Matthew started working at the family business at the age of 8, sweeping the floor and cleaning machinery for $5.00 a Saturday. Later, he began working in the shop as a summer intern learning the ropes. In addition to learning the technical trade aspects of the job, he credits much of his customer service and business development skills to the lessons he learned working with his father and grandfather. Matthew began working full time for the company in 2004. Since that time, the once mom and pop business has grown 70 times over, to 100 team members with a national reach. Nix Companies has been named to the Inc 5000 fastest growing companies in American for 4 consecutive years, Posey County Business of the year, Indiana Companies to Watch, and one of the Best Places to Work in Indiana in 2018 and 2019. Matthew 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 its people and culture. 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 (or has been) 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 - Executive Committee, Tri-State Manufacturers Alliance - Executive committee, Posey County Economic Develop - Board of Directors, Posey County Redevelopment Commission- Board of Directors, Forum 4 Growth, Business owner network - Charter Member, Junior Achievement - classroom volunteer, and Legatus, Catholic CEO network- Louisville chapter charter member.
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 / 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.
Chief Financial Officer
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.
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/ 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.
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
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
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
Corporate Support Team
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.
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.
Michele joined Nix Companies in 2019 as an accountant. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Indiana with a degree in Accounting and a minor in Computer Information Systems. Michele brings great experience from her previous roles in accounts receivables, sales and cost of sales and cash management. She is currently managing the accounts payable, inventory and capital assets for Nix Companies.
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.
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".
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.
Matt joined Nix in July of 2019. Matt has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Southern Indiana. He has 10 years experience in business development, sales & marketing for heavy industrial companies in electrical, mechanical and communications focused in the mining, power generation markets. Matt comes to Nix with practical in the field experience with industrial solutions problem solving and coordination of onsite installations. Matt directed business development efforts at Heritage for 1 + yrs before the acquisition to Nix Companies.
Account Manager - Heavy Industrial
Mike joined our team in April of 2019 to help build relationships with our heavy industrial partners. Mike brings a wealth of knowledge with him due to the 32 years he spent with Duke Energy where he held titles such as: Heavy Equipment Operator, Fabricator, Welder, Mechanic, First Responder, Fire Brigade, Supervisor, and Contractor Liaison. While at Duke, he built more than his career, he built relationships with people. His leadership experience and excellent safety record make him the ideal fit for the Nix family. Mike also holds a residential contractor’s license in Indiana which allows him to help others.
Casey joined Nix Companies in July of 2019. Casey came from the marketing agency world where he worked with multiple clients creating video, web, and social media content. Casey obtained his Bachelors degree from the University of Southern Indiana. He currently creates Nix marketing material including print, video, social, and website management.
Inside Sales & Customer Service Coordinator
Ashley joined Nix Companies in October of 2019. Ashley has a background in Operations Management and 6+ years of management experience. With skills in customer service and management, and a Bachelors degree from the University of Southern Indiana, she brings a detailed-oriented mind to our inside sales process. She is currently responsible for the facilitation of inbound sales leads, enhancing the sales process, and maintaining a high level of customer service.