The IRT Innovation Team
Meet the key members of the IRT Team; responsible for the industry’s most innovative fishing reels.
Greg Header – President
Greg has always had a passion for the outdoors and technology. He currently holds a BS in Business out of Alvernia College. Greg owns and operates Header, a fur and leather trading company. In 1998, he also founded Solar Innovations®, a national leader in custom luxury glass structures, skylights, and window and door systems. With a passion for outdoor hunting, Greg started to build and create custom outdoor fishing reel products to enhance his own needs as an outdoors man, and in 2007 he founded Innovative Reel Technologies, Inc.
As an avid fisherman and huntsman, Greg is always traveling to other destinations testing the products Innovative Reel Technologies creates to get the best performance out of them with real world experience. He is consistently in the engineering rooms testing and retesting products, which is why it took almost 5 years of development and patents to make some of the best fishing reels in the industry. Through his own hobbies and pursuits, Greg Header has pushed the boundaries of technology with his latest reel inventions and continues to develop new and innovative ways to help customers make the greatest catches.
Carl Zerbe – Machining Manager
Carl Zerbe has a dedication and passion for reel technology and has been entrusted with making the best parts for our reel systems. He has a strong passion for building that is apparent in the way he machines our parts for our reels. He currently is our Machining Manager and came to us prior as a Fastener Machining Manager at Zemco from 2005-2007. Previous to that, he was the Screw Machine Department Foreman at Penn Reels from 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 and spinning, fly, and casting fishing reel components.
Timothy Wiest – Chief Engineer
As the Chief Engineer at IRT, Timothy is responsible for overseeing the development of new technologies and innovations. Timothy 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 currently holds a MET Engineering Degree from Penn State, 1988.
Tom Shadle – Master Reel Fabricator
Tom assembles and procures our fishing reels in our state of the art manufacturing facility and considers himself a true artist when it comes to fabricating our special 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, he was at Penn Fishing Tackle assisting with assembly, repairs, inspection, and supervision of the spinning division from 1984-2005. Tom then joined Innovative Reel Technologies in 2007 to supervise our production and assembly procedure.