COE Distributing CEO J.D. Ewing Shares Management Insights at UnleashWD Human Resources Summit

J.D. Ewing
J.D. Ewing
PITTSBURGH - March 31, 2023 - PRLog -- COE Distributing Chairman and CEO J.D. Ewing will share insights into his people-first management style at the 2023 UnleashWD Human Resources Summit on April 27 in Nashville.

Ewing joins select businesses and HR executives from the wholesaler-distributor realm in providing guidance to help human resources professionals balance strategic business objectives with employee security and satisfaction.

Ewing will participate in a panel discussion entitled People First: Tactics For Unlocking Employee Potential And Increasing Profit, along with Nicholas Porter, CEO of Porter Pipe & Supply, and Scott Larson, CEO of Gustave A. Larson.

"I'm pleased to be part of this unique gathering focused on forward-thinking HR strategies," Ewing said. "Helping employees grow personally and professionally is incredibly important, and I'm happy to share what's worked for our team in assessing needs and designing programs that both challenge and reward our team members."

When Ewing took the helm at COE in 1989, he was its sole employee — tackling sales, driving trucks, loading product and learning each position inside and out. This direct experience at every level of the business, coupled with a passionate commitment to employee engagement, form the core of his leadership style.

Ewing developed a robust employee engagement program which spurred COE's growth from a one-man operation into a 100-plus family of employees.

Ranked a Top Workplace by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, COE offers career development programs like Rising Stars training, employee recognition and profit-sharing, as well as personal benefits such as financial workshops, volunteer paid time off and virtual book clubs. As the official employee engagement partner of the Pittsburgh Penguins, COE instituted a biweekly peer-to-peer recognition program awarding a game-worn Penguins helmet to an employee embodying COE's Core Values of Customer Service, Respect, Teamwork, Quality, Safety, Innovation and Transparency.

"COE's culture of engagement and collaboration, nurtured by J.D., is a prime example of creating a world-class employee experience," said Dirk Beveridge, founder of UnleashWD. "I think everyone can find inspiration in his ability to redefine the employer/employee relationship and keep people at the heart of decision making."

For information on the summit, visit

About COE Distributing

COE Distributing is a national office furnishings distributor with a passion for creating inspiring work environments. A family-owned business since 1947, COE sources high-quality office furniture with forward-thinking, well-planned design from around the globe. Our developers collaborate with renowned designers and skilled manufacturers to bring exclusive products to market through our private label, OfficeSource. Based in southwestern Pennsylvania with distribution centers in North Carolina and Texas, COE boasts a distinctive product development process, go-to-market strategy, supply chain capabilities and exceptional service. Learn more at

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