The IRT Team

As we move forward as a company, I'm excited to see what we can accomplish as a team while impacting the community and our team members.

- Greg Header

Greg Header President of IRT

Greg Header, President

Greg has always had a love for the outdoors and innovative technology. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Alvernia College. In 1998, he founded Solar Innovations®, a national leader in custom luxury glass structures, skylights, and window and door systems. Because of the many talents within the Solar Innovations® team, and his passion for the the outdoors, Greg started to design and create custom fishing reels, and in 2007 founded Innovative Reel Technologies® was founded. Greg continues to test the products IRT® creates to continuously improve and produce the highest-performing reels possible for our customers.

Ben Foreman, Marketing and Sales Manager

As an avid outdoorsman and angler, Ben has a passion for the outdoor industry. With a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Albright College, Ben understands the need to push the boundaries of current trends and spread the IRT name worldwide. You can commonly see Ben running the IRT Reels booth at outdoor expos and trade shows across the US. He makes it a priority to get to know IRT’s customers and help them select the perfect product for their needs. Ben sees every purchase through from beginning to end, making sure that every reel is given the attention it needs to be quality checked and "stamped" with the IRT seal of approval.

Carl Zerbe Maching Manager of IRT

Carl Zerbe, Machining Manager

Carl has a dedication and passion for reel technology and has been entrusted with making the best parts for our reel systems. His strong desire for building is apparent in the way that he machines parts for our reels. He currently is our Machining Manager and prior to joining us, Carl was as a Fastener Machining Manager at Zemco (2005-2007). Before Zemco, he was the Screw Machine Department Foreman at Penn Reels (1976-2005). Carl joined Solar Innovations® and Innovative Reel Technologies® in 2007 as a Production Planning Supervisor, responsible for all fishing reel production and Solar manufactured parts. Carl’s 30+ years of experience ranges from precision part manufacturing for government electronic products to farm tractor parts to spinning, fly, and casting fishing reel components.

Tim Wiest Chief Engineer of IRT

Tim Wiest, Chief Engineer

As the Chief Engineer at IRT® Reels, Tim is responsible for overseeing the development of new technologies and innovations. Tim has always worked in the field of engineering and his understanding of how components come together landed him the position of Chief Engineer. Prior to joining the team, he was a Manufacturing Engineer for Penn Reels Spinning from 1990-1998, before engineering for Spinning Reel from 1998-2005 where he designed the Liveliners, Slammers and SSG series reels along with several patents. He joined Solar Innovations® and Innovative Reel Technologies®in 2007 as Chief Engineer of the fishing reels. He holds a MET Engineering Degree from Penn State, 1988.

Tom Shadle Master Reel Fabricator of IRT

Tom Shadle, Master Reel Fabricator

Tom assembles and procures our fishing reels in our industry leading manufacturing facility and considers himself a true artist when it comes to fabricating our specialty reels. He has extensive experience in building things and proved himself to be a true asset in building our core products for our customers. He continues to be a valued member of the team, helping our engineers innovate and build better and more creative technologies for both Solar Innovations® and Innovative Reel Technologies®. Prior to joining IRT® Reels, he worked at Penn Fishing Tackle assisting with assembly, repairs, inspection, and supervision of the spinning division from 1984-2005. Tom joined Innovative Reel Technologies® in 2007 to supervise our production and assembly procedure.