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: Dana A. Drago joined Comerica Bank as executive vice president, National Retail Bank Director, the company announced.
Drago is responsible for managing Comerica's network of 444 banking centers in Texas, Arizona, California, Florida and Michigan, as well as its customer contact centers.
She is a member of the Retail Bank and Wealth Management Executive Leadership team, reporting to Curtis C. Farmer, executive vice president, The Retail Bank and Wealth & Institutional Management.
Drago joins Comerica with 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, most recently serving as senior vice president in the Middle Market Commercial Insurance area of Liberty Mutual Insurance in Boston, Mass.
Prior to that, she held a series of progressive assignments at Bank of America, Hartford Financial Services Group and Citizens Financial Group where she led large groups of employees in successfully achieving sales, profitability and customer satisfaction goals. While at Bank of America, she spent many years leading banking centers in various markets including Northern and Southern California and later, North Carolina, South Carolina and Southern Virginia. She also was named President of the Small Business segment in Charlotte, N.C., and served on the bank's operating committee.
Drago holds a Bachelor of Business Administration & Finance degree from the University of Mississippi. She also is a graduate of the University of Virginia CBA Graduate School of Retail Banking. She is an active member of the community, serving in leadership positions with the American Heart Association, the March of Dimes and the United Way, as well as on various hospital boards. She is also a past recipient of the Charlotte Business Journal's "Charlotte Women in Business" Achievement Award.
Comerica Bank is a subsidiary of Comerica Inc., a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and strategically aligned by three business segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank, and Wealth & Institutional Management. Comerica focuses on relationships, and helping people and businesses be successful.
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