Board of Directors
Mr. Paul K. Broughton – Chairman & Founder
Paul is the Chairman,President and Founder of The Broughton Investment Group, Inc. (The BIG, Inc.)in Houston, Texas. His career began in college while attending the University of Houston in 1991 as a junior level investment analyst for Hantex Marine Corporation. He quickly learned facets of advanced estate, investment, and retirement strategies that propelled him to management level status of the company. He is a proud Saint Thomas & University of Houston alumnus.
By the fall of 1999, Paul began his 12-year GE Capital (GE Financial Advisors) career and eventually led the local Houston offices. He quickly became a top-level senior financial advisor, explored strategic business alliances,which culminated in the Boundary-less Sales Teams initiative that he led as a board member of Jack Welch’s Chairman’s table.
Mr. Antonio Luis Soler - Vice Chairman & Independent Director
Antonio L. Soler, the Vice Chairman of the Broughton Investment Group, was raised overseas as the son of a foreign diplomat and has subsequently pursued diverse and pedigreed academic and business careers. An Ivy League graduate of Cornell University majoring in government and economics, Mr. Soler speaks, reads and writes four languages fluently (English, Spanish, French and Portuguese), having conducted professional and personal business in over 15 countries across four continents over the past twenty years. After Cornell University, Mr. Soler continued his studies at Thunderbird School of Global Management, earning a MBA, and ESADE (Escuela Superior de Administracion y Direccion) earning a Master in International Management.
His core work experience centers on the commercial transactions evaluation process from client prospecting through due diligence, underwriting, negotiations, documentation and portfolio management. Key accomplishments include successful completion of GE Capital’s Risk Management Leadership Development Program, Boeing’s Executive Training for Globalization Seminar and related superior performance in a variety of mission-critical business credit operations and financial risk management affairs roles during his decade-long tenure at both U.S. corporate giants.
Antonio is married, has a dog, and enjoys watching and playing a variety of sports as well as traveling; he maintains a keen interest in global capital markets and socio-economic public policy developments.
The Rev. Father Steven Cholak, Independent Director
The Rev. Fr. Steven Cholak is the Special Ministries Project Coordinator for Youth Ministry in the Office of National Mission at The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod (LCMS). He served his vicarage (internship) at Memorial Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas and has served congregations in Nebraska, Indiana, and Texas. In his current assignment, Rev. Father Cholak is coordinating five new program areas through the youth ministry area of the LCMS: Campus Ministry (LCMS U), Church Worker Recruitment and Retention, Lutheran Youth Corps, Evangelism and Outreach, and Revitalization of Youth Catechesis Programs. Rev. Cholak grew up in Akron, Ohio, attended Concordia University Chicago and Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne, Indiana. He and his wife Stephanie (nee Blake) have been married nine years and live in Saint Louis, Missouri.
Mr. John F. Vargas, Independent Director - Owner & General Manager – Cantina Laredo
John was born is 1966 in Temple, Texas where he graduated from Temple High School and later attended Temple College. He always enjoys his many passions, which include, his family, friends, the restaurant business, and sports. He has been a highly successful GM for Las Casa Restaurant from 1994 to 1997 culminating with Consolidated Restaurants Operation. Currently, he is he General Manager of Cantina Laredo, and enjoys the opportunity to spend quality family time with his son and daughter and granddaughter.
Cantina Laredo Houston- 713-952-3287 direct
Mr. Scott P King, Director of Security & Logistics - Board of Directors Member
Mr. King was born in Dunedin, Fl. in 1971 to a mortgage banker mother and master electrician father. In 1978 his father accepted a career advancing position that took the family to Houston, TX. Once in Houston, Scott had a typical education, graduating from Stratford High School and continuing on to Houston Community College as a music major. During this time he realized retail management was to be his calling and discontinued his musical pursuits to focus on his retail career.
Beginning as a store manager for Diamond Shamrock by the age of twenty he moved on to big box retail as the Customer Service Manager for OfficeMax in River Oaks, the company’s highest volume location in Houston. Then, in 1997, moved on to Best Buy and, subsequently, the discipline change that would define his retail career – Loss Prevention. Capitalizing on the excellent work ethic and integrity instilled in him by his mother, within short order Scott was supervising the loss prevention departments in multiple locations and assuming leadership roles in new store openings. To try something different and exciting, he embarked on the journey of a Private Investigator – investigating workman’s compensation fraud nationwide for the leading provider of such services. Some of life’s lessons are learned the hard way – living out of a suitcase wasn't for him, in an effort to be more grounded at home, he transitioned back to the retail security sector with Saks Fifth Avenue where he quickly advanced through the Outlet division then onto management at their Austin, TX full-line location. The difficult economic climate of 2008 and 2009 caused a Saks to make the hard choice to lay off a good many people, including Scott. Making lemonade from that bunch of lemons, he and his fiancee took the gamble on opening a vintage clothing and movie memorabilia store in north Austin.