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
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Texas Business reports: PLANO—Petro Harvester Oil & Gas LLC, an oil-focused exploration and production company formed by TPG to acquire and develop producing assets in North America, named William M. Griffin as president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.
Griffin, 52, has more than 31 years of U.S. onshore and offshore oil and gas experience. Most recently he was president of Ironwood Oil & Gas LLC which he helped found in 2008. Ironwood is a successful producer in Texas and Louisiana and has been an active driller utilizing horizontal technology. Prior to Ironwood, he served at El Paso Exploration & Production Company as senior vice president of the Onshore Division. Griffin held a variety of executive positions at El Paso, including overseeing many onshore basins and Gulf of Mexico operations. He joined El Paso in 1999 when the company merged with Sonat Exploration, where he was the vice president of the East Texas and North Louisiana Business Unit. Griffin started his career at TXO Production Corp. after graduating from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He is also a licensed professional engineer in Texas.
Petro Harvester, founded in mid-2010, has been led by Gareth Roberts and Jim Sinclair, who helped form the business with TPG. Griffin’s appointment completes the hiring of the senior management team.
“I’m excited to welcome Bill to lead Petro Harvester,” Roberts said in a prepared statement. “Bill has an extremely strong operational background, as well as a successful track record of efficiently managing organizations, optimizing producing properties and profitably growing companies through asset acquisitions and drilling.”
“We’re pleased with the fast-growth trajectory of Petro Harvester, which has identified and acquired three producing, long-life oil properties in less than two years,” said TPG partner Michael MacDougall in a statement. “We’re confident that, with Bill’s leadership, the Petro Harvester team will continue to identify strong exploration and production assets that can benefit from the team’s operational expertise.”
“This is a dynamic company that has already demonstrated its capabilities to grow profitably and has tremendous additional growth potential,” Griffin said. “I look forward to joining this talented team and I’m excited about the opportunity to expand Petro Harvester to the next level.”
Petro Harvester has successfully completed three asset acquisitions to date, the most recent in February 2012, in which the company acquired long-life oil properties located in Mississippi and Louisiana from Denbury Onshore LLC, a subsidiary of Denbury Resources Inc. In 2011 Petro Harvester acquired oil properties in the Williston Basin of North Dakota, and in 2010 the company purchased producing oil properties in Mississippi from Comstock Resources Inc.
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