Julian Gomez ’96 and Karl Willmann ’74 were inducted into the Tyrus R. Timm Honor Roll of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University.
The register recognizes outstanding alumni of the Department of Agricultural Economics for their meritorious achievements in their fields. It is the highest department-level honor and is named after Tyrus R. Timm, who headed the university’s agricultural economics department from 1953 to 1973 during its rise to national prominence in the education, research and extension.
Timm was known for his knowledge of finance and agricultural banking.
“We are extremely pleased to honor these individuals who have not only excelled professionally, but have demonstrated leadership and outstanding achievement in business and their local communities,” said Ed Rister, Registry Coordinator and Associate Dean. for Professional Development at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M. “These two inductees are extremely active in supporting the department, the College and Texas A&M University. They also continue to be active mentors for students.
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“These individuals exemplify the purpose of this registry and reflect Texas A&M’s core values of excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect, and selfless service,” said Rudy Nayga, head of Texas A&M’s agricultural economics department.
Gomez is the founder of the law firm Julian C. Gomez, PLLC, in McAllen. He was a member of the Corps of Cadets and after graduation worked for Iowa Grain as a Commodity Analyst. He then moved to Houston and earned his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center in 2000.
Gomez has served on several professional association boards and committees. He is Past President of the American Association for Justice Products Liability Section, the largest professional organization of products liability attorneys in the United States and is a member of the Executive Committee.
Gomez is senior vice president of the American Justice Association’s Legal Science and Technology Section, as well as past vice president of continuing legal education for Texas trial attorneys and a member of its executive committee.
Willmann is president of Willmann Companies, a commercial real estate, investment and brokerage firm in Houston.
Willmann graduated summa cum laude and earned a master’s degree in land and real estate economics, also from Texas A&M.
He continues to serve on several professional boards, including the board of directors for the Houston Region Business Coalition, the West Houston Association, the Houston Association of Realtors, and the Texas Association of Realtors. He is a life member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, where he served as vice-chairman of the committee.