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: FORT WORTH—RadioShack Corporation named two to its senior management team. Jennifer Warren has been named senior vice president and chief marketing officer, and Michael DeFazio has been named senior vice president – store concepts.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Southwest Airlines announced Craig Maccubbin will join the airline as its new chief technology officer (CTO) and vice president of technology operations, effective May 6, 2013.
Texas Business reports: TEMPLE, Texas—McLane Advanced Technologies (MAT), a provider of information technology and logistics solutions, announced that executive vice president Major General James Chambers , USA (Ret.) has been promoted to president and chief operating officer.
Texas Business reports: Engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti, announced that Nicolas Saenz has joined the firm as an associate in the Dallas office, and will lead the expansion of its Building Performance and Property Loss Consulting (PLC) practices there.
Texas Business reports: FORT WORTH—American Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of AMR Corporation, announced that Bev Goulet has been promoted to senior vice president and chief integration officer for American Airlines.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Brinker International announced that Valerie Davisson, executive vice president and chief people works officer, has resigned effective immediately to pursue other opportunities and that Ian Baines, senior vice president of strategic Innovation, has resigned effective immediately to pursue an opportunity to be announced.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Whole Foods Market, the world's largest organic and natural foods supermarket, hired Jason J. Buechel as global vice president and chief information officer for the company.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Jo Drake Keim, with 17 years of experience in the field as an environmental professional and educator, joined Partner Engineering and Science Inc. as a project manager in the firm’s Houston office.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Powell Industries Inc., a supplier of custom engineered solutions for the management and control of electrical energy and other critical processes, announced two changes to the board of directors.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Burleson LLP, the largest full-service law firm in the country devoted specifically to the oil and gas sector, announced that Gary C. Johnson, a partner in the firm's Houston office, has been named the leader of the firm's corporate practice group.
Texas Business reports: IRVING, Texas—Donald D. Humphreys, 64, senior vice president and principal financial officer of Exxon Mobil Corporation, announced his intention to retire on February 1, 2013, after more than 36 years of service.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Brinker International Inc. announced the resignation of Michael Dixon from its board of directors following his appointment as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Ignite Restaurant Group Inc.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON— Prosperity Bancshares Inc., the parent company of Prosperity Bank, announced that James D. Rollins III, president and chief operating officer of Prosperity and president of Prosperity Bank has resigned to pursue another opportunity.
Texas Business reports: ANGLETON, Texas—Benchmark Electronics Inc. announced its succession plan for chairman of the board, appointing current board member Peter G. Dorflinger to serve as non-executive chairman, subject to his re-election as a company director by shareholders at its annual meeting in May 2013.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Susie Ellwood is the new publisher for Cox Media Group's (CMG) Austin American-Statesman and The Statesman Co., Austin's leading media business, which publishes newspapers and websites and also acts as a regional commercial printer and distribution company.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Golfsmith International Holdings Inc. appointed Sue E. Gove as president of the company, in addition to maintaining her role as chief operating officer and chief financial officer.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Synthesis Energy Systems Inc.,or SES, announced today that its board of directors has voted unanimously to expand the board to eight members from seven and to elect Yang Guang to fill the vacancy.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Sirius Solutions LLLP, an independent business consulting firm, announced that Kevin Cohn joined the firm as executive vice president of operations and chief financial officer.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Synthesis Energy Systems Inc. appointed Gao Feng, chairman and president of Hongye International Investment Group Co. Ltd. to the company's board, filling the vacancy created by the passing of Michael Storey in October 2011.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Haggar Clothing Co. filled two key roles on its executive committee with the selection of William Davenport as the new chief financial officer and Tony Anzovino as vice president of sourcing.
Texas Business reports: PLANO, Texas—RemitDATA Inc., a healthcare industry provider of comparative analytics for provider productivity and financial data, appointed John Stanton as vice president of consulting and Phillip McClure as vice president of sales.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Vericrest Financial Inc., a premier financial services company specializing in the servicing of residential mortgages and consumer finance loans, announced that David Slear has joined the company as senior vice president of Default Services.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—The Republic Group announced that the boards of directors of its various insurance entities have named Timothy R. Wiedmeyer to serve as the companies' vice president of claims.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Amherst Securities Group LP, a financial services provider to institutional investors in the mortgage sector, announced Dan Derby joined the company as a vice president of fixed income securities.
Texas Business reports: SUGAR LAND, Texas— CVR Energy Inc., a refiner and marketer of petroleum fuels and the majority owner in nitrogen fertilizer manufacturer CVR Partners LP, announced that Susan M. Ball will become the companies' chief financial officer and treasurer effective August 7, 2012.
Texas Business reports: DENVER & SIERRA BLANCA, Texas—Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp., a rare earths mineral exploration and development company, announced changes to its management team and board of directors.
Texas Business reports: IRVING—WebTPA, a provider of health plan management services and an AmWINS Group Company, named two additions to the executive team: Thomas G. Martin, vice president, and Todd Fane, vice president of sales.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Bristow Group Inc., a provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, announced that Edward Chipman (Chip) Earle will join the company as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary effective July 30, 2012.
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.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Copano Energy LLC expanded its management team with two key executive additions. Bryan W. Neskora has joined Copano as chief operating officer, and Susan B. Ortenstone has joined Copano as chief administrative officer.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Rev Worldwide, a payments processing and marketing services company focused on product innovation for underserved markets, announced that Virginia Gambale has been appointed to the company's board of directors.
Texas Business reports: FORT WORTH—RadioShack Corporation named Telvin P. Jeffries as executive vice president and chief human resources officer and general manager of retail services, effective Aug. 1, 2012.
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