Johnny Slaughter joined Cotton Commercial USA, Inc. in 2001 as a project manager and, since then, has been instrumental in Cotton’s growth and the expansion of services. As the company grew, so did Mr. Slaughter’s responsibilities at Cotton. After two years as a project manager, he was promoted to General Manager, then Regional Manager, followed by Vice President of Operations for Cotton’s Integrated Services Division, a division that worked primarily with international and government projects. In 2011, after Cotton responded and provided temporary housing to a large oil spill site, Mr. Slaughter was tasked with launching a new logistics division that could provide operational support and workforce housing to clients. Cotton Logistics officially launched in 2012, with Mr. Slaughter as Executive Vice President, and in 2016, he was named President of Cotton Logistics. As President, Mr. Slaughter has led the development of his division, which now includes workforce housing, temporary facilities, culinary services, and emergency response solutions. He is actively involved and oversees the progress of workforce housing camps from initial concept to camp commission and the eventual decommissioning of each camp. With his results-driven leadership style and innovative thinking, Mr. Slaughter has successfully opened Cotton offices in Houston, Austin, Denver, Louisiana, and West Texas. In addition to launching Cotton Logistics, Mr. Slaughter has played an important role in launching other Cotton divisions, such as Cotton Culinary and Cotton’s environmental division. Slaughter earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Sam Houston State University in 1993. He and his wife reside in Katy, Texas. Significant Projects: 2001 - Tropical Storm Allison 2004 - Hurricane Ivan 2005 - Hurricanes Katrina and Rita 2008 - Hurricanes Dolly and Gustav 2010 - BP Oil Spill 2011 - Hurricane Irene 2018 - Hurricane Michael and Tropical Storm Alberto 2019 - Hurricanes Dorian and Barry
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Executive Vice President
Forrest Jackson joined Cotton Commercial USA, Inc. in 2005 with over fifteen years of experience in the construction and hospitality industries. Since then, Mr. Jackson has assisted Cotton’s multiple divisions during numerous disasters, domestically and internationally. Through his hard work and strong leadership skills, Mr. Jackson quickly advanced through the company ranks to Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Cotton’s Restoration and Construction Sales Team. After responding to a large oil spill in 2010, in which Cotton provided temporary workforce solutions, Mr. Jackson was tasked with evolving a logistics services segment that would provide operational support and infrastructure for workforce housing. In December 2011, Mr. Jackson was promoted to Executive Vice President and launched Cotton Logistics in 2012. Mr. Jackson and his team quickly grew the division into an industry leader in workforce housing, temporary facilities, emergency response, and culinary services. Most recently, Mr. Jackson evolved the Cotton Logistics division to include emergency response solutions that allow for the rapid mobilization of support crews, assets, and equipment for frontline support, ranging from temporary facilities to remote site catering. Forrest’s unique experience, along with his task-oriented leadership skills, is well received by clients, resulting in strong customer loyalty. Mr. Jackson has worked on some of Cotton’s most challenging projects with some of the most aggressive deadlines and is always able to deliver solutions to our customers in their time of need. Forrest graduated from Texas Tech University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Restaurant Hotel and Institutional Management. Mr. Jackson resides in Missouri City, Texas. Significant Projects: 2008 – Texas – Hurricane Dolly 2014 – Texas City “Y” Oil Spill 2015 – Iowa – Avian Influenza Outbreak 2016 – The Bahamas – Hurricane Matthew 2017 – Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria 2018 – Florida – Hurricane Michael 2019 – The Bahamas – Hurricane Dorian Specialty Areas Include: Revenue and P&L Market Growth and Retention Business / Client Strategic Planning
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Executive Vice President
Travis Bice joined Cotton Logistics in 2013, one year after the division was launched, and has proven to be an integral role in the division’s growth. Mr. Bice began in Camp Operations, handling day-to-day tasks in our workforce housing facilities located throughout South and West Texas to Southeast Louisiana, but it wasn’t long before he was assigned more responsibility as Camp Manager. In this role, Mr. Bice was able to gain more knowledge in camp operations and business development for the oil & gas industry. His leadership skills began to evolve, and seven years later, he is Executive Vice President of Cotton Logistics. As EVP, Mr. Bice utilizes his expertise in facility operations, business development, financial analysis, and asset management to manage day-to-day operations for all of Logistics’ lines of service: OneLodge, Logistics Operations, Logistics Construction, Fleet Management, Culinary Operations, Environmental Services, Rentals, and Emergency Response. He fully embraces the Cotton mantra of Operational Excellence and takes it upon himself to ensure his team is properly trained and well-equipped to deliver superior service, safely and efficiently. Travis earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Mary Hardin Baylor University in Belton, TX and currently resides in Hockley, TX with his wife and two dogs. Significant Projects: 2014 - Texas City Y Oil Spill 2017 - Hurricane Harvey 2018 - Hurricane Michael 2019 - Hurricane Dorian Bahamas Emergency Response OneLodge growth and expansions Emergency Response for oil spills across the United States
