“They really just want to be recognized for what they do, and valued. That was the big learning.”
JDePinto, CEO of 7-Eleven Inc., on what he learned about his employees while starring in an episode of the CBS-TV show, Undercover Boss.

“We’re a dinosaur. We’re the last family-owned jeweler of our kind in Dallas in many ways, because we are a single store.”
Richard Eiseman Jr., president and CEO, Eiseman Jewels, on how the jewelry business has changed over the years.

“I’m looking for my free Dairy Queen coupons, but I haven’t gotten them yet.”
Matthew K. Rose, chairman, president, and CEO, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp., on the benefits of the BNSF buyout offer from Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Corp.

“We play in our own little sandbox—I guess by ourselves, for the most part.”
Edward J. Heffernan, president and CEO, Alliance Data Systems Corp., on the company’s niche in the  “loyalty-marketing” space for retail firms. 

“As we look forward to 2010, we think it is just going to be a better year. We don’t have any of that noise from the economy impacting us.”
Scott K. Ginsburg, chairman and CEO, DG FastChannel Inc., on why he thinks the advertising industry is turning around.

“Texas is still the place to be. If things get worse in Washington, we can always secede. We have the legal right to secede, and we have the resources that we’d get along pretty well as a republic.”
Ebby Halliday, founder and chairman, Ebby Halliday Realtors, on the relative strength of the Texas economy.

“After Day Two I knew we had something—almost lightning in a bottle, or the lion by its tail.”
Jeff Sinelli, founder of Which Wich, on when he knew the sandwich chain’s first location would be a hit.