Pittsburgh Penguins Partnership Program Welcomes COE Distributing

Smock, PA: For Immediate Release

Jack Tipton

Jack Tipton

Senior Director Partnership Sales 
Pittsburgh Penguins

J.D. Ewing

CEO | President
COE Distributing

COE Distributing, a nationwide wholesale distributor of office furniture, has been named the first Proud Employee Engagement Partner of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

After realizing that COE and the Pittsburgh Penguins share similar values and employee engagement opportunities, the partnership easily became something that both organizations were excited to roll out.

“We are very excited to be working with COE Office Distributor  on a partnership focused on employee engagement. We are extremely impressed with how their leadership team trains, develops and supports their employees,” Jack Tipton, Senior Director of Partnership Sales, said. “We’ve designed this partnership to share common core values and emphasize the desire to be the best in our respective industries.”

The partnership will enhance employee engagement efforts at COE Distributing, with Penguins experiences and memorabilia, will provide opportunities to continue learning to show each team member’s commitment to the core values, will use the Penguins brand and IP to connect COE employees to the passion of the Penguins, and will help promote a culture of winning and innovation.

The current programs at COE that will be enhanced due to the new partnership, will be the monthly book club, the employee of the quarter award, and the rising stars program. All three programs are ones that J.D. Ewing, President, and CEO of COE, are proud of, and ones that the Penguins’ Marketing Team were impressed with, stating that they have never seen another organization do as much for the team members as COE does.

All involved with the book club, employee of the quarter award, and rising stars program, will take part in immersive and rewarding experiences, alongside the Penguins’ staff.

Other culture driving experiences involved with the partnership include the COE Warrior Helmet, which was created based off of the Penguins’ locker room ritual of a teammate passing the helmet off each game to another player who did something impactful during the game.

This partnership has been in the works for quite a few months, and Ewing was happy to be able to finally introduce it to the COE team members.

“What really intrigued me about a potential partnership with the Penguins, was how closely the values, vision, and goals of their organization align with ours. This is particularly true with the learning culture and value placed on employees in both organizations.  Ewing said. “The opportunity to partner with the Penguins organization is truly amazing for COE and will further enhance our employee engagement.”  

About COE: COE Distributing is the nation’s largest furniture only wholesale distributor. A third-generation, family-owned company, COE was founded by Clara L. Ewing in Hopwood, PA. The company, which started as a typewriter repair and office supply store in the late 1940s, has been named one of Inc Magazine’s fastest-growing companies for 6 straight years. This accomplished has only been achieved by less than 3% of the companies who have appeared on Inc Magazine’s list. Today, COE remains a family-owned corporation, specializing in wholesale distribution of office furniture and accessories. With over 120 years of combined office furniture experience, the owners at COE are committed to making each customer’s buying experience at COE exceptional. COE’s goal is to be the recognized leader in the wholesale office furniture industry. To achieve this goal, COE team members are extensively trained on all product offerings and always take the extra step to ensure customers are satisfied. By continually improving each day, COE is able to provide quality products and superior service. COE  maintains a work environment where creativity and innovation are encouraged, people enjoy coming to work and the desire to exceed customers’ expectations drives performance.

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