Padre Elite Team, PLLC
RE/MAX 1st Choice – SPI
Laurie’s experience in real estate began in Dallas, Texas where she was the Property Manager for 450 apartment units and two six-story office towers. She also handled her own residential investments while serving as Sr. Vice President of the Pan American National Bank and later as Vice President of Business Development for an architectural firm. In 2005, she was invited to join UTB/TSC to manage corporate relations and ultimately became the Executive Director of University Relations at The University of Texas at Brownsville until it closed in 2015.
Laurie Hodgson Howell was raised in Brownsville before making Dallas and SMU her home for 28 years. Laurie returned to the Valley in 1996 to assist her family in the shrimping industry. Many people know the love of her life, Darrell Mangham, who owns AirTech. Her love of animals led to her two rescued cats, Rusty and Buddy. She enjoys kayaking, reading, old movies, and walking on the beach.
Laurie has served in numerous volunteer roles over the years. Helping organize Sunshine Haven, a Special Care Facility for terminally ill residents of Cameron County has always been important to her. She was instrumental in helping build a new library in Brownsville. For five years she organized the UTB Faculty Lecture Series on South Padre Island with the support of El Paseo Arts Foundation, the City of SPI, and a number of island residents.
With a new career in real estate, Laurie is working closely with the seasoned Padre Elite Team to help buyers like you find the ideal home in the Laguna Madre area. She owns property on South Padre Island and in Port Isabel and believes this area is fantastic for living or investing.
The Padre Elite Team is excited to have Laurie as she is truly professional with a strong work ethic. She is excited to take on the challenge of this new career that has been her dream for years. She will prove to be a top producer in a short time.