NEW YORK—Former Columbia football player Javier Loya was honored by the Ivy Football Association at its bi-annual dinner held Thursday evening at The Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. Loya, along with representatives of the seven other Ivy League schools were honored by the organization as distinguished graduates.

Loya graduated from Columbia University in 1991. While at Columbia, he lettered in all three of his varsity seasons while playing defensive end and outside linebacker. Today, he is Chairman and CEO of commodities broker OTC Global Holdings (OTCGH), a company he co-founded in 2007, which has become the largest independent interdealer brokerage in the world.

Javier was recognized by the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as "Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2002, and in 2007 was honored by the Greater Houston Partnership as an "Emerging Leader." In 2004, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce named Javier its "Hispanic Businessman of the Year" and in the same year he received the John Jay Award for distinguished professional achievement from Columbia University. In 2010, Javier received the prestigious Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year" award, one of the business world's highest honors. Additionally, Javier served on the Board of Regents for Texas Southern University from 2007-09 and on the Board of Directors for several charitable organizations across Houston.

OTCGH has been named to the Houston Chronicle's "Chron 100" list of the top privately-held companies multiple times, in addition to being named the "fastest growing company in Houston" by the Houston Business Journal in 2008. The company was selected by Energy Risk as "Broker of the Year" in 2011 and 2016, recognizing its excellence among peers across the globe.

Javier's passion for football and the lessons learned from coaches and teammates remains a significant part of his life and impacts the way he runs his business, cares for his family and supports those in need. As a minority owner of the NFL's Houston Texans franchise, Javier serves on the National Football League's Diversity Committee. He is also actively involved in the Greater Houston Football Senior Showcase, which has generated over $100 million in scholastic aid for more than 3,000 participants since its inception in 2008. The success was so great that Javier founded the Greater El Paso Football Showcase Combine, which allows him to give back to the student athletes in his hometown. Since 2011, over 100 high school seniors from the El Paso area have earned over $9 million in scholarships. Many of these deserving but underserved students are the first in their families to attend college, bringing them opportunities otherwise undiscovered. By reinforcing academic and athletic success, drive, diligence and hard work, Javier has helped the next generation realize the unlimited possibilities that stem from a commitment to both school and sports.

Javier is married to Lucinda Vincent-Loya and is the devoted father of two young girls.

The Ivy Football Association was founded in 2000 to honor and celebrate Ivy League football and its rich tradition of producing graduates who have become leaders in their chosen fields or professions. The organization promotes how football fits into the overall educational process and college experience and how Ivy League football can be lifted up as the model for how intercollegiate football should be conducted. Since its founding, the organization has sponsored seven sold-out dinners, each of which has recognized eight distinguished graduates of the respective Ivy League institutions. More information on the Ivy Football Association, event and list of honorees is available at this link.

COLUMBIA’S ALL-TIME IVY FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION HONOREES

2017: Javier Loya, 1991CC

2015: Archie Roberts, M.D., 1965CC

2013: Marcellus Wiley, 1997CC

2011: Martin Francis “Marty” Domres, 1969CC

2009: Robert K. Kraft, 1963CC

2007: Brian Dennehy, 1960CC

2005: William V. Campbell, 1962CC

2003: Allison F. Butts, 1964CC

2001: Russell F. Warren, M.D., 1962CC