Donna Fujimoto Cole
President and CEO

Lucia Salazar
Chemicals & Related Products Director

Robert Gonzalez
Automotive Business Development

Thulasidass Kalidas
Upstream Business Development

Becky Cooper

Gina Hightower
Customer Service

Donna Jolly
Customer Relation

Meghan Batson
Customer Relation

Ingrid Hill
Executive Assistant

Michael Orcutt
IT & Communications



“Cole Chemical is a

that provides service
as good as any
public company’s.

– Diversity Manager

Leadership Leadership

Donna Fujimoto Cole Donna Fujimoto Cole
President and CEO
Donna Fujimoto Cole, Pres/CEO of Cole Chemical & Distributing, Inc., founded the company in 1980, at the age of 27 with $5000, divorced, with a four year old daughter. After working for Goldking Chemical for four years and owning 3 percent of the company, the partners started del Rey Chemical International where Ms. Cole was named VP Sales and a 26 percent owner. Subsequently DuPont, Exxon, Monsanto and Shell encouraged Donna to start her own business because they appreciated the responsiveness, honesty, market intelligence and sourcing in short supply. Ms. Cole has experience with start ups, joint ventures, acquisitions and divestures in the chemical manufacturing, distribution, warehousing and packaging areas. Cole Chemical's revenues are in excess of $80 million supplying chemicals, synthetic lubricants, fuels and specialty chemicals with supply chain management services to the aerospace, automotive, refineries, petrochemical, specialty chemical plants, personal care, and electric utility industries. In 2009, Houston Woman Magazine named Donna one of Houston's 50 most influential women. Short Biography (200k PDF) Full Resolution Photo (600k JPG)
Lucia Salazar Lucia Salazar
Chemicals & Related Products Director
Lucia has over 6 years of experience in the Petrochemical industry in areas such as sales, supply chain and customer service. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with an Engineering Route to Business degree, she worked for Lyondellbasell Industries as a Polymers Export Supply Chain Associate and subsequently an Intermediates and Derivatives Account Manager, where she had the opportunity to manage over $130M territory in the Midwest and Canada. In 2016, Lucia completed her Executive MBA at the University of Notre Dame.
Robert Gonzalez Robert Gonzalez
Automotive Business Development
Robert Gonzalez has over 25 years of corporate and entrepreneur experience of demonstrated accomplishments in private, corporate, and non-profit leadership positions. He has been active over the years on the national and local level in working closely with the development of business initiatives in Corporate America and through participation on various committees and board memberships and working with other executives and directors on corporate agendas on the growth of minority businesses. Robert is a lifetime member in the Entrepreneur of the Year Institute, receiving a Bachelor’s degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville with an emphasis in accounting and finance. He has been involved extensively and participated in numerous initiatives in the advancement of minority businesses in Corporate America.
Thulasi Kalidas Thulasidass Kalidas
Upstream Business Development
Thulasidass Kalidas (Thulasi) has more than 25 years experience in supply chain, technology consultancy and marketing. During this period, he spearheaded full scale start-ups, optimizing supply chains, and building best-in-class technology and business process architecture. Started his career in Singapore and gradually extended his international experience working with his companies' counterparts and suppliers in Asia, Australia and United States. He relocated to Houston in 2000 as part of a job transfer and has made Houston is adoptive home ever since . Joining Cole Chemical in 2016, he will be venturing into sales and business development for the upstream business of chemicals.
Bekcy Cooper Becky Cooper
Rebecca (“Becky”) Cooper has more than 30 years of experience in the chemical industry. She began working in California for Union Carbide, gaining experience in inventory management, HS&EA, and distribution. In 1996, she began working in Texas as a customer service specialist for the Dow Chemical. In 2001, she joined Cole Chemical where she manages sourcing, purchasing, inventory management and logistic.
Gina Hightower Gina Hightower
Supply and Customer Relations
Gina is a native Houstonian and has been with Cole Chemical for 12 years in customer service and accounting. Her responsibilities include placing orders with suppliers, carriers and warehouses to ensure the right product reaches the customer at the right time. She also handles invoicing and troubleshooting. Her caring and compassion coupled with her attention to detail and computer skills help her build strong relationships with customers.
Donna Jolly Donna Jolly
Customer Relations Specialist
Donna is a native Houstonian who joined Cole Chemical in August 2010 and brings over 30 years experience in the Oil & Gas and Chemical industries, both in the administrative fields and customer service with companies such as Shell, Exxon Mobil and Sasol.
Ingrid Hill Ingrid Hill
Executive Assistant / Office Manager
Joining Cole Chemical in 2014, Ingrid brings decades of valuable experience in Administration having worked for chemical, oil & gas companies as well as non-profit minority civic organizations. As Donna Cole's assistant, she handles office administration. She also assists with company-sponsored events, minority reporting for suppliers and Customer Service.
Meghan Batson Meghan Batson
Customer Relations Specialist
Meghan graduated from Tarleton State University in 2014. Her studies in Management, Marketing, and Administrative Systems are being applied to her work as a Customer Relations Specialist. Meghan has an interest in Risk Management and is focussed on helping fulfill Cole Chemical's customer requirements.
Michael Orcutt Michael Orcutt
IT & Communications
Michael’s 20 years of experience in Information Technology includes technical sales, network and server administration, application development, and database management. In 2000, he started applying those skills to help Cole Chemical exceed customer expectations and help customers lower the cost of doing business..
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Diversity Manager

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