Sam Houston State University offers a unique opportunity to hear from an esteemed entrepreneur whose commitment to the Houston area community has made him known as a “hometown hero.” The university’s Entrepreneurship Program hosts Jim McIngvale as the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence to share his story with the Huntsville community on Oct. 22.

As owner operator of the Gallery Furniture retail chain, McIngvale – also known as Mattress Mack – is a “rags to riches” marketer extraordinaire. His story includes a philosophy to success that can be understood and used by people in all walks of life. With sales of $150 million per year, McIngvale has turned an ordinary company into an all-American success story and also earned a reputation as a generous civic contributor.

The SHSU Entrepreneurship Program promotes entrepreneurship, free enterprise and a capitalist market economy. Providing opportunities to share inspiring stories of business success, the program invites Entrepreneurs-in-Residence to speak to the campus community. The program began in 2003 and SHSU offered its first major in entrepreneurship in 2012. Today, more than 90 students are entrepreneurship majors, with another 50 participating in the minor program, which is now open to any student in each of the seven colleges.

Taking place at 9:45 a.m. on Oct. 22 in the James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center, the event is free and open to the public.