Like the multi-layered stratum that lies beneath Houston’s geographical surface, the city’s businesses are often built upon a foundation of employees, clients and others with University of Houston ties.
GSL Welcome Group, headed by Chairman/CEO Welcome Wilson, Sr., (’49) chairman of the UH System Board of Regents, is one of those businesses with multiple Cougar connections. Wilson family members and numerous others who’ve attended or graduated from UH are connected to the leading Houston development company in some way.
Brittany Goldberg, the company’s marketing coordinator, is one of the latest UH success stories. Goldberg graduated from C. T. Bauer College of Business in May of 2007. She worked at GSL for two years as an Executive Vice President’s assistant while in school and was promoted to her current position in February.
Goldberg transferred to Bauer after two years at Texas A&M University. “I thought the business school there (UH) would better prepare me for the ‘real world’ after college. Being located in such a business-oriented atmosphere enables students to gain valuable experience,” Goldberg says.
Like many Bauer students who work while pursuing a degree, Goldberg was able to experience on the job what other students only read about in textbooks.
Justin Pitman, Assistant to the President – Special Projects at GSL, currently attends Bauer, where he is pursuing an International Business MBA degree. Pitman, (’06), like Goldberg, chose UH so he could be involved in the Houston business community and remain close to his family. Pitman graduated with honors with a double major in Political Science and Sociology and is a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
Christopher Sharpe, another GSL employee, is a student at UH-Downtown, where he is pursuing a Computer Information Systems business degree. Sharpe is the Student Regent for the University of Houston System and current President of Student Government at UH-D. His current position at GSL Welcome Group is Desktop Support Specialist.
Other GSL employees and/or Welcome family members with UH ties include:
Miguel Garza, Staff Accountant, graduated from UH-Clear Lake in 2006 with a double major in accounting and finance.
John Wilson, Vice President of Finance and Acquisitions. Wilson (’74), was a member of the marching band and Sigma Nu Fraternity. He chose to attend UH because of the family legacy. His uncle (Welcome Wilson, Sr.) and his father (Jack Wilson) both attended UH and were very involved in all aspects of the university.
Craig Wilson, Executive Vice President of GSL Welcome Group, attended UH.
Other extended family members of Wilson who are UH graduates include Welcome Wilson Sr.’s wife, Joanne Wilson (’52); daughters Cindy Wilson Proler (’94) and Joanne Castleberry (’90); and Joanne’s husband, Howard Castleberry (’05).
About the University of Houston
The University of Houston, Texas’ premier metropolitan research and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate, civic and governmental entities. UH, the most diverse research university in the country, stands at the forefront of education, research and service with more than 35,000 students.
About the Bauer College of Business
The C.T. Bauer College of Business has been in operation for more than 60 years at the University of Houston main campus. Through its five academic departments, the college offers a full-range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in business. The Bauer College is fully accredited by the AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In August 2000, Houston business leader and philanthropist Charles T. (Ted) Bauer endowed the College of Business with a $40 million gift. In recognition of his generosity, the college was renamed the C.T. Bauer College of Business.