2019 SHOW

Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale





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 on 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, the addition of the Galleria location and the third and largest store located in Fort Bend County on the Grand Parkway that opened in 2015, 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 including brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Mayo, United Leather, American Leather, Lane, Broyhill, Flexsteel and of course solid wood furniture, made in America. 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:


  • Co-founded the Peace of Mind Foundation for those affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • One of the largest contributors to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo with over $4 million given
  • Funded St. Luke’s Mobile Stroke Unit
  • Large contributor to Texas Heart Institute, Baylor College of Medicine and Harvard Medical School
  • Instrumental in getting Menninger Clinic to move to Houston to provide mental health care to Houston by providing a multi-million dollar donation
  • Annual Christmas give-away furnishing hundreds of housefuls of furniture for the past 30 years
  • Helped start and continuously fund the KickStart Kids Program in Houston
  • Furnished USO facilities around the world
  • Furnished George Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M
  • Hosted events for and donated to the Salvation Army
  • Donated thousands of dollars of furniture to hundreds of teacher lounges in Houston area schools
  • Helped to raise over $12 million dollars for the Bush/Clinton fund to aid those affected by the Tsunami in Southeast Asia and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
  • Underwrote YMCA playground at Reliant Stadium for Katrina Evacuees and housed several hundred evacuees during hurricane crisis
  • Underwrote National OCF Conference held in Houston
  • Recipient of Mental Health Association Award in 2005
  • Underwrote wolf exhibit for The Houston Zoo
  • Built and paid for tennis facility at Yates High School
  • Donated tennis racquets to inner city kids that would not otherwise have the opportunity to take tennis lessons
  • Sole sponsor of Pilgrimage of Faith sending 500 kids and chaperones from the Galveston/Houston Catholic Dioceses to Rome
  • Fed 25,000 people Thanksgiving dinner for several years
  • Bought 10,000 toys for needy children, distributed during the holiday


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.


Quick Facts about Mack’s actions during Hurricane Harvey:

  • Opened I-45 and Grand Parkway locations as shelter
    • Sheltered over 1,000 Houstonians, provided food, water and supplies to victims
    • Housed the national guard at Grand Parkway
  • Deployed full fleet of trucks to go on rescue missions
  • Began donation drive at both locations (from August 29 through present)
    • Put out a call to Houstonians for cleaning supplies and focused primarily on pushing out cleaning supplies after the storm.
    • Personally purchased truckloads of cleaning materials to give away
  • Started a fundraising campaign and garnered nearly $180K. He cut checks for four organizations:
  • Partnered with University of Houston’s Coach Sampson to distribute thousands of boxes of athletic clothing
  • Working with Houston SPCA to distribute pet supplies
  • Giving military veterans affected by Harvey mattresses
  • Supported first responders with new mattresses
  • The entire McIngvale family helped with the supply drives, toy collections, etc.
  • Daughter, Liz McIngvale and Mack have been helping those suffering with a mental illness during Harvey with PSA, help groups, etc.
  • Sent hundreds of first responders to Houston Astros playoff games locally
  • Sent 20 first responders and 20 lucky Houstonians to Game 6 of the World Series
  • Hosted Thanksgiving for 5,000 Houstonians
  • Held annual Christmas Giveaways and fully furnished 30 households
  • Furnished countless Harvey victims’ homes
  • Collected and donated toys for Christmas; held toy and shoe drive at two of his store location