Houston couple shine bright as Valobra Master Jewelers’ first-ever diamond duo
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Valobra Master Jewelers is launching a brand new series. Get ready for “Houston’s Diamond Duos”, which honors, recognizes and congratulates Bayou City’s most dynamic, graceful and unwavering couples. The first couple highlighted by Valobra is Rachel and Tom Regan, who just celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary.
MIt might have been the words of Pat Green or the inky, star-studded Texas sky, but there was magic in the air the night Rachel Podsednik met Tom Regan. Their lasting relationship was born out of friendship and the knowledge that they had indeed found “their person”.
It also makes the couple the ideal partner for Valobra Master Jewelers Duo of diamonds.
Born in Michigan, Tom did what smart people do and moved to Texas as soon as he could, grew up in San Antonio and attended Baylor University. Rachel, a Texas native, grew up in the small Czech community of West and attended Baylor University.
Fast forward to their cute encounter that involved musician Pat Green, small town Texas, and big conversation.
“It’s a fun story,” says Rachel. “While he was at Baylor, my college roommate was dating and engaged to Pat who was making his way onto the Texas music scene. Tom and his fraternity paid Pat to play a gig for them in the small community of Westphalia and we met that night.
Rachel and Tom’s connection was immediate. Although they didn’t start dating until later, Rachel said they just knew they had found “the right one.” After graduating from Baylor, Tom moved to Austin and Rachel to Dallas, but it was in Houston that their futures merged forever.
âWe laugh and say we met through the music and friendship of Pat Green â and are probably the only two Catholics who met and married at Baylor University,â Rachel says.
The Regans celebrated their 20th anniversary in October and have built a vibrant life full of family, faith, friends, philanthropy and travel. Their children – Wynn Lawrence and Eleanor “Ella” Kathryn – are the center of their world.
“What we value most as a couple are those we get to share our life’s journey with,” says Rachel. âWe are both rooted in our faith, which is a very important part of our lives and how we raise our children.
âWe strongly believe in family values. Both have great examples of marriage and love shown by our parents.
Rachel and Tom Regan celebrated 20 years of marriage in October.
Strong bonds, strong couple
Rachel is Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Acquisitions for Exclusive Resorts and Tom is the Founder and CEO of Texas Imaging and Surgical, a company specializing in high-end medical imaging equipment used in the surgical environment.
Being part of the community for the greater good is also part of the Regan family identity. Rachel’s passion for serving those in need, especially children, the elderly, and medical innovation and initiatives, is reflected in the long list of organizations she supports.
Rachel recently completed a successful run as the 97th president of Junior League Houston and is the past chair of the Baylor College of Medicine Partnership Board. Rachel currently sits on the boards of March of Dimes and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, and has also raised much-needed funds for VICTORY in support of the American Cancer Society, Houston Ballet Guild, St. Luke’s Friends of Nursing board and Dress for Success Houston â Women of Wardrobe.
âWe appreciate the opportunity to give back to our community, each in our own way,â says Rachel. âWe often say that we are busy and blessed. And appreciating those blessings keeps us grounded during the tough times and grateful and thankful during the wonderful times in life.
And when they have a quiet moment, you’ll normally find this couple at home, opening a bottle of wine and talking about their day. It was an engaging conversation after all that had brought them together in the first place.
“A romantic date? I travel a lot as part of my job and Tom runs a very active medical business,” notes Rachel. “So even an hour together every night is such a gift.”
When they get the chance to go out, new restaurants and established favorites are usually the order of the day. Picos and Uptown Sushi are two of their favorites.
Traveling and being near water are also shared passions. This duo explored the most remote corners of the world together.
“We were fortunate enough to join Exclusive Resorts, a private travel club almost 15 years ago, and I finally went to work for the company after many life-changing travel memories for our family,” says Rachel. “After joining Exclusive Resorts, we have been blessed to travel to some incredible places, each bringing with them very special moments and memories for our family.”
They are also members of the Florida Power Boat Club and speed up the fun on their boat in the Florida Keys, Bahamas and even Cuba.
“We’ve enjoyed boating together since before we got married, and a boat was actually our first big purchase as a married couple,” Rachel explains. “Tom’s toys (aka our boats) have apparently gotten bigger over the past 20 years, but we both find solace on the water. It’s a special part of our lives in our marriage.
Rachel and Tom Regan are the shameless founders of each other’s mutual admiration society and are quick to share what they appreciate about each other.
“I admire his strength,” says Rachel. âHe is my rock and the rock of our family. He is always there, always there for our children and for me, picking up the pieces while I travel for business or spending time serving organizations in our community that mean so much. for me.
“He is a man of strong faith, strong values, and one who keeps his family and loved ones at the center of his life, no matter the weather or the circumstances.”
Tom remains equally smitten after their 20 years together.
âRachel is the smartest, most generous and loving person I know,â he says. “She has a wonderful ability to make everyone she comes in contact with – both business and leisure – feel very welcome and appreciated. Her parents have set a wonderful example of the ethics of hard work and generosity, and she took it to another level in a way that only she can.
“Rooted in faith, you can feel the sincerity in everything she does. We love her very much.
Looks like the first-ever Valobra Master Jewelers diamond duo has just what it takes to keep shining on each other for years and years to come. Some loves are meant to last â and only get stronger.
To learn more about Valobra’s master jewelers and their exquisite collection of luxury jewelry and timepieces that will create lasting memories and be treasured forever, visit full website. Or stop by this fourth generation of master jewelers at their Houston showroom located at 2150 Westheimer Road. Be sure to stay tuned to find out who the next Valobra Diamond Duo special will beâ¦..
New Diamond Duo couples will be chosen and celebrated in this special series throughout the year.