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
TexasBusiness.com reports: Dallas-based Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, the world's largest regional theme park operator, today announced that James Reid-Anderson has been named chairman, president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.
Reid-Anderson, 51, previously served as chairman, president and chief Executive Officer of Dade Behring Holdings. Dade Behring emerged from Chapter 11 in September 2002. In 2007, Dade Behring was sold to Siemens AG and following the completion of the transaction, Reid-Anderson served as CEO of the Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Division, and then was promoted to CEO of the Siemens Healthcare Sector and appointed a member of the Siemens managing board.
“Jim is an exceptional CEO, and he brings to Six Flags an outstanding track record of shareholder value creation,” said Usman Nabi, executive chairman of Six Flags and senior partner at H Partners. “As past investors in Dade Behring, we understand the value Jim delivers to shareholders, and the Board is confident that he will repeat this success at Six Flags.”
Nabi also commented on Al Weber, who has served as interim CEO over the last three months. “Under Al's leadership, we've streamlined our operations and re-focused our organization on our core theme park business,” Nabi said. “Al's deep industry experience will complement Jim's capabilities.”
Nabi will continue to serve as a director and a member of the executive committee of Six Flags while Weber will transition to the role of chief operating officer.
“I am very excited to be joining Six Flags' dedicated group of employees and to build upon the momentum already underway at the company,” said Reid-Anderson in a prepared statement. “With its strong portfolio of theme parks and improved capital structure, the company is very well positioned for the long term. I look forward to enhancing the experience for our guests and continuing to build value for our stakeholders.”
Prior to joining Dade Behring, Reid-Anderson held various financial and operational positions at Wilson Sporting Goods, PepsiCo, and Grand Metropolitan PLC, and currently serves as a director on the boards of Brightpoint Inc. and Stericycle Inc. He is a fellow of the UK Association of Chartered Accountants and received an Honors Degree in Commerce from the University of Birmingham, UK.
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, a publicly-traded corporation headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is the largest regional theme park operator in the world with 19 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada.
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