As President and Chief Executive Officer of The Richland Companies, Edna Meyer-Nelson directs all business activities for Richland Investments, Richland Brokerage, Richland Asset Management, Richland Commercial Mortgage, Richland Leasing, Richland Tenant Representation, Richland Property Management, Richland Land Development and LandRich Construction. Since founding The Richland Companies in 1993, she has amassed a portfolio of 35 properties in four states representing more than 2 million square feet of commercially owned and managed property throughout the Southwestern United States valued in excess of $250 million.
The keys to her success have been a keen eye for prime commercial properties, to personally oversee the acquisition and management of each of her properties, stay liquid, diversify her business in a manner that stays true to the company philosophy and maintain the highest level of service to tenants while reducing expenses and maximizing profits. She also takes pride in her ability to surround herself with the best possible team to ensure continued growth for this multi-million dollar firm.
She began her career in the banking industry where she served as Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer, and Marketing Director for several of the larger banks in Houston, such as: Great Southern Bank, Fondren Southwest Bank, American National Bank and Charter Bank. During her tenure, Meyer-Nelson’s duties included initiating commercial, small business and real estate loans, as well as executive lines of credit. While managing over $50 million in assets, she also assisted in the buy-outs of several independent banks, initiated and incorporated new, cost effective programs, and actively encouraged executive women to enter new business ventures.
Meyer-Nelson is a graduate of Southern Methodist University with post-graduate degrees from the University of Houston and the University of Colorado. She is an active member of the National Association of Professional Women, CREW and the American Business Women’s Association as well as a frequent guest lecturer for a variety of graduate, undergraduate and continuing education courses at Rice University and University of Houston, where she sits on the Executive Advisory Board-Graduate Real Estate Program, C.T. Bauer College of Business. In 2010, she was appointed Chairman of the Advisory Council for The Texas Heart Institute’s Center for Women’s Heart and Vascular Health. A longtime board member of Houston Children’s Charity, in 2009 Edna earned the distinction of presiding as its first female President. She also serves on the board of the Houston Police Foundation. She is a member of The Cooley Circle, a Charter Member of Baylor Research Advocates for Student Scientists, a recipient of the CAPS Cherished Companion Award and a supporter of Houston Crime Stoppers.
Meyer-Nelson has been named the recipient of the 2016 Landmark Lifetime Achievement Award for Real Estate. She is the first woman recipient in a previously male-dominated category. She is an inductee of the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame, has been named Houston Business Journal’s Inaugural Best for Profit CEO and a finalist for their Women Who Mean Business Award, one of Real Estate Forum’s 2014 Women of Influence, one of CREW’s 2012 Top 15 Women in Commercial Real Estate, one of Real Estate Forum’s 2010 Women of Influence, a top finalist for “Business Woman of the Year” and “Entrepreneur of the Year” and continually garners top spots on The Houston Business Journal’s Top 50 Women Owned Businesses, Top 50 Fastest Growing Businesses, and Top 100 Diversified Businesses in the United States. She currently resides in Houston, Texas.