Bentonville, AR–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–November 15, 2005–Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) at Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) in Bentonville, AR recently hosted the founder and chairman of Lopez Foods Inc., at its fall’s Business Leaders Lecture Series. John C. Lopez addressed a full house of students, faculty, staff and community leaders at the Shewmaker Center for Workforce Technologies on the campus of NWACC.
“We are proud and honored to have a business owner of Mr. Lopez’ stature join the list of prominent entrepreneurs who have shared their perspectives with our students, faculty and community leaders” said NWACC President Becky Paneitz, Ph.D. “To have such a respected and accomplished business leader participate in our Lecture Series is testimony to his commitment to education, our students and SIFE.
The Business Leaders Lecture series inaugural speaker was Jack Shewmaker, Executive Consultant with J-Com Incorporated, former Wal-Mart executive and past SIFE Chairman of the Board, who was instrumental in bringing Lopez to the NWACC event. The two men serve on the SIFE executive committee and share common interests in education; both feel students should have an equal opportunity to advance and succeed.
Lopez focused his remarks on the U.S. Hispanic population and the increasing role in plays in social, economic and political arenas. Before his presentation, he took time to share with the audience his personal background and how he started from a modest childhood in Arizona to developing the largest Latino-owned meat manufacturing company in the United States.
“It’s organizations and campuses like SIFE and Northwest Arkansas Community College that make it possible for all students to learn and succeed in college; by having access and learning how to attain a degree only enhances the futures of our youth and our country,” commented John C. Lopez, Chairman and Founder, Lopez Foods, Inc.
After focusing on the increased diversity of our nation — due to changes in education, civic involvement and population demographics, especially among Latinos — he urged the SIFE students to pursue their educational goals. “Those who best understand the emerging populations will be able to reach out to them in an effective manner. They will become the human resources public and private sectors will turn to in the future.”
SIFE is a global non-profit organization active in over 40 countries and territories. The organization is funded by financial contributions from corporations, entrepreneurs, foundations, government agencies and individuals. Working in partnership with business and higher education, SIFE establishes student teams on university campuses. These teams are led by faculty advisors and are challenged to develop community outreach projects that reach SIFE’s four educational topics: Market Economics; Entrepreneurship; Personal Financial Success Skills; and Business Ethics.
About Lopez Foods, Inc.
Lopez Foods produces all-beef hamburger patties, pork breakfast sausage patties, and Canadian style bacon for the McDonald’s restaurant system. The company also produces its own “Country Cousin” brand sausage for Wal-Mart Stores and “Northern Plains” brand frozen beef patties for Sam’s Clubs and other retail outlets. LFI also provides a variety of packaged fresh and frozen meat products for a growing number of retail stores and restaurant chains.
As of 2005, Lopez Foods, Inc. has surpassed $450 million in annual sales. The Oklahoma City-based company employees over 700 associates in two manufacturing facilities located in Oklahoma City, OK and Columbus, NE. LFI’s mission is to provide customers with the best quality and safety in meat products and operations, while maintaining competitive costs.
To learn more about Lopez Foods, visit http://www.lopezfoods.com.
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