Paul Dickerson



Paul Dickerson

Directorate Member and Advisor

Experience and Education

Mr. Dickerson has a 30-year track record of aligning organizations around a shared purpose and vision while driving innovation and expansion.  Paul specializes in building high trust, high growth teams who love to serve.

Prior to joining Coltala, Paul served as the Managing Director for SWEPCO (Southwestern Petroleum Corporation), an 85-year-old Global Manufacturer of High Performance Industrial products with plants in the US, Canada and Europe and was the catalyst for the company’s dramatic transformation. 

During his 15-year tenure, the company invested in new synthetic technologies, launching revolutionary Energy Saving Products and Services and becoming the 1st Energy Star Partner manufacturer in the industry.  They pioneered key Mining, Marine, Food Grade, Biodegradable and Metalworking markets, added custom blending and private-labeling, smoothly integrated several acquisitions while hiring and training more than 1,000 new field service reps to expand worldwide distribution to more than 110 countries.  As a result, the company realized 10 consecutive years of record growth and profits making SWEPCO a world leader in the $25 billion industry. 

Previously, Paul served for 7 years as a Director, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for SWEPCO’s Industrial Protective Coatings business where he led a company reorganization and rebirth. Paul developed proprietary elastomeric urethane Coatings & Systems and led a startup division offering turnkey commercial installations while adding hundreds of distributors and agents throughout the world. 

Early in Paul’s career, he served 4 years as Vice President and General Manager of the company’s European subsidiary optimizing the manufacturing operations, writing and implementing a total Quality Management System (QMS) and attaining ISO Certification.  Paul brings significant international expertise having travelled the world extensively throughout his career as well as living and working abroad for more than 5 years. 

Prior to SWEPCO, Paul spent 3 years as a senior manager for DHRG, a publicly-traded group of recruiting agencies in Dallas.  Paul began his career in New York in the Management Program and as a Licensed Securities Executive with Lebenthal & Co, a Wall Street Investment Firm.

Paul holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and Certifications from the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers.  Paul earned a Leadership Certificate from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Executive Education program and is a graduate of the Stagen Leadership Academy in Dallas.

Paul is an active Board Member of YPO (Young Presidents Organization), the premier leadership organization of chief executives in the world.  Paul was elected and currently serves on the YPO Regional Board for the Western US Gold, the Board for the YPO Global Family Business Network and as Board Chairman for the YPO Fort Worth Gold Chapter.  Paul is also a longtime Board Director and past Board President of the JDRF International Greater Fort Worth Chapter.
Paul is an avid runner, a highly-rated Keynote Speaker and trusted mentor and coach.  Paul resides in Fort Worth with his wife and three sons.