Henry Zach

Division Lead for Construction Management

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.

Brian Leffers

Construction Site Superintendent

Brian grew up outside Creston, NE. After graduating from Norris High School, Brian worked as an electrician in Lincoln, NE. He then joined Duncan Aviation in Lincoln. Brian worked in the aviation industry for 20 years, where he refurbished interiors as a technician and team leader, and held positions as Department scheduler, Project Manager, and Production Department Manager. Brian began working with Settje Agri-Services in September of 2017 as a Construction Manager.

Brian and his wife, Angie, have two boys and live outside Malcolm, NE. He enjoys being active with his family, outdoor activities, traveling, and working with others.

Jack Olsen

Construction Site Superintendent

Jack graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Construction Management. He has been working in the construction industry since he was 14 years old. During school, Jack was building custom homes, and has since worked for 8 years in different divisions of the large commercial construction industry. As a Site Superintendent for Settje Agri-Services, Jack is providing top-quality products and customer service, with animal welfare and staff maintenance as high priorities. Outside of work, Jack enjoys spending time with family, remodeling homes, and most outdoor recreation activities.

Scott Bartels

Construction Site Superintendent

Scott was born and raised in Southeast Nebraska in the small community of Alexandria.Prior to becoming part of the Settje Agri-Services team, Scott served in the U.S. Navy and worked in many sectors for various construction companies over the years. Through those experiences, he gained technical knowledge and acquired valuable skills in an assortment of construction fields, including food, pharmaceutical, pet food, pharma-grade animal by-products, and agricultural industries.

Scott brings a successful management history of multiple large-scale projects, some of which ran concurrently and in excess of $20 million. With systems becoming more complex, he strives to create high quality environments in the agricultural sector of construction to alleviate unnecessary stress on the animals, as well as those individuals who care for them.

Scott and his wife, Angie, have three boys. Scott’s personal hobby is long range, precision rifle shooting, and participating in various competitions throughout the United States.

Eric Kohl

Construction Site Superintendent

Eric grew up in a small town in Southwestern Nebraska. After graduating high school, Eric attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where he majored in Industrial Technology with a minor in Finance. During his time at UNK, Eric was a member of the Construction Management Organization, and worked for a 1,500 head beef cattle ranch.

After graduating college, Eric took a job in the crop insurance industry, where he worked for about 3 years. He has always wanted to get into the construction and cattle industries, which he has a passion for. Eric joined the Settje Agri-Services construction management team in April of 2017, where he specializes in beef feedlots.

“Joining Settje Agri-Services & Engineering, Inc. has been the most rewarding experience I have ever had. I look forward to working with this company for many years.”

Kurt Burken

Construction Site Superintendent

Kurt was born and raised in south central Nebraska on a seed-stock cattle operation near Blue Hill. After high school, he attended Central Community College in Hastings, Nebraska where he received his Associates Degree in Welding Technologies. After college, Kurt spent 5 years in eastern Russia in the field of Ranch Management/Consultation for a large, fully integrated beef company. In 2016 Kurt was able to return home to continue his education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Agribusiness. In May of 2018, Kurt began his employment with Settje Agri-Service and Engineering Inc. as a Construction Site Superintendent. Kurt’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, tournament archery, and most everything else dealing with the outdoors.

Matt Ostgren

Project Estimator

Matt has spent his life involved in the agricultural construction industry. He grew up working for his family’s excavation business in Holdrege, NE. Matt spent over 15 years involved in all facets of excavation and construction, including operation of equipment, surveying and site setup,  project management, and estimating. He was involved in numerous commercial and agricultural projects, including several cattle feed yards. Matt attained his degree in construction management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2008. He then spent 3 years estimating and coordinating the construction of livestock confinement facilities and structures for a general contractor in eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa. Matt and his wife have 3 children. He enjoys spending time with his family, the outdoors, and Husker football. 

Dean Johnson

Project Coordinator

Dean started working for Settje Agri-Services and Engineering, Inc. in September of 2015. His current position is a combination of project coordination and purchasing in the construction management team. Prior to employment with Settje Agri-Services, Dean spent over thirty years as an employee at Direct Marketing. His focus during that time was working with subcontractors, spending time in operations, and facilitating continuous improvement processes. Dean and his wife live near Valparasio, Nebraska, and enjoy fishing and camping with friends in their free time.

Stacy Carnahan

Internal Project Manager

Stacy has more than 22 years of experience estimating large-scale construction projects. He has worked on municipal projects including schools, libraries, fire stations, and town halls. Stacy has also worked a variety of private projects including restaurants and office buildings, along with the design of aircraft interiors and completions. At Settje Agri-Services, Stacy is responsible for internal project management, preparing cost estimates, and evaluating construction plans. His knowledge of the industry includes complex technologies such as HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems to achieve the optimum utilization of resources, materials and equipment.

“So much of my work is performed in front of a computer or paging through documents and blue prints, but the very best part by far is seeing the lumber, bricks, and mortar take shape.”

Anne VanKirk

Construction Site Superintendent

Anne is a site superintendent for the Settje Agri-Services construction team, serving areas of Eastern and Northeastern Nebraska. Anne received a degree in Surveying and CAD from Southeast Community College in Milford, NE. She currently resides in Lyons, Nebraska, and has worked in the construction industry for over 15 years.