EJ Welch expands leadership team
St. Louis, Mo.—EJ Welch Company continues its path of rapid expansion in the flooring industry by expanding its leadership team. The latest initiative in his effort to grow his brand across the country is to hire and promote a wide range of experienced professionals with experience in commercial and residential flooring and installation products.
“The opportunities to find exceptional team members in the flooring industry are vast, from sales and operations to marketing,” said Kavita McCarthy, president of EJ Welch.
McCarthy said she took full advantage of these opportunities by bringing the following leadership on board:
Diane Drake, who took up a newly created position as vice president of commercial solutions, joins EJ Welch with more than two decades of experience in the commercial flooring industry. She brings years of expertise in floor sales management, new business development, project management and strategic planning. Her previous roles have included vice president of strategic healthcare accounts at Tarkett and previous experience at Masland Contract and Tandus Centiva.
Chris Vaughn, who was initially hired as an account manager in Oklahoma in 2019, has been promoted to senior director of sales and operations in Oklahoma and Colorado. Vaughn offers a wealth of experience in account management and business development. He previously worked at Bryan’s Flooring, American Marazzi Tile, Mohawk Industries and Daltile Corporation.
Brad Scott, another flooring veteran with three decades of experience, has joined as account director and heads the central region, specifically Northern Illinois, Eastern Wisconsin, Eastern Iowa and Michigan. He brings to EJ Welch a wealth of knowledge and experience in all types of flooring, as well as experience in market penetration across various business sectors. Scott previously worked at All Tile/CCS in sales management, where he excelled in business growth and relationship building.
Jeff Eichler had a long tenure in the flooring industry before joining EJ Welch, also as an account director overseeing the Mid-South region including Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Central Tennessee. His experience includes positions at Custom Floors & Custom Stone, Shaw Industries and Anderson Tuftex.
Two recent internal promotions were Maria Padron, director of data management, and Chad Robertson, appointed director of logistics. Both were employed by T&L Distributing, with extensive experience in their respective areas of expertise.
“I couldn’t be happier with the talent we’ve been able to attract to EJ Welch,” McCarthy said. “This expanded leadership team has an excellent reputation and excellent relationships in the industry, enabling EJ Welch to reach a new level of growth.”