Pete Bell has extensive experience in managing disaster restoration efforts for corporate and retail businesses in the United States and abroad. In his role as CEO of Cotton Holdings, he leads the Global Disaster Solutions division and has responded to some of the most destructive weather disasters in recent history, including the 2004 triple hurricane event in Florida; the 2005 hurricanes that devastated the U.S. Gulf Coast, Caribbean, and Mexico; the Australian Floods of 2010 and 2011; the earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan in 2011; and other natural disasters that have brought destruction to the United States such as blizzards, tornadoes and floods. Bell also played an instrumental role in overseeing and implementing strategic plans and logistical support for clean-up efforts of the BP oil spill in 2010. Before co-founding Cotton with Daryn Ebrecht in 1996, Bell began his career in the local fire and restoration industry in Houston, Texas. During that time he formed a vision to develop a single-source company capable of providing complete recovery solutions for clients in North America and beyond. Today, with over a dozen regional offices and international teams in Mexico and Puerto Rico, Cotton is at the center of global disaster recovery and restoration.
Bell holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Sam Houston State University where he served as president of the Sigma Chi fraternity. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Sam Houston State University Distinguished Alumni Award. He currently serves as the co-founder of Cotton Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to delivering hope and comfort to children who are the victims of natural disasters and other life-changing events.