In the late 1980s, a joint project between the states of Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and the Dallas office of KPMG Peat Marwick was conducted between Scranton, PA, Oklahoma City and Dallas, being that the workers compensation laws of the 2 states were similar enough to make a joint project feasible.
With the workers compensation laws of the states of Pennsylvania and Oklahoma being as similar as they were, our Dallas KPMG Peat Marwick consulting practice won a joint contract. The work was done in 3 locations, Scranton, PA, Oklahoma City, OK, and Dallas, TX.
Founded in 1988 by Dallas entrepreneur Kenny Troutt, Excel Communications was a long distance reseller. It began selling franchises using a multi-level marketing (MLM) business model, eventually selling over 200,000 of these franchises, or an average of 1 franchise for each 20 customers. In seven years, it became the fourth-largest long distance carrier in America and the youngest billion-dollar-annual company in history (8 years as compared to the second fastest growing, Microsoft, which took 15 years).
Boy Scouts of America corporate offices are located on Walnut Hill Lane in Las Colinas, Irving, Texas. Throughout 1995, I was a Consultant in Magazine systems, Boys Life being its largest and most well known publication. As BSA was in the process of outsourcing their mainframe processing, my tasks included support and maintainance of legacy magazine systems until the cut-over to the new network based system using Paradox Database in January of 1996.
The Catalyst Group in Chicago, a division of KPMG, conducted a pilot project for Mountain Bell involving Catalyst’s re-engineering tools ReACT, PathVU and Retrofit to transform an aging subsystem from Assembler (ALC) to COBOL.
MBNA America purchased Southwestern States Bankcard Association (SSBA) in the late 1980s and eventually grew to become one of the largest credit card processing organizations in North America. MBNA America was acquired by Bank of America in 2006.
ARCO (Atlantic Richfield) Oil & Gas was headquartered in the ARCO Tower in downtown Dallas since August of 1983. Designed by architect I.M. Pei, ARCO sold the building in the mid 1990 as recommended by auditors.
Fina Oil & Chemicals US, a division of American Petrofina, was located in the Campbell Center North Tower on the southeast corner of Central Expressway and Northwest Highway in Dallas, TX. Many know of the twin gold towers from the opening credits of the TV series Dallas.
Our KPMG project at UTHSC-Houston was a payroll system development using the code generator Transform Logic. Transform Logic was an alternative to the popular code generator TELON but was far more powerful (in my opinion) though it was extremely resource intensive.
Transamerica Real Estate Tax, a division of Transamerica Corporation, moved to Dallas from California in the mid 1990s and occupied several floors in the old Renaissance Tower (with the X on it) which also held the headquarter office of Blockbuster video. Firstamerica Bank was a spin-off of Transamerica due to the Bank Holding Company Act of the 1950s.