Miles Ridgway grew up with a passion for the construction industry. While studying Building Construction Management at Purdue University, he worked for an excavation and concrete contractor. As a senior, he was introduced to FBi Buildings, Inc. and the Do Right Values the company promoted. Miles joined the company upon graduation in 1988 and commenced his career as a Project Sales Consultant.
In his early years at FBi Buildings, Miles was recognized for his ability to focus on meeting the needs and objectives of his customers. In 1999, he was promoted to Director of Sales. In 2010, he accepted the leadership role of President of FBi Buildings, Inc., where he continues to focus on meeting the customer's needs. During his 20-plus years with the company, Miles has been involved in well more than 2,500 agricultural, livestock and industrial projects.
In 2011, Miles initiated and led the creation of Summit Livestock Facilities. The goal was to impact the profit potential of beef producers by utilizing our ability to collaborate with customers in the planning, designing and permitting phases of their projects. Summit brings customers together with leaders in the livestock industry in addition to providing turnkey construction management.
Ed was reared in northern Illinois and Colorado before moving to Congerville, Illinois, in 1987. There, 15 miles from the Centennial Farm where his father was born and raised, he worked for eight years on 1400-sow farrow-to-feeder pig operation until finding his calling as a sales representative in 1995.
Ed began his career with FBi Buildings Inc., in 2006 and has since then made significant contributions to the success of his Summit Livestock Facilities customers' operations through his input to facility design and construction. Ed’s passion is designing facilities that increase his customers’ efficiency and profitability, where chores are not a chore.
Involved in his community, Ed has served on the Congerville-Eureka-Goodfield School Board for many years and is an active member of his community. He also serves on the Congerville Rural Fire Protection District, with more than 20 years of experience as a firefighter and eight years as an EMT.
Loren Honegger, P.E.
Loren was reared on a crop and livestock farm in central Illinois. As a young man, he spent his summers working as a laborer on construction projects that often included the building of confinement livestock facilities.
After earning his BS in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Illinois in May 1997, Loren began his career at FBi Buildings as a project engineer. While agricultural engineering covers a broad spectrum, Loren focused his coursework on designing wood-frame structures and ventilation systems for livestock facilities. This classroom training, along with a farming and construction background, allows Loren to incorporate both hands-on practical experience with the more theoretical classroom training into his design work today. Loren earned his professional engineering license in 2002.
Designing livestock production facilities today often requires integrating a number of different concerns (environmental, siting, financial, labor resources, feed source, manure handling, animal behavior) into a complete facility design that will produce a quality product and generate financial returns. Loren’s ability to work with a team to connect the detail component design to the overall big picture design objectives through an often iterative and fluid process has proven to be a tremendous asset for many confinement beef and dairy producers throughout the Midwest.
Today, his family still operates that successful farming operation in central Illinois and Loren still enjoys spending time at work there when he can.
Born and reared in a farming community in Indiana, Sam grew up on a family farm with a 20-sow farrow-to-finish hog operation. Along with his father and two brothers, they took care of all the chores and daily activities.
In his youth, Sam helped his grandfather farm 800 acres and, during the summer months, worked for a 4500-acre grain and specialty crop producer. While also a 4-H member, his interest in animal science was nurtured, inspiring him to attend Purdue University, where he took classes in animal sciences and agronomy. His passion for livestock and farming spurred his pursuit of a career in the agriculture industry.
Today, Sam serves as a representative for Summit Livestock Facilities, where his knowledge of agribusiness and animal science is a valuable resource to the beef and dairy producers he serves.
Growing up on a small crop and livestock farm in northern Indiana, Mike stayed close to home and earned a BBA degree in Management from St. Joseph's College.
He came to FBi Buildings in 1998 as a Project Manager and his role was to represent the customer's point of view in working with FBi's architects and construction teams. Because of his thorough knowledge of post-frame construction and services, he is able to assist in customizing construction options to your specific needs.
Mike and his wife, Roberta, along with their children, live in Thorntown, Indiana. He loves to spend time with his family and likes to read a good book. Fishing, gardening, camping and beekeeping are also favorite pastimes.
Bryan Steffen, CPA
Bryan began his professional career in a position with the second-largest accounting firm in Indianapolis. During his four years there, he provided business consulting services, compilation and tax services for various entities and individuals.
Today, Bryan provides the customers of Summit Livestock Facilities assistance with business planning, working with banking institutions to secure financing, and determining project financial feasibility. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, being active in his church community and playing basketball.
Raised on a livestock and grain farm near Lafayette, Indiana, Brent has enjoyed animals and farming his entire life. By the age of 9, Brent was doing chores for his 4-H beef and swine projects along with the small cattle herd his father owned. In FFA, he enjoyed the responsibilities of chapter President and avidly competing in livestock and dairy judging.
Subsequently, Brent enrolled at Purdue University and graduated with a BS in Animal Science, focusing on production and how animal health, genetics, nutrition and environment affect a producer's operation. Throughout college, Brent applied what he learned by working at a farrow-to-finish hog operation, gleaning valuable insight and experience.
Brent continues his passion for building construction and farm planning as a Livestock Specialist for Summit. Brent has helped design more than 40 large livestock and dairy buildings. With his animal and construction knowledge, Brent is able to assist producers in maximizing their operation with project planning and development.
Today, Brent and his family are settled near his father's farm. He appreciates being outdoors and assisting in grain farming when he can. Active in World Relief efforts, Brent enjoys making soap to be distributed to other countries. Spending time with his wife and four children is one of his favorite pastimes.
Born and raised in Monticello, Indiana, Matt Marvin is married with two children and has more than 20 years of construction experience.
Matt has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Indiana State University and worked as an FBi Buildings carpenter and foreman for two years. He spent six years as a Field Construction Manager for Aspen Group and is currently Summit Livestock Facilities' project manager. Matt's role is to plan, organize and manage the construction projects so that they get built safely, on time and with a high level of quality.
A carpenter by trade, Matt enjoys working with his hands on all types of building projects and doing yardwork. He also enjoys water-related activities, such as boating, and likes to have an active role with his family, taking interest in their various hobbies.