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Episode 84: J.D. Ewing (COE Distributing), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

YPO member J.D. Ewing started his career working in the retail office supply company founded by his grandmother. Eventually, J.D. rose to the top and sold the successful company. But, when the purchasers ran it into the ground, he bought it back and grew the company all over again.

Today, COE Distributing is the largest furniture-only wholesale office furniture distributor in the United States. J.D. is also the majority owner of JD&D Enterprises, which owns office and warehouse flex space.

J.D. was named to the Smart 50 List of the “Pittsburgh Smart Business Magazine.” COE Distributing is an Inc. 5000 company, and has been named a Top 100 Fastest Growing Business by the Pittsburgh Business Times.

In this episode, J.D. shares what he did to rebuild the family business and preserve the family legacy.


Guest: J.D. Ewing, Founding Member, President and CEO of COE Distributing
Host & Executive Producer: Kevin Daum
Executive Producer: Van Van
Music: DreamArtist Music.

Made possible with grants from Gazelles Growth Institute.

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Kevin Daum is an award winning and bestselling author of 5 books. He is a marketer, speaker, and columnist for Inc.com and Smart Business Magazine. As an Inc. 500 entrepreneur, his sales and marketing techniques resulted in more than $1 billion in sales. Drawing on his background in theatre and business, Kevin is a compelling speaker who has engaged and inspired audiences around the globe. Kevin is a graduate of the MIT Entrepreneurial Masters program and has received the Global Learning Award 3 times from the Entrepreneur’s Organization, where he held several board positions. Kevin has designed, produced, and led award-winning executive training programs and events for C-level executives and entrepreneurs on four continents. Previously, Kevin was named one of the 40 people to watch under 40 in San Francisco by the Business Times and in 2006 was named Distinguished Alum of the Year by his alma mater, Humboldt State University.