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AMA Houston Luncheon

Get the Story Behind the 2018 Crystal Awards Judges' Choice Winning Entry

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When Hurricane Harvey left Houston under water and thousands of people homeless and stranded, Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale of Gallery Furniture rallied the fighting spirit of Houston, embodying what it means to be #HoustonStrong. Brenda Love and the PR team at Love Advertising helped tell Mack's story, and together, they created a catalyst of relief efforts that marshaled hundreds of thousands of volunteers, donations and support not just across Houston, but across the entire country.

Join us Wednesday, November 14 to hear the award-winning public relations and social responsibility story that helped our city recover after Hurricane Harvey and earned these inspiring community leaders the 2018 Judges' Choice Crystal Award.

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Jim McIngvaleJim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale, Gallery Furniture

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 with his motto of “early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise,” he quickly became a household name. 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 only by his philanthropy and believes “we all have the responsibility for the well-being of our community.” 

Past charitable contributions include: providing shelter for hundreds displaced by Hurricane Harvey and hosted countless relief efforts following the disaster; as well as supplied Houstonians with cleaning materials, clothing, water and food. Mack hosts the Annual Christmas Giveaways furnishing hundreds of homes for 30+ years. McIngvale has also donated $4+ million to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He has a passion for supporting health innovations, including sponsoring the nation’s first Mobile Stroke Unit with The University of Texas Health Science Center in partnership with Memorial Hermann, Texas Heart Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and co-founded the Peace of Mind Foundation for those affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. McIngvale has donated millions of dollars of furniture to teacher lounges in Houston-area schools, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, United Way, hurricane victims, and more. He 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. McIngvale and Gallery Furniture fed 25,000+ people celebrating Thanksgiving and Easter for countless years. Despite these efforts, Mack believes that being at Gallery Furniture every day providing hope to the community is his most important and significant community involvement.

Mack and Linda also own and operate Club Westside; and enjoy spending time with their children James, Laura, Elizabeth and Regina, and their three grandchildren.

Brenda LoveBrenda Love, Love Advertising

Since opening in 1979 with a startup capital of $500, Brenda Love has grown Love Advertising to become one of the largest advertising agencies in Houston, with annual billings in excess of $35 million. The agency has developed an impressive list of local and regional clients including Gallery Furniture, Papa John’s Pizza, CenterPoint Energy, Full Name (CRI), Susan G. Komen Foundation, Celltex Therapeutics Corporation, among others spanning across a diverse mix of industries. Love Advertising’s success, as well as Brenda’s respected reputation within the Texas business community, results directly from her dedication to hard work, strong ethics and a commitment to providing her clients with the best all-around advertising and public relations services possible.

Brenda was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame in 2015, was awarded the 2016 Silver StarAward from the Houston Media Alliance for lifetime achievement and took home the 2015 Agency Principal of the Year. A native Houstonian, she has a degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University and received the Outstanding Alumni Award for 2012. Additionally, she is a summa cum laude graduate from San Diego State University with a master’s degree in advertising and public relations. Brenda has served as the chairman of the Executive Board of Directors of the Houston Better Business Bureau, Cancer Counseling Board of Directors and serves on the Peace of Mind Board, National Advisory Board of the Chuck Norris KickStart Kids Program, Memorial Hermann FoundationBoard of Directors and the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center Advisory Council.

Event Details:


November 14, 2018 
11:30 am - 1:15 pm 
11:00 - 11:30 am Members-Only Job Search Roundtable; New Member Orientation
11:30 am - 11:45 pm Networking 

11:45 - 1:15 Table Networking & Lunch 


Junior League of Houston Ballroom
1811 Briar Oaks Lane
Houston, TX 77027


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From November 14, 2018 11:30 AM until November 14, 2018 1:15 PM

At 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, TX 77027, USA

Posted by AMA Houston

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