Paul L. Foster is President of Franklin Mountain Management, LLC. He is the founder and former Executive Chairman of Western Refining, Inc., and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Andeavor, a premier U.S. refining, marketing, and logistics company.
Mr. Foster served for a number of years on the Texas Business Leadership Council and served on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board from 2004 to 2007. Since November of 2007, Mr. Foster has
served on The University of Texas System Board of Regents, serving as its Chairman from August 2013 to September 2017. He currently serves as Vice Chairman. Previously, he served as the Chairman of the University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO).
An avid supporter of the Borderplex Region (El Paso, TX/Juarez, MX/Las Cruces, NM), Mr. Foster is involved in numerous local and regional business, civic, and charitable organizations. In 2013, he was appointed to the El Paso branch board of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank. Mr. Foster has also served as a Director of WestStar Bank in El Paso since 2004. He is a member of the World Presidents’ Organization and serves on the Steering Committee of the Borderplex Regional Economic Alliance. He was the founding Chairman of El Paso Regional Economic Development Corporation (REDCo).
Mr. Foster is passionate about the city he calls home and is a catalyst in El Paso’s downtown redevelopment and revitalization efforts. He has purchased a number of historic El Paso buildings and is establishing the Mills Plaza District in downtown El Paso through meticulous renovation and restoration of those buildings. In addition, Mr. Foster developed and built a 600,000 sq. ft. retail shopping and lifestyle complex near Interstate 10 in El Paso called The Fountains at Farah. In 2012, Mr. Foster and his wife, Alejandra de la Vega Foster, joined with the Hunt family in El Paso to form MountainStar Sports Group, a partnership focused on improving the quality of life in the region and spurring economic development through sports and entertainment. The group purchased the San Diego Padres’ Triple-A baseball team and relocated them to El Paso from Tucson, Arizona. In 2014 the El Paso Chihuahuas began play in a brand-new, downtown ballpark, a public/private venture of the City of El Paso and MountainStar Sports Group. In addition, MountainStar Sports and a group of investors purchased an Ascenso MX (Mexico’s second division) soccer franchise for Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. FC Juarez opened play in July, 2015 in the Benito Juarez Olympic Stadium in Juarez.
Mr. Foster has given generously to initiatives in Texas and the Borderplex region, including significant civic and charitable donations. His gifts include a $50 million donation to create the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, and a $3 million donation to establish the Paul L. Foster Success Center at Baylor University. Mr. Foster also gave $35 million to Baylor to support the construction of Baylor Stadium, and to build the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation, which houses the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University. Mr. Foster’s donation represents the largest gift from a living alumnus in Baylor’s history. He and his long-time friend and business associate, Jeff Stevens, donated $6 million to fund the Foster-Stevens Basketball Complex on the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso. In addition, Mr. and Mrs. Foster donated $500,000 to help fund La Mano Amiga, an operations facility for El Pasoans Fighting Hunger. Mr. and Mrs. Foster also gave $2 million to the El Paso Zoo, to provide ongoing, year-long memberships for military families, as well as to fund the Foster Tree House Playground and support other Zoo projects. Mr. and Mrs. Foster also presented a million-dollar gift to the New Mexico State University Foundation in support of Arrowhead Center, the university’s regional entrepreneurship and innovation hub.
Mr. Foster has contributed significantly to address many areas of need within the state, the Borderplex, and in his City of El Paso.
Numerous honors given to Mr. Foster include the Distinguished Alumni Award presented by the Baylor Alumni Association. He was inducted into the 2013 Class of the Texas Business Hall of Fame, and in 2007 and 2013, he was presented the highest award given by the City of El Paso, the Conquistador Award. He was named El Pasoan of the Year twice by El Paso Inc. and inducted into the Business Hall of Fame by Junior Achievement of the Desert Southwest. Mr. Foster was also named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce.
Woody L. Hunt is Executive 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. He 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 Board of Directors for Complete College America; foundation trustee of the College for all Texans Foundation; member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center-Houston; chairman of the Borderplex Alliance in El Paso; previously served as Chairman of the Texas Business Leadership Council, where he now serves on the Executive Committee; co-chair and PAC chair for Texas Aspires (formerly Texas Institute for Education Reform and Texans for Education Reform); a member of the Board of Directors for El Paso Electric (Nasdaq: EE) and WestStar Bank; and is a member of the Executive Council of No Labels.
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 and chairman of the Finance Committee of PNM Resources (NYSE: PNM) in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and has served on numerous other civic, non-profit, and professional boards.
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 has 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. He is the recipient of the Mirabeau B. Lamar Medal and the the Texas Business Leadership Council’s Richard W. Weekley Public Policy Leadership Award.
Josh Hunt is Executive Vice President and Member of the Board of Directors for Hunt Companies, Inc. In addition, Mr. Hunt is President of the Hunt Family Foundation, and serves on several other Hunt governance boards and committees. Founded in 1947, Hunt Companies, Inc. (Hunt) is today a holding company that invests in businesses focused in the real estate and infrastructure markets. The activities of Hunt’s affiliates and investees include investment management, mortgage banking, direct lending, loan servicing, asset management, property management, development, construction, consulting and advisory. The platforms employ over 6,000 people.
