“They’re really looking at how they use every inch of that steak—every last drop of that oil.”
Jamee Green, executive director, Greater Dallas Restaurant Association, on new, “anti-waste” policies eateries are implementing given higher food prices and the tougher economy.

“One of the downsides [will be] additional concentration in the hands of very few, very large [financial] institutions, which makes the country more vulnerable.”
Joseph M. Grant, chairman emeritus, Texas Capital Bancshares Inc., on long-term ramifications of the credit crisis.

“Everybody is either ahead of schedule or right on it, and a lot of our donors paid off their pledges in better times.”
Bill Lively, president and CEO, Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, on how the debt crisis has affected payments by donors to the center.

“When you get caught in a [stock] market like this, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you were wrong or stupid—it just means, life is what it is. You have to be realistic.”
Craig Hall, chairman and founder, Hall Financial Group, on recent volatility in the stock market.

“I don’t think, given all that’s going on in the economy today, that we’ll have a national health care program anytime soon. I think what we’ll see is incremental steps.”
David Boone, president and CEO, American CareSource Holdings.

“There’s no country, no economy out there that is not affected by what happens in one region of the world—for good or for bad.”
David N. Weidman, chairman, president, and CEO, Celanese Corp., on ways the U.S. credit crisis has affected other countries.

“As we grow our bank here, connecting the dots for the kids—helping them make better finance and management decisions as they approach adulthood—is going to make a better community for all of us.”
Kent Eastman, area president, Capital One Banks of Texas, on a financial literacy program for seventh- and eighth-graders the bank has launched in conjunction with Junior Achievement and local school systems.