Edna Meyer-Nelson

Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer
The Richland Companies

Edna Meyer-Nelson skillfully oversees and directs all of the business activities for this multimillion-dollar firm. Edna is a graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas with post-graduate degrees from University of Houston and University of Colorado.

Her career began in the banking industry where she served as a Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer and Marketing Director for several of the larger banks in Houston. During her tenure, Meyer-Nelson’s duties included initiating commercial loans, small business loans, real estate loans and executive lines of credit. Managing over $50 million in assets, Ms. Meyer-Nelson 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.

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 serving as its first female President. She also sits on the boards of several other charities and organizations including the Executive Advisory Board-Graduate Real Estate Program, C.T. Bauer College of Business and the Houston Police Foundation. She is a supporter of Houston Crime Stoppers, member of The Cooley Circle, a Charter Member of Baylor Research Advocates for Student Scientists and the recipient of the CAPS Cherished Companion Award.

In 2017, Meyer-Nelson became the first woman to receive the Houston Business Journal’s Landmark Lifetime Achievement Award. 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, received CREW’s 2015 Networking Story of the Year, 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 is an active member of the American Business Women’s Association and the National Association of Professional Women as well as a frequent guest lecturer for a variety of graduate, undergraduate and continuing education courses at Rice University and University of Houston.