Michael BousselotWith new position, Summit expands its asset-management capabilities and focuses on driving investor returns in agriculture and renewable energy 

Summit Agricultural Group, a leader in international agribusiness development, renewable energy and production agriculture announced today an expansion of its agriculture and energy investment operations with the hiring of Michael Bousselot as a managing director and head of external relations. Bousselot’s responsibilities will include relationship development with both current and potential stakeholders and the growth of Summit Ag investment initiatives in the United States and Brazil.

“We’ve identified strong growth potential both here in the U.S. and internationally in the areas of renewable energy, emerging industries and agriculture investment,” said Bruce Rastetter, founder and CEO of Summit Agricultural Group. “The addition of Michael Bousselot to our team expands our capabilities along with our commitment to better connect to investors and capitalize on opportunities with them.” Bousselot begins this newly-created position on June 8 and will work out of the company’s headquarters near Alden.

“As a native Iowan, it’s very rewarding to be part of an Iowa-based company that is a leader in agriculture and renewable energy,” Bousselot said. “Summit Agricultural Group’s reputation was built on vision, integrity and hard work, and I look forward to adding to that legacy in this new role.”

Bousselot will join Summit Agricultural Group after serving as chief of staff, legal counsel and policy advisor for six years to Governor Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds. Before joining Governor Branstad’s staff, Michael worked as an attorney in private practice in his hometown of Davenport, Iowa, where he represented individuals, businesses and medical professionals throughout Iowa and Illinois. Before practicing as an attorney, he was a consultant for Deloitte & Touche in Chicago. Mr. Bousselot earned a B.B.A. in accounting and M.Acc. in accounting and business taxation from The University of Iowa and a J.D. from Drake University Law School.