Junior Achievement of the Desert Southwest Business Hall of Fame

Business Hall of Fame Inducts:  Emma Schwartz and Lane Gaddy

By Christian Chapman

Photos by Christian Chapman & Bill Ray Jr.


Recently inducted into the awards ceremony to the Junior Achievement of the Desert Southwest Business Hall of Fame were two El Paso visionaries. Laureates Emma Schwartz and Lane Gaddy were honored for their principle, integrity and ethics in accordance to their business accomplishments. Schwartz and Gaddy are the quintessential example of the “can do” spirit true to the future successful business leaders. The two inductees shared the common bond with those past laureates who have transformed El Paso and the surrounding community with their civic and philanthropic activities. Schwartz and Gaddy are the 2016 Junior Achievement of the Desert West role models that show that business/personal success and making El Paso a better place to raise a family and invest in, can go hand in hand.

Greeting more than three hundred business, medical, educational professionals, friends and family as they packed Grace Gardens to witness the 2016 Business Hall of Fame induction ceremony were JA President, Elizabeth Hernandez Terrazas, Jolene Keipp, Education Manager and the JA crew of volunteers. The future is exciting with these men and women as inspiration. The annual event fundraising efforts will go to support Junior Achievement of the Desert Southwest K-12 programs.

Title Sponsor is Wells Fargo. Silver Sponsors are Western Refining and Southwest University at El Paso     Bronze Sponsors are: ADP, Capital Bank, Dantex Construction Company, Enterprise Holdings-National Car Rental/Enterprise Rent-A-Car, GECU, Hunt Companies, Inc., Helen of Troy, HUB International Insurance Services, MFI International MFG., LLC and WestStar Bank


JA Honoree Lane Gaddy 2016


Serving as CEO of W. Silver Recycling headquartered in El Paso, Texas, Lane Gaddy oversees the overall strategic direction of the company’s growth. Since coming to El Paso in 2005 Gaddy became W. Silver Recycling President expanding the company’s growth from two locations with 25 employees to 220 locations with operations in two countries.

Such growth has teamed up in Mexico and in the US with product purchases and sales from 18 countries… With an eye on continued growth, Gaddy / W. Silver just completed the first acquisition of a 110-year old company, El Paso Iron and Metal. The company continues to be in the forefront of the metal and scrap industry.

Currently Gaddy serves on the boards of the Young President’s Organization Paso Del Norte chapter, YPO Steel and Metal Industry Forum, Downtown Management District, El Paso County Historical Architecture Preservation Committee, Program 321, TIRZ Number 5, Redsky, the Texas Trost Society, and the El Paso Convention and Visitors Advisory Board. Often described as passionate about the redevelopment of downtown El Paso and committed to restoring several historic building near El Paso’s San Jacinto Plaza, including the historic Martin Building, at the corner of Stanton and Mills, and the O.T. Bassett Tower and Banner buildings, both designed by Henry Trost.

Actively involved in agriculture, real estate, service, hospitality and finance industries, Gaddy continues to expand his investments. A summa cum laude graduate of Arizona with a B.A. in Finance and Entrepreneurship and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas, Gaddy leads by example. Emma Wollschlager Schwartz President, Medical Center of the Americas

Emma Wollschlager Schwartz is the President of the Medical Center of the Americas (MCA) Foundation leading, advocating, coordinating the development of the MCA campus, managing the day-to-day Foundation operations, and coordinating the activities of the MCA Foundation Board of Directors. Schwartz is also the founder and President of Wollschlager Consulting, LLC, d/b/a W Consulting, LLC, a healthcare management and regulatory compliance consulting company.

Former Director of Compliance Consulting for Sinaiko Healthcare Consulting, Inc. Los Angeles, California, While at Sinaiko, Schwartz regularly lead operational performance improvement projects, prepared detailed business/strategic plans, created operational/billing related policies, procedures, audited claims and processes for specific audit protocols, developed and monitored compliance programs for environments as varied as hospitals, physician practices, clinical laboratories, dialysis facilities and diagnostic imaging centers. Schwartz also gained extensive experience in the areas of Organ Transplant, Cardiology and Dialysis billing, reimbursement and compliance.


Assistant Director of Legal Compliance for Sierra Providence Health Network, a multi-hospital Tenet Healthcare System in El Paso, Texas Schwartz directed both legal and contract compliance efforts. As a member of the Paso del Norte Group, Schwartz served on the Executive, Civic/Education Committees, as well as co-chairing the Membership Committee and serving as a founding member of the Young Leadership Group. Schwartz is a member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Schwartz is also on the Governing Board of Bank of the West El Paso, and WestStar Bank Holding Company, where she serves as Chair of the Audit Committee, member of the Governance Committee and ex-officio member of the Trust Committee. Ms. Schwartz serves on and has served on various other societies and associations related to healthcare, compliance and economic development. Ms. Schwartz received her BA from Stanford University in Human Biology with a concentration in Comparative Health Policy, and she received her Master of Public Health from the UCLA School of Public Health in Health Services Management.

She is a co-author of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethic’s “The Complete Compliance and Ethics Manual,” and she has been published in the Journal of Health Care Compliance, Bureau of National Affairs’ Health Care Fraud Report, Chimera (the quarterly Journal for the American Society of Transplant Surgeons), American College of Cardiology Annual Abstract Compilation and Cardiovascular Disease Management.


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