Houston Treasure for 2020
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Edna Meyer-Nelson is a proud third generation Houstonian. She attended Aldine High School followed by Southern Methodist University and went on to earn post-graduate degrees from University of Houston and University of Colorado.
Her generosity and philanthropic spirit knows no bounds, earning her a spot as one of H Texas Magazine’s 25 Most Beautiful Houstonians. In 2019, she chaired The Women’s Resource Annual Luncheon setting an organization record for money raised and is a CAP honoree with her puppy, Beau. A longtime board member of Houston Children’s Charity, Edna holds the distinction of presiding as their first female President. She serves on the board of the Houston Police Foundation, is a member of The Cooley Circle, a Charter Member of BRASS, a recipient of the CAP Cherished Companion Award and a supporter of Houston Crime Stoppers.
As President and CEO of The Richland Companies, Edna directs all business activities for Richland’s many divisions. Since founding Richland in 1993 with partner Suzanne Klein, she has purchased, operated and managed over 4 million square feet of commercial real estate valued in excess of $425 million. She began her career in the banking industry rising to the upper echelon before starting one of the most respected women-owned CRE companies in the country.
While her professional accolades are vast, her most recent accomplishments include: Houston Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Honoree, Inaugural Best For-Profit CEO and the first woman to receive their Landmark Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a Real Estate Forum Woman of Influence and an inductee of their National Hall of Fame. Edna was honored with CREW’s inaugural Circle of Excellence Award, which was created to celebrate her accomplishments in business and philanthropy and was named one of CREW’s Top 15 Women in CRE. Additionally, she has received the YWCA’s Outstanding Business Woman Award, is an inductee of the GHWCC Hall of Fame, was named Business of the Year at the Governor’s Business Forum for Women, and was a top finalist for “Business Woman of the Year” and “Entrepreneur of the Year.”
When not working, she can be found playing golf, traveling the world, spending time with family, friends and her beloved Beau.