Best Texas Songs: The Short List If you're new to Texas, you better know Texas music. If you grew up in Texas and you don't know at least these or Pat Green, Dixie Chicks or T Bone Burnett, may a horned toad snuggle in your boots and a Texas tarantula crawl across you when you sleep. Full Story » Alan Nelson
Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: SUGAR LAND, Texas— CVR Energy Inc., a refiner and marketer of petroleum fuels and the majority owner in nitrogen fertilizer manufacturer CVR Partners LP, announced that Susan M. Ball will become the companies' chief financial officer and treasurer effective August 7, 2012.
She replaces Frank A. Pici, who is leaving to pursue other opportunities.
Ball has more than 25 years of experience in the accounting industry and has been with the company for more than six years. For the past five years, she served as vice president, chief accounting officer and assistant treasurer for CVR Energy and CVR GP, the general partner of CVR Partners, where she was principally responsible for public and financial reporting, accounting, tax and related departments. Prior to the formation of CVR Energy in 2007, Ball served in the same capacity for Coffeyville Resources, LLC, which is now a CVR Energy subsidiary.
“Susan has demonstrated tremendous talent and leadership during her tenure with CVR Energy, and she has played an instrumental role in the company's growth and achievements over the years,” said chief executive Jack Lipinski in a prepared statement. “In addition to her extensive background in accounting, Susan has a deep understanding of our businesses and is a key member of our executive team. I am pleased to have Susan take on this important role in our company.”
Prior to joining CVR Energy, Ball served as a tax managing director with KPMG LLP, where she was responsible for all aspects of federal and state income tax compliance and tax consulting, which included a significant amount of mergers and acquisition work on behalf of clients.
Ball received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Missouri Western State College and is a certified public accountant.
Headquartered in Sugar Land, Texas, CVR Energy Inc.’s subsidiary and affiliated businesses operate independent refining assets in Coffeyville, Kan. and Wynnewood, Okla. with more than 185,000 barrels per day of processing capacity, a marketing network for supplying high value transportation fuels to customers through tanker trucks and pipeline terminals, and a crude oil gathering system serving Kansas, Oklahoma, western Missouri, southwestern Nebraska and Texas. In addition, CVR Energy subsidiaries own a majority interest in and serve as the general partner of CVR Partners, LP, a producer of ammonia and urea ammonium nitrate, or UAN, fertilizers.
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