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E. Javier Loya

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E. Javier Loya
Born1969/02/02
🏳️ NationalityMexican-American
🎓 Alma materColumbia University
💼 Occupation
Businessman, sports team owner
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E. Javier Loya[1] (born February 2, 1969) is a Mexican-American businessman, sports team owner, and former college football linebacker and defensive end for the Columbia Lions. Loya is also one of the owners of the Houston Texans, a professional football team that plays in the National Football League.[2] He is a co-founder of several companies, including energy brokerage firm Choice Energy LP,[3][4][5] beverage company Veneno Tequila,[6][7][8] and wholesale broker OTC Global Holdings.[9][10]

Education and personal life[edit]

Loya is the second-youngest in a family of 8 children who were raised in El Paso, Texas.[11] His father was an industrial plant supervisor who placed great value on education for his children.[11] Loya received a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University in 1991.[12][13] Loya has 2 children with his wife Lucinda (née Vincent).[12][14]

College football career[edit]

As a member of the Columbia Lions, Loya played the defensive end and linebacker positions during his college football career.[15][16][17] In all three of his varsity seasons, he was named a varsity letterman.[17] In 1990, he was also named an Honorable Mention All-Ivy League Selection by the Ivy League athletic conference.[18] He is tied with several other players for the fourth-most career fumble recoveries while playing for the Columbia Lions.[18]

Business career[edit]

In 1994, Loya became the co-founder of natural gas-based energy broker Choice! Energy LP.[3][4][5] In 2000, Loya bought enough shares to gain control of the company.[12]

After a number of Texas’s state regulations for the power market were removed in 2002, Loya launched Choice Energy Services. In addition to wholesale markets, Loya focused the company’s services on retail commodities management.[19][20]

In 2002, Loya became one of 10 investors in the Houston Texans, which made him the first Hispanic owner in the NFL.[2][21][22][23]

Loya co-founded OTC Global Holdings in 2007, which acquired his previous companies Choice Energy, Choice Natural Gas, Choice Power. OTC Global Holdings currently serves over 450 institutions worldwide.[9][24][25][26]

In 2019, Loya and his wife partnered with Houston entrepreneurs to found the beverage company Veneno Tequila. At a tailgate party that commemorated the brand’s launch, actor Danny Trejo served as master of ceremonies and was the first to sample a bottle of Veneno Tequila.[6][7][8]

Other activities[edit]

Loya is a board member of several Houston-based charitable foundations and organizations, including Texas Southern University.[27][28][29]

Philanthropy[edit]

Loya is part of the board of directors for Greater Houston Senior Football Showcase, which holds nonprofit scouting events for high school football players from schools in Houston. The organization has also provides scholastic aid, and since 2008, it has lent $100 million to thousands of students from the Houston area.[17][30][31][32]

In 2011, Loya expanded on this idea by founding the Greater El Paso Football Showcase Combine, which also provided millions of dollars in scholarships to senior athletes from El Paso high schools.[2][17][33][34]

Awards[edit]

  • “Distinguished Graduate” - Ivy Football Association.[17][35]
  • “Emerging Leader” Award - Greater Houston Partnership.[36]
  • “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award - Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.[37][4][38]
  • “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award - Ernst & Young.[14][23]
  • Hispanic Businessman of the Year” - United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.[14]
  • John Jay Award - Columbia University.[39][40][41]

References[edit]

