The Simeon of Olmos Park Condominiums to Open August 13

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Kandy Walker, the developer, to surprise her father when he learns at the grand opening the structure was named in his honor.

Kandy Walker is a newcomer to San Antonio and in the two years she has lived here she already has put a stake in the ground; specifically, Kandy has developed one the one of the most innovative, striking architectural designs in the city: The Simeon of Olmos Park Condominiums.

The Grand Opening will be at 6 p.m., Thursday, August 13, at 215 Annie Street, San Antonio, Texas 78212. RSVPs are being taken at 210.844.0616.

Kandy is far from your typical developer. She comes from a proud ranching tradition established by her father, Gene Simeon Walker, a cattle rancher who owns ranch land from West to South Texas and Northern Mexico.

"My father will tell you that ranching is a tough business even in the best of times," says Kandy. "TV shows like 'Bonanza' have romanticized ranching but in reality today it takes helicopter roundups, global positioning systems and computers to herd the cattle and operate a ranch."

"I get my strong work ethic and my love for taking land and transforming it into structurally sound, beautiful designs for business owners and home lovers from my Dad," Kandy says. "That's why I named this project in his honor."

Kandy has embraced San Antonio and believes in supporting this community. In building the Simeon, she insisted on using local contractors. Over 90% of the contractors who built the Simeon are San Antonio based companies including GW Construction and Dawn Swisher Campbell, project manager and design specialist. The architect is Francisco Alderete from Laredo who also designed the FBI building in Laredo.

The three-story, 2,900 feet Simeon Condominiums each have a private elevator and the finest amenities such as Viking Appliances, a bathroom that turns into a steam bath, outdoors areas on every level, two-car garages, and security cameras. They are listed by Dawn Swisher Campbell with Swisher & Martin Realty at 210.279.2654. Take a 360 degree tour at http://www.simeonofolmospark.com.

Kandy Walker
Owner of Catalina Real Estate Investments, Ltd.
Biography

May Kathleen Walker is "Kandy" to her friends. She was born in Laredo and is known in the community as a hard-working entrepreneurial businesswoman that is as comfortable in a board room setting as she is in doing field work on a ranch, piloting an airplane, hunting and being the proud mother of a daughter, Haley, and a son, Kyle.

Kandy comes from a family with 100 years of history in ranching. She was motivated to succeed in her own right by her grandfather's authentic rags to riches story starting "with one cow in Laredo" and establishing the foundation for the family's robust business today that encompasses owning land in West and South Texas and Northern Mexico as well as a portfolio of businesses that include ranching, raising livestock, trading cattle, cultivating crops, drilling oil and gas, running a natural gas utility company, and investing in real estate by developing and managing properties.

In 1986, Kandy got her first start in the family business doing the books for a "cabrito" (kid goat) operation and growing the number of nannys (female goats) from 500 to 2,500 in 1994. During this time, she flew planes over ranches to check fence lines and stock tanks. In 1992, she began building her business acumen by getting involved in several Walker family enterprises in Laredo. Among them, Kandy helped launch an executive suite operation called, "Corporate Solutions;" became the manager and limited partner of a five-story, multi-use, state-of-the-art business building, "Walker Plaza;" served as a partner in a financial enterprise called, "Walker 9," managing investments; and was a partner and senior marketing representative for a gas utility company, "Proviron, Inc.," until its sale in 2007.

Kandy says she always will be humbled by the magnitude of the business her family built and believes she serves only as one pillar that helps support, maintain and build her grandfather's vision. While her father, Gene Simeon Walker, doesn't have an office or wear a suit, Kandy says he is her idol and credits him for her strong work ethic and business savvy. Kandy says her father is a shrewd businessman, a great cowboy, unafraid to tread new territory, a good Christian and a wonderful father. He taught her to be honest, above-board, pay attention and listen, pay bills on time and respect others. Her mother, Mary Katherine Walker, was a teacher and instilled in Kandy the importance of education. Both parents continue to be a strong influence in Kandy's life. Kandy's business philosophy is to meet or exceed expectations, to respect and appreciate others' endeavors, and to continue to set and achieve new goals.

Kandy moved to San Antonio two years ago to focus on the family's real estate endeavors through her company, Catalina Real Estate Investments, Ltd. The Walker family has developed hundreds of acres for residential use and built homes in several Laredo neighborhoods; developed mixed use low-income housing in Austin and South Texas cities; and developed a state-of-the-art housing facility in San Marcos to serve the needs of Texas State University students. The family has completed several condominium, townhome, and multi-family developments in Austin, Laredo and Houston, and participated in the construction of the only privately built and operated toll road in Texas.

In San Antonio, Kandy just completed a unit of upscale, five-star quality Condominiums called, "The Simeon of Olmos Park." Just as she supports the Laredo community which supports her family, Kandy says she will support the San Antonio community. Over 90 percent of the vendors she used to build the Simeon are San Antonio based companies. Her ties to San Antonio were established when she attended UTSA and earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing and a minor in economics. When Kandy's not working, she loves to work on her ranch or hunt.

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