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Donna Fujimoto ColeDonna Cole pauses in the coffeehouse doorway, grinning broadly as she deeply inhales the sweet aromas of Italian pastries and fresh brew. She studies the cases filled with desserts and asks the barrista about gluten content before selecting two almond flour biscotti. "Wouldn't you know I've gone keto," she smirked.

Cole, founder, president and CEO of Cole Chemical & Distributing, Inc., appears very “zen” and content with life’s many choices. She pensively reflects upon her career chronology.

“God has put me in places, and I didn’t know why at the time,” she said. “He has given me many purposes. Looking back, I realize there has been a lesson in this journey.”

Cole’s path to success certainly hasn’t been traditional or typical.

Born in Denver in 1952 to Japanese Americans, she moved in early childhood with her parents and two older brothers to Mission and McAllen, Texas. As a youngster, she endured bullying for her ethnic differences, yet prevailed by dedicating herself to personal accomplishments.

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