Matthew started working at the family business at a very young age, sweeping the floor and cleaning machinery for $5.00 a Saturday. Later, Matthew began working in the shop as a summer intern learning the ropes. In addition to learning the technical aspects of the job, he credits much of his customer service and business development to the lessons learned working with his father and grandfather. Matthew began working full time for the company in 2004. He enjoys and thrives on great challenges, and his autonomous management style embraces the strengths of his team to compliment his visionary leadership. Matthew is passionate about building a company known for excellence in both people and products. He is also passionate about working with other small business owners to help each other succeed (specifically family businesses) and adding value to the community. He is involved in multiple groups and activities to support this mission; some notable ones are Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce - Board of Directors, Family Business Alliance - Board of Directors, Tri-State Manufacturers Alliance - Board of Directors, Posey County Economic Develop - Board of Directors, "Forum 4 Growth" - Charter Member, and Junior Achievement - class room volunteer.
Vice President / General Manager - Nix Equipment
Adam has also grown up working in the business through high school, and as a summer intern while attending University of Southern Indiana. Adam is known for his warm personality and exceptional customer service. In addition to leading our shop at Nix Equipment as the General Manager, Adam recently helped develop and now runs our company training program. His unique experience and his intelligence coupled with his great personality and demeanor make him an excellent asset as our company continues to grow.
Vice President of Field Operations
Brian Merkley joined our organization as the first General Manager of one of our business units, Nix Coatings. Brian has a degree from Indiana State University in construction management, and prior work experience in operations management. His excellent ‘boots on the ground' leadership style and problem solving skills have earned him high regard with his team members and a track record for results. Today, Brian leads the field operations for all four of our company divisions. From scheduling, to staffing, to maintenance, Brian keeps our facilities running, our customers happy, and our reputation soundly growing.
Vice President of Finance
Jared Baehl joined the Nix Companies team in August of 2017 to lead the accounting department. Jared graduated from the University of Evansville with degrees in both Accounting and Business Management. His experience in public accounting will help with future growth and expansion through continued success and acquisitions.
Market Development Specialist
Lindsey Nix joined the company in 2012 to help support marketing, Human Resources, and accounting efforts. Today her role has evolved to primarily growing various markets of our company through sales and marketing. Lindsey graduated from Indiana University with a business management degree. Her well rounded skills and experience make her an extremely valuable to help guide our company as we continue to grow and evolve.
Director of Business Development
Adam Schmitt joined the organization as the first sales person in the company history. Adam has been instrumental in the company's growth and evolution. Adam's ability to see outside the box, his knack for product development, and his customer relationship skills are of great value. Today, he leads our company's business development efforts and team which include, human resources recruiting and onboarding, sales, and marketing. Under Adam's direction, we continue to see our business expand on its current offerings as well as forge into new markets.
Director of Operations
Brandon joined our company in 2015 to manage our newly acquired Nix Equipment. Brandon was instrumental in development of processes and procedures, integration, and provided the necessary leadership to move this new division ahead. With the ‘newness' now stabilized, Brandon is able to focus efforts in his new role across all Nix Companies' entities. In his operations role he is able to leverage his degree in industrial technology and industrial distribution from Purdue University and his decade plus experience in a similar business, to develop and lead our growing company's needs in areas such as safety, quality, compliance, and continuous improvements.
Engineering Manager / General Manager - Nix Metals
Ryan Weinzapfel joined our company to lead our ever-growing engineering department. This consists of CAD design, mechanical and structural engineering, estimating, and purchasing. Ryan is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in mechanical engineering. He also brings with him well-rounded and extremely relevant career experience in customer service, trouble shooting, design, and project management. Ryan's value has improved the quality of our products as well as expanded our capabilities and offerings to customers. Ryan's ‘common sense' approach coupled with his exceptional mechanical and problem solving mind set, makes him a great asset to our team.
