CERRITOS, California — Los Angeles County Insurance Commissioner Felix B. Lopez was conferred last Nov. 6 by DeMolay International the Legion of Honor award, which is the highest honor given by the international organization to its senior members.
The Supreme Council of the Order of DeMolay Republic of the Philippines bestowed the award to Lopez in recognition of his “outstanding service to humanity and remarkable leadership in your chosen field of human endeavor. Including adult service to the Order of DeMolay.”
As a Legion of Honor awardee, Lopez was elevated to the rank and dignity of a Legionnaire of the Order. He also received the Legion of Honor Regalia, a cross medallion suspended from a red cordon.
The Order of DeMolay website said the Legion of Honor “was founded for the purpose of bringing together a select few out of the millions who have knelt at the altar of DeMolay. Legion of Honor recipients must have actively demonstrated outstanding leadership in some field of endeavor, whether it be a civic, professional, fraternal or spiritual arena.
DeMolay is an international organization founded in 1919 and dedicated to preparing young men to lead successful, happy, and productive lives. Among its prominent alumni are Walt Disney, John Wayne, Walter Cronkite, football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton, legendary Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne, news anchor David Goodnow, and many others.
Lopez, who was appointed to the LA County Insurance Commission by Supervisor Janice Hahn in 2017, has been in the insurance industry since 1977. He is the owner-CEO of the Pinoy General Insurance Services, which he founded in 1993.
A magna cum laude graduate in Economics and a Master of Business Administration graduate of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Lopez was President of the Rotary Club of Cerritos and Artesia in 2010-2011, where he received a Rotary International Citation as Outstanding Club President. He is also the Founding President of the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce-South East Corridor (FACC-SEC) and Chairman of the Coalition of Associations at the South East Corridor (CASEC).
Lopez was awarded the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Diversity Award in 2008, designated as an Honorary Commodore by the Philippine Coast Guard/Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary in 2014, voted One of Ten Outstanding Entrepreneurs by the Pangasinan Brotherhood USA in 2010, and named Lion of the Year by the Los Angeles Bayanihan Lions Club in 1998.
Lopez and his wife Sally have two sons, Felix Reginald and Richard Felix.