Cotton History


Originally founded in Houston, Texas, in 1996 by Pete Bell and Daryn Ebrecht, Cotton built upon its reputation of excellence to expand throughout Texas, then to strategic locations in the United States and the Caribbean, focused on providing a single source solution to corporate and retail businesses, commercial office, manufacturing and industrial clients, the healthcare, education, hospitality and entertainment industries, as well as the public sector, following damage resulting from isolated incidents and large scale disasters.

Consisting of multiple specialized divisions, Cotton has been instrumental in the recovery and restoration efforts stemming from the world’s most damaging catastrophes of the past two decades, including high-impact weather events and other natural disasters, wildfires, terrorism, vandalism and environmental mishaps. Beyond disasters, Cotton provides comprehensive logistical support solutions and consultation to a host of local and international clients including Fortune 500 companies, oil and gas corporations, private contractors and government agencies.

Cotton’s steady growth is attributed to our commitment to providing the highest level of customer service in the marketplace and the strength and dedication our “Cotton family” team displays each day. And with the same core management group leading Cotton’s efforts for the last decade, we operate in a stable environment and have earned trust among our corporate partnerships. Having recently completed a corporate move to our new Cotton Campus, in Katy, Texas, the stage is being set for anticipated expansion of operations. We will continue to raise the industry standard of expectations, and we look forward to serving our clients into the future.



Sept. 21, 2016
Cotton Risk Manager to Present a Lineup of Sessions at RIMS 2017
Cotton Holdings Inc., a RIMS member, has been chosen to present four sessions at the 2017 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Philadelphia, PA.

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Sept, 2016
Article by Lance J. Ewing: 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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Aug 31, 2016
Cotton Holdings Expands Leadership Team
Cotton Holdings, Inc. is pleased to announce Jeff Erler and Keith Benton have joined the Company as General Counsel and Health, Safety and Environmental ("HSE") Director, respectively.

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Aug 17, 2016
School Board Declares Emergency, Hires Cotton Global Disaster Solutions to Begin the Clean-Up Operations
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.

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June/July 2016
Mass Shooters and Workers' Compensation Claims
Lance Ewing, Executive Vice President of Global Risk Management and Client Services, published the article 'Mass Shooters and Workers' Compensation Claims' in June/July 2016 issue of WC magazine. Read the entire article online at WCMagazine.

July 28, 2016
Former Risk Manager of the Year Joins Cotton’s Leadership Team
Cotton Holdings Inc.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.

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July, 2016
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.

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