Donna has over 25 years' experience in accounting and office management. Donna was previously employed with Tri-County Equipment of Poseyville, Indiana for 20 years until the acquisition by Nix Equipment in January 2015. Donna has a vast product and industry knowledge base in the equipment business and we are confident in her ability to quickly grow and assist in other areas of the Nix organization as she will be handling Accounts Receivables and Payables for all three of the Nix Companies.
Executive Board of Advisors
Senior Vice President of Human Resources & In-House Counsel, Shoe Carnival (1999 - Present)
Strategic Value Adds to Nix Companies' Board: Human Resources, Legal, Executive Leadership Coaching
Senior Associate Attorney, Bowers Harrison LLP (1997 - 1999): Senior Litigation Associate with a focus on labor and employment litigation
Associate Attorney, Bamberger, Foreman, Oswald and Hahn, LLP (1996 - 1999): Senior Litigation Associate with a focus on labor and employment litigation
Commissioned Officer & Judge Advocate, United States Marine Corps (1983 - 1996): Served in a variety of positions a Marine Officer. In-duty stations include Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Camp Pendleton, California; Marine Corps Air Station El Toro; and Okinawa, Japan. As a Judge Advocate, served as Senior Trial Counsel, Senior Defense Counsel, Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, Senior Judge Advocate for Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney.
University of Illinois College of Law with J.D. (1986 - 1989): Dean's List, Law School Division Representative for Legal Assistance for Military Personnel Committee of ABA
United States Naval Academy, Bachelor's of Science in English (1979 - 1983): Chair - Brigade Honor Committee, Sigma Tau Delta - English Honors, British Royal Naval Academy Exchange Program, Dean's List, Superintendent's List
The Judge Advocate General's School of the Army LL.M, Military Law (1992 - 1993)
President, George Koch Sons, LLC (2012 - Present)
Strategic Value Adds to Nix Companies' Board: General Corporate Strategy, Operations, Mergers & Acquisitions
Vice President of Operations, South Western Communications (2007 - 2012)
North Region Service Director, G.E. Energy (2006 - 2007)
Evansville District Manager, G.E. Energy (1999 - 2006)
Senior Automation Specialist, Square D Company (1997 - 1999)
University of Southern Indiana, Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Other Boards & Community Involvement: TSMA Executive Committee, Carver Community Organization Board, NSWC Crane Innovation Forum
Vice President of Global Business Develoment, Flanders (2013 - Present)
Strategic Value Adds to Nix Companies' Board: Corporate Strategy, Business Development
Director - Product Manager, Flanders (2010 - 2013)
Senior Engineering Manager - Advanced Automation & Electrical Development, P & H Mining Equipment (1996 - 2010)
Group Leader - Production Engineering, A.B.B. (1986 - 1996)
Other Boards & Community Involvement: TSMA - Chairman
Financial Consultant (2016 - Present)
Strategic Value Adds to Nix Companies' Board: Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Tactical Consulting to President & Director of Finance
Financial Consultant, A. Schulman Inc. (2015 - 2016)
Chief Financial Officer, Lucent Polymers Inc. (2003 - 2015)
Controller - Co-Founder, All-Tech Plastics Inc. (1993 - 2003)
Chief Financial Officer, Ameriqual Foods (2016 - Present)
Strategic Value Adds to Nix Companies' Board: Corporate Finance, Operations, General Strategy
Director of Finance - Thermoplastic Division, Citadel Plastics, Inc. (2015 - 2016)
Controller - Guardian Industries, SRG Global (2012 - 2015)
Operations Manager, Time Warner Cable (2010 - 2012)
Vice President of Finance, MasterBrand Cabinets (2006 - 2009)
Director of Finance/Controller - Fortune Brands, MasterBrand Cabinets (2005 - 2006)
Operational Finance Manager, Kraton Polymers (2004 - 2005)
Global FP & A Manager, G.E. Plastics (2001 - 2004)
Barat College of DePaul University, Bachelor's of Arts in Accounting & Economics