  1. "The perfect combination". Smart Business. June 26, 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Part-owner of Houston Texans still giving back to El Paso's student-athletes". KVIA ABC-7. December 14, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wollam, Allison (November 24, 2002). "Building on a choice". Houston Business Journal.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Phillips, Bruce (February 26, 2003). "Loya Named Hispanic Male Entrepreneur of the Year". Hispanic Engineer.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Goodman, Leah McGrath (July 2, 2007). "Power In Energy Trading Shifts to Smaller Brokers". Wall Street Journal.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Hodge, Shelby (September 21, 2019). "This Texans Party Turns Into a Red Hot Tequila Launch With Moguls, Beautiful People and Pro Athletes". Paper City.
  7. 7.0 7.1 de Luna, Marcy (December 2, 2019). "Texans vs. Patriots tailgate party doubles as tequila launch". Houston Chronicle.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Hodge, Shelby (September 21, 2020). "Electric Tequila Party in River Oaks District Shows Chic Houstonians Aren't Afraid to Have Fun". Paper City.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Q&A: Market volatility a way of life for commodities broker". Houston Chronicle. April 26, 2017.
  10. "Commodity Broker of the Year: OTC Global Holdings". Risk.net. May 10, 2017. Retrieved September 27, 2019.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Robertson, Dale (May 9, 2002). "Robertson: Energetic trader Loya personifies American dream". Houston Chronicle.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Cabral, Elena (January 2003). "FEATURES - Javier Loya '91". Columbia College.
  13. "Javier Loya interview from 2015 Connects in Houston". Columbia Alumni Association. August 3, 2016.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 "Lucinda and Javier Loya". The Social Book - Houston.
  15. "College Football; Lions Edge the Tigers With a Fierce Defense". New York Times. October 28, 1990.
  16. "5 More Reasons to Celebrate Columbia Athletics". Columbia Magazine. Spring 2017. Retrieved September 27, 2020.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 "Ivy Football Association Honors Javier Loya". Columbia University. January 26, 2017.
  18. 18.0 18.1 "2018 Columbia Football Record Book". NCAA. 2018. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  19. Martin, Joe (October 5, 2016). "Houston power co. to go on hiring spree, move headquarters". Houston Business Journal.
  20. "Moneymakers: Javier Loya". Houston Chronicle. August 11, 2004.
  21. Easton, Pam (March 26, 2002). "Hispanic businessman becomes newest investor in Texans". My Plainview.
  22. Wilson, Aaron (May 19, 2020). "NFL owners table proposal to incentivize hiring minorities, expand Rooney Rule". Houston Chronicle.
  23. 23.0 23.1 Wilson, Aaron (June 22, 2020). "Summit seeks to widen NFL opportunities for minorities". Houston Chronicle.
  24. "Commodity Broker of the Year: OTC Global Holdings". Risk.net. May 10, 2017. Retrieved September 27, 2019.
  25. "History & Timeline". OTC Global Holdings.
  26. Rutledge, Tanya (May 2, 2010). "Brokering options for growth: OTC Global Holdings". Houston Business Journal.
  27. Tresauge, Matthew (May 10, 2007). "Perry picks 5 appointees to reshape TSU". Houston Chronicle.
  28. "Senate confirms new Texas Southern regents". The Eagle. May 12, 2007.
  29. Kamara, Margaret (May 14, 2007). "Texas Southern Takes Step Back to Stability". Diverse.
  30. "Greater Houston Senior Football Showcase Board of Directors". Greater Houston Senior Football Showcase. Retrieved September 27, 2020.
  31. "Second-chance athletic showcase turns $5,000 budget into $12 million in scholarships". Houston Independent School District. February 6, 2015.
  32. "NFF High School Showcases Expand Impact". South Florida Tribune. February 10, 2019.
  33. Deaver, Colin (December 20, 2019). "915 Showcase Combine gives El Paso players a shot at next level". KTSM.
  34. Kaplwitz, Steve (September 14, 2011). "Kappy's Corner". What's Up.
  35. "Robert W. Pangia '73 To Be Honored By Ivy Football Association". Brown University Athletics. September 9, 2016.
  36. "DeBakey honored as one of 'Houston's Greatest'". Houston Chronicle. December 12, 2007.
  37. Kaplan, David (September 28, 2002). "Hispanic male entrepreneur of the year says system works". Houston Chronicle.
  38. "Hispanic Chamber to host reception for CHOICE! Energy's Javier Loya". The Monitor. October 26, 2003.
  39. "JOHN JAY AWARDS". Columbia University Alumni Association. Retrieved September 25, 2020.
  40. Palladino, Lisa. "John Jay Awards To Honor Alumni, Parent". Columbia College Today. Retrieved September 27, 2020.
  41. "University will honor successful Burges grad". El Paso, Texas. February 28, 2004.