This is Chad Maroun
When it comes to learning the ins and outs of a business, there’s no better person to learn from than Chad Maroun. He started at Ernest in 2012 as a client coordinator, then worked his way up to client coordinator lead before moving on to merchandising. Now, he’s the Raleigh division office manager. And while the role may seem pretty straightforward, Chad brings the wow factor to it. He helps with the merchandising team, collaborates with the client coordinators and pinch-hits wherever he’s needed—whether that’s in the office, in the warehouse or out in the field.
But that’s not all this heavy hitter has on his plate.
Chad was one of our first members of the Ernest Brand Council (EBC). Then, he served as chair for three years, helping keep the Ernest culture thriving through COVID. One of his favorite parts of the EBC is creating a lively and fun work environment, building bonds with the team in the process. And, of course, recognizing the hard work his fellow E-Teamers put in every day. After passing the reins to Nancy Ponce this past February, Chad retired his jersey, in a sense. He’s now an advisor on the Ernest Brand Trust—mentoring current EBC members.
A big part of the Ernest culture is giving people opportunities to grow and learn as much as they want. And Chad has hit it out the park–blowing past expectations and entering a league of his own in the process.
So, it’s easy to see why the Raleigh general manager approached Chad about joining the EBC. Where Chad goes, fun and positivity follow—and food isn’t too far behind either. “Work hard, play hard” is a mentality Chad lives by. His ability to solve problems before they become challenges is nothing short of impressive. In fact, it’s how he got his nickname, “The Slugger.”
That name (which is now his official E-Team moniker) was given by his GM, who told him, “I don’t know how you keep it all in front of you—you know the pitch being thrown three pitches away.” As a lifelong Cubs fan, it’s a fitting nickname—and one that quickly stuck.
If we ever get tired of calling him “The Slugger,” we may switch to “Ironman.” Why? For one, it’s Chad’s favorite superhero. Another reason is because they’re both creative, innovative and in it to win. In his free time, Chad can be found outdoors with his family and dog, captaining his own speedboat. With Chad’s wide range of talents, it’s no surprise that he’s a busy guy. So, what keeps him motivated? That’s simple: seeing his team succeed. He’s energized by the big wins, the small wins and everything in between. This can-do mindset reminds everyone that together, we can solve it all. Chad has truly created a family mentality at the Raleigh division—making everyone feel welcome and appreciated from the second they walk through the doors.
Hats off to Chad and a standing ovation for a stellar nearly 9 years on the EBC. Here’s to many more years hitting home runs at Ernest.