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New InLine Staff Members

Mike Poterek

Mike joined InLine Engineers in the beginning of January 2023 as a Director of Project Management. This role has been created to drive procedural excellence while providing leadership, training, and status reporting of active projects across the company. Mike will be working with project teams, office directors, and company leaders to deliver projects in compliance with the company workflow and defined project success criteria. A technical leader with over 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry focused on engineering and project management, Mike has a wide range of experience, including wet processing, dairy, frozen food, beverage/ brewing, dry packaging automation, civil/structural, utilities and warehousing. His most recent role was as Senior Project Manager with Boston Beer in Cincinnati as part of a 10-year run with the company. Prior to Boston Beer, Mike spent 6 years with Nestle as Factory Engineering Manager in Solon Ohio. He also was Technical Operations Manager for Nestle’s Dryer’s Ice Cream division in Texas. Mike has also held technical positions at General Mills (7 years), BASF, and SSOE. Mike earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton and a Master of Engineering Management from Northwestern University.

Taylor Ford

Taylor joined InLine in the beginning of 2023 as a Technical Sales Lead. This business development role is centered around assisting company growth and profitability through new customer acquisition, as well as by increasing current customer spend by acquiring and assessing new opportunities. Her role will include project estimating and developing and presenting proposals. Taylor comes to InLine after a 4 ½ year role as Mechanical Design Engineer with Shrout Tate Wilson Consulting Engineers (STW) in Lexington, Kentucky. At STW, she designed and implemented mechanical systems such as HVAC and plumbing in K-12 schools, hospitals, and several other commercial building projects by collaborating with architects, electrical and structural engineers, general contractors and other members of the design/build team. Taylor is excited about learning more about our core business and making an impact. Taylor graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kentucky. During college, she was Vice President of UK’s chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and served as FemSTEMpowerment Initiative Director and #IAmaWomaninSTEM Student Ambassador. Tayler has passed her Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam and is now pursuing PE certification.

Katherine Ruwe

Katherine joined InLine’s Cincinnati office as a Process Engineer in the beginning of December 2022. Katherine comes to InLine after a 3+ year stint as Process Development Engineer with The Better Meat Company in Sacramento, California. In that role, she guided scale-up from pilot operations to full production rates by performing mass balance calculations, completing process hazard analyses (PHA), commissioning fermenter skids, and other tasks. She also evaluated potential co-location sites and led safety initiatives. Prior to the Better Meat Company, Katherine spent time as a Process Engineer with Arkema, where she executed capital projects from development through implementation stages, including developing P&IDs for new processes. She also has hands on experience with AutoCAD and simulation software. Katherine received a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kentucky, graduating Summa Cum Laude.

Shane Saltsman

Shane Saltsman started with InLine in mid-November as a Senior Accounting Specialist in the Louisville office. In this newly developed role, Shane will prepare, maintain, and manage the financial and business records of the organization, to ensure that the company’s finances and business operations run smoothly and are compliant. Prior to joining InLine, Shane spent the last 16 years as Director of Accounting and Housing for St. Vincent de Paul Louisville, a Louisville non-profit organization, where she handled all aspects of finance and accounting, including housing and federal grant management. Prior to St. Vincent, she held various key accounting-related roles for 9 years at MedAssist, a medical payment assistance provider with 1,700 employees and $100 million revenue. Shane received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, concentration in Accounting, from Indiana University Southeast.

Maryam Tavakoli

Maryam joined our Atlanta office in the beginning of November as an Electrical Engineer. Maryam has 14 years of experience in diverse fields including material handling systems, control panel and field wiring design, and power transmission and distribution centers. She has led multimillion-dollar projects involving material handling systems for customers such as Amazon and Walmart. For the past 4 years, Maryam was an Electrical Project Engineer with Vanderlande, where she performed power calculations, I/O design, and layout design. Prior to Vanderlande, Maryam spent 2 years with Sigma Thermal where she designed control panels used for industrial heating systems. From 2005 to 2014, she was a SCADA and Telemetry Engineer with Tehran Regional Electricity Company. Maryam received a Master of Science degree in Electronics, Electro Techniques, and Automation from Université de Montpellier II in France.

Mike Cassettari

At the beginning of October we welcomed Mike to the Louisville Team as Lead Packaging Engineer. Mike brings a 30+ year history (almost all in the food industry) in engineering proficiency in packaging equipment systems and design, providing creative technical solutions. He has a track record in working from concept thru start-up to ensure project success. Mike has developed enterprise-wide specifications, guidelines, and standards that ensured the highest standards were met/ exceeded, while ensuring compliance of USDA, FDA, and NFPA regulatory and government directives. He has held technical positions with General Mills, Kraft Foods, Diageo, ConAgra, and Hershey.

Adam Carl

Adam joined our Atlanta office at the beginning of August as an Electrical Engineer. Adam comes from Polytron in Atlanta, where he had a 5 1/2 year run as a Project Engineer. Polytron specializes in integration and controls systems for process and packaging solutions for manufacturing customers. Adam has worked on projects at Coca-Cola, Mars-Wrigley, Pepsi, Kimberly-Clark, and others. Adam has expertise in power distribution, controls, and programming for capital project development and delivery. He received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2016. He is a certified EIT.

Eric Martin

Eric joined our Atlanta office as a Packaging Engineer in mid-July. He started his career at Anheuser-Busch as an Operations Shift Manager where he managed daily production, maintenance, and staffing needs of all bottle, can, and keg lines across an entire production floor. He was later promoted at A/B to Business Process Manager. Eric then moved to Geiger Furniture (Herman Miller) as a Process and Capital Project Engineer, where he spent 4 years. Most recently, Eric served as Plant Engineer at PAC Worldwide where he handled machine and utility installation from initial build-out of plant through full staffing and operation. He commissioned and performed SATs on utility equipment (chillers, compressors, etc.), thermoformers, eco-bag lines and poly-bag lines. He worked with contractors on installation issues and worked with vendors to ensure acceptable performance at project closeout. Eric received a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Tech, class of 2015.

David Bloemke

David joins our Cincinnati office as a Program Manager. David will be relocating from northwest Arkansas, where he was a Senior Engineering Manager for Atlanta-based Prime Engineering. Prior to that, he spent 5 years with Tyson Foods in Innovation Automation Development where he led innovation and automation projects for a wide variety of food types in both processing and packaging. Prior to Tyson, David was Director of Engineering for John Volpi Foods, where he directed operations for procurement, engineering, outside vendors, contractors, maintenance, warehousing, and shipping across four manufacturing locations. David also has experience in food packaging, electronics, and automotive industries from earlier in his career. David earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of S & T and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Webster University in St. Louis.

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InLine provides engineering, process improvement, and planning services for Food & Beverage leaders. In 2018, InLine joined the Gray family to complement its Food & Beverage offering. As a Gray company, we help customers transform their operations to maximize their ROI.