Donald ”Don” Lee Pferdehirt advises clients on designing, staffing, and operating chemical facilities in his capacity as president of the Spring, TX consulting firm ChemOps Insights, LLC. Charitably active in his free time, Don Pferdehirt supports such medical nonprofits as the American Heart Association.
A new study co-funded by the American Heart Association has found that income volatility may be associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease. Published in early 2019 in the journal Circulation, the study saw researchers collect data on nearly 4,000 young adults residing in four diverse US cities. These young adults, all of whom were between 23 and 35 years old at the beginning of the study, were followed from 1990 to 2005.
The results showed that participants whose income significantly decreased at least twice in the 15-year period not only had approximately double the chance of developing cardiovascular disease, but also approximately double the chance of prematurely dying. While the study was not designed to determine cause and effect, the results nonetheless point to income volatility as a threat to public health.
With over 35 years of experience in chemical facilities operations, Donald "Don" Lee Pferdehirt serves as president of ChemOps Insights, LLC, a consulting firm based in Spring, TX. Outside of his work as a consultant and business executive, Don Pferdehirt enjoys a variety of activities, including traveling, running, and skiing.
Unfortunately, Texas residents who enjoy spending a day out on the slopes have no options for skiing in their warm and sunny home state. However, there are several notable resorts in nearby Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming that make great weekend destinations for Texas skiers. Here are three of the top spots:
1. Aspen, CO
As one of the country's most well-known ski towns, Aspen features four separate mountains for skiers of all ability levels. Perhaps most notable is the fact that Aspen is less than three hours away from Houston by air. This means that skiers from the Lone Star State can wake up in their own beds and then find themselves on the Aspen slopes by the afternoon.
2. Salt Lake City, UT
Featuring 10 winter resorts within a one-hour radius, Salt Lake City is a top ski destination offering what Utah calls "The Greatest Snow on Earth." The nearby town of Park City is home to world-class skiing as well as great dining and hotel options for Texans on an overnight trip or extended ski vacation. Like the trip to Aspen, the flight time from Houston to Salt Lake is also under three hours.
3. Jackson Hole, WY
Wyoming's Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has been operating for over five decades, and it remains a favorite skiing destination for its varied terrain and great on-site facilities. The direct flights available from Houston to Jackson Airport only take two hours and 45 minutes, great news for Texas skiers.