Month: August 2012

An Impression of a Lifetime: Mike Woods, Tattoo Artist Extraordinaire

He’s a master of his craft; he’s a creator of vision and art, and a father to a year and a half year old son who, when he talks about, his entire face lights up like the Vegas strip. He is tattoo artist Mike Woods. Working along side some of the best Houston has to offer, Mike has been known for not only his originality, but the beautiful vivid colors he chooses in his tattoos. Around 90% of his clientele are repeat satisfied customers. When asked how he broke into the business, he explains how his father was the...

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Texas Conference for Women Free Teleclass

Calling all entrepreneurs! Join us for a free teleclass August 28 at 12 pm CST with our speaker, entrepreneur Monica Mehta. We know you don’t have time to dawdle on decision-making. You’ve got a lot of rapid-fire assumptions to make, and you want to find out how right – or wrong- you were as soon as possible. 2012 Texas Conference for Women speaker Monica Mehta will help make you just the sort of instinct-driven entrepreneur who sells products before they exist and finds shortcuts to market. On August 28 at 12 PM CST, the author, investor and small business expert will host a teleconference where you’ll learn how to work your network and trade your time for big savings. Speaking from 15 years of experience as an advisor to hundreds of entrepreneurs, Monica will teach you to be the kind of entrepreneur who doesn’t spend a dime until her imagination has been exhausted. Monica is currently a Managing Partner at New York-based investment firm Seventh Capital and a regular columnist for Bloomberg Business Week. She serves as a financial expert for Fox News, Fox Business, ABC News Now and MSNBC, and her book, “The Entrepreneurial Instinct: How Everyone Has the Innate Ability to Start a Successful Small Business,” will be released in September 2012. In short, Monica is the go-to expert for all things entrepreneurial. This Wharton School graduate...

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Forum Energy Technologies Continue to Grow With Increasing Orders

HOUSTON, Aug. 15, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:FET) is pleased to announce it has been awarded the contract to supply pipe handling equipment packages for seven rigs. The package for each rig includes Forum’s Offline Activity Crane, Wrangler(TM) WR120 Iron Roughneck, Wrangler PW5000 Elevated Catwalk and Rotating Mousehole. Deliveries are scheduled for Q4 2012 through Q1 2013, for a drilling contractor in the Middle East. “We are proud to be selected to provide our pipe handling equipment,” said Cris Gaut, chairman and CEO of Forum. “The Offline Activity Crane allows for simultaneous activities to take place on the rig floor which reduces ‘flat time’ in the drilling program, hence improving rig efficiency. Forum’s PW5000 Catwalk offers improved safety and efficiency by mechanizing the transfer of tubulars to and from the drill floor. The WR120 Roughneck is designed specifically for rigs running pipe with premium connections, allowing for quick and efficient make up and break out of tubulars.” About Forum Energy Technologies Forum Energy Technologies Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a global provider of manufactured technologies and applied products to the energy industry. With approximately 3,300 employees located throughout the world, FET is well positioned to provide the products and technologies essential to solving the increasingly complex challenges of the oil and gas industry. For more information, please visit...

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Red Tide Hits Galveston Beach: Hundreds of Thousands of Dead Fish Wash Ashore

“Hundreds of thousands of dead fish are covering beaches from Galveston all the way to Freeport. It`s a mess, to say the least. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials say the fish — identified as shad — are dying due to a lack of oxygen levels in the water. This type of fish is particularly sensitive to varying oxygen levels. As the temperature rises, oxygen levels drop.” ABC I love the sights, sounds and scents of the beach: Sun tan lotion, hot girls in bikinis, seagulls flying overhead. The stench of hundreds of thousands of dead fish puts a damper on things. The water was tested and it is safe to get in, but who the hell wants to swim with the dead fish? The nightmare is far from over, more fish are expected to wash ashore. The real nightmare may be what these dead fish portend — something is rotten in Denmark. For the last couple of years there have been many incidents of dead fish and dead birds all over the world. I`m not a doomsday prophet, but I will be very happy when I wake up on December 22, 2012. I think I will celebrate by having catfish for lunch, and fried chicken for dinner. What do you think, is there something fishy about all these reports of dead fish? Send us your thoughts. Follow Robert...

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Eagle Rock Announces Partnerships with Prestigious Banks

HOUSTON, Aug. 13, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. (the “Partnership” or “Eagle Rock”) (Nasdaq:EROC) announced today that it has commenced, subject to market conditions, an underwritten public offering of 8,000,000 of its common units representing limited partner interests. The Partnership also intends to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 1,200,000 additional common units to cover over-allotments, if any. The Partnership intends to use the net proceeds of the offering, including the proceeds from any exercise of the over-allotment option, to fund a portion of the consideration for the proposed acquisition of two of BP America Production Company’s gas processing facilities in the Texas Panhandle and the associated gathering system (the “BP Acquisition”). Pending the application of the net proceeds to fund a portion of the consideration for the BP Acquisition, the Partnership intends to use the net proceeds to repay a portion of the outstanding borrowings under its credit facility. If the BP Acquisition is not consummated for any reason, the Partnership will use the net proceeds for general partnership purposes, including future acquisitions and capital program expenditures. UBS Investment Bank, BofA Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, RBC Capital Markets and Wells Fargo Securities will act as joint book-running managers of the offering. When available, copies of the prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained from the...

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