A serial entrepreneurial leader with a track record of success, Steve Booher’s most recent company Smart Apply®, Inc. (formally Smart Guided® Systems LLC) headquartered in Indianapolis, IN develops solutions for high-value permanent crop growers worldwide. Smart Apply began with an Alliance Agreement with Kubota Tractor Corporation by developing the industry first Android tablet based Autosteer system. In spring of 2018 Smart Apply developed and introduced the industry first Android tablet based GPS-precision spraying add-on kit that adapts to existing boom sprayers. In the fall of 2018, Smart Apply was chosen by the USDA exclusively, to commercialize the LIDAR based Intelligent Spray Control System, which was released for sale in the Summer of 2019. Smart Apply has grown to over 300 dealer locations in eight countries. The Smart Apply Intelligent Spray Control System has won innovation awards all over the world and was chosen by John Deere for an Allied Distribution Agreement.
Mr. Booher earned an associate degree in design at Vincennes University and a bachelors of science degree in business from Indiana Wesleyan. He has launched and sold several ventures in his 31-year career, Productive Resources, Auburn Clutch, NetPage USA, and CAD Design Inc. He has received the prestigious Growth 100 award from the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, part of Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business, an unprecedented 11 times for four different companies.
Mr. Booher was selected as Ernst & Young’s Northern Indiana Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000; and in 2007, 2008 and 2009, Productive Resources was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the “Fastest Growing Companies in America.”
Mr. Booher served on the AG Sector board of directors of AEM (Association of Equipment Manufactures) for six years; was past Chairman of its Associate Member’s Group and served on many committees. Mr. Booher also served as Chairman of the Board of non-profit Lakeview Ministries for five years, where he oversaw the fundraising and building of the new camp “Lakeview Villages” where over 2,000 kids per summer enjoy camp.
Mr. Booher enjoys family time at home in Indiana or at his cabin in Brown County Indiana; his hobby is operating heavy equipment.