With a 27-year leadership career at InLine Engineers, Gregg Coleman, has decided the time has come to step down as President and transition into a role as Vice President, Strategic Projects focusing on InLine’s multiyear strategic plan and other business goals. Effective October 1, Mike Jacobs, who’s served as Senior Program Manager and Director of Business Development for InLine since 2021, will become President. This transition creates the next step for InLine’s future success and growth.
For some context, Gregg began his career in the food manufacturing industry with Bremner, Inc., a subsidiary of Ralcorp (Ralston Purina) and served four years as a project engineer and maintenance manager. He later became vice president of engineering at ATI, Inc., which engineers automation equipment for the electronics industry. In 1996, Gregg and Kevin Reid started InLine as just a dream of two engineers. InLine became a Gray company in 2018 and has doubled its revenue in this time.
“It’s been an honor and a privilege to lead InLine for nearly 30 years,” says Gregg. “I have high expectations for the future of InLine and I’m grateful for the team’s dedication. I am confident they will continue to build and strengthen relationships far into the future.”
If you don’t know Mike well, he brings a wealth of food & beverage experience to this role with over 30 years building and leading global organizations within companies like Nestlé Waters and The Coca-Cola Co. In his new role as President, he will focus his attention on growing the company’s technical capabilities, proactively identifying and anticipating customer needs, and expanding InLine’s position in the food & beverage market.
“I’m humbled and excited to embark on this new journey at InLine,” says Mike. “I could not be more thankful for the opportunities afforded to me during my time with the organization. I look forward to growing with the team for many years to come.”
Over the next couple of months, Gregg and Mike will be spending time in each of InLine’s locations (Louisville, Cincinnati, and Atlanta) talking with team members to provide a smooth transition.
“Gregg has provided tremendous value to InLine, Gray, and the entire food & beverage industry,” says Tyler Cundiff, President of Integrated Process Group, Gray, Inc. “He’s pushed Gray’s engineering capabilities to new heights, and everyone is excited to work with him in his new role. His impact will be felt for many years to come, and I am confident that Mike and the InLine team will continue the legacy Gregg and Kevin began.”