Welcome Wilson Sr.
Houston Real Estate Developer for 61 years. Chairman of Welcome Group, landlord to 4,000,000 square feet of Manufacturing and Industrial Facilities in 87 locations in Texas. First projects in the 1950s and 1960s were Master Planned Communities, Jamaica Beach and Tiki Island in Galveston County. Honors include: Inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame, Receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Houston Business Journal and Awarded an Honorary Doctor’s degree from the University of Houston, where he was a BBA grad in 1949. In the past, he was Chairman of the Board of two Houston banks, was Chairman of an American Stock Exchange company and was on the Board of Directors and owned 10% of the Houston Astros baseball team.
By any measure, Welcome Wilson, Sr., chairman of the Welcome Group―a privately held real estate development firm headquartered in Houston–has led a big life. He’s made friends in the highest places, developed communities that continue to prosper, survived some major set backs, and made hundreds of successful real-estate deals. He married his college sweetheart, and they have five happy and productive children. Growing up in South Texas during the Depression, Wilson learned the art of the Wilson deal, an uncanny ability to pitch deals that favor the Wilsons, from his father and his many uncles. Named a Business Legend by the Texas Business Hall of Fame, Wilson has received numerous other awards for his many accomplishments.
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By any measure, Welcome Wilson Sr., chairman of the Welcome Group (a privately held real estate development firm headquartered in Houston) has led a big life. Mr. Wilson has made friends in the highest places, developed communities that continue to prosper, survived some major setbacks, and made hundreds of successful real-estate deals. Married his college sweetheart Joanne, and they have five productive and happy children. Growing up in South Texas during the Depression, Welcome learned the art of the Wilson Deal, an uncanny ability to pitch deals that favor the Wilson’s, from his father and his many uncles. He sharpened this skill in partnership with his brother, Jack.
Combining the Wilson Deal with hard work and determination, he found continuing success: at the University of Houston, in the Navy, in civic and Federal service, and again and again in real estate. It often took some fast-talking, some scrambling, and lots of hard work, but Welcome has always had great confidence that he could figure out a way to get a job done.
Named a Business Legend by the Texas Business Hall of Fame, he has received numerous other awards for his many accomplishments.
Colorful, lively and opinionated, Welcome finds real delight in bringing people together and making big things happen.
His memoir provides insight on his relationships with Dwight D. Eisenhower, JFK, Lyndon B. Johnson and other notable leaders, shows the many ways he supports the University and the city that have provided him so much opportunity, and explains the inner workings of his most notable deals, including the founding of The Jamaica Corporation and the development of the Astrodome.
At age 30, he received the Arthur Fleming Award as one of Ten Outstanding Young Men in the Federal Service (Neil Armstrong and Robert Gates were later recipients).
Welcome’s candid and entertaining anecdotes will engage you and inspire you to find more success in your life to aim high and have confidence. Register today for Motivational Author Welcome’s Inspirational Blog for weekly updates!
- Growing Up in the Depression and WWII
- From Hungry Student to Happy Husband
- Anchors Aweigh
- The Cold War Warrior
- Our First Development
- How to Own a Bank for $600 Cash
- The Astrodome
- It’s Right to Support Civil Rights
- Thirty Years on River Oaks Boulevard
- I Owe Everything to Having Good Partners
- Up to My Eyeballs in Politics for Seventy Years
- Leading the Cougars
And much, much more! Register today for Motivational Author Welcome’s Inspirational Blog for weekly updates!
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