NMCA Board of Directors and Executive Management

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Evelyn Ledbetter, Executive Director

Portales, New Mexico

Evelyn joined the NMCA as the Executive Director in 2017. She is a graduate of ENMU and brings 30 years of experience in accounting and finance to the Association. She served as the Chairman of the Board of the Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative for 3 years during her 12 year tenure on the board. She is the fourth generation in her family to be involved in agriculture. She became involved in the chile industry in 2000 growing chilies for color extraction and raises up 20 acres of green chile to be sold at Farmers’ Markets. Evelyn has a passion for the chile industry and is excited to be part of NMCA. Her goal is to promote NM Chile and to help NM Chile producers, processors and suppliers thrive and grow by increasing the production of the crop within NM.

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Rick Ledbetter, President

Z-7 Farms, Inc.
Portales, New Mexico

Rick has been involved in chile production since 2000. He is a lifelong resident of Portales, New Mexico. Following in his grandfather’s and father’s footsteps, he is the third generation of producers in his family and has farmed since 1974. In addition to chile, Rick grows corn, cotton, wheat and alfalfa and has grown a multitude of other crops during his career. Rick has been a member of the board of the New Mexico Chile Association for 10 years and this is his second year to serve as President. He is also currently serving on the board of the Roosevelt County Soil and Water Conservation District and the New Mexico Chile Commission. In the past, he has served on various other boards and committees.


Marvin Clary, Secretary

Deming, New Mexico

Marvin has been an Agronomist with Border Foods (now Mizkan Foods) for 19 years. He was born in Deming, returned recently and has lived there for the last 21 years. He has also lived in Artesia and Hatch, New Mexico.


Dino Cervantes, Treasurer

Cervantes Enterprises
La Mesa, New Mexico

Dino is a partner in the family-owned Cervantes Enterprises located in La Mesa, NM. Cervantes is a third generation member of a family with its roots in farming. Cervantes Enterprises, Inc. consists of both a chile processing facility and a 1,400-acre farming operation that produces crops such as chile, cotton and alfalfa. The Cervantes family has grown and processed various types of chile peppers, which are then used in the production of Louisiana-style hot sauce. Many consumers across the world have enjoyed products processed by the Cervantes family for more than 30 years.


Gene Baca,
NMCA Government Affairs Chair

Bueno Foods
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Continuing the tradition set by his father, Gene Baca, a 1986 graduate of Harvard School of Law, is senior vice president of Bueno Foods. He also co-founded and served as president for six years of the New Mexico Chile Association. He currently serves on the board.


Lou Biad

Rezolex, Ltd. Co.,
Radium Springs, New Mexico

Lou is a partner at Rezolex, Ltd., Co. – a modern, state of the art processing facility of paprika oleoresin. In addition, the Biad family owns and operates extensive farming operations and four major de-hydrating plants from Texas to Arizona. Rezolex is one of only two oleoresin extracting companies in the country.

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Zach Penn

Penn Farms,
Deming, New Mexico

Zach is a producer of New Mexico chile in Deming, NM.