In addition to his duties at Hunt Companies, Mr. Hunt is a board member of the Borderplex Alliance, member of the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) President’s Athletic Advisory Council, Hospitals of Providence Governing Board, a founding board member of the new El Paso Children’s Museum, chairman of the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation Board, Texas Tech Foundation Board, board chair of WestStar Home Loans (a subsidiary of WestStar Bank); and currently co-chairing the Center Against Sexual & Family Violence Capital Campaign. Mr. Hunt has served on numerous other civic, non-profit and professional boards. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) El Paso/Juarez and Aspen Chapters, Urban Land Institute, and International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
As Chairman and CEO of MountainStar Sports Group (MSSG), 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. Southwest University Park and the El Paso Chihuahuas received numerous awards and recognition from many publications in 2014, including Ballpark of the Year. In 2015, MSSG invested in a newly-awarded soccer franchise, FC Juarez Bravos, in Juarez, MX (Ascenso MX league), where he serves as a board member. Mr. Hunt is also on the board of directors of Minor League Baseball’s Pacific Coast League, Triple-A Baseball.
Mr. Hunt has received numerous awards and honors, including being named El Pasoan of the Year by El Paso Inc. as part of the group that brought Triple-A Baseball to El Paso.
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.
Alejandra De la Vega – Foster
Alejandra De la Vega – Foster is Vice President of Almacenes Distribuidores de la Frontera, a company that operates convenience stores in the City of Juarez, and northern Chihuahua, Mexico. A businesswoman and entrepreneur, she also owns the Domino’s Pizza franchise in Juarez and holds the franchise rights for La Madeleine Country French Café in El Paso, Texas, southern New Mexico, and Arizona markets. Mrs. De la Vega – Foster is co-owner of the El Paso Chihuahuas, the Triple-A Baseball affiliate of the San Diego Padres, and co-owner and President of the Board of F.C. Juarez, an Ascenso MX League soccer club playing in Ciudad Juarez
as Los Bravos. In 2016, Mrs. De la Vega – Foster was appointed by the Governor of the State of Chihuahua, Mexico to serve as Secretary of Innovation and Economic Development for the electoral period of 2016-2021.
Actively involved on both sides of the border, Mrs. De la Vega – Foster serves or has served on numerous business, civic, and charitable boards and committees. She is currently a member of the Governing Board of The Hospitals of Providence Memorial and Sierra Campuses in El Paso and a member of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors in Houston. She is actively involved in Desarrollo Economico de Juarez, serves as Co-Chair of the Borderplex Regional Economic Alliance and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) Paso Del Norte Chapter. Mrs. De la Vega – Foster previously served on the board of the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) Ciudad Juarez Campus, was secretary of the board of La Rodadora Children’s Museum in Juarez, and was a board member of the FEMAP Foundation, an organization established to raise the quality of life among the people living in poverty in Mexico.
Mrs. De la Vega – Foster and her husband Paul Foster have donated to many civic and charitable organizations. Their charitable giving supports La Mano Amiga, an operations facility for El Pasoans Fighting Hunger; the El Paso Zoo, to provide ongoing, year-long memberships for military families, as well as to fund the Foster Tree House Playground. Mr. and Mrs. Foster also supported the New Mexico State University Foundation with a gift in support of Arrowhead Center, the university’s regional entrepreneurship and innovation hub.
Alan Ledford is president of MountainStar Sports Group, the El Paso Locomotive FC professional soccer team, and the El Paso Chihuahuas. He currently oversees all initiatives of MountainStar, including the Chihuahuas, Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, as well as El Paso Locomotive FC. He also serves as President of Leg Up Entertainment, a division of MountainStar Sports Group
area. He also serves as President of Leg Up Entertainment, a division of MountainStar Sports Group. A native of California, Alan began his sports and entertainment career as a college student when he secured a one-year internship with the Oakland A’s. That internship turned into a career of fifteen seasons with the team, culminating in his role as Vice President of Business Operations for the A’s. Today, Alan’s career spans over 36 years of experience in all aspects of the sports and entertainment business.
After his tenure with the Oakland A’s, Alan left the world of professional sports to help start and grow MGO, a Bay Area sports and entertainment consulting group where he served as Executive Vice President. In his capacity with MGO, Alan represented a private ownership group and led a successful effort to bring a Triple-A Baseball team to a new ballpark in Sacramento, California. He was later instrumental in the launch of the Sacramento River Cats franchise and was subsequently engaged to become President, Chief Operating Officer, and General Manager of the team and its home ballpark, Raley Field. During Alan’s nearly nine-year tenure overseeing day- to-day operations of the franchise and stadium, the River Cats led all of Minor League Baseball in attendance and revenue generation. Alan was named the 2006 Minor League Baseball Executive of the Year by Baseball America.
Alan’s career highlights also include the successful acquisition, turnaround, and ultimate sale of the Portland Beavers (Triple-A) and of soccer’s Portland Timbers (USL). Prior to his involvement both teams were performing poorly and in financial distress. Ultimately, Alan helped develop and execute plans that transitioned both teams to successful and profitable businesses.
In 2011, Alan founded his own company, Perfect Game Ventures, LLC, a sports management and consulting firm that works with investors to acquire and manage Minor League Baseball teams. He served as CEO of Perfect Game Ventures until being engaged to lead MountainStar’s effort to bring a Triple-A Baseball team to the city, build a staff and business, and construct the new ballpark in Downtown El Paso. In its 2014 inaugural season, the El Paso Chihuahuas sold out nearly 75% of their home games, with 548,000 fans going through the gates of Southwest University Park. That number broke the Minor League Baseball attendance record for the City of El Paso, set in 1985. The team sold merchandise in all fifty states and ten countries, generated more Facebook Likes than all other 159 teams in Minor League Baseball, and received the Promotion of the Year Award – all in its first year. In addition, Southwest University Park was named 2014 Ballpark of the Year by Ballpark Digest.
Alan is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and holds a BS degree in Business Administration. He and his wife, Ann, have three children.