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Cotton's Finest - July 2018 ›

Meet this months Cottons Finest, Blake Hunt the Director of Culinary Operations!

1. What is your role on the Cotton Team? What are 3 words you’d use to describe it?

A: My role at Cotton is to ensure that all culinary operations run smoothly and professionally from start to finish whether it’s a plated dinner for 10 VIPs or a huge safety reward lunch for 10,000.

Three words I’d use to describe my role at Cotton would be Leadership, Motivation, and Passion.

2. Where is your favorite place in the world?

A: My favorite place in the world is Tennessee!

3. What does “Cottonuity” mean to you?

A: Cottonuity to me means the way you treat your clients and the way you treat your employees. It’s also being able to come together with your coworkers at the drop of a hat to do what most would consider impossible regardless of the situation or...

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Cotton Holdings, Inc. Announces New President, International ›

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cotton Holdings, Inc. (“Cotton” or the “Company”) announced today that Mark Fischer has joined the Company as President, Cotton International, Inc. With a career of over three decades spent in the property restoration industry, Mr. Fischer has previously served as a senior executive of BMS CAT and ServiceMaster in Australia, Asia, Europe and several countries and territories throughout North America and the Caribbean.

“Mark has a proven track record of strategic and organic growth on a multi-national basis in all of the disaster restoration businesses he has led. I am excited to have Mark join the Cotton team as we continue to expand our international operations to serve all of the needs of our domestic and international clients,” said Pete Bell, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cotton.

In addition to the appointment of Mark Fischer, the Company also announced the opening of Cotton International offices in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. “Given our existing...

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Cotton's Finest ›

June 2018 Cotton's Finest

In review of Fiscal Year 2018, the Cotton Holdings Inc. Board of Directors gathered in Houston to reflect on the company’s contribution to recovery efforts in the United States, Mexico, and Caribbean following the 2017 catastrophic hurricane season and also strategized with other Cotton key leaders for what will be yet another active season according to recent predictions.

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Cotton Displays National Presence April 15-18th ›

On April 15-18th the Cotton Team is in San Antonio, Texas for the 2018 Annual RIMS Conference and also to Orlando, Florida for the 2018 PLRB Claims Conference & Insurance Services Expo. The Cotton Team’s national presence will simultaneously be on full display this week, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to showcase our capabilities and achievements, while networking with others in the industry.

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April 15-18 | Booth #2215

Cotton is pleased to announce our sponsorship with the 2018 Annual RIMS Conference. The Annual Conference is the premier event for the risk community and those involved within the same vertical to come together to learn and network. Stop by the Cotton booth (#2215) to learn more about Cotton’s international expansion and building a successful Business Continuity Plan.

Not only will Cotton be exhibiting for another year but Cotton's EVP of Global Risk Management and former RIMS President, Lance J. Ewing, will speak at three sessions this year!

Monday, April 16th

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New Year, New Moves! ›

Cotton Holdings Relocates Corporate Offices and Expands Operational Headquarters

Cotton Holdings, Inc. (“Cotton” or the “Company”) announced today the relocation of its global headquarters to Houston, Texas. The executive management team of Cotton Holdings as well as the centralized functions of Marketing, Finance, Legal, IT, and Risk Management, will move from the existing headquarters in Katy, Texas, to CityCentre, a mixed-use development near Houston’s Energy Corridor District.

To support the continuing growth of Cotton’s core business segments, the campus in Katy is undergoing renovations that will be completed in March 2018. The expanded facilities will continue to serve as the operations hub for certain Cotton subsidiaries and their leadership teams.

“While Cotton was originally founded as a disaster restoration company over 20 years ago, Cotton Holdings is now a diversified holding company with multiple operating subsidiaries serving clients worldwide,” said Randall Thompson, Chief Operating Officer. “Centralizing the executive team and key...

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The Year Wraps With 2017-18 Annual Cotton Success Meeting ›

The Cotton Team celebrates "success" with a two-day event at Corporate Headquarters

Every year as Cotton prepares for Christmas, we also celebrate “Success”. Each December, Cotton Holdings invites full time employees from all divisional lines to a two-day event at our corporate headquarters. The event allows us to review and celebrate the “success” of the past year, and to define our “success” in coming years as we set future goals. The event culminates in our Cotton Christmas Party.

“The holiday season presents a great opportunity for the team to come together and celebrate. It was so exciting to meet all the new faces and see the tremendous amount of growth we’ve had over the last calendar year.” - Britney Smith, VP of Marketing

This year the Cotton Team was treated to a “Cotton Harvey” video, reflecting the hard work, dedication and self-sacrifice of our team members following this epic storm. The Cotton Team also celebrated Martha Colvin and Mirna Garcia for their continued...

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Thank you to our clients ›

Dear valued clients and vendor partners,

As Thanksgiving approaches, we’d like to use this special season to take the opportunity to express our gratitude to you, our valued clients and partners. We are deeply thankful that you believe in the Cotton brands and we remain steadfast in our commitment to delivering top rate service. We want to thank you for your remarkable patronage.

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving with abundance and peace. May the joy of the holidays extend to you and your family now and throughout the coming year.

-The Cotton Team

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Operation 100: Mission Accomplished ›

Cotton worked around the clock to get WWII veteran back into his home following hurricane devastation in time for his 100th birthday

The Cotton Foundation recently teamed up with former United States Navy SEAL, Marcus Luttrell, and his wife Melanie Luttrell, with the Team Never Quit Foundation for “Operation 100.” This project entailed the complete demolition and remodel of a veteran’s home after it was inundated with flood water during Hurricane Harvey. 1st Lieutenant Fly served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. Our mission was to complete his home’s remodel by his 100th birthday on November 13th! Cotton, along with Team Never Quit and multiple vendor partners, worked diligently over the last two months to ensure the home was move-in ready in time for his special day.

