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: DALLAS—Southwest Securities FSB, the commercial banking subsidiary of SWS Group Inc. elected Robert Chereck as executive chairman of the bank's board of directors.
“We are proud to welcome a banking professional of Mr. Chereck's experience and expertise to Southwest Securities, FSB,” said SWS Group chief executive James H. Ross in a prepared statement. “This is yet another positive step forward as we continue to build value for our customers and position the Bank for long-term growth. Mr. Chereck will work closely with the bank's executive team and will play a key role in achieving our goals.”
Chereck joins Southwest Securities, FSB from Wells Fargo Bank in Dallas where he was executive vice president, Southwest division manager and Dallas regional president. As division manager, he oversaw 11 regional banking offices in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. He also served as president and owner of Norwich Financial Associates Inc., a financial services and consulting company in Dallas, and as managing director of Mason Best Company, a privately held merchant banking firm.
Chereck began his career with InterFirst Bank Dallas, where he served in a variety of senior-level positions, including executive vice president managing the Dallas corporate division.
Chereck serves on the boards of directors of several organizations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He is currently chairman of the board of Children's Medical Center and chairman-elect of the Dallas Citizens Council. He is past chairman of the Dallas Regional Chamber and serves on the board's executive committee. Chereck has also served three terms on the City of Dallas Housing Finance Corporation and was a member of the Downtown Dallas Association Board. In addition, he is a member of the advisory council for the University of Texas McCombs Business School.
Southwest Securities FSB, was established in 1986 and became a wholly owned subsidiary of SWS Group Inc. in 2000. Based in Dallas, Southwest Securities, FSB offers a variety of commercial banking services.
SWS Group Inc. is a Dallas-based company offering a broad range of investment and financial services through its subsidiaries. The Company's common stock is listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWS.
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