Leadership Team

Dean Settje

Founder and President

Dean grew up on a diversified livestock and farming operation near Creston, NE where he still maintains an active role as a partner in his family’s operation. After graduation from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Dean worked for Farm Credit Services and Colorado Cattle Feeders Association.

In 1991, Dean was recruited to work for the Nebraska Cattlemen as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs. Under this role, Dean developed the Cattlemen’s Environmental Education Program, which was the first environmental compliance program of its kind in the nation. As well, Dean was responsible for legislative and regulatory affairs for the Association.

In 1997, Dean founded Settje Agri-Services & Engineering, Inc. Dean has been the President of the company since its formation, and maintains a strong presence in all aspects of the business.

Steve Westerbuhr

Division Lead for Engineering

Steve has been with Settje Agri-Services and Engineering since May of 1998. Prior to joining SASE, he worked as a feedlot hand in maintenance, as a feed truck driver, and as a pen rider while attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. At SASE, his main emphasis has been engineering, design, and permitting of new and existing livestock facilities. The scope of projects which Steve has worked on primarily consists of feedlots, swine facilities, and dairies. Steve currently manages the Engineering Division of Settje Agri-Services.

Steve is married and has two girls and one boy. His hobbies include hunting, skiing, and watching his kid’s sporting events.

Travis Caspersen

Division Lead for Compliance and Manure Marketing

Travis was born and raised in central Nebraska, in the small community of Boelus. His family owns and operates cow/calf and row crop operations. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Agricultural Sciences.

After graduation from college, Travis was hired by Hormel Foods Corporation as a livestock buyer. In 1995, Travis transitioned to work as a feedlot consultant for Land O’ Lakes and Cargill Animal Nutrition. In 2005, Travis joined Settje Agri-Services, and focused on marketing SASE services. He works with new and expanding facilities, assisting them with layout, design, and county zoning issues. He has worked extensively on developing the Settje Compliance Service (SCS) web-based program. Travis and his wife, Anna, have one son and one daughter.

Henry Zach

Division Lead for Construction

Henry is committed to providing the best possible outcomes for the clients of Settje Agri-Services, from initial design to construction to the final product. Henry has 38 years of experience in the construction industry, with an emphasis in livestock production facilities. At Settje Agri-Services, he is collaboratively leading a team of construction managers with responsibilities of facility design, client and contract management, project management, and construction oversight.

Henry’s passion is to build long-term, meaningful relationships. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his family, and is an avid golfer and Husker enthusiast.

Andy brown

Chief Financial Officer

Andy grew up in Lincoln and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2004. He began his career in public accounting where he earned his CPA designation, and then transitioned into corporate finance. He has worked in several different industries including manufacturing, retail, and agriculture. Prior to joining the Settje Agri-Services team in May of 2018,he was the Director of Financial Operations for Southern Hospitality Ventures, Inc. He and his wife, Kylee, have two boys. Andy also enjoys spending time outdoors hunting, fishing, and golfing.