Houston Real Estate Icon Turns 90

Welcome Wilson Sr. has been a Houston area developer for 60 years

Welcome Wilson Sr., a long-time Houston real estate developer, turns 90 on March 17.


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Welcome Wilson Sr. turns 90 years old on March 17.

The iconic Houston real estate developer was a long-time chairman of the University of Houston Board of Regents.

Many buildings across the region bear his signature.

Among Wilson's first developments in the region were Jamaica Beach and Tiki Island near Galveston. Both are now incorporated cities.

His firm, Welcome Group, now develops industrial facilities.

Wilson's impressive resume also includes government positions. He served in the Executive Office of the President under Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy and was named Special Ambassador to Nicaragua under Lyndon B. Johnson.

We sat down with Wilson to talk about how Houston has been evolving over the many years he has worked here.

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