"This is a great honor for me, my family, my associates, our suppliers, and our business colleagues, because it was earned by all of us working in unison to deliver the highest quality consumer products," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John C. Lopez.
"The fact that the award is conferred on us by an organization that understands the essential balance between profitability and community reinvestment makes it much more meaningful," he
assumed controlling interest of the meat processing plant in 1992, the company and its principals have been recognized by a variety of professional, public and private organizations, among them: the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association
(HAPCOA), who named Lopez winner of its 1996 "Aguila Award" in the "Private Individual" category at its national convention in Chicago, IL. HAPCOA
is the nation's oldest advocacy organization for Hispanic executives in law enforcement and criminal justice across the nation.
took control of Lopez Foods, Inc.
(nee Normac Foods) in 1992.
He began his career with McDonald's as a restaurant operator in 1978.
A 21-year veteran of the McDonald's
remains actively involved with the Ronald McDonald's
Children's Charities, Ronald McDonald's Houses across the nation, and McDonald's HACER scholarship program.
Lopez was also recently named to the Bank of Oklahoma's Board of Directors.
direction, Lopez Foods, Inc.
is committed to providing customers like McDonald's restaurants and Wal-Mart Stores
with the best quality and value in products and services.
Lopez Foods, Inc.
is among the largest, Latino-owned, manufacturing companies in the country and is positioned for continued growth, well into the new millennium.
The company employs over 300 associates "who operate the facility 24 hours a day" making it one of Oklahoma City's major employers and sales leaders.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer John C. Lopez (center) and President & Chief Operating Officer Charlie Barajas (3rd from left) of Lopez Foods accepted the award for being named