Ed Escudero is President and CEO of High Desert Capital, LLC, a finance company that provides 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 previously served as the Secretary and CFO of Petro Stopping Centers, L.P. During his tenure at Petro, Ed helped to double the company’s annual revenue to more than $2 billion, grow its workforce by nearly 1,000, and expand to locations in over 34 states. While at Petro, he managed key departments within the company, including accounting, legal, human resources, audit, financial planning, and information systems. In 2007, he was instrumental in coordinating the sale of Petro.
Ed currently serves on the board of several area organizations, including the El Paso Electric Company, the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation, WestStar Bank, the Hospitals of Providence Trans Mountain Campus, Paso del Norte Health Foundation, and the Trellis Company. He also served on the Texas State Securities Board from 2007-2011 and the El Paso Water Utility Public Service Board from 2010 to 2013. Ed has received several awards, including the El Paso Community Spirit Award in 2015, the El Paso Business Hall of Fame in 2014, the Hispanos Triunfadores Award in 2013, and the UTEP Golden Nugget Award in 2012.
Ed is a CPA and received his B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Texas at El Paso.