The COE Team

The COE Distributing team is fully committed to meeting and exceeding customers’ expectations. We solicit and value input from each team member as we continually improve our operations and strive to develop leaders at every level of our business. COE thrives on a culture in which employees live out our Core Values of Customer Service, Respect, Teamwork, Quality, Safety, Innovation and Transparency.


Our Executive Team

J.D. Ewing

Chairman & CEO

Raised in the family business, J.D. Ewing has worked at COE in one capacity or another all

his life. In fact, when he took the helm in 1989,

he was COE’s sole employee — tackling sales, driving trucks, loading product and learning

each position inside and out. This hands-on experience at every level of the business

coupled with a passionate commitment to employee engagement and development are

the difference-makers for J.D. and the core of

his leadership style. 

Mike Flaherty

President & COO

PA and finance executive with 30 years of experience and an MBA from Duquesne University, Mike served as COE Distributing’s

CFO for two years before transitioning to the

role of President and COO. He was named Pittsburgh Business Times CFO of the Year in

both 2014 and 2020.

Melanie Ewing

Chief Marketing Officer

Melanie grew and shaped COE’s marketing department from the ground up, developing

it to meet new business goals and growth

demands and spearheading targeted marketing initiatives for interior design professionals.

Scott Nichols

Vice President Sales

Scott served COE as director of e-commerce

sales strategy throughout 2021 before

being promoted to VP of sales. Scott brings expertise in merchandising, product management, e-commerce, channel development, sales, global sourcing, pricing, customer service, market strategy and vendor relations to our team.

Jennifer Jubin

Vice President of Customer Experience

Jennifer joined COE in 2016 as VP of operations and shifted her focus in 2021 to oversee the

total customer experience. Skilled in strategic leadership, analytics, forecasting, budgeting

and problem solving, she holds an MBA from

the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business.