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 selected Gary Rich as president and chief executive officer, effective October 1, 2012.
Rich will also serve as a member of Parker Drilling's board of directors.
Rich had a 25-year career with Baker Hughes Incorporated where he successfully managed several of the company's businesses, regions and initiatives. Over his career he has held roles including:
Global sales, strategic marketing and business development;
New technology and product innovation, and commercialization strategies;
Operations, finance and business management; and
Leadership development and succession planning.
Most recently, Rich served as vice president of global sales for Baker Hughes, and prior to this role, he served as president of that company's European operations. Previously, Rich was president of Hughes Christensen Company (HCC), a division of Baker Hughes primarily focused on the production and distribution of drilling bits for the petroleum industry.
“Gary has proven success in developing and implementing growth strategies that deliver sustainable results and value,” said Rob McKee, presiding director of the Parker Drilling board, in a prepared statement. “He has experience in nearly every aspect of the oil and gas business and a keen understanding of the evolving needs of the drilling service marketplace. We are confident that Gary is the right leader to strengthen Parker's position as a great drilling, rental tool, and technology source for the oil and gas industry. We are excited to welcome him to the Parker team.”
Rich assumes the president and chief executive officer role from Robert L. Parker Jr., who will remain executive chairman of Parker Drilling.
“When you look at Gary's record of achievement, the first thing you'll note is he has wins in a wide range of areas,” Parker said. “While his technical, commercial, and operational accomplishments are impressive, I believe much of Gary's success is driven by his strong leadership and communications skills. He will strengthen our ability to align innovation and collaboration with performance and consistent results for our stakeholders.”
Rich received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in science and technology Commercialization from the University of Texas. He holds a certification in management from the University of Utah and attended the California Institute of Technology's Strategic Marketing of Technology Products program. Rich lives in the Houston area with his wife and family.
Parker Drilling provides high-performance contract drilling solutions, rental tools and project management services to the energy industry. Parker'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 on land and offshore in the U.S. and select international markets. Parker also performs contract drilling for customer-owned rigs and provides technical services addressing drilling challenges for E&P customers worldwide.
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