Welcome W. Wilson, Sr.
Mr. Wilson Sr., is a long-time Houston Real Estate Developer; beginning with Jamaica Beach and Tiki Island in Galveston, in the 1950’s. He is Chairman of Welcome Group, LLC.
His honors include: Inducted in to Texas Business Hall of Fame, received Lifetime Achievement Award from the Houston Business Journal; received Honorary Doctor’s degree from the University of Houston.
He is a director and Higher Education Chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership. Mr. Wilson, Sr. was a long-time Chairman of the University Of Houston Board Of Regents. He is now Chairman of its UH Political Action Committee.
He owned two Houston banks, was Chairman of an American Stock Exchange company and owned 10% of the Houston Astros baseball team.
He served in the Executive Office of the President under Eisenhower and Kennedy, and also witnessed the Atom bomb test in Nevada and Hydrogen Bomb test at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
Mr. Wilson, Sr. served as Special Ambassador to Nicaragua under LBJ, and he was a naval officer in Japan in the Korean War. He married his college sweetheart on graduation day from UH, in 1949.
On Friday, March 4, 2016, Welcome Wilson Sr., was inducted as a Founding Member of Mu of Texas at the University of Houston Phi Beta Kappa.