Year: 2020

Bethany Sible, one of our dedicated CS Reps, became our newest COE Warrior. Kacy passed the helmet off to Bethany stating that she is always a team player, willing to help anyone, and is someone who goes above and beyond for the customers. We love that our team members showcase our core values like teamwork and customer service. Continue below to see what this honor and working for COE means to Bethany.

Fun Facts:

I am Italian and do not like marinara sauce at all and my makeup has its own room.

What does winning the warrior helmet mean to you?

Pride in my company and my coworkers and the recognition of putting my heart and soul into my job and this company

What did you or what do you look for when it comes to choosing the next recipient?

Someone who goes above and beyond and willing to assist with anything

How has COE helped you to get where you are?

COE has given me pride in my job and my coworkers, I’ve been in customer service for about 20 years and I have never worked in a better place that has great leadership, starting with JD and all of the management, supervisors and all of my coworkers in each department

What goals do you want to achieve and how can COE help get you there?

I just always want to make sure I do everything I possibly can to help my customers and also bring a little sunshine every day with me into the office

What is your favorite part of our employee engagement programs at COE and why?

I love to see other coworkers get recognition when otherwise would be overlooked and I just love being around everyone I work with.

What are you most excited for when it comes to our Penguin partnership?

I have been a lifelong Penguins fan since I was a child, who loved to watch Darius Kaspartius check everyone into the boards! I am extremely honored to be associated with the Penguins organization who’s always displayed class and all of the core values we as a company display

What COE value do you think you’re the strongest in and why?

Customer Service – I believe it’s necessary to go above and beyond to solve any issues that arise and to leave your customer with the feeling that they are your most important priority

UNIONTOWN, Pa. – Nov. 12, 2020 – PRLog — Mike Flaherty, COE Distributing’s chief financial officer, is recognized for outstanding performance and corporate stewardship as a recipient of the Pittsburgh Business Times CFO of the Year Award.

Flaherty is among just 16 financial professionals in western Pennsylvania honored in the 2020 awards program.

Now in his second year at COE, Flaherty has already proven to be a strong asset to the company. He secured funding needed to foster continued growth at COE and realized significant savings through a variety of efforts to reduce interest and costs while improving inventory management and purchasing processes. Flaherty’s guidance was key in COE’s recent addition of a distribution center in Houston and he played a pivotal role in securing and administering Paycheck Protection Program loans and managing collections to help COE successfully navigate through the challenges of COVID-19.

“Mike Flaherty is a true A Player, who checks the boxes of being humble, hungry and smart,” said COE President and CEO J.D. Ewing. “Not only does he propel his direct team forward with positive leadership, he propels our entire company forward in growth and profitability.”

An effective leader and teacher, Flaherty helps members of his team ascend the ranks while exemplifying COE’s core values of customer service, respect, teamwork, quality, safety and transparency. He’s embraced the company’s 2020 goal of helping its team members become more financially fit, serving as a valuable resource for employees.

Winners of the CFO of the Year awards were selected from a pool of online nominations by the Pittsburgh Business Times editorial staff and a panel of judges who were winners of the 2019 award. The recipients will be profiled in a special edition of the Pittsburgh Business Times on Nov. 13 and at a virtual event on Nov. 19.

COE Distributing President J.D. Ewing Named to NAW Institute for Distribution Excellence Board

UNIONTOWN, Pa. – Nov. 11, 2020 – PRLog — J.D. Ewing, President and CEO of national office furnishings wholesaler COE Distributing, has been appointed to the board of directors of the National Association of Wholesalers’ Institute for Distribution Excellence.

The NAW Institute for Distribution Excellence is a leading provider of research exclusively for and about the wholesale distribution industry. The NAW Institute conducts research into strategic management issues with best practice distributors, publishing leading-edge studies, reports, white papers and other publications with practical application for wholesale distribution firms of all sizes and across all lines of trade.

Ewing will serve a four-year term, attending meetings each spring and fall in Washington, D.C., and evaluating and giving feedback on research proposals and manuscripts.

“We seek board members with intellectual curiosity who are leading thinkers interested in strategies to enhance distributor performance,” said Patricia A. Lilly, NAW’s Chief Thought Leadership Officer. “We are pleased to have J.D. Ewing lend his skills and experience to help guide research to improve the performance and profitability of merchant wholesaler-distributors.”

Ewing has had the opportunity to gain experience in every position in his company while growing it from his grandmother’ typewriter repair shop to one of the largest distributors of office furnishings in the United States.

He’s earned top accolades including Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year and Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies. He is frequently tapped to share his expertise on topics such as supply chain management, efficiency and leadership.

Placing premiums on life-long learning and employee engagement, Ewing developed robust training programs to cultivate leaders and create a culture of respect, empowerment and satisfaction at COE.

“I’ve worked diligently to foster collaboration among my team, our customers and vendors and witnessed cooperation between all the players pay dividends,” Ewing said. “The opportunity to serve on the NAW Institute Board is an ideal fit for my interest in continually improving operations to provide a better experience for employees and clients alike.”

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Kacy McClain, one of our CS Reps and Rising Stars, is the newest COE Warrior! Renee Murren passed the helmet off to Kacy stating that she works hard for her department, is willing to help anyone with any task, and always goes the extra mile. Renee also joked that the Warrior Helmet was Kacy’s wedding present. Not a bad present to receive! Congrats on this honor Kacy and congrats on the wedding! Please continue below to see what working for this company means to Kacy.


I am a total geek and love Harry Potter & Star Wars. I live for fall, Halloween, and everything spooky. She loves animals and nature

What does winning the warrior helmet mean to you?

It means a lot to feel appreciated, not only by your fellow coworkers but also by the company you work for. It’s a great feeling of honor.

What did you or what do you look for when it comes to choosing the next recipient?

I look for someone who is always willing to go the extra mile to help the customer or a fellow coworker.

How has COE helped you to get where you are?

COE has offered me so many opportunities (i.e. the rising star program) to dive more into the knowledge of the company to grow further and be able to assist everyone as much as I can.

What goals do you want to achieve and how can COE help get you there?

I want to learn everything I can from each department to be able to always help with any need and always bring new ideas to the company.

What is your favorite part of our employee engagement programs at COE and why?

My favorite part pertains to the rising star experience that gives us the opportunity to sit with the different departments. This allows us to get an idea of how things work in varying departments.

What are you most excited about when it comes to our Penguin partnership?

Seeing how we all come together being two separate companies with some of the same passions.

What COE value do you think you’re the strongest in and why?

My strongest value is definitely customer service. I have done it since I was about 16 years old, and have tried my hardest through any and every different scenario to do my best to help everyone I have ever spoken to because sometimes going the extra mile for someone can make their day.

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