The story of Grand Texas begins in 2008, when the Ward and Galland families thought about creating a a kid-friendly, roadside destination selling pick-your-own peaches off of Highway 290 in Waller County. When the real estate transaction upon it was based fell through, the families settled on a larger site in Tomball, Texas.
City wrangling and regulations pushed the families to seek a more suitable site that would accommodate a larger venue; one that was worthy of the greater Houston area and the great State of Texas. With the help and guidance of families and friends, a “grander” venue was designed, and a perfect location was found in East Montgomery County, at the junction of Interstate 69 (formerly US 59) and State Highway 242.
What began as a peach orchard evolved into what is know today as Grand Texas. Grand Texas is a destination development, which currently encompasses over 632 acres, and which continues to grow. When complete, Grand Texas will contain the Houston area’s largest amusement park, the Big Rivers Waterpark, The Grove Factory Outlets, Speedsportz Racing Park, Grand Texas Sportsplex, Grand Texas RV Resort, and a promenade featuring numerous dining, shopping, and entertainment venues. Dozens of co-developers and partners are working with Grand Texas to provide additional developments and destinations.
Although its past may be humble, Grand Texas’ future is as bright as the Lone Star itself.
Chief Operating Officer
Chuck Hendrix is Grand Texas’ Chief Operating Officer, and has been involved in its development since 2010. Chuck brings almost 40 years of experience in the amusement and leisure industry to the team. Chuck has been involved in virtually every aspect of the leisure industry—from owning his own companies, to servicing major amusement park operators, to building and operating amusement facilities, to the sale and disassembly of park properties—in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, Taiwan, and the Middle East.
Chuck was the last President of Six Flags Houston, overseeing Astroworld, Splashtown, and Waterworld, and served as Senior Vice President of Park Strategy and Management for Six Flags Theme Parks Inc., where he was responsible for managing all operations for the company’s 30 parks and over 30,000 employees throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Chuck constructed and operated the $80M Formosa Wonderland—Taipei, the first water park and theme park in Taiwan; designed, constructed and operated the $320M American Dream Parks in Guangzhou and Shanghai, China; negotiated concessions for Search Group International in China, Laos and Cambodia; produced and operated the Celebración! Festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico and the Festival Del Sol in El Paso, TX; and served as Chief Operations Consultant for the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Max Bachrach, the Chairman of Grand Texas’ Board of Directors, is an entrepreneur and attorney who has been involved with Grand Texas since 2010. Max received his A.B. from Columbia College, Columbia University, Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology, and J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Max is Vice President of Intellectual Property at a publically traded pharmaceutical company based in The Woodlands.
Chief Executive Officer
Monty Galland is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Grand Texas, and has been the driving force behind its development since its inception in 2008. Monty has extensive experience in commercial and residential real estate financing and development in both California and Texas, where he owned a development company, a mortgage bank, a closing office, and multiple real estate offices. Since 1990, Monty has brokered over a quarter of a billion dollars in real estate transactions, and has been involved in the development, sales, leasing, and financing of numerous retail facilities.
Director of Facilities
Kent Maulsby is Grand Texas’ Director of Facilities. Kent received his degree in Engineering Technology from Texas A&M in 1988, and has been working in the amusement park industry since 1978. Kent was the Vice President of Maintenance for Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, a company owned by Cedar Fair, the seventh largest amusement park operator in the world. Prior to that, he was Director of Facilities for Six Flags Astroworld in Houston, where he oversaw maintenance and development at Astroworld, Splashtown, and Waterworld. Kent actually started working at Astroworld as a teenager, and is intimately aware of the needs and best operating practices for waterparks, particularly in the Houston market.
Jessica Marquez has been with the Grand Texas team full time since 2014. Jessica is responsible for coordinating social media, website updates, community outreach and participates in marketing for all aspects of the Grand Texas development. Previously, Jessica honed these skills in industries as diverse as insurance and non-profit organizations, where she focused on marketing. Jessica is a key part of the Grand Texas team and is spokesperson for Grand Texas and Big Rivers Waterpark.
Lance Martin is Grand Texas’ Creative Director. Lance earned his BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and brings to the table nearly two decades of experience in the entertainment, multimedia, consumer product, and creative services industries, where he has specialized in toy design, game design, product development, art direction, marketing, and management for companies such as Disney, Sony Pictures, Nickelodeon, Warner Brothers, Mattel, Hasbro, and Gearbox Software. Lance has managed promotional events at pop culture conventions, including the San Diego Comic-Con, New York Comic Con, and Anime Expo, where he designed and managed structural, lighting, audio visual displays, actors, and costuming. Lance has also provided special effects, makeup, and set design for themed attractions, and has worked on some of the world’s foremost entertainment properties and brands developing toys, games and other products, including Star Wars and Lord of the Rings play sets, and Nascar toy tracks.