GrayMatter Expands Leadership Team, Adding Veteran Executives for Water, Manufacturing

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Leading solution provider adds VP of Water/Wastewater, Alan Hinchman and Director of MES, Coleman Easterly

Warrendale, PA – GrayMatter, a leading solution provider of process automation and data management, has added Alan Hinchman and Coleman Easterly, two veteran automation professionals with a combined 50 years of experience, to head up the company’s water/wastewater and manufacturing execution systems (MES) divisions, respectively.

Hinchman and Easterly previously held executive leadership roles at GE, managing global strategic sales and marketing initiatives for the company’s Intelligent Platforms division. As thought leaders in their respective industry, both have authored dozens of white papers and case studies, published articles in industry magazines, and are frequent speakers at local, regional, and national conferences around the country.

“Our recent growth as a company has led to the need for more leaders who also value innovation, technology, and integrity while providing our clients with quality solutions,” said James Gillespie, CEO of GrayMatter. “Alan and Coleman bring a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise to the GrayMatter team.”

Hinchman and Easterly will fill strategic roles at GrayMatter, contributing significant domain expertise to solving data-driven challenges in manufacturing, water/wastewater, food and beverage, oil and gas, and other industries.

Hinchman most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer of The Water Initiative, a team of global business executives and renowned scientists who develop water systems to fit local conditions.

Prior to The Water Initiative, Hinchman was the Global Market Director for water, power, and oil and gas industries at GE Intelligent Platforms. In this role, Hinchman led a team responsible for the strategic marketing of GE Intelligent Platforms’ energy, oil and gas, water and commercial buildings offerings. Hinchman will lead the water and wastewater division at GrayMatter.

Easterly, a veteran of the pulp and paper industry, will assist GrayMatter in applying modern automation solutions to control systems for managing and monitoring work-in-process on factory floors in various environments. His extensive experience in providing information technology solutions includes software functionality expertise in proficy plant applications and historians.

Easterly joins GrayMatter after 12 years at GE Intelligent Platforms as a manufacturing solutions consultant and manager. Prior to GE, Easterly integrated and managed manufacturing information systems in the world’s largest pulp and paperboard mill with Westvaco in Covington, VA.

This staff augmentation comes shortly after GrayMatter moved its corporate headquarters to a state-of-the-art, Class-G green-certified office building in Warrendale, PA. The move to the new building, located in the 223-acre Innovation Ridge Advanced Technology and Office Park near Cranberry Township, was spurred by the company’s consistent growth.

In June 2013, the company expanded its operations to include Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Western Tennessee and Southeastern New Mexico in the Gulf Region, marking another milestone in the organization’s history.

Since GrayMatter’s inception in 1991, James Gillespie and co-founder Carson Drake have worked to connect customers from in all industries with the real-time and historical information and the conclusions that they need to make their “things” better.

About GrayMatter

GrayMatter is a leading solution provider of process automation and data management. GrayMatter has provided critical infrastructure environments with cutting-edge solutions to both optimize operations, and ensure safe, reliable performance.

Alan Hinchman, VP of Water/Wastewater


Coleman Easterly, Director of MES


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