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Lance Ewing Announced as Speaker for the 2017 CLM & Business Insurance Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality Conference ›

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (February 3, 2017) – The Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) is pleased to announce EVP Global Risk Management & Client Services Lance Ewing, EVP Global Risk Management & Client Services, will be speaking on “Standard Operating Procedures for Indemnity Claims Management in Retail, Restaurant and Hospitality Litigation.” This summit will be held on February 22-24 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, TX.

Lance J. Ewing has extensive executive experience in the field of risk management and insurance including his current role EVP of Risk Management at Cotton Holdings, Inc. Previously he was Industry Practice Group Leader for AIG. Prior to this position; he served in senior risk management capacities for Harrah’s Entertainment, Caesars Entertainment, GES Exposition Services/VIAD and for the City of Philadelphia School District. Mr. Ewing additionally worked for various insurance companies including Lumbermen's Underwriting Alliance, Pennsylvania Hospital Insurance Company (PHICO) and NY Lumberman's...

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October 20, 2016

Cotton is pleased to announce the addition of three new managers to support company operations across the Roofing, Logistics, and Culinary specialized divisions. During a month of increased operations due to Hurricane Matthew, for which Cotton’s disaster recovery crews are operating along the Atlantic coast – from Florida up through the Carolinas, and even in the Bahamas – the day to day operations of the other divisions continue to experience steady growth in their respective markets.

Ed Stanley joins Cotton’s Roofing division as VP of Roofing Services, after years of running his own successful multi-office roofing and construction business across the Midwest and Southern United States. Stanley’s working relationship with Cotton dates back eleven years since first being engaged as a subcontractor during Cotton’s Hurricane Katrina response. Stanley’s entrepreneurial drive and keen marketing sense will be a force multiplier for Cotton as the roofing division expands amid advancing technologies in the marketplace.

Trey Trammell joins the team as Sales Director for...

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Cotton Risk Manager to Present a Lineup of Sessions at RIMS 2017 ›

September 21, 2016

Cotton Holdings Inc., a Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) member, has been chosen to present four sessions at the 2017 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The first session, “M&M and M&A: Getting a Taste for Mergers & Acquisitions,” will be presented by Cotton’s EVP of Risk Management, Lance Ewing, and Larry Warner of Warner Risk Group. The second educational presentation is titled “Two World's Joined. Risk and Compliance”. Jennifer Santiago, Strategic Risk Management Leader for Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Lance Ewing will copresent. Additionally, Lance Ewing will present “Knowing the Risks When You Cross Over. Doing Business in Mexico and Canada” in the RIMS Hub Thought Leader Theatre on the exhibit hall floor. Last, “The Wild World of Entertainment”RIMS Industry Session will be a two-hour panel discussion on risks facing the entertainment industry. Moderated by Lance Ewing, the panelists include Anthony Avitabile of Major League Baseball, Tim East of the Walt Disney Company, Vincent Foderingham of Feld Entertainment and...

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Appealing to Fear ›

Insurance company defense teams must plan ahead to overcome plaintiff attorneys who use scare tactics to sway juries.


Cotton Holdings Expands Leadership Team ›

August 31, 2016

Cotton Holdings, Inc. (“Cotton” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce Jeff Erler and Keith Benton have joined the Company as General Counsel and Health, Safety and Environmental ("HSE") Director, respectively.

Jeff Erler joined Cotton in June and brings 20 years of experience advising clients, including Cotton, in a variety of legal matters. His legal work has been recognized by his peers, having been repeatedly named a “Rising Star” and then “Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly magazine – a distinction given to less than 5% of the lawyers in Texas. He has also been selected as a “Best Lawyer in Dallas” by D Magazine. Erler will be responsible for enterprise legal matters, including risk and litigation management, corporate governance and transactions.

Keith Benton joined Cotton in May after spending 15 years as HSE Manager for BP America Production Company. Benton, a Certified Safety Professional, will be responsible for maintaining Cotton’s commitment to providing a safe, efficient and environmentally sound workplace through the development, implementation, and...



August 17, 2016

By Don Ellzey

A disaster clean-up company has been hired by the Tangipahoa Parish School Board to begin operations immediately to get Amite West Side Middle Magnet School suitable for the resumption of classes.

The school took on about 18 inches of water during the weekend’s flood.

