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Born in Mississippi, I attended high school in Dallas, and was a student at the University of Texas and the University of North Texas where I played football for both schools in 1969-1970 and 1972-1973, respectively. After college, I worked at a convenience store where my boss did me a huge favor one day: he fired me.

Refreshed and determined, I found a job at a furniture store on the other side of town where I diligently worked, absorbing the business practices and trades of the furniture industry. Inspired, I made a decision that would forever change my life and the competitive world of retail industry: to open up my own furniture store. My brother George worked in real estate and found the perfect location to start my new business: an abandoned model home park located at 6006 I-45 North Freeway in Houston. I asked my then-girlfriend Linda to join me in Houston, and she said she would move under one condition: if we became husband and wife. And the rest, as they say is history!

We now have two Gallery Furniture stores, our original North Freeway, 110,000 square foot location, as well as our smaller Post Oak store. Our third and largest store on Grand Parkway opens this December!