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
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON— Parker Drilling elected two new members to its board of directors, expanding the group's membership to ten. Jonathan M. Clarkson and Richard D. Paterson bring extensive energy sector and global financial and operations expertise to Parker.
Both will serve on the board's audit committee.
Clarkson, age 62, recently retired from the Houston Region of Texas Capital Bank, a subsidiary of Texas Capital Bancshares Inc. where he served as chairman, president and chief executive officer from 2003 to 2011.
From 1999 to 2002 he served as president and chief financial officer of Bargo Energy Company and its successor company Mission Resources Corporation. Earlier in his career, Clarkson served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Ocean Energy Corporation and its predecessor company, United Meridian Corporation. He also held several senior management positions at InterFirst Corporation and its subsidiary First National Bank in Dallas.
Clarkson currently serves on the board of Memorial Production Partners LP, a domestic energy firm focused on the acquisition and exploitation of domestic oil and gas properties. He also serves on the advisory board of Rivington Capital Advisors LLC, an independent investment banking firm specializing in private capital and mergers and acquisition transactions for the small and mid-cap energy sectors. Previously, Clarkson served on the board of Edge Petroleum Corporation where he chaired the audit committee and also served as a member of that board's compensation committee.
Paterson, age 61, retired from PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), an international network of auditors, tax and business consultants, in 2011 after 37 years of service. At the time of his retirement, Paterson served as the global leader of PwC's Consumer, Industrial Products and Services Practices comprising the automotive, consumer and retail, energy utilities and mining, industrial products, pharmaceutical and health industry sectors. These practices comprised roughly half of PwC's global revenues.
Paterson also served as managing partner of PwC's Houston Office and U.S. Energy Practice. As part of this role, Paterson oversaw the audits of ExxonMobil Corporation from 2002 to 2006.
Previous to this position, Paterson lived in Moscow, Russia where he led PwC's Energy Practice for Europe, Middle East and Asia and also oversaw the audits processes of OAO Gazprom. Paterson joined PwC in 1974 and was admitted as a partner in 1987.
Since his retirement, Paterson continues to provide consulting services to PwC firms and Partners internationally. He holds extensive knowledge of the energy industry and energy value chain and is a frequent speaker at the World Energy Congress and World Petroleum Congress. Paterson is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and serves on the board of Zaff Capital LLC, a private equity fund investing in emerging markets with a focus on the energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors. He is a past board member of the U.S./Russia Business Council and the U.S. Energy Association.
“We are very pleased to welcome both Jon and Rich to Parker's board,” said chief executive officer Robert L. Parker Jr. in a prepared statement. “These gentlemen bring significant global capital markets and governance expertise to Parker and both possess an impressive record of achievement in strategic financial planning and execution. Their energy sector insight, combined with their experience in leading public companies both at the board and executive management levels, will serve Parker well as we implement our business model to meet the needs of our stakeholders today and into the future.”
Parker Drilling provides contract drilling and drilling-related services to the energy industry. Parker Drilling's rig fleet includes 24 land rigs and two offshore barge rigs in international locations, 13 barge rigs in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, one land rig located in the U.S. and two land rigs in Alaska undergoing commissioning. The company's rental tools business supplies premium equipment to operators for use on land and offshore in the U.S. and select international markets. Parker Drilling also performs contract drilling services on client-owned rigs and provides technical services addressing drilling challenges for exploration and production companies worldwide.
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