, Ms. Kaplan was named one of Washingtonian Magazine's 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington.
Ms. Kaplan received a Master's degree from American University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Texas in Austin. She is a native of Rising Star, Texas.
Edward Escudero is President and CEO of High Desert Capital, an El Paso-based small-business financing company. He is also Vice Chairman of WestStar Bank, a $2 billion regional bank headquartered in El Paso. Until 2013, Mr. Escudero was 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 Secretary and CFO of Petro Stopping Centers, L.P. During his tenure at Petro, the Company grew to have locations in 34 states and sales of over $2 billion. While at Petro, he held the vital role of managing various departments within the Company, including Accounting, Legal, Human Resources, Audit, Financial Planning, and Information Systems. In 2007, Mr. Escudero was instrumental in assembling the sale of Petro.
Mr. Escudero has long been a supporter of the El Paso region via his participation on both corporate and nonprofit boards. He currently serves on the board of the El Paso Electric Company, the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation, the Hospitals of Providence Memorial & Sierra Campuses, the Paso del Norte Community Foundation, CREEED, El Paso Collaborative for Academic Excellence, Texas2036, the University of Texas at El Paso Business Advisory Council and Development Board, the Texas Business Leadership Council and The University of Texas Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee and is Chairman of Trellis Company (formerly Texas Guaranteed Student Loans). He also served on the Texas State Securities Board from 2007-2011. Mr. Escudero has received several awards that recognize his achievements and philanthropic efforts, including the Lucy G. Acosta Humanitarian Award in 2020, the Community Spirit Award in 2015, El Paso Business Hall of Fame in 2014, Hispanos Triunfadores in 2013, and the UTEP Gold Nugget Award in 2012.
Michael Giliberto retired in 2010 as a Managing Director at JPMorgan Asset Management, the global investment management business of JPMorgan Chase. Mr. Giliberto oversaw U.S. real estate portfolio management and global strategy and research within the Global Real Assets Group.
Mr. Giliberto is also a director of Empire State Realty Trust, a publicly traded REIT. He chairs Hunt’s and Empire State Realty Trust’s Audit Committees. He is a member of the Advisory Committee on Real Estate at the University of Washington and has been an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business since 2007. In May 2016, Mr. Giliberto was appointed to the Real Estate Advisory Committee of the New York State Common Retirement Fund. In addition to his board and committee work, Mr. Giliberto has consulted for several large investment management organizations.
Working with John B. Levy, Mr. Giliberto created the Giliberto-Levy Commercial Mortgage Performance Index and the Giliberto-Levy High Yield Commercial Real Estate Debt Index.
During his corporate career, Mr. Giliberto authored numerous publications about investments and capital markets and spoke frequently at industry events. He served as both Treasurer and Chairman of the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA), and held board positions with the Real Estate Research Institute and the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association. In 1996, PREA’s Graaskamp Award for Research Excellence was given to Mr. Giliberto.
Before joining J.P. Morgan in 1996, Mr. Giliberto was a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers and Director of Real Estate Research at Salomon Brothers. Prior to coming to Wall Street, he was a professor in the Real Estate and Urban Land Economics Department at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Before commencing Ph.D. studies, he was Manager of Investment Research at Aetna's Real Estate Investment Department.
Mr. Giliberto was awarded a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Washington, holds an M.A. in Business Economics from the University of Hartford and earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard College.
Mr. Lozier currently serves as a Director for Equity Commonwealth (NYSE: EQC).
He previously served as Co-Founder and CEO of Archon Group LP, a diversified international real estate services and advisory company, from its formation in 1996 until 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Lozier worked at JE Robert Company, a global real estate investment management company, where he was responsible for managing the Goldman Sachs/JE Robert joint venture for two years.
He received his Bachelor's degree from Baylor University.
Mr. Wolf is a Partner with the law firm of Kemp Smith LLP with practice emphasis on tax, corporate, estate, business planning and family business succession planning, is a member of the firm’s Management Committee, and is currently serving as Managing Partner. Mr. Wolf has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America (tax law and trust and estate law since 2006), Texas Super Lawyers (2007-2013, 2016), and El Paso Best Lawyers Tax Law Lawyer (since 2012). Mr. Wolf currently serves on the boards of Kids Excel El Paso and Borderplex Bi-National Economic Alliance. He is also a member of the Rotary Club of El Paso, a member of the El Paso Estate Planning Council, a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and the President of the Texas Federal Tax Institute.