Meet the Owners of Centerline Steel

Tracy Smith

Tracy Smith

CEO & Managing Partner

Tracy established Centerline Brackets with her husband, Chris Smith, in August 2012 in St. Augustine, Fla., with the vision and determination to become the global leader in countertop brackets and supports

Born in Ohio and raised on Florida’s First Coast, Tracy in her early career devoted many years to the Department of Defense. Her time with the DoD, prior tenure in the banking industry and subsequent 14-plus years working for a national not-for-profit organization instilled in Tracy a profound respect for time-honored procedures, proven best practices and consummate service.

Centerline—a majority-woman-owned company that operates according to Biblical principles and Christian values—under Tracy’s leadership has grown into a significant concern with international renown. To acknowledge her achievements, the Jacksonville Business Journal recognized Tracy in 2018 as an “Ultimate CEO” whose company has had an outsized impact on Northeast Florida through sound economic stewardship and civic and charitable leadership.

In addition to enjoying time with her husband, Tracy’s life is made even richer thanks to Gracie and Chloe, both rescue dogs.

Chris Smith

Chris Smith

Managing Partner

Hailing originally from Morgan City, La., Chris has lived in several places around the country including the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area. Being immersed in the diverse culture of the nation’s capital taught Chris early in life that there’s always someone who is more competitive than you and that, to reach the top, you need to work your butt off. The drive to always do better has served him well.

With a 20-plus-year background as a software and database engineer, Chris is certified as a Microsoft systems architect/engineer embracing all major platforms. He’s also earned Professional-level certification in Cisco network security (CCNP). Throughout his professional career as a software developer, Chris built a reputation for developing cutting-edge engineering solutions with a wide range of e-commerce platforms and technology skills.

These skills coupled with his innate business acumen empower Chris to contribute to fulfilling and maintaining Centerline’s successful corporate strategy.

Outside the company, Chris is an avid saltwater reef-aquarium enthusiast and passionate learner in the science of aquaculture. He’s also a lifelong martial artist who holds multiple black belts in various disciplines.

Kyle Cromer

Kyle Cromer

Director, New Business & Product Development

When Centerline opened in 2012, Kyle was the company’s first UPS rep. He remained the sole representative of United Parcel Service until he joined Centerline in January 2019. In his 13 years with UPS Kyle held a number of leadership posts including inside sales rep, sales coach, sales planning/performance coordinator, account manager and international account manager. His success in sales led Kyle to perform in the top 3 percent of UPS globally.

Hailing from South Carolina, Kyle graduated with honors from North Greenville University with a degree in business administration. He relocated to Florida in 2010 when UPS needed someone with his proven skills to serve the First Coast. Now Kyle lives in St. Augustine with his wife, Jennifer, and their son & daughter twins.

Kyle as a child was considered a piano prodigy. His inherent gift with music allowed him to become proficient playing several instruments.

Bryan McCary

Bryan McCary

Director of Operations

Bryan was born and raised in Ohio, where he earned his degree in electronics from the National Institute of Technology in Cuyahoga Falls after graduating from Ellet High School in Akron.

Prior to joining Centerline in February 2015, his long career as a business owner instilled in Bryan the skills, vision, creativity and dedication necessary to help Centerline grow.

Bryan and his wife, Shellie, have three sons; their eldest currently serves our country in the U.S. Marine Corps, while the younger boys—both in high school—are star football athletes. Bryan and Shellie have a passion for extending a helping hand whenever and wherever God shows them a need. Whether toward a friend, stranger or abused or neglected animal, the McCarys’ genuine and earnest concern for the well-being of others reflects the family’s collective heart.

"The most important ingredient for the success of any company is the quality of its people, starting with its leadership team."

~Vivek Ramaswamy

American entrepreneur, founder and CEO of pharmaceutical company Roivant Sciences