Meet Our Team

At Nix Companies we believe our people are the best and most authentic competitive advantage we have. This doesn’t happen by accident. We work very hard to attract, train, and retain some of the best people in our industry. We adhere to the model that experience is always secondary to character, and utilize our in house training program to give our team members the skills they need to perform their specific roll requirements.

We are committed to being a growth oriented company, focused on exceeding customer expectations, while always striving to add value to our team members' lives and the community as a whole.

“One of my favorite things about giving customers a tour of our facility is the absolutely obvious level of quality and professionalism with our staff. If our customers have been in any other shops, there’s no mistaking our advantage. I take great pride in this, I believe our people do too, and I’m certain it shows in the quality of our work and customer service.” – Matthew Nix

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Corporate Team

Matthew Nix
President

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.

Adam Nix
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.

Brian Merkley
Vice President / General Manager - Nix Coatings

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 coatings operations. From scheduling, to staffing, to maintenance, Brian keeps our facilities running, our customers happy, and our reputation soundly growing.

Jared Baehl
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.

Adam Schmitt
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.

Brandon Wright
Director of Operations/ General Manager- Nix Metals

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.

Angela Kirlin
Human Resources Manager

Angela Kirlin joined the company in 2018 as the Human Resources Manager. Angela graduated from Indiana State University with degrees in both Business Management and Administration as well as obtained her Master’s Degree in Human Resources Training and Development.  Angela began her career after college with Cintas as a Management Trainee.  From that position she then went on to be the Human Resources Manager of the Louisville and Elizabethtown districts.  Angela brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her time at Cintas that will serve her well in her new role at Nix Companies.

Lindsey Nix
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.

Corey Wilzbacher
Industrial Solutions Specialist

Corey Wilzbacher joined our team in 2016 to lead our sales and customer service efforts in one of the growing sectors of our business. Corey's decade plus experience working with heavy industrial and manufacturing clients as a power transmission supply distributor allows him a great foundation to now offer our clients a completely turnkey solution. From simple parts replacements and maintenance jobs, to complex mechanical and automated machinery builds, Cory has earned a reputation with his customers as the "problem solver".

Mandy Crislip
Market Development Specialist

Mandy joined Nix Companies in August of 2018.  Mandy came with 15 years experience in sales and market development.  Mandy obtained her Bachelors Degree from the Indiana Kelley School of Business.  Mandy will be serving our customers in the Indianapolis market.  With Mandy's previous experience, we are sure she will add great value to the company.





Donna Jeffers
Office Manager/Accounting Specialist

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

Sean Georges
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)

Chris Brack
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

Bill Theby
CEO Lensing Building Specialties (2018-Present)

Strategic Value Adds to Nix Companies' Board: Family Business, Managing diversified business units, General corporate strategy 

President Lensing Building Specialties (2009-2018)

Vice President Lensing Building Specialties, Architectural Sales Division ( 1989-2009 )

Department Manager Lensing Building Specialties, Overhead Door Department (1975-1989)

University of Dayton Bachelor of Science in Business Administration 1974

Other Boards & Community involvement: Chairman Family Business Alliance, Board of Advisors USI Romain College of Business, Evansville Industrial Foundation

Tracy Ripple
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)

Tim Sholtis
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