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One of our fearless leaders and Chief Marketing Officer, Melanie Ewing, was named the newest COE Warrior! She was given this honor due to her eagerness to always keep learning and growing both herself and the department and for the encouragement and support she provides every single day. COE is lucky to have such a strong example of our mission and core values. Please continue reading to hear from Melanie herself on this honor.

FUN FACTS:

I love Marvel – especially Ironman and Deadpool. I have eaten a ghost pepper.  I love to hula hoop.  My favorite junk food is Hostess Raspberry Zinger and Andy Capp Hot Fries. My first official date in Pittsburgh with JD was at a Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey Game – Jaromir Jagr had awesome hair!

What does winning the warrior helmet mean to you?

To be recognized by an individual that I admire and learn from daily that truly lives the COE core values both ‘on and off the ice’ was truly moving.

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

One of the most influential books I have ever read was The Ideal Team Player and the reference of Hungry, Humble and Smart. These three components will definitely play a role in the individual I pass along this honor to.

How has COE helped you to get where you are?

In October 1994, I left a job that I loved for love. Upon returning from our honeymoon, I started working at COE. JD and I were in an office that was not much bigger than a walk-in closet. My knowledge of the industry and connections allowed me to jump right in, and on day one we started with our 5-year plan. That 5-year plan put me out of my comfort zone and began my path of entrepreneurial thinking and goal setting.

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

Personal and operational growth. Continue our mission of being a customer-focused organization that is 100% committed to providing the best experience possible. Staying ahead of the trends and creating our own. Every team member at COE plays a role in this goal and I am blessed to be surrounded by amazing talent.

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

I truly love each of them. The rising star program is very special to me as I was once in a program very similar when I was in my early 20’s. Given the platform to showcase one’s talents and potential to executives and other leaders within a company while learning alongside them can help individuals grow in both their professional and personal life. I really enjoy getting to know each of the rising stars and helping them grow and reach their goals.

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

It is such an honor to be in a partnership with the Pittsburgh Penguins – I still do a double-take when I see our logo pair with theirs. It is also very humbling to be the first employee engagement partner and to experience first hand the high bar they set for both players and employees when it comes to excellence.

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

My entire career has always involved customer service. Each decision I make at COE always has that value at the forefront of my mind.

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Leslie Eldridge, our Director of Marketing, is our newest COE Warrior! She was given the helmet because she works hard, does so much behind the scenes, is a reliable source of help, and is a strong leader and team member.

Congratulations on this honor! Continue below to see what receiving this helmet means to Leslie.

What does winning the warrior helmet mean to you?

Being past the warrior helmet means I am succeeding within my peer group as being a team player. I am a firm believer that as a team, we can accomplish anything we put our mind/heart into together.

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

I thought about a person who is a team player and someone who continues to inspire and encourage me.

How has COE helped you to get where you are?

The company leadership has always encouraged growth in learning. They continue to provide tools they have found helpful in bettering themselves. They promote group learning within the company with book clubs & employee engagement programs like this that encourage employees to do better.

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

Personal and operational growth. I want to continue to grow with the company. Become a better leader and learn to inspire others through my actions.

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

As the company grows, I think these types of programs help employees to stay connected. It also helps to hear from your peers that they value you as a team player.

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

Raising three sons, I love all sports. It would be great to go to a Penguin’s game someday.

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

Teamwork – I enjoy collaboration and working together as a team for a common goal.

Share some fun facts about yourself!

I love outdoor activities, hiking, boating, riding off-road vehicles, camping, road trips & outdoor concerts.

Heather Heckman, our Graphic Designer from the Marketing Team, became the newest recipient of the Warrior Helmet. Heather received the helmet for her team-player attitude, and for always taking on any task no matter what. Thank you for your commitment to COE! Please continue below to read what receiving this helmet meant to Heather.

What does winning the warrior helmet mean to you?

Winning the warrior helmet was a great deal of shock to me at first, truly. After the initial butterflies wore off, it started to mean much more, and that there were people outside of my own department that saw the work I was doing and wanted me to be recognized in some way for it. It was very heartfelt and sincere. A person that I’ve only been keeping in contact through Zoom calls and email over the better half of last year almost, and despite never bringing up what I do or the process that it takes to do it all of the time because it is my job, they still know that I’m working very hard in this virtual lifestyle that we’re all embracing now. It’s an amazing feeling because not too many people know just how tedious or how long working on the yearly catalogs can become during the holiday seasons.

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

The qualities of character that I looked for with choosing the next recipient is how diligent, focused, capable, and reliable that person is when faced with a challenging task that goes unnoticed by most.

