Paul E. Bush is the new president of Calcot, Ltd., the Bakersfield, Calif.-based cotton marketing cooperative. Bush, a 19-year veteran of the company, was previously vice president of Southwest U.S. operations, and was elected president by the cooperative’s board of directors.
Bush assumed his new post September 1, 2018, succeeding Jarral T. Neeper, who exited after a nine-year term as the co-op’s president. Bush is the eighth chief executive in Calcot’s 91-year-history.
Calcot Chairman Greg Wuertz of Coolidge, Ariz., thanked Neeper for his years of service, loyalty and a number of initiatives. But going forward, Wuertz said, it was time for a new direction.
“I believe Paul Bush brings considerable experience to the company and speaking on behalf of the board and membership, we’re excited to have someone of Paul’s caliber as president for 2018 and beyond,” Wuertz said.
In his new role, Bush answers directly to Calcot’s board and is responsible for guiding the grower-owned cooperative association in its efforts to maximize returns on producers’ cotton, as well as other business endeavors.
As vice president of Calcot’s Southwest U.S. operations, Bush was responsible for all operations of the Glendale, Ariz. office, including inbound traffic, warehouse operations and providing Calcot members and gin managers with information critical to their marketing needs. He oversaw recruiting memberships and complete operations in Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
Bush, 51, was named vice president January 1, 2007, following eight years as a field representative serving the same areas. Prior to Calcot, he served as gin manager of 11 – Mile Corner Gin for Chickasha Cotton Oil Co. in Arizona.
Before that, Bush managed Bluebonnet Warehouse for four years for King Ranch, Inc., in Galveston, Tex., and for three years was accounting manager for King Ranch’s Arizona operation.
A Kern County, Calif., native, Bush holds a bachelor of science degree in agricultural economics from the University of Arizona in Tucson, graduating in 1989. Post-graduate work included a six-month graduate assistantship at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Tex.
Involved in cotton industry affairs, he was a board member with the Cotton Warehouse Association of America in 1996-97 and is currently serving as a warehouse delegate to the National Cotton Council. Bush is also a graduate of the Council’s 1999-2000 Cotton Leadership Program.
Bush has remained active in University of Arizona (U of A) alumni affairs, currently serving on the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Alumni Council and was recently appointed to the newly formed CALS Career Center Advisory Board. He was awarded in 2012 the U of A’s “Bear Down Award” by the school’s Alumni Association, recognizing service to the institution.
Bush and wife Nancy currently reside in Cave Creek, Ariz with sons Hayden and Cody. Son Wyatt is currently a junior studying architecture at Arizona State University.