Owner, DL Dynamics
Long active in corporate and community leadership, Dave Lopez now focuses his energies on corporate board service and on assisting local non-profit organizations.
Lopez concluded his professional career serving as the interim superintendent of the Oklahoma City Public Schools District for the 2013-14 academic year. He lead the OKC district, the state’s largest with more than 45,000 students, while the school board initiated and completed a national search for a permanent superintendent.
Immediately prior to his post with the Oklahoma City schools, Lopez was Secretary of Commerce for the State of Oklahoma for three years. Governor Mary Fallin appointed him in early 2011 to lead the state’s economic development efforts and to serve on the governor’s cabinet.
Lopez also is a retired officer of SBC Communications (now AT&T). Before concluding a 22-year career with AT&T, Lopez held a variety of executive positions with its predecessor company in Houston, Dallas, St. Louis, San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Austin. Lopez served his last six years as an officer of the corporation, including a four-year assignment as its president of Oklahoma and later as president of Texas. He returned to Oklahoma in 2003 and was the president of Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc. and subsequently president of the American Fidelity Foundation.
Lopez is a member of the board of directors for two Oklahoma-based companies, BancFirst Corporation and Hall Capital. In addition, he is on the board of ITC Holdings (based in Novi, Michigan and with operations in Oklahoma) and on the advisory board for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma. Lopez currently serves on the boards of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, the Oklahoma Academy and the Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He also is a member of advisory boards for the University of Oklahoma College of Education and Teach for America.
Honors accorded Lopez include the Dean A. McGee Award (by Downtown Oklahoma City Inc.), the Key Contributor Award (by the Oklahoma Academy) and the Champion of Youth Award by the Boys and Girls Club of Central Oklahoma. He was inducted into Oklahoma City University’s Commerce and Industry Hall of Honor and Oklahoma Christian University presented Lopez with an honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree. Texas Governor Rick Perry appointed Lopez a regent of the Texas Tech University System and Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry appointed him a regent of Oklahoma City Community College.
Lopez was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from New Mexico State University where he was also inducted into the NMSU Athletics Hall of Fame. Lopez is married to the former Lana Blakley and they have five children and eight grandchildren.