New InLine Staff Members

Aug 16, 2019


Gary Garfield

Gary joined InLine Engineers’ Louisville office as a Senior Program Manager in August of 2019. He was most recently Strategic Initiatives Engineering Director for Kellogg’s NA Supply Chain in Battle Creek, MI. He held various management and engineering roles within Kellogg’s over the past 20 years, including: Snacks Engineering Business Partner, Senior Director- Global Snacks Process Engineering, Snacks Process Engineering, and Senior Food Technologist/Engineer.

An accomplished engineering leader with expertise in innovation, productivity, and manufacturing, Gary was directly involved in launching 40+ new food innovations and numerous productivity initiatives, the design/start up 5+ new production facilities, and 23+ new production lines. Gary earned a BS from Michigan State University and has a Master’s degree from Texas A&M, both in Agricultural Engineering/Food Engineering. He will continue to be based in Battle Creek.

Macaire Benson

Macaire Benson joined InLine Engineers’ Louisville office as a Senior Program Manager in July. Macaire is a highly accomplished former Director of Operations and Engineering and Plant Manager with an MBA and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from West Point. She has a strong background in capital project management including new product introductions.

Macaire was most recently with Kerry Ingredients in Louisville. Prior to Kerry, she was Director of Operations and Engineering at Buffalo Trace Distillery for 8 years, and held various management positions at Brown Forman (Director of Distilling and Production, Plant Manager) the 10 years prior. Prior to Brown Forman, Macaire spent time at General Mills as a Quality Engineer, and Proctor and Gamble in Process Engineering.

Marcus Mithoefer

Marcus joined our Cincinnati office in April as a Process Engineer. His last position was with Smithfield Foods (John Morrell Food Group) as an R&D Technologist where he led projects from conception to full-scale plant production in all product categories, ranging in scope from limited time product runs of 100,000 pounds to permanent items with well over 1 million pounds of annual production. Marcus was also involved in cookhouse design modifications to improve airflows and gain greater product consistency. He began his career with Smithfield as an Operations Associate and has also served as Quality Improvement Manager there.

Marcus has received training in Advanced Food Process Engineering, Food Packaging, Advanced Instrumentation, and Heat and Mass Transfer Engineering. He received a BS in Food Process Engineering from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and also holds a BS degree in Molecular Genetics/Biology.

Alan Segars, P.E.

Alan joined InLine's Atlanta office as a Senior Process Engineer in early 2019. With over 20 years of experience working as an engineering service provider, Alan has extensive experience in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, consumer products, and specialty chemical industries as a Process Engineer, Process Group Leader, Project Engineer and Quality Engineer. He has hands-on design and supervisory experience in multiple types and sizes of capital projects. He also has experience in on-site construction, installation, and start-up support.

Most recently, Alan spent 5 years with GEO Specialty Chemicals. Prior to that, he was Process Mechanical Discipline Lead at Middough, Inc. a full-service engineering and architectural firm. Before Middough, he served for an extended period as a Project Engineer with Lockwood Greene Engineers. Alan received a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech and MBA in Operations Management from Georgia State University. 

Don Aikens

Don joined the Atlanta office in early 2019 as a Senior Project Manager. He brings over 30 years of engineering and project management experience- solely in the food and beverage industry. Over the past 5 years, as a Senior Project Manager (independent consultant), Don was responsible for managing major capital projects ranging up to $26MM for several food manufacturers throughout the U.S., with a heavy focus on packaging. He spent the previous 13 years in the Kraft organization as: Engineering Project Manager for Kraft Beverages, Project Leader in Salted Snacks, and Engineering Manager and Business Unit Manager for Planters Peanut Division.

Prior to Kraft, Don served 10 years as a Senior Project Engineer in the Nabisco Atlanta Bakery. Early in his career, he gained knowledge in pasta manufacturing and also in the production of Pringles. Don received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton.