BUCRA's management team

Carl Hoff

President/CEO:  Carl Hoff has been with BUCRA for over 23 years. He has served as President for 20 of those years. Prior to his employment at BUCRA, he was the Director of Finance at Rice Growers Association of California, a CPA for the Big Four accounting firm of KPMG in Sacramento, and has also worked in a consulting practice in Chico. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Chico State University.

Naomi Schefcik

CFO:  Naomi has a rich background in grower owned cooperatives. Prior to accepting the CFO position at BUCRA, she was the CFO for Oregon Cherry Growers, a grower-owned cooperative in Salem Oregon that has plants in the Willamette valley and The Dalles. Prior to that, she was the CFO for Rainsweet, Inc., another grower owned cooperative in the Salem area that packs and sells blackberries, raspberries, onions, bean sprouts and blueberries. She has also worked for Pacific Natural Foods and Kettle Foods, both in the Portland /Salem area. Naomi has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Central Washington University.

Fred Freitas

VP, Supply Division:  Fred Freitas has been with BUCRA for 18 years. He has managed the Supply Division since 2016. He has both a PCA and a CCA license and has over 27 years in the fertilizer and chemical business. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Business from Chico State University.

Steve Birdsong

VP, Drier and Seed Division:  Steve Birdsong has been with BUCRA for over 23 years. He has served as Vice President and manager of the Drier and Seed Division for 20 of those years. Prior to his employment with BUCRA, he was the mill manager at Comet Rice in Maxwell, CA. He has over 30 years experience in the rice drying and milling industry in California.

Eddie Gaspard

Drier Division Assistant Manager: Eddie has extensive experience in the rice industry, spending more than two decades working in the long grain market in the South.  He worked for Riviana Foods for 20 years, holding various positions from Quality Control Manager to Plant Manager of the Abbeville Mill. He then operated the Planters Rice Mill for 11 years as the General Manager.


Eddie holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Industrial Technology from the College of Engineering at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. In addition, he served in the U.S. Navy and received advance training in electronics and robotics.