With a customized plan, Summit SmartFarms addresses your biggest challenges in labor and technology so you can equip your team and optimize your business performance.
Summit SmartFarms is focused on providing decision-ready information to production agriculture. Established in 2019, we are the newest company under the Bahler Group umbrella that also includes FBi Buildings, Summit Livestock, The Aspen Group, and Heartland Builders.
Ed graduated from Purdue University in 1979 with a B.S. in Agricultural/Civil Engineering. He’s passionate about leveraging technology through lean processes to get everyone home safe, significantly reduce waste, improve quality and enhance value to each customer. Ed is also passionate about developing next-generation designs and facilitating the construction of humane, sustainable and industry-leading protein production facilities that feed the world.
Jon Hoek grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago, IL and was inspired to Agriculture by his Grandfather. He graduated with a degree in Agricultural Production Management from Joliet Junior College. Jon and family operated a farrow to finish swine operation for 10 years. In 1997, Jon started a 20-year engagement with a midwest pig production company and served as Vice President of Pig Production with the system ranking in the top 5% of the nation in production. Jon has lectured both domestically and internationally on the topic of pig production optimization and Agri-tourism.
He and his wife, Laureen have four children and he has three grandchildren. Jon enjoys outdoor activities, reading, church and family.
Chief Analytics Officer
Valerie grew up on a farrow to finish seedstock farm near Santa Claus, Indiana and attended Purdue University where she majored in Animal Science. Upon graduation she returned to the family farm where she was part of the operation until June 2016 and began with Swine Management Services in Fremont, Nebraska as a Production Analyst until October of 2019. Valerie has traveled throughout the country and in Asia working on farms with producers in many capacities from production training, employee management, and data analysis.
Valerie and her husband Ben still reside near Santa Claus with their two sons, Blake and Jace. Valerie enjoys working with producers and their teams to continue to improve performance and efficiency doing what is right for the animals and the people.
Director of Technology
James Rudy grew up on a small farm in Geneseo, Illinois. He received his undergraduate degree with honors from Western Illinois University in Agricultural Science with a double minor in plant genetics and Agricultural Technology. James went on to complete a Master Degree in Molecular Genetics with an emphasis in Molecular Biology. His thesis focused on the efficacy of treatment by genetic families of ovarian cancer. James has a passion for systems development and optimization.
James enjoys the outdoors, people, and agriculture.
Bonnie is a documentation specialist, a technical writer, an operational auditor, and a productivity enthusiast contributing over 30 years of continuous improvement by means of standardizing processes. While at Lockheed Martin as a corporate internal auditor, she designed, documented and executed production engineering processes and audit programs to demonstrate the required 98% data accuracy during their initial MRP implementation and to be certified as ISO 9000 compliant. In 2005 after relocating from Colorado, Bonnie teamed up with FBi Buildings’ IT programmers to initiate the Quality Performance System (QPS). The QPS database serves multiple companies by tracking document status and revisions of over 4,600 documents. Finalized documents are published to companies’ customer portal via SharePoint to provide confidential and proprietary access.
Bonnie grew up on her family’s grain farm near Brook, IN, in which her son continues to operate, serves on the board of directors of Brook Community Bank, serves as the financial secretary for her church, and she is a hands-on, play in the dirt gardening enthusiast, wife, mom, and grandma.
HR Talent Specialist
Kasey Sheldon is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Animal Agribusiness and a minor in Ag Economics; she comes with 10 years’ experience in commercial swine production and 5 years experience in employee recruitment and onboarding. With a passion for people, Kasey strives to understand the challenges that the Ag industry faces on the human side. She has confidence that creating positive working cultures will improve employee satisfaction and retention.
Kasey along with her husband and two boys live on a small family farm in Northwest Indiana where they are involved in local and national youth livestock programs. She currently serves on the Jasper/Newton Foundation committee and a past member of the SHRM NWI chapter.
Operations Logistics Coordinator
Sarah Babulic brings to the Summit team 15 years of pig production and management experience. Sarah grew up on a farrow to finish swine farm. She is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s in Human Resources Management. She has served on the non-profit board for the Pig Adventure at Fair Oaks Farms.
Sarah and her husband live in Valparaiso, IN with their two children. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her kids, outdoor activities, and traveling.