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Management Team

Management Team


Donald W. Karches, President

After graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Finance, Don opened a very successful deep-discount drug outlet in Lawrenceburg, IN. He sold the business after 10 years of successful operation to join MI as the President and Owner in 1996. Since then, as many other wholesalers have disappeared, Don has maintained MI as a leader in the industry. His early partnerships, with pioneering e-commerce businesses, facilitated MI's recent sales increases.

Don and his wife live in Cincinnati and have two sons, two daughters, and a granddaughter and grandson.

Greg Christopfel, National Sales Mgr.

Greg has been with the company for over 34 years. While the business has changed much during this time, Greg's focus on addressing our customers' concerns has not. Keeping both our products and services relevant to the ever changing needs of our customers is the key to building the many long-term relationships we have enjoyed over the years. Greg finds that this is the most satisfying aspect of his many years with MI.

Beth Schwarb, HR Mgr. and Director of Cosmetics

Beth Schwarb graduated from Miami University with a B.S. in Business. She worked the family business as an HBC buyer for about 14 years. During "baby years," she worked part-time as a Payroll Specialist at MI and part-time Store Manager at the Drug Basket in Lawrenceburg, IN. She and her husband live in Northern Kentucky. Beth enjoys watching the #1 Kentucky Wildcats Basketball team!

Nick Bachus, Director of Operations

Nick graduated from The University of Cincinnati's Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS program with a degree in finance and entrepreneurship. Nick's background includes serving as an investment analyst tasked with covering several consumer goods companies. This experience provided Nick with a deep understanding of our industry and the importance of staying in front of the ever changing needs of our customers. Nick and his wife live in Cincinnati.

Jim Powell, Director of General Mdse.

Jim Powell came to Merchandise Inc. with 15 years of retail drug chain experience. He was the perfect man to purchase seasonal products for the ad program. Gradually, Jim developed the School/Office, Pet Supplies, and General Merchandise categories. Today, these categories are an integral part of operations at MI. Jim's work and loyalty, combined with his easy going personality, have made him irreplaceable. Jim lives in Cincinnati with his wife. They have two grown children.

Brian Longbottom, Accounting Department Manager

Brian has over 12 years of Corporate Accounting experience working in various areas. He has a BS in Accounting from the University of Cincinnati. Brian lives in Cincinnati with his wife of 20 years.; they have two daughters. Brian enjoys golfing, bowling, and watching the Cincinnati Reds, Bengals, and Bearcats.

Mary Baird, College Store Sales/Service Specialist

In 2006, Mary joined the MI team with 25 years of sales/customer service experience. That really came in handy when MI ventured into the College Store market. Mary became the perfect liaison between the stores and MI. Everyone appreciates the energy and knowledge she brings to her work everyday. Mary really enjoys attending the Camex trade shows, and meeting her customers in person! She lives in Cincinnati with her husband of 39 years. She has 2 grown sons and 3 grandchildren. She enjoys reading great books in her spare time.

Michael Sullivan, Warehouse Manager

Michael comes to MI with over 20 years of warehouse management experience. He is looking forward to using that experience at MI. Mike is a Bleed Blue UK fan and a diehard Reds fan. He lives on the west side of Cincinnati with his wife.

Frank Reisert, Transportation Specialists

Frank has over 27 years of experience and service to MI – talk about loyalty!




5929 State Route 128
P.O. Box 10 Miamitown, OH 45041-0010
Phone: 513-353-2200 / 1-800-819-8615
Fax: 513-353-3970