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: Irving’s Fluor Corporation named David T. Seaton to the position of chief executive and company director, consistent with the transition plan previously announced.
Seaton, 49, succeeds Alan L. Boeckmann who retires as chief executive.
Boeckmann will continue to serve the company as the non-executive chairman of Fluor's board of directors. All changes are effective today, February 2, 2011, and were approved during the company's board of directors' meeting in Dallas.
“I appreciate the board's vote of confidence in me,” said Seaton in a prepared statement. “We have a phenomenal group of some 50,000 employees globally who dedicate themselves every day to accomplishing some of the world's most challenging capital projects. I feel privileged to be their leader.”
“As the board has worked with Alan on succession planning, we've been most pleased with his development of many of the company's key leaders,” said Peter J. Fluor, the company's lead independent director in a statement. “The board is especially pleased to support David Seaton in his new role as CEO and we have every confidence that he will lead the company to great places in the future. The company has prospered well during the last decade under Alan's able leadership and we fully expect that trend to continue throughout David's tenure.”
Seaton becomes Fluor's twelfth chief executive in the company's nearly 100-year history. He joined Fluor in 1984. Prior to his appointment as chief executive, he served as chief operating officer beginning in November 2009. Seaton has also served as senior group president overseeing the company's Energy & Chemicals, Power, and Government groups as well as for Fluor's activities in China and the Middle East. He was also the managing director of Fluor Arabia Ltd., and led the company's global sales function.
Seaton is a board member of The Mosaic Company, the Partnering Against Corruption Initiative within the World Economic Forum, and the Fluor Foundation, the company's philanthropic organization. He is also a board member of the American Petroleum Institute and the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council. He serves as co-chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Corruption. Seaton holds a bachelor's degree from the University of South Carolina.
Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Fluor is a FORTUNE 200 company and had revenues of $22 billion in 2009.
The Texas News Scrawl is a handy reference to stories Texas Business recommends from other news sources. Some of the stories that Texas Business currently suggests include: ClubCorp buys Prestonwood Country Club in Dallas and Plano; Office Depot overcharged Dallas by up to $3.6 million, city auditor finds; Texas power market monitor resigns amid unresolved reform debate; U.S. Supreme Court denies review of Farmers Branch immigration ordinance; Aggie Vanishing Act: Sale of Texas Wesleyan’s law school to A&M leaves alumni out in the cold;ExxonMobil CEO Doesn't Want a Fracking Operation Near His Backyard bDrowned bridge worker’s employer had prior OSHA violations; Gates-led power-unit bankruptcy may revive Texas electric debate;Baylor will return 5,000 unsold Fiesta Bowl tickets; and more.