Summit Livestock Facilities Leadership
Ed Bahler - Owner & CEO
Ed Bahler’s mission as the CEO of Summit Livestock Facilities is for the company to be an irreplaceable knowledge partner with innovative facility designs and strategies that impact customer results. Ed graduated from Purdue University in 1979 with a B.S. in Agricultural/Civil Engineering.
He’s passionate about leveraging technology through lean construction 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.
Bryan Steffen, CPA - President & CFO
Bryan loves the collaboration and synergy which arise from being part of a well-functioning team. His organizational skills and structure plus experience, along with a strong desire to learn, grow and be an asset to others are also strengths he carries.
Upon his graduation from Purdue University, Bryan went on to pass his CPA exam. Throughout his accounting experience, Bryan has provided business consulting, compilation and tax services for various entities and individuals.
Sam Kaufman, P.E. - VP of Business Development & Preconstruction Services
Sam Kaufman is passionate about building teams that effectively work together to find solutions and thrive on a culture of trust-building and accountability.
Sam works with internal teams to drive projects from conception through to the construction hand-off. In this phase of our projects, client objectives are discovered and protected as we design to align with their scope, schedule, and budget expectations. Sam's focus is to thoroughly understand our client's industry needs, hot-buttons, and pain points that we can provide unique, cost-effective, and process improvement solutions that add to the client's bottom line.
Sam was reared in a small Japanese fishing and farming community, by parents both born and reared on farms in central Illinois. Growing up in a rugged region of Japan, he developed a passion for large-scale, complex, and creative engineering and problem-solving.
Upon his graduation from Purdue University, he spent several years working on water resource, renewable energy, industrial waste, and wastewater treatment plant design and construction management projects for the largest Indiana headquartered civil engineering firm.
Sam holds a BS in Civil Engineering (emphasis in hydraulics) from Purdue University where he also minored in Interdisciplinary Environmental and Ecological Engineering. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Biogas Council.
Brian White - COO
Brian was reared on a centennial family hog and grain farm in Washington County, Iowa. As a young man, he enjoyed school, sports, life on the farm, 4-H and showing livestock.
After high school, Brian attended Arizona State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Design in Architecture.
Upon his graduation in 1995, Brian began a career in design and construction project management where he gained experience in the supervision of multi-million dollar projects in both national and international venues. These projects included complex university research facilities, critical infrastructure facilities, biotechnology processing plants and multiple one-million-plus square foot semiconductor manufacturing facilities.
Brian’s passion has long been maximizing project efficiency and building value through the design and construction process. He achieves this by developing cohesion and cooperation among the project stakeholders and applying decisive problem solving to institute timely and cost-balanced projects.
Brian recruits, develops and leads the team of construction management experts at Summit Livestock Facilities who work with him to ensure our customers' projects stay on time and on budget.
Brian Davis - Director of Preconstruction
Bryan received his Bachelor's Degree from Purdue Univerity in Construction Engineering and Management. He's passionate about pre-construction, project estimation and subcontracting.
Bryan joins us from Bowen Engineering, an Indianapolis based, self-perform general contractor. He spent 7-years in the estimating department focusing mostly on the power and industrial market.
Stuart Meyer - Field Operations Manager
A graduate of Indiana State University, Stuart has over 20 years experience of construction and construction management.
Stuart is accountable for properly organizing, coordinating, and managing all site activities and superintendents. He's also responsible for ensuring that project execution expectations are met.
Stuart actively manages safety and quality performance, design, scope, schedule and cost guidelines.