Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Annenberg Presidential Conference Center
1002 George Bush Drive West
College Station, Texas 77843
When Mattress Mack opened the doors of his furniture store to house evacuees from Hurricane Harvey, the nation was awestruck. Such an unexpected response is second nature to this Houston business icon. Please join us to honor Mattress Mack and hear his thoughts on business entrepreneurship and philanthropy.
Dr. Lori Taylor; Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale; Drayton McLane, III; Dean Mark Welsh
Dean Mark Welsh; Jim McIngvale; Dr. Lori Taylor
Jim McIngvale with students at the Bush School
“Mattress Mack” Honored with the 2018 McLane Leadership in Business Award
On September 26, 2018, Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, the founder and owner of Gallery Furniture in Houston, was awarded the McLane Leadership in Business Award by the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, & Public Policy. The award recognizes outstanding contributions in the area of business and public or community service.
Mr. McIngvale’s remarks, given to a crowd of about 475 at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center, were intriguing, humorous, and inspirational. He told stories about the experiences he and his Gallery Furniture stores had rescuing people during Hurricane Harvey, remarking that when people ask him how he could let complete strangers sleep in his furniture store, he answers “How could I not?” While his disaster work may be what comes to mind first, his philanthropic resume is even more extensive. His face beamed when he spoke of his next endeavor, turning portions of two of his stores into community centers to provide job training to local residents. Mr. McIngvale asserted that what he learned about service came from his role models – his family and George and Barbara Bush.
Prior to the event Mr. McIngvale met with a group of Bush School students for a Q&A session. Upon entering the room “Mattress Mack” shook all the students’ hands and learned their names. Just another example of the personable qualities of the man who owns and operates Gallery Furniture in Houston. To Mr. McIngvale, service to others isn’t a choice but a lifestyle – one he encouraged all in attendance on Wednesday to choose.
Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale is a Texas-grown phenomenon who knows how to “Save You Money, TODAY!” In 1981, Mack and his wife, Linda, started Gallery Furniture with five thousand dollars and a dream. Mack began television advertising early and with his motto of “early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise,” he quickly became a household name.
Gallery Furniture has seen a lot of expansion over the years with the re-build of the flagship store as well as the additions of the Galleria location and the third, largest store located in Fort Bend County on Grand Parkway, which features a 165,000 square feet showroom. Even with multiple locations, Gallery Furniture still lives up to its promise of delivering quality furniture, mattresses and home electronics TODAY.
The success of Gallery Furniture is mostly attributed to Mack’s “do-whatever-it-takes” approach to pleasing the customer. With three locations, Gallery Furniture sells the most furniture and mattresses in the nation per square foot. Over the years Mack has received countless awards, most notably the volunteer service award Points of Light awarded personally by former President George H.W. Bush. Mack’s strong work ethic is matched by his philanthropy and exceeded only by the commitment he has to his family.
Past charitable contributions include:
In addition to Gallery Furniture, Mack and Linda also own and operate Westside Tennis and Fitness and enjoy spending time with their children James, Laura, Elizabeth and Regina, and their three grandchildren.