Month: October 2020

Each month we feature a chair from our OfficeSource® line at a special discount price for the entire month. We also provide a downloadable Word Document that our dealers can edit with their own sale price & company information to help with marketing to their customers.

OfficeSource® Big-N-Tall Seating offers uncompromising comfort while at the same time offering functional support. The extra wide and extra deep seats make these chairs perfect for people looking for a less restrictive office chair. If comfort is the most important factor you consider when purchasing an office chair, then these are the chairs for you.

SKU: 90501BLK
OfficeSource Viking Collection Mid Back Mesh Task Chair with Fabric Seat and Black Base
List Price: $686.00

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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.

COE Distributing Equips Future Ready Center to Prepare Brownsville Area Students for Workforce

UNIONTOWN, Pa. – Oct. 19, 2020 – PRLog — A donation of stylish, modern office furnishings helped students in the Brownsville Area School District turn an underutilized middle school library into a next-generation center for career preparation and development.

From a reception area to comfy sofa and club chairs with tablet arms for the fireplace work area, COE Distributing outfitted the new career resource center by donating more than $40,000 in furnishings from its private-label brand OfficeSource in silver, black and blue. Four pedestal tables, 16 stools and funky, cushioned “spool chairs” round out the Center’s unique new look.

District officials will cut the ribbon on the Future Ready Center on October 22, ushering in new opportunities for students to prepare for post-secondary life. Located in the former Brownsville Area Middle School library, the Future Ready Center was designed from the ground up by students to provide the resources and tools they’ll need to explore a variety of careers in an environment that will inspire them.

“We wanted it to be a modern, urban design with large open spaces and an airy feel” said Lynn Jellots, a Brownsville Area teacher who coordinates the Center with librarian Jennie Karwatske. “Mr. J.D. Ewing from COE made a generous donation above and beyond our expectations, offering furniture designs that met our vision for the Center.”

The FRC will afford students opportunities to complete career interest inventories then gain familiarity with various careers, explore internship and job shadowing options, increase preparedness for success in post-secondary institutions and obtain industry-based credentials. It also will be an information hub where students can conduct research and monitor opportunities for scholarships, internships, employment, SAT exam dates and upcoming workshops.

The project was an ideal collaboration for COE. Not only is President and CEO J.D. Ewing a Brownsville Area High School graduate, he volunteers with organizations that mentor students to become productive members of the workforce. At COE, he’s instituted special training for Rising Stars and a host of offerings to help all employees continually grow both personally and professionally.

“Our strength as a company comes from our employees,” Ewing said. “I’m passionate about employee engagement and about sharing with the next generation and equipping future employees for success.”

Get Your Office Zoom Room Ready!

Videoconferencing is growing in popularity due to COVID-19. Here are some tips to ensure you join that videoconference with confidence. How do you do that? It’s actually not difficult — all it takes to do that is have the correct Zoom Room setup with the help from OfficeSource.

Make sure you have the
right lighting for your space.

The best place to put your lighting is in front of you so your face can be seen clearly. If you’re not satisfied with how you look using a second light source on the side, preferably with a soft light bulb, to fill in the shadows.

Check your audio.

In a video meeting, you don’t just want to be seen; you want to be heard clearly as well. Setting up in your office in a quiet is ideal, but sometimes it’s not possible. Headphones or earbuds are a great way to quiet the distractions around you.

Make eye contact with the camera.

When working with computers with monitors a good option is to mount the camera on the top of the monitor. Monitor arms are great to better keep screens at eye level and allow for adjustments throughout the day.

Keep it Simple.

Less distractions are always best, but, you have to be able to be productive in the space as well. Hanging a dry erase board behind your desk, allows you to take notes for meetings, or if not needed it can be wiped clean for less distractions.

Choose the right chair for your setup.

Good posture and comfort can make all the difference on screen. If you are uncomfortable or do not have the proper chair for your setup, it could affect how you appear on screen or allow you become distracted while you try to find a comfortable position.

Have things organized and easy to get to.

Have a cluttered desk or office can be a distraction while on zoom calls, but you also don’t want to have to go searching for things that are needed during a meeting. Bookshelves and file cabinets are a great way to keep things organized or hidden out of eyesight.

Practice Makes Perfect

If you’re new to video meetings, then practice first. Set up your lighting and audio, and once you’re happy with it, call a friend and find out how things look from the other end. It’s much better for a friend to complain about bad sound quality than that important client.

But the most important thing when you’re on a video call, is to relax and present the best view of yourself that you can and let the work show for itself.

Renee Murren, one of our eCommerce Account Specialists, became our newest COE Warrior! Andrea passed the helmet off to Renee stating that she shows transparency in both her personal and professional life and never holds any punches, which is something she respects. Andrea added in that Renee truly cares about the job that she does. Congratulations Renee! Please continue below to read what this honor means to Renee.


I love to play board games. I love playing chess and am overly competitive at Monopoly. I have 9 tattoos

What does winning the warrior helmet mean to you?

It always feels great when someone recognizes and acknowledges your hard work. To know your dedication doesn’t go unnoticed feels amazing.

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

Someone who shows up every single day ready to work and put forth their best effort.

How has COE helped you to get where you are?

COE has believed in me and invested in me throughout my 5 ½ years. They have shown me support both professionally and personally, encouraged me when I have questioned myself, and provided me with training opportunities, especially The Rising Star program, to better myself and help me grow.

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

My overall goal is to be the best possible version of myself that I can be. I feel that COE helps me achieve that goal by challenging me daily and providing me with new and exciting opportunities.

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

The openness that they provide between the Executive Team, upper management, and employees. To be able to participate in training and book clubs with upper management is an awesome opportunity.

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

Definitely the perks, such as tickets to the games 😊

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

Respect. I believe in showing everyone respect.

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