In a hurriedly called special meeting of the board in Hammond Saturday morning at the law office of board President Brett Duncan, the group voted to declare the school situation an emergency and hire Cotton Global Disaster Solutions to begin the cleanup operation. By declaring an emergency, the board did not have to take bids.

The board hopes the work will be completed in time for classes Thursday.

Cotton Global is the same company that handled the cleanup of Hammond Eastside Elementary following a fire about three years ago. The board at that time was well pleased with the speed and efficiency by which the company completed the job.

At Amite West Side, the gym, office and a few classrooms were the only areas spared flood damage.

Another school...

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Mass Shooters and Workers’ Compensation Claims ›

By Lance J. Ewing

On March 27, 1981, in Washington, D.C., six bullets were fired in 1.7 seconds as President Ronald Reagan and his entourage left the Washington Hilton. The first bullet struck White House Press Secretary James Brady. The second struck District of Columbia policeman Thomas Delahanty. The third struck no one. The fourth bullet hit Secret Service agent Tim McCarthy, and the fifth bullet bounced off the waiting limo landing on the concrete walkway. The final bullet fired in those brief seconds rebounded off the limo striking President Reagan. A mass shooting takes very little time. Most mass shooting events are over in less than five minutes unless the shooter goes mobile. While the actual event is short-lived, the aftermath of such an incident takes much longer to recover from, including those where workers’ compensation is concerned. Recent events in Orlando, Dallas, and San Bernadino prove that mass shootings quickly are becoming more commonplace than ever, making preparation for them more critical. While there is no federal law specific to the...

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Former Risk Manager of the Year Joins Cotton’s Leadership Team ›

July 28, 2016

Cotton Holdings Inc. (“Cotton” or the “Company”), announced today that Lance Ewing, a former Vice President and Industry Practice Leader at American International Group (AIG), has joined the Company as Executive Vice President of Global Risk Management and Client Services. Prior to his role at AIG, Ewing headed Global Risk Management for Caesar’s Entertainment, served in various executive board and senior risk management positions, and was president of three insurance captives.

Ewing was appointed as National President for the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) 2003 – 2004 term and was also the Chief Risk Officer (CRO). A recipient of many esteemed industry awards, including being named Business Insurance’s Risk Manager of the Year in 2007 for his work during Hurricane Katrina, Ewing frequently speaks at insurance and risk management forums nationally and abroad. He was honored as the Real Estate Insurance Leader 2014 – 2015 by GlobeSt.com and is currently an active instructor for the National Alliance of Insurance Education.

"I have had the privilege to...

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Cotton Holdings Elects Bobby Jindal to the Board of Directors ›

Cotton Holdings, Inc. (“Cotton” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce that it has added Bobby Jindal, the 55th Governor of the State of Louisiana, to the Board of Directors.

Mr. Jindal was elected as the nation’s youngest governor in 2007 and spent two terms as Louisiana’s chief executive officer to rebuild and diversify the state’s economy and financial footing in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Prior to serving as Governor, Mr. Jindal held positions as the head of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, President of the University of Louisiana System, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Congressman, and Executive Director of the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. Beyond the public sector, Mr. Jindal previously advised senior management of Fortune 500 companies as an associate at McKinsey & Co.

"Having known and worked with Bobby over the past several years, I am very pleased to now have him join the Board as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Company," said Pete...

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Cotton Logistics Breaks Ground on OneLodge North Lake Workforce Housing Complex ›

June 8, 2016

Cotton Logistics celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony with the community today at its OneLodge North Lake development located at 516 Prater Road, at the intersection of Old Spanish Trail and Prater Road, Sulphur, LA 70669. Special guests in attendance included elected officials, members of the Chamber of Commerce and representatives from the McNeese State University Foundation, who accepted a donation from the Cotton Foundation in honor of David Conner and his many contributions to the Southwest Louisiana area and McNeese State University.

The OneLodge North Lake project represents a unique housing solution and is a culmination of two years of planning to create a facility which will serve as an anchor for temporary workforces. A study completed in 2015 commissioned by SWLA Economic Development Alliance and administered by CSRS., predicted the need for 20,000 temporary workers to support local industrial expansion projects. Recognizing the need to address the significant shortage of lodging for these workers migrating into the region, Cotton Logistics established a task...