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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 return to MI as the President and Owner in 1996. Since then, as many other wholesalers disappear, Don has maintained MI as a leader in the industry. Adding Cosmetics and the Impulse program to the MI Marketing mix, are just two examples of his leadership and vision. Don and his wife live in Cincinnati, and have two sons, two daughters, and a beautiful granddaughter.



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.



Al Craynon, Sales Representative


Al has been part of the MI sales team since 1987. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with an Associate degree in Retailing and a Bachelor degree in Marketing. Al is always on the go with hobbies that include cycling, hiking, kayaking, and traveling. He also likes to volunteer at sporting events that raise money for cancer and multiple sclerosis.



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.



Terry Potts, Retail Service Manager


Terry is responsible for the coordination of all resets, custom planogram designs, and implementation. Her 25 years of experience “in the field” have given her a unique ability in understanding the varied product categories and how best to utilize them to suit each customers' needs. In her spare time, Terry enjoys playing golf or just sitting down to read a good book.



Brian Longbottom, Accounting Department Manager


MI is pleased to welcome Brian to the team! He 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.



Matt Denney, Warehouse Supervisor


Matt is a new addition to the MI team. He has over 12 years of warehousing experience and is ready to use his knowledge and expertise to enhance the warehouse operations. As a UK Basketball and ND Football fan, Matt fits right in here!



John Riesenbeck and Frank Reisert, Transportation Specialists


These two have over 50 years combined service to MI – talk about loyalty!


 

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