Our Team

Company Owners

Annette Wiles

Annette Wiles

Annette has over twenty-five years of extensive national and international business experience, with a more recent specialized focus in economic development, land development and commercial agricultural production. She is extensively involved in the business development, marketing and financial activities of the Wiles businesses and is working diligently to build a well-managed hop enterprise based in Plattsmouth, Nebraska.

Bruce Wiles

Bruce Wiles

Bruce is a third generation farmer with over forty years of experience in active management of more than 11,000 acres of corn and bean crop production. He’s following his desire to diversify crops grown in Nebraska and began investing in the further introduction of hops as an alternative crop in the state. Bruce is directly responsible for all aspects of the production farming operation, including field design and layout, hop variety selection, technical support and management practices. He is also a Certified Crop Advisor(CCA) and Certified Pesticide Applicator(CPA).

Midwest Hop Producers, LLC Employees:

Judy Turek

Judy Turek

Judy is the Accounting and Office Manager of Midwest Hop Producers, LLC.  She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. She has over thirty years’ experience in financial transaction processing, project management and IT management. Her focus is on organizational development, human resource support and financial management.  Email: jturek@wilesdevelopment.com

Tony Krayneski

Tony Krayneski

Tony is the Operations Manager for Hop Harvesting and Processing of Midwest Hop Producers, LLC. He has over 26 years’ experience in the construction material supply business. His strong customer service and construction project skills will ensure efficient and effective processes are in place allowing us to deliver high quality hops. Email: tony@midwesthopproducers.com

Shelly Smith

Shelly Smith

Shelly is the Administrative Assistant for Midwest Hop Producers, LLC. She has over twelve years of administrative and customer service experience. Her strong organizational and interpersonal skills allow her to manage the receptionist’s duties and assist our clients. Email: Shelly@midwesthopproducers.com

Scott Schmalken

Scott Schmalken

Scott is the Agronomist/Crew Leader of Midwest Hop Producers, LLC. He is working on his Bachelor of Science in Agronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Scott has been with us since October 2015 propagating hops at the University Nebraska Lincoln and is now working full time with us.  Email: sschmalken@midwesthopproducers.com

Derick Gloe

Derick Gloe

Derick is a Hop Yard Assistant with Midwest Hop Producers. He supports many areas of the operation, including assisting in Hop Yard expansion activities, annual and daily maintenance activities, including irrigation and harvest activities.

Midwest Hop Yard Supplies, LLC Employees:

Joel Escamilla

Joel Escamilla

Joel is the Shop Manager of Midwest Hop Yard Supplies, LLC.  He is a United States Army Veteran, was a Service Manager at large utility company and worked as a self-employed general contractor for over 20 years with specialization in electricity and HVAC.  Joel is a master of multiple trades and has a focus on equipment maintenance and repair.

Nebraska Hop Yards, LLC Employees:

Julia Herz

Julia Herz

Julia is a Hop Yard Crew Leader with Nebraska Hop Yards, LLC. She has a Associates of Applied Science Degree in Agriculture Business and Management Technology from Southeast Community College. For 2 years, she has operated a successful Aronia berry farm.  Julia oversees many areas of the operation, including Hop Yard expansion activities, annual and daily maintenance activities, including irrigation and harvest.  She is also responsible for implementing Safety and Good Agricultural Practices certification.  Email: Julia@midwesthopproducers.com