How has COE helped you to get where you are?

I believe that COE has helped me reach the levels that I am currently at, in professional and lifelong skills, because of the way that the executives handle their personal and professional relationships with their employees. The open-door policy and the continued transparency across all avenues of business and person-to-person is just a rare and phenomenal occurrence that you don’t find too often. I can achieve what I have and do the great work that I do if only because my bosses are pillars of support and friendship, not just cogs within a working clock.

What goals do you want to achieve and how can COE help get you there? Personal and operational growth.

A lifelong goal that is personal and professional growth for me is to just continue learning new processes and new creative ideas with my degree. I always enjoy doing other projects outside of the catalog as it gives me a chance to continue honing my creative processes and designer eye.

The other goal that is more personal and I’m not sure if COE could help is getting married finally. However, COVID would have to be contained better and the venue I chose to be in back in working order before that could ever happen. 

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

One of my most favorite parts about the numerous employee engagement programs at COE is probably the little get-togethers that we all have whether it be for holidays, charities, or just plain fun. It’s nice to come down on a level with everyone and see sides that may not always get shown during office hours. I definitely enjoyed shopping for a child for Christmas and knowing that I made a difference in brightening someone’s life during a time that should always be magical.

The book clubs were always insightful and enjoyable and allowed me to express myself as well as practice my articulation within a group.

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

One of the most exciting things about our partnership is simply just proudly telling others that my company works with the Penguins. It’s amazing how many times I’ve silenced people with that. I should start keeping a tally.

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

The COE value that I would probably be… well, that’s actually hard because it would be a choice between respect or teamwork. But, to technically reinforce what Suzanne had nominated me for, I would say teamwork. Regardless of my job description, I’ve always been the kind of worker that if someone asks me to do something or that they need my help then I’ll be there to do it if I can. In all of the jobs that I’ve had, I’ve never been someone to just say “no” to someone else because I wasn’t trained to do it or it’s not part of my job. I always try first and the worst that could happen is I fail. But, failure isn’t the end of the world, giving up completely is. I’m no quitter, if I was, then I wouldn’t be here right now.

Share some fun facts about yourself!

I’m double-jointed in both arms and my elbows.

In high school, I used to mentor a classroom of 1st graders at a local elementary school twice a week as an extracurricular activity. I became so popular with the little ones for the artistic abilities that I literally had 5-6-year-olds fighting over me that could only be described as Game of Thrones dramatics. I felt bad for the teacher.

I know bits and pieces of German, Spanish, and Japanese, but not enough to speak fluently in any of them from years of not practicing.

My family heritage and ancestry actually own a castle in Germany, but I am probably the 1,000th in line to ever living or owning it.

COE Distributing, a distinguished national office furnishings distributor and manufacturer, with the mission to create inspiring work environments, has welcomed Scott Nichols in a new position as Director of eCommerce Sales Strategy. Nichols will be responsible for measuring and optimizing eCommerce business, educating both internal and external groups on the best practices to maximize growth and sales, and will work directly with eCommerce accounts to help them manage and create best in class representation of products on eCommerce platforms. With his 13 years of experience in merchandising, product management, eCommerce, channel development, sales, global sourcing, pricing, customer service, market strategy, vendor relations, and supply chain management, he has all attributes desired to be successful in this role. He is proud to be a part of a company with both strong growth in sales and culture; one that matches his values and ambitions.

Nichols joins the company at a time when eCommerce is accelerated, and businesses are looking for strategies to prepare for the transition. His knowledge, dynamic forward thinking, and growth mindset, will help propel COE and their customers ahead in eCommerce and assist in navigating in an ever changing, technology-based world.
“I am delighted to bring Scott onboard to lead our eCommerce initiatives,” Chief Marketing Officer Melanie Ewing states. “As the move to digital/online sales has accelerated the past 12 months, the addition of this talent to our team will allow COE to be a better resource for our customers.”

Nichols hit the ground running on January 22nd, by connecting with COE team members, leaders, and sales reps, beginning to learn the processes and platforms of the business, and submerging himself in the culture by taking part in the leadership book group. COE is excited for him to start forming connections with all the valued dealers, and bringing new ideas onboard to assist in the continuous growth and company goals.

“I’m looking forward to working with a highly respected team that is poised for great growth,” Nichols states. “I’m bringing a diverse background of business knowledge in the furniture industry having worked at National Business Furniture for 13 years in different capacities. I’ve worked in merchandising, operations, eCommerce, and love pitching in wherever help is needed.”

COE Distributing welcomes Scott to the team and is ready to support him as he grows both himself and the business.

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