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: HOUSTON—Express Energy Services LLC announced John R. Beall has joined as chief financial officer.
Beall replaces Jim Davis, who is retired from EES.
“Express greatly appreciates Jim's contribution to the turnaround and growth of our company,” said Express Energy chief executive Darron Anderson in a prepared statement. “And we wish him success in his retirement. I would like to thank Jim for his assistance and dedication to our company. He will continue in a transition support role for 90 to 120 days.”
Beall most recently was chief financial officer for ENGlobal Corporation and has more than 26 years in senior financial and treasury management roles with both private and public energy services companies.
He graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and Southern Methodist University with an master’s degree in finance.
“We are delighted that John is joining Express,” Anderson said. “His extensive knowledge and experience make him an ideal fit to help guide the company to new levels of growth. With a track record of working for both private and public energy services firms, he complements our Executive Leadership team well and I am looking forward to working with him.”
Over the last decade, Express has grown into a diversified service company with a service portfolio encompassing drilling support, completion and production, and well intervention services. Express' geographic operating basins encompass the Permian Basin, South Texas, East Texas, Haynesville Shale, Barnett Shale, Niobrara Shale, Bakken Shale, Powder River Basin, Fayetteville Shale, Oklahoma, Marcellus Shale, the Rocky Mountains, Utica Shale and offshore Gulf of Mexico.
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