Carla Schulz Hardy
Carla Schulz Hardy, a member of the founding family of Florida Chemical Company, Inc. served as Chairman of the Board of Florida Chemical Company, Inc.
Founded by Ms. Hardy's father more than 70 years ago, Florida Chemical – now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Flotek – is the largest processor of citrus oils in the world, producing citrus terpines, including d-Limonene, and Flavor and Fragrance compounds. Ms. Hardy's active participation as a shareholder and board chairman since 2006 reflects her strong interest in the industry and markets served by the company. Ms. Hardy has been a champion for the renewable and sustainable value of citrus oils in their many commercial applications.
Ms. Hardy was instrumental in building collaborative board and management relationships, which have contributed to the significant growth, diversification and technological advancement associated with Florida Chemical. While serving as Chair, Ms. Hardy was a leader in the evolution of the Company from a family-run business to an international specialty citrus-focused chemical company with a professional and collaborative governance structure. Ms. Hardy was instrumental in the merger of Florida Chemical into Flotek Industries, Inc., creating the leading international bio-based specialty chemical company focused on renewable and sustainable chemistry for applications across multiple industries, including energy, industrials and consumer products.
A graduate of University of Central Florida, Hardy, her husband and three children reside in Orlando and are active members of the Central Florida community. Hardy is a volunteer with Grace Medical Home Inc., a not-for-profit medical practice serving working uninsured individuals in Orange Co, FL, as well as a long standing volunteer working with teenagers at First Presbyterian Church Orlando.