IIt’s always a good thing when wealthy people go to their favorite charity instead of themselves. Recently Chairman of the Houston Ballet Board of Directors Leigh Smith requested that in lieu of gifts for her birthday lunch at Tootsies, all well wishes go to the ballet’s Lauren Anderson Young Dancer Scholarship Fund. Now, Nancy Almodóvarfounder and CEO of Nan & Company Properties Christie’s International Real Estate, continues her tradition that “my birthday is not for me but to serve others”.
The real estate company’s sleek new flagship office in The Heights served as the setting for a special anniversary brunch, giving the more than 200 guests the opportunity to experience the state-of-the-art workplace, one of – murals by local artists and the 1,000 square foot in-house production space called Nan Studios.
More importantly, Almodovar used the event to ask guests to skip birthday presents, but instead to join her to support nursing staff at Methodist Hospital.
“My husband, Jose, put his blood, sweat and tears into building this new office from the ground up.” Almodovar told the rally. “Ironically, it also landed him in hospital. We are grateful to the incredible nursing staff at Houston Methodist for their incredible care and getting him back on his feet quickly.
“I can’t think of a better gift this year than being able to reward them for what they do day in and day out to care for others.”
The gesture underscored Almodovar’s commitment to giving back to the industry and community through various mentorship programs and charitable organizations such as the Houston Area Women’s Center, where she chaired the leadership campaign of Last year.
Almodovar was celebrating not only another year around the sun, but also a year of notable recognitions. She was recently named to the 40 under 40 list compiled by the Houston Business Journal, to Texas Business Journal Texas 100 list: Influential Texans to know in 2022 and to Houston Women’s Magazine‘s 50 Most Influential Women 2022. Almodovar was also inducted into the Real Estate Newsmakers – Achievers Hall of Fame by RISMedia in 2021.
The fun of the party was heightened by the color orange, the birthday girl’s favorite and the one that many guests donned in her honor. Entertainment included a vintage Italian Piaggo monkey (a three-wheeled vehicle) Jo’s Mobile Mini Bar serving mimosas and a Nan pop-up shop that included personalized Nan clothing and delicious bites and sweets set up for fun in a boutique-style setting. The open workspace was filled with flowers from Arte Designs and the electric sounds of award-winning string quartet Divisi Strings.
PC seen: Chief Operating Officer of Nan & Company Properties Jose Almodovar, Jenny Carolina and Clovis Restrepo, Rosangela Capobianco, Milka Waterland, Lianet Gurr, Anabel and Jordan Strouse, Monica Alvarez, Silvia Salle, Cynthia Ruiz, Michelle Arreguin, and Nadia Jubran.