The Welcome Home Ceremony was held on November 9th and will air on Fox & Friends this Veteran’s Day on Fox News...

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Cotton Cares ›

After times of tragedy, the Cotton Foundation steps in to assist the communities we work in

Cotton has been humbled by the immense support that Houston and the greater Gulf Coast region has received locally and nationally in the form of monetary donations, food, water, clothing, school supplies and other needed goods. When times of tragedy occur, the Cotton Foundation also steps in to support the local communities we work in, providing aid beyond Cotton's core restoration services.

Last month, Cotton Ranch Events partnered with Foxmark Corporation to store and distribute donations that were driven 1200 miles all the way from Illinois! Concerned citizens and volunteers from the generous community of Orland Hills rallied together and collected enough water, cleaning supplies, toiletries and household goods to fill six trucks! Because of their efforts, families from a local school district received critical items...

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Harris Williams & Co. Advises Cotton Holdings, Inc. on Its Recapitalization ›

October 11, 2017 10:15am

RICHMOND, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Harris Williams & Co., a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide for more than 25 years, announces that it advised Cotton Holdings, Inc. (Cotton) on a successful recapitalization with BBVA (NYSE:BBVA), providing the company with significant liquidity, operational flexibility and the ability to execute on attractive growth opportunities. Cotton is a leading, nationwide disaster restoration services and workforce logistics company providing services to public and private entities throughout the U.S. and internationally. Harris Williams & Co. served as the exclusive advisor to Cotton. The transaction was led by Derek Lewis,...

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Hurricane Harvey Update ›

September 12, 2017

As we continue to assess the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, it is with a heavy heart I write this memo. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Cotton Team are with all those affected by this storm.

The storm and its resulting damage has had a tremendous impact on Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast Region, and the cleanup effort in the affected areas will be formidable. The Cotton Team is already hard at work confronting this challenge.

The Texas Gulf is our home. It is where Cotton began and where our home office and largest presence remains. Every day we see the impact of this storm on our neighbors, friends, and family. We also appreciate the trust that you have placed with us over the years. Let me assure you, the Cotton Team is focused on responding to our clients’ needs in the fastest, most efficient way possible.

Cotton is working with our clients to assess their property damage, mitigate any further damage, and provide clean up assistance in accordance with environmental protocols. Cotton is also preparing to provide construction...

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The "Cottontron" ›

Out with the old, in with the new (sign)!

As Cotton continues to strengthen its visibility, The Cotton World Headquarters welcomes our new outdoor sign, spanning 24 feet high and 10 feet wide. The towering display showcases the diversity of the Cotton brand of Companies and welcomes our guests to our campus.

Look out for messaging and updates as you drive by our Headquarters in Katy!

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From D-Town to Cowtown ›

Cotton showcases expansion with successful DFW Open House

To commemorate and celebrate the landmark opening of Cotton’s Global Response Center in Dallas, TX, Cotton held an Open House on July 20th while to showcase our services for our clients in the Dallas-Fort Worth market. Cotton has had a presence in Dallas for over a decade, we recently increased our footprint from a modest 4,000 square foot satellite office to an 80,000 square foot Global Response Center to support ongoing operations.

The Open House was a great success, and a fun-spirited time for over 200 hundred clients and friends of Cotton. Entertainment included Country music artist Charlie Robison playing an acoustic set, while Dallas Cowboys Legends Jay Novacek and Chad Hennings made appearances and signed custom Cotton footballs.

While exhibiting comprehensive service lines, Cotton also gave guests a “taste of Dallas” by incorporating local Dallas vendors. Specialty cocktails crafted by Uptown Dallas’ Bowen House were...

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Summer Travel Safety Tips ›

Travel safety begins before you leave your home

FBI statistics show that property theft crime rates rise by 10 percent in June, July, and August, the peak summer vacation months. Thieves know this, so it is imperative to take steps to help protect your home while you are away. Secure your home by making it look occupied, even while you are traveling, to deter potential burglars.

Before you Leave for Vacation

  • Tell a trusted neighbor, family member, or friend your travel itinerary and ask them to keep an eye on your property and alert the police of any suspicious activity.
  • Have mail and newspaper delivery paused. A clear sign that nobody’s home is a stack of mail, as well as garbage cans left at the curb. You can temporarily stop delivery by contacting your newspaper carrier and the United States Post Office and have a neighbor bring in your garbage bins so that it isn’t obvious you are away.

At the Airport

Once at the airport keep a close eye on your luggage at all...

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Cotton Dallas Expansion ›

Over a decade ago, Cotton expanded its national footprint to include a satellite office in Dallas to support the greater Dallas-Fort Worth market. Through the years, this location has grown into a centralized hub for Cotton’s international logistics, allowing for quick deployment of assets to destinations all over North America and beyond, and housing the company’s main inventory of heavy equipment. To support ongoing operations, that initial office has grown from a modest 4,000 square feet to a roughly 80,000 square foot Global Response Center. “I’ve had the privilege of being a part of that exceptional growth both nationally and within the DFW market for the last 10 years”, said Stewart Geldersma, Vice President. “I’m excited to build upon the opportunity for continued growth and to support our local clients with a new world class facility”.

Cotton’s full suite of services is available to commercial clients within the DFW market including Disaster Restoration, Construction, Roofing, Environmental Remediation, Workforce Housing and Catering services. We look forward to...

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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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GROWTH TREND CONTINUES ACROSS COTTON ›

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.

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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...

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SCHOOL BOARD DECLARES EMERGENCY, HIRES DISASTER CLEAN-UP COMPANY ›

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...

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