In memoriam 2018: HBJ remembers Bushes, McNair, other local leaders

Houston lost some big names in 2018. 

Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, both died this year, as did Houston Texans founder and local businessman Bob McNair. But there were several other prominent figures who passed away, as well.

The departed served in the public and private sectors and made names for themselves in an array of industries. Many founded and/or led Houston-based companies, while some were known for their public service or contributions in fields such as medicine. 

Here’s…

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In memoriam 2018: HBJ remembers Bushes, McNair, other local leaders

Ronnie Killen’s Mexican restaurant opens

Chef Ronnie Killen will kick off the new year with the opening of his latest restaurant.

Killen’s TMX held a soft opening Dec. 29-30, CultureMap reports. According to CultureMap, OpenTable and a Dec. 30 tweet from the restaurant’s Twitter account, the official opening day is Jan. 2. Killen’s TMX will start with dinner service from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, according to OpenTable. 

The Mexican restaurant is at 9330 Broadway St., suite A200, in Pearland. The space is about 5,700…

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Ronnie Killen’s Mexican restaurant opens

San Antonio-based pizza chain enters Houston market

Urban Bricks is the latest build-your-own pizza chain to enter the Houston market.

The San Antonio-based company opened a location at 12161 Westheimer Road, near Phoenicia Specialty Foods, on Dec. 21, according to a press release. The fast-casual restaurant offers dine-in, take-out and drive-thru options.

Customers can choose from more than 30 ingredients to build their own pizza, pasta, panini or salad. Pizzas, pasta and paninis are baked in a rotating oven in just two minutes. The restaurant…

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San Antonio-based pizza chain enters Houston market

Texas to get slice of Wells Fargo’s $575M payout for improper sales practices

Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) has agreed to pay out $575 million to customers affected by its improper sales practices.

Those improper practices affected retail sales, auto collateral protection insurance (CPI), Guaranteed Asset/Auto Protection (GAP) and mortgage interest-rate lock matters, Wells Fargo said Dec. 28. The San Francisco-based bank reached the agreement with all 50 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia.

Texas will get about $47 million of the settlement, Attorney General…

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Texas to get slice of Wells Fargo's 5M payout for improper sales practices

Op-Ed: Labor and construction industry need to work together for a stronger Houston

There’s a lot of noise these days — especially in our incredibly polarized political environment — about the divide between labor unions and industry. Despite the perception and rhetoric that we work at cross-purposes, the reality is that in many fields, we must work collaboratively to fill America’s workforce needs of the construction sector and ensure that maintaining the country’s infrastructure meets and exceeds a gold standard to reduce cost on taxpayers.

The key to success in the…

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Op-Ed: Labor and construction industry need to work together for a stronger Houston

Houston-based health care software co. trades hands

Houston-based Symplr, a software-as-a-service platform for health care organizations, has a new private equity owner. 

Houston-based CapStreet Group LLC and Charlotte, North Carolina-based Pamlico Capital sold their stake in Symplr to Santa Monica, California-based Clearlake Capital Group LP, according to press releases. The deal closed Nov. 30, according to the CapStreet press release. The value of the deal was not disclosed.

Rick Pleczko, CEO, and Tres Thompson, CFO, will continue to lead Symplr,…

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Houston-based health care software co. trades hands