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: PLANO—J. C. Penney Company Inc. named Ken Hannah as chief financial officer.
Hannah brings more than 20 years of finance, operations and audit experience from a wide range of leading companies that include General Electric, Boeing and The Home Depot. Hannah will be a member of the company's executive team and will report to chief operating officer Mike Kramer.
“Ken brings a broad knowledge of finance, controls and operations to the CFO role,” said chief executive Ron Johnson in a prepared statement. “In addition, his experience with top companies known for financial and operational excellence will be instrumental in helping jcpenney as we transition to become America's favorite store. We're pleased to welcome Ken to the jcpenney team.”
“I've followed the outstanding changes that have taken place at jcpenney thus far, and I'm excited to now be part of this remarkable revolution in retail,” said Hannah in a statement. “I look forward to working collaboratively with the rest of the jcpenney team to provide financial leadership and deliver the company's financial results.”
Hannah, 43, has spent the last six years at MEMC Electronic Materials, where he served as president of solar energy, responsible for improving process discipline, simplifying the organization and reducing cost to drive growth in the company's solar business.
Before his current position, he was chief financial officer of MEMC, where he was responsible for the leadership of all finance-related functions. Previously, he served in positions of increasing responsibility at The Home Depot, including senior vice president of finance, providing leadership in store operations and supply chain for the $70 billion home improvement retailer. Prior to that, Hannah held the positions of vice president of corporate audit staff and vice president of financial planning and analysis at The Boeing Company. He also worked in a variety of finance positions with General Electric Company and at McDonnell Douglas Corporation.
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