Distributor EJ Welch Company, a division of Center Rock Capital Partners’ Merit Distribution Group based in St. Louis, Missouri, is continuing along its path of expansion in the flooring industry by expanding its leadership team. 

Diane Drake, who joined in a newly created position as vice president of commercial solutions, comes to EJ Welch with over two decades of experience in the commercial flooring industry. Her previous roles include vice president strategic accounts-healthcare with Tarkett and prior experience at Masland Contract and Tandus Centiva.    

Chris Vaughn has been promoted to senior director of sales and operations over Oklahoma and Colorado. He was initially hired as an account manager and previously worked with Bryan’s Flooring, American Marazzi Tile, Mohawk Industries, and Daltile Corporation.

Brad Scott has joined as an account director leading the Mid-Central Region, specifically Northern Illinois, Eastern Wisconsin, Eastern Iowa, and Michigan. He brings to EJ Welch three decades of experience and was previously at All Tile/CCS in sales management.

Jeff Eichler joins the company as account director overseeing the Mid-South Region, which includes Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Central Tennessee. His previous experience includes positions with Custom Floors & Custom Stone, Shaw Industries, and Anderson Tuftex. 

Two recent internal promotions were Maria Padron, director of data management, and Chad Robertson, appointed as director of logistics. Both were with T&L Distributing.