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Vice President of Government Services
Ronald Johnson joined Cotton Logistics in August 2017 in the midst of Hurricane Harvey and immediately hit the ground running during this critical operation. As General Manager, he oversees the daily operations for our OneLodge facilities along with providing direction for our temporary support and government services. He brings with him 20 years of industry experience including 16 years as a Director of Technology for a venture capital firm with a footprint in oil & gas, renewables, and system development. In his career, he's managed complex projects such as building and commissioning a 150WW solar panel manufacturing facility and mobilizing 1,300 hardside beds for a government agency in 11 days during Hurricane Laura. In addition to his work with Cotton, he was a volunteer firefighter for 4 years and also enjoys international travel and hunting. Significant Projects: • 2017 - Hurricane Harvey • 2019 - Hurricane Michael • 2019 - Hurricane Dorian • 2020 - Hurricane Laura • 2020 - Hurricane Delta
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Vice President of Operations Food & Beverage
Kraig Junck joined the Cotton Team in 2018 as Vice President of Cotton Culinary. Mr. Junck coordinates strategic planning, oversees day-to-day culinary operations, drives financial performance, and creates safe and healthy dining options. Since joining Cotton, Mr. Junck has been instrumental in growing the Cotton Culinary brand across each of its focused divisions: Corporate Catering, Business Dining, OneLodge Food Services, Remote Site Catering, and Emergency Food Services. Mr. Junck plays an integral role in the coordination of healthy meals during natural disasters and catastrophic events, working closely with all other areas of the Cotton Team and its diverse components. Prior to joining the Cotton Team, Mr. Junck spent many years working with other Texas cornerstones: Pappas, serving as Assistant General Manager; Landry’s, where Kraig was a Regional Director; and Buc-ee’s, as their Director of Food Services.
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Chef Wade Schindler joined the Cotton Culinary team in 2014 as Executive Chef, where he oversees the menu planning and coordination of catering services for multiple business lines. Before arriving at Cotton, Chef Wade owned his own catering business, which he started in 1996. During this time, he accumulated an impressive fleet of food trucks and catered a variety of events near and far. His experience in remote catering and his passion for creativity has been instrumental in the development of Cotton Culinary’s capabilities. In addition to catering corporate and private events, business dining, and Cotton Logistics’ workforce camps, Cotton Culinary feeds large groups in disaster recovery settings. During emergency response situations, Chef Wade is one of the first members of the Cotton Team to arrive on site. His role is to evaluate the situation and develop a catering plan that can feed all personnel. Chef Wade is also heavily involved in the community and leads the participation of Cotton Culinary in charitable events for organizations like MS150, Boys and Girls Club, CASA, and Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. Wade Schindler received his Culinary Arts degree from the Western Culinary Institute in Portland. Significant Projects: 2014 - Texas City “Y” Oil Spill 2017 - Rodeo Best Bites Champion 2017 - Hurricane Harvey 2018 - Florida - Hurricane Michael 2020 - Rodeo Best Bites - People’s Choice Award
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Director of Culinary Operations
Specialty Areas Include: Remote Site Food Service Emergency Food Service New Site Startup Policy and Food Safety Implementation Since joining in 2014, Mr. Blake Hunt has played an integral role in growing Cotton Culinary’s multiple business lines. As Director of Culinary Operations, he uses his 20+ years of experience in operations, management, and execution of foodservice distribution to oversee and manage all aspects of the operations. Prior to joining Cotton Culinary, Mr. Hunt had worked with other organizations in the remote workplace industry, where he helped open new facilities and managed several operations of 100+ staff members each. His past roles included full-service housekeeping and kitchens, recruiting, training, scheduling, menu planning, and safety. Mr. Hunt’s experience in the remote workplace sector and foodservice industry aligns perfectly with Cotton Logistics’ business plan to efficiently and safely operate multiple foodservice operations simultaneously. Married for 11 years and the proud father of 3, Hunt resides with his family in Odessa, Texas.
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Director of Business Development
As the Director of Business Development, Kyle Williams uses his combined experience in industrial construction and catering to identify business opportunities for Cotton Logistics in Louisiana and East Texas. Since joining in 2015, Williams has successfully provided temporary support services to clients along the Gulf Coast and assisted during major events, such as Hurricanes Harvey and Ian. Most recently, Williams helped spearhead a new division that supports government prime contractors at U.S. military bases after disastrous events. Williams is passionate about building valuable relationships and assisting others in their time of need.