Month: April 2021

For Immediate Release
UNIONTOWN (April 6, 2021) — Planning for future double-digit growth in revenue and profits, office furnishings wholesaler COE Distributing has enhanced its executive team to support targeted initiatives and provide the ultimate client experience through hyper-focused customer service.

Effective immediately, J.D. Ewing will move from his role of president into the position of chairman, continuing his role as CEO. Ewing has grown this third-generation, family-owned business to one of the largest distributors of office furnishings in the United States with more than 100 employees. Under his
leadership, COE brought new products to market last year in the midst of a global pandemic and achieved its highest revenue months in company history in August and September, topping out for the first time ever at $10MM revenue.

Moving forward, he will focus on key customer relationships, refining company culture and big-picture strategy to move COE forward and position the company for explosive and sustainable growth.

“Over the past year, the COE team has navigated substantial challenges and repeatedly shown ourselves, our clients, our vendors and the world how we embrace change, becoming better and stronger because of it,” Ewing said.

“I’m particularly excited about the metamorphosis we’re now beginning. Our energized leadership team is committed to doing what’s best for the company and our redefined roles will allow all team members to leverage their strengths to achieve optimal performance.”

Former chief financial officer Mike Flaherty will transition into the role of president and chief operating officer, overseeing day-to-day, core operations.

A CPA and finance executive with 30 years of experience and an MBA from Duquesne University, Flaherty has served COE Distributing as CFO for two years. Since beginning his career with accounting, finance and information technology positions with Westinghouse Electric, he’s spent 15 years in various executive
positions with Reynolds American before assuming the role of CFO for American Beverage Corporation. Flaherty was named Pittsburgh Business Times CFO of the Year in both 2014 and 2020.

COE will hire a new CFO and has delineated several new positions to enable leaders to focus more intently on specific goals and continuous process improvement.

Jennifer Jubin has been named vice president of customer experience to oversee all employees and processes impacting customers. Jubin joined COE in 2016 as VP of operations. Skilled in strategic leadership, analytics, forecasting, budgeting and problem solving, she holds an MBA from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business.

John Townsend was appointed director of warehouse operations managing COE’s three distribution centers in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Texas. Jack Kramer was elevated to fill Townsend’s previous position as facility manager for the Pennsylvania warehouse.

Earlier this year, COE Distributing created two new positions and retooled its marketing department in anticipation of burgeoning demand for e-commerce services. “The move to online sales has accelerated over the past 12 months, and our team is prepared to provide the resources our customers need and want in this increasingly digital environment,” said Chief

Marketing Officer Melanie Ewing, who was elevated to that role in the recent department expansion. Melanie Ewing most recently served as marketing director and continues to shape the marketing team she built from the ground up as it develops to meet business goals and growth demands.

Scott Nichols joined COE as director of e-commerce sales strategy, a key position created to optimize and enhance e-commerce business by implementing best practices to maximize growth and sales and create best-in-class representation of products on e-commerce platforms. He joins COE from Milwaukee-based National Business Furniture, where he spent 13 years in a variety of roles involving merchandising, product management, e-commerce, channel development, sales, global sourcing, pricing, customer service, market strategy and vendor relations.

COE’s Leslie Eldridge assumed Melanie Ewing’s post as marketing director in the recent restructuring. A skilled communicator leading creative teams in bringing strategic marketing initiatives to life, Eldridge brings an eye for detail and the ability to conceptualize the big picture to her new role. Eldridge has exceled in numerous capacities during her more than 20-year tenure with COE, most recently serving as senior graphic designer and web content manager.

Additionally, accomplished supply chain executive Bob Nau joined COE in December as director of supply chain. Nau brings expertise in reengineering business processes to optimize inventories to COE and has previously excelled in similar roles with Medrad, Respironics and Fenner Dunlop Americas.

“We’re poised to move forward with the right people in the right seats on the bus doing the right things,” J.D. Ewing said. “Change often can be difficult, but we have a culture of attacking change with positivity and success, always keeping our core values of customer service, teamwork, quality, transparency, safety and respect in view.”

Jennifer Mosier, Accounts Receivable Manager, is our newest COE Warrior! She was given the helmet due to her loyalty, dedication, incredible leadership skills and can-do attitude. She is always willing to go above and beyond and embraces all changes that will help to move the company forward. Congratulations on this deserved honor! Please continue below to read what receiving this honor means to Jennifer.

What does winning the warrior helmet mean to you?

To be chosen as the warrior helmet recipient is a great honor, because it was unexpected. Everyone hopes to do a good job at work but to know that what you are doing is being noticed and appreciated means so much.

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

Definitely the core values and the interaction I have with the recipient on a professional level. I would want my recipient to value the core values and work by these values each day as I do.

How has COE helped you to get where you are?

I started out as a part time receptionist so to say they have giving me what I need to succeed is an understatement. They saw something in me that I don’t believe at the time I saw in myself. They challenged me with projects and tasks that were outside of my comfort zone and with the right direction I learned all that I needed to move up to the position I have today. I am thankful for the confidence and the constant reassurance that was given to me daily.

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

Personal and operational growth. Honestly, I have surpassed the goals that I made for myself with the help of my department. I do however believe that there is always room for improvement and growth so I would like to continue to break record numbers and meet KPI’s and continue to help to move COE forward financially.

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

I love the fact that employees who would not normally be in the limelight get their moment to shine and be recognized. If you don’t interact with each department then your abilities may be unintentionally overlooked and this gives them the recognition they deserve.

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

It is just the fact that we get to be associated with such a respected organization. It gives us that edge over everyone else.

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

Teamwork – It should not matter what department you are working in or what daily tasks you face in the end we are one unit, one team, one family…..we are COE and that is all.

Share some fun facts about yourself!

I am obsessed with the paranormal and all things spooky, scary and supernatural. When I get stressed out I bake…..a lot. The funniest thing is though in my 53 years of life I just recently learned how to pump my own gas 