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Distinguished Service

Distinguished Service

Distinguished Service Award Recipients 2017

This award was established in 1978 to recognize those individuals who have achieved excellence in terms of accomplishment and service in some field of animal agriculture, but who are not graduates of the OSU Animal Science Department. John Patrick Lopez received this award in 2017.

John Patrick Lopez

Mr. John Patrick Lopez is the Chief Operating Officer for Lopez Foods, Inc. in Oklahoma City, OK.  He has been employed for the last 23 years in various positions of responsibility including Vice President of Operations for the Flagship Lopez Foods facility in Oklahoma City, Vice President of Operations at their Caryville, Tennessee facility, various department leadership positions, as well as an extensive two-year training program in every department and business unit of the company.

Lopez Foods, Inc. is a principle supplier to McDonald’s Corporation for premium all-beef patties, sliced Canadian Style Bacon, and pre-cooked premium pork sausage patties.  Lopez Foods, Inc. employs more than 500 greater Oklahoma City residents, operates a state-of-the-art 200,000 square feet food processing facility, and enjoys more than $500 million of annual sales revenue.  Lopez Foods, Inc. produces more than one (1) million pounds of food products each day.  John Patrick has been one of the driving forces on the Food Science/Food Safety option and currently serves as Chairman on the board of directors for the Robert E. Kerr Food and Agricultural Product Center (FAPC).

Lopez Foods, Inc. is a significant business force in Oklahoma City.  Along with the executive team and all the associates of Lopez Foods, John Patrick has helped build the largest Latino-owned meat manufacturer in the United States that produces safe and wholesome food as efficiently as possible.

John Patrick was born in Phoenix, AZ to Mr. John C. Lopez and Patricia K. Lopez. He attended Ramona Elementary School in Alhambra, California, and Sellers Elementary School, Goddard Middle School, and Glendora High School in Glendora, California.  He graduated from Glendora High School in 1990.

John Patrick decided to pursue a baccalaureate degree and attended the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business in Los Angeles, California. He worked in various internships and in the family business each summer while he pursued his collegiate degree. John earned his B.S. degree in 1994.

John Patrick met his wife Jeannie while living in Edmond, OK.  John and Jeannie were married in August of 2000 in Chicago, IL. They currently reside in Edmond, OK with their two sons, John Harrison Lopez (13 years old) and Nathan Paul Lopez (12 years old).

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