Bauer Distinguished Alumnus Welcome W. Wilson is Featured Speaker for October Event
When it comes to Houston business, the old adage rings true that in order to get where you’re going, you have to know where you’ve been. Join the Bauer College Alumni Association (BCAA) for a discussion on the University of Houston and Houston business history with GSL Welcome Group Chairman Welcome Wilson (BBA ’49) on Oct. 16 at 7 a.m.
BCAA hosts networking breakfast events for alumni to network and hear from Houston’s top professionals at the Houston City Club. The cost is $35.
Welcome Wilson, Sr.
GSL Welcome Group
Welcome Wade Wilson, Sr. is chairman of the GSL Welcome Group—a privately held real estate development firm with its headquarters in Houston. He previously served as chair of the Board of Regents of the University of Houston System.
Wilson graduated from the University of Houston in 1949 with a BBA. He received the University of Houston’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1970, as well as the University of Houston’s C. T. Bauer College of Business Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1996. On September 30, 2010, the University of Houston named Wilson as Chairman of school’s Tier One campaign.
Welcome W. Wilson served in the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations as a five-state director of Civil and Defense Mobilization, a division of the Executive Office of the President. He also had responsibility for what is now known as FEMA. In 1966 he was appointed Special Ambassador to Nicaragua by President Lyndon B. Johnson. He was a witness to the Atom bomb tests in Nevada in 1954 and the Hydrogen bomb test at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean in 1956.
The Texas Business Hall of Fame named Welcome Wilson, Sr. as a Legend and Honoree in 2011. Most recently in May 2011, Wilson was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Houston Technology Center.
By Amanda Sebesta