Edna Meyer-Nelson


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HOUSTON, TX—As President and CEO of The Richland Cos., EdnaMeyer-Nelson directs all business activities for Richland's variousdivisions including office, industrial, office flex, single tenantsand retail. Since founding The Richland Cos. in 1993, she hasamassed a portfolio of 38 properties in five states representingmore than approximately 2.5 million square feet of commerciallyowned and managed property throughout the southwestern US valued inexcess of $250 million. GlobeSt.com spoke with Meyer-Nelson as partof our series on the speakers for our upcoming Women of Influenceconference.

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“My expertise is numbers. Numbers tell the story and they do notlie,” she tells GlobeSt.com. “I'll look at something as long as thenumerical profile says the deal will work.”

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Meyer-Nelson began her career in the banking industry where sheserved as vice president, Commercial Loan Officer, and MarketingDirector for several of the larger banks in Houston includingCharter Bank, Great Southern Bank, American National Bank andFondren Southwest Bank. During her tenure, Meyer-Nelson's dutiesincluded originating commercial, small business and real estateloans, as well as executive lines of credit. While managing over$50 million in assets, she also assisted in the buy-outs of severalindependent banks, initiated and incorporated new, cost effectiveprograms, and actively encouraged executive women to enter newbusiness ventures.

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“I remember being the only female in one of the bank's trainingprograms years ago,” reminisces Meyer-Nelson. “They had us wearA-line skirts and pin-striped jackets!”

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When Meyer-Nelson first started in industry, there were multipleobstacles that women had to overcome, now there are a lot of womenin CRE who will mentor and advise aspiring female colleagues.

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“The good ole boy network has always thrived as they help eachother progress and come up. Women, on the other hand, weren'talways as helpful to each other. Nowadays, women actively help eachother and we are flourishing in the marketplace. After all, mentypically focus on one thing while women aptly focus on manythings. It's safe to say that men and women now appreciate eachother.”

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A longtime board member of Houston Children's Charity,Meyer-Nelson, earned the distinction of serving as its first femalePresident in 2009. She also sits on the boards of several othernon-profits and organizations including the Executive AdvisoryBoard-Graduate Real Estate Program, C.T. Bauer College of Businessand the Houston Police Foundation.

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Meyer-Nelson is also an official member of the Houston BusinessJournal Leadership Trust and in 2018, she became one of 48 women inthe country to be inducted into Real Estate Forum's Women ofInfluence Hall of Fame.

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“I've made it because I've watched every penny and know whereevery dime is being spent,” says Meyer-Nelson. “I have also spent alot of time not only ensuring that our numbers are good, but alsomaking sure our backroom is good. Make sure you have the rightvendors and that your rent rolls, taxes, etc. are all in order.With 91% occupancy across 38 properties, my team and I areconsistently cognizant and astute with all matters pertaining toour properties and business.”

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