“It’s an historic marriage. We’re now a Fortune 30 company.”
Ross Perot Jr., chairman of the board, Perot Systems, on Dell’s acquisition of Perot Systems for $3.9 billion.

“Texas, on a relative basis, is out-performing every major market in the United States. We’ve been the beneficiary of a very strong market for a long time.”
Steve Lieberman, CEO and co-founder, The Retail Connection, on retail space in Dallas.

“There’s not been a better time in the last decade to buy a house than there is in Dallas, Texas, today.”
Bill Shaddock, CEO of Willow Bend Mortgage and Capital Title of Texas and president/partner of Shaddock Development Co., on the state of residential real estate in North Texas.

“We announced recently a new program which provides the convenience of vending kiosks with the Blockbuster brand. We have about 500 deployed domestically today, and that will grow to about 10,000 by the middle of next year.”
Jim Keyes, chairman and CEO of Blockbuster Inc., contending that despite the planned closings of 960 stores by the end of 2010, Blockbuster is actually “adding presence,” not pulling back.

“Being part of a $20-plus-billion company is helpful.”
Lynn R. Blodgett, president and CEO, Affiliated Computer Services Inc., on the sale of ACS to Xerox Corp. for $6.4 billion.

“Having a building a few years early is a lot better than having a building a couple of months too late.”
Rich Templeton, chairman, president, and CEO of Texas Instruments Inc., on the company’s Richardson fabrication plant, which will open after standing vacant for five years.

“We believe that we’ve really positioned the company to take advantage of opportunities as the economy turns around.”
Neal Goldberg, CEO of Zale Corp., on the company’s fiscal health.

“If you look hard enough, you can find almost anything locally. It’s the right thing to do. Fresher is better, and the local producers know the local tastes better than somebody halfway across the country or a foreign producer.”
Randy DeWitt, founder of Rockfish Seafood Grill and Twin Peaks, on his latest venture, The Ranch, which features locally sourced menu items.