On July 8, 2011 a bitter sweet day for our country was noted.  That day was the launch of the last US manned space flight for the foreseeable future.  I had the honor and the privilege of attending the final launch in Mission Control as a guest of the Johnson Space Center (JSC) through Walter

I read a fantastic article by Justin Menkes in the Harvard Business Review last week.  He talks about the research he did for his book, Better Under Pressure, and the three traits of successful CEOs.  He cites a fascinating statistic, "More than half the companies that were industry leaders in 1955 were still leaders in

On my recent trip to Amsterdam I had the pleasure of flying Continental Airlines and was impressed by the in-flight selection of entertainment that was offered to me in the Economy Class.
Having a wide variety of movies, TV shows, music, it made my trip even more enjoyable than before.  It certainly helped pass the time.

One of my fellow HTC Advisory Board members, Ravi Kathuria, president of Cohegic, was quoted in a recent Wall Street Journal article about corporate executives who change roles within their company, usually to an unfamiliar area.  Cohegic, a management consulting firm, conducted the poll referenced in the article. 

It’s an interesting concept.  The execs

AccoutingWEB recently completed a survey of their readers, asking "What will the U.S. economy do in 2011."  Most of the readers had a positive outlook on the economy.  Only 8% of the respondents had a negative outlook on the economy. 

This mirrors what I’m seeing and hearing in my interactions in the Houston business community.  People are cautiously optimistic for growth in the economy.  How much remains to be seen, but we seem to have started to turn a corner.

The full results of the survey can be viewed here: http://www.accountingweb.com/accountingweb-polls by clicking on: What will the U.S. economy do in 2011?  The full press release can be found in the extended entry. 

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As a friend of our firm, we are committed to providing you with information on tax legislation that may have an impact on you and your business.  Maybe this wasn’t first on your Holiday Wish List, but the December 17th signing of this tax legislation by President Obama could put some extra "jingle" in your pocket in the New Year. 
Our tax team has outlined several business and individual income tax provisions contained in this legislation that we believe are most impactful to the friends of our firm.  See the extended entry below. 
As always, our dedicated team of tax professionals stand ready to assist, should you have any questions about how the provisions of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (referred to as the "Tax Relief Act") will specifically affect your business or household. 
If you would like to connect to one of our tax professionals to discuss this and other tax planning matters, please visit www.pkftexas.com/taxnews.

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