Welcome Wilson, Sr.

Chairman 1998-2024


Welcome Wilson Sr. has been a Houston, Texas Real Estate Developer for 63 years. Mr. Wilson serves as Chairman of Welcome Group LLC.

Mr. Wilson’s First projects in the 1950s and 1960s were Master Planned Communities, Jamaica Beach and Tiki Island in Galveston County, both of which are now separate cities. He later developed apartments, retail centers, hotels, and three downtown office buildings.

Welcome Wilson Sr’s Honors include:  Induction into the Texas Business Hall of Fame, Receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Houston Business Journal and Award of an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Houston, where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in 1949.

Of note, Mr. Wilson received the University of Houston (UH) Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1970, the UH Bauer College of Business Distinguished Alumni Award in 1996 and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley in 2018.

In the past, Welcome Wilson Sr. was Chairman of the Board of two Houston banks, was Chairman of an American Stock Exchange company. He previously and owned 10% of the Houston Astros baseball team and was on the Board of Directors. In March 2019, Mr. Wilson celebrated his 92nd birthday.

Welcome Wilson Sr. was a long-time Chairman of the Board of Regents of the University of Houston, Chairman of its Drive to Tier One Status, and he is now Chairman of its Political Action Committee. Mr. Wilson is a Director Emeritus of the Greater Houston Partnership, having served a long time as its Higher Education Committee Chairman.

In the 50s and 60s, Mr. Wilson served in the Executive Office of the President under Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy (Civil Service rank of GS-17). He witnessed the Atom Bomb test in Nevada and the Hydrogen Bomb test at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.

In 1958, Mr. Wilson was awarded the Arthur Fleming Award as One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men in Federal Service. Out of 600 who received this award since 1948, Wikipedia lists him as one of the “Notable Twenty” along with Astronaut Neil Armstrong (moon landing), Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Fed Chairman Paul Volcker.

Welcome Wilson Sr. was invited and spoke to a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature. He was appointed Special Ambassador to Nicaragua by President Lyndon Johnson. After World War II, Mr. Wilson served for two years as a Naval Officer in Japan, having graduated first in his class in officer’s school.

Welcome Sr. married his college sweetheart, Joanne Guest, on the day he graduated from the University of Houston, 70 years ago. They have 5 kids, 16 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren, one of whom is in college.

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Read more about Welcome W. Wilson, Sr.’s life directly from Welcome Sr. himself in his new book, available in bookstores and online now.

Always Welcome: Nine Decades of Great Friends, Great Times & (Mostly) Great Deals

Here is the story of a remarkably vigorous man who has worked hard to discover the secrets to success. His candid memoir, spanning ninety years of a life well-lived, shares the wisdom won through good deals and bad, hard times and happiness. Wilson’s colorful anecdotes bring history to life, providing fascinating business, political, and social vignettes and commentary. Anyone interested in real-estate, politics, higher education, or the personalities that helped Houston boom from a sleepy Southern town into an international city, will find this a treasure trove of information–and a collection of great stories. Wilson’s desire to learn from every experience has allowed him to play a part in many of the significant moments of 20th-century history and remain an active participant as the 21st century unfolds. The energy and enthusiasm for life detailed in these pages are truly inspiring.

Available on Amazon

Welcome Wilson, Sr.
Welcome Wilson, Sr.

Chairman 1998-2024

Chairman 1998-2024

Welcome Wilson, Jr.
Welcome Wilson, Jr.

President & CEO

President & CEO

Craig G. Wilson
Craig G. Wilson

Executive Vice President & COO

Executive Vice President & COO

Cody Smith
Cody Smith

CFO

CFO

Ralph H. Fite
Ralph H. Fite

Sr. Vice President of Finance

Sr. Vice President of Finance

Nancy Bartolini

Leasing Assistant & Marketing/Research Coordinator

Leasing Assistant & Marketing/Research Coordinator

Cole Bercher

Associate

Brad Berry

Design Build Director

Ryan Breaux

Acquisitions Analyst

Elan Britt

Corporate Controller

Corporate Controller

Jenny Drago

Financial Analyst

Financial Analyst

Lorraine Farrell

Assistant Controller

Assistant Controller

Robert Frederick

FP&A Analyst

FP&A Analyst

Cindy Harrell

Staff Accountant

Staff Accountant

Shauna Jones

Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

Ted Kakambouras

Acquisitions Director of Southeast Region

Acquisitions Director of Southeast Region

Loni Lor

Corporate Accounting Manager

Corporate Accounting Manager

Priti Mehta

Acquisitions Analyst

Acquisitions Analyst

Lilliana Olmos

Executive Administrator to the EVP/COO

Executive Administrator to the EVP/COO

Mark Perez

Property Manager

Property Manager

Roni Tate

Director of Property Management

Director of Property Management

Michael Taylor

Sr. Acquisitions Associate

Sr. Acquisitions Associate

Brittany Vasquez

Sr. Property Manager

Sr. Property Manager

Ryan Wasaff

Director of Development

Office:

(713) 952-7000

Contact Email:

Info@welcomegroup.com

Office Location:

5858 Westheimer, Suite 800
Houston, TX 77057