Our Executive Leadership Team

 Tim Hardig

Tim Hardig

Chief Operating Officer

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Tim joined G&J in 1988 and is currently the Chief Operating Officer. He was previously employed with Procter and Gamble, and the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company. Tim has a BS in Marketing from the University of Cincinnati and is currently serving on the board of Dr. Pepper Snapple.
 Bill Stemm

Bill Stemm

VP of On-Premise

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Bill began his career with G&J Pepsi in 2004 after a lengthy stint with Big Bear Stores, a Columbus-based grocery chain. Bill has served in several roles at G&J Pepsi including District Manager, Trade Development Manager, Director of Sales and Market Director. As a Market Director, he was responsible for retail sales in Central Ohio servicing such prestige partners as The Columbus Clippers, The Columbus Blue Jackets, The Columbus Zoo, COSI, The Columbus Crew and the Ohio State Fair.

 

Bill attended Franklin University in Columbus and served 14 years on the Board of Directors of Members First Credit Union including seven years as Board President.

Stephan Carnesi

Stephan Carnesi

Sr. VP and Chief Financial Officer

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Stephan joined G&J in 2013 as VP of Finance, and was named Chief Financial Officer in January 2014. Stephan has over fifteen years of financial expertise from his prior roles with Procter and Gamble, Honeywell International, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Stephan has an MBA from Northern Kentucky University, A Master of Science in Taxation and Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Wayne State University. He also has a Bachelor in Marketing from Ecole Superieure De Publicite in his native country of France.

Mike MacDonald

Mike MacDonald

Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing

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Mike started his career in the soft drink industry with 12 years at Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company before starting with G&J in 1996 as the VP of Sales. Mike also held the role of VP General Manager of Lexington and then SVP of sales and Marketing before accepting his current role. Altogether he has 32 years of experience in the soft drink industry and Is a valuable asset to G&J Pepsi. Mike is a graduate of Ferris State University with a BS in Business Administration. He has also served on the Kentucky Soft Drink Association as a board member and officer, the Lafayette Club as a member, and the National Retail sales committee as a chairman and representative for Pepsi-Cola Bottlers Association.

TR Gross

TR Gross

Sr. VP of Business Strategic Initiatives

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Chris Witzgall

Chris Witzgall

VP of Integration & IT

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Chris has been with G&J since 1988. He joined as the Assistant Corporate Controller in the Cincinnati area and moved up through the company to his current position of VP of IIT. His previous experience includes accounting at Clark, Shaeffer & Hackett, who performed annual audits for G&J. He holds a BA in Accounting from Miami University and he has been employed in the beverage industry for 28 years.

John Dougherty

John Dougherty

Sr. VP of Field Sales

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John was named Senior Vice President of Field Sales for G&J in June, 2014. John joined the G&J team in May of 1999 as Sales Operation Manager in the Columbus area, then as Vice President and General Manager of the Lexington Division. John has worked in the beverage industry for 36 years having held numerous roles within the soft drink industry. John started as summer seasonal help for Coca-Cola, then transitioned into route salesman, sale management, key account management and general manager roles before accepting a Division Manager’s position with Swire Coca-Cola for its Northern Arizona territory. John holds an MBA from Franklin University and serves on the Board of the Kentucky Beverage Association.

Steve Kaplan

Steve Kaplan

Sr. VP of Operations

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Steve was born into the G&J Pepsi family in 1951 and joined as a working shareholder in 1983. He was a General Manager of the Hamilton location from 87 to 94 and was appointed to his current position of Senior VP of Operations and Planning in 1994. He is a member of the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Association, OPCOM, and QUALCOM. Steve holds a BA in Mathematics from University of Cincinnati, an MA and PhD in Mathematics from University of California, Berkley, and an MBA in Finance from University of Kentucky.

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