The Orange Catholic Foundation would like to thank everyone who supported our
Conference on Business & Ethics! Because of you, we will be able to change more lives, send more students to Catholic schools, and build a better community!

Although the conference has ended, you can still impact a child’s life
by giving to our Sponsor Our Students fund.


Thanks To Our 2016 Sponsors

Sponsor Our Students Video

Sponsor Our Students

On the morning of Friday, March 4, 2016, the Orange Catholic Foundation sponsored the 14th Annual Conference on Business & Ethics with Bishop Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles, and Wing Lam as our keynote speakers. Bishop Barron is author of 11 books, host of television and radio programs, and the award winning series, Catholicism. He is also the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. Wing Lam is the CEO of Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, a restaurant chain with over 70 locations nationwide. His family’s foundation supports various charitable initiatives, including ending hunger, supporting the environment and expanding educational opportunities for children.

Bishop Barron

Bishop Robert Barron
Founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries
Keynote Speaker

Wing Lam

Wing Lam
CEO of Wahoo’s Fish Tacos
Keynote Speaker

This year’s CBE drew nearly 1,000 attendees and 82 sponsors to the Anaheim Hilton on March 4, raising more than $300,000 in support of tuition assistance for the neediest of the Diocese of Orange’s 19,000 students.

While the purpose of the Conference on Business & Ethics is to provide an annual forum for business leaders in Orange County, it also raises funds to provide financial aid for Catholic elementary school students in the Diocese of Orange. The Conference on Business & Ethics has raised more than $2,300,000 to support tuition assistance grants for our local Catholic schools. This forum has become the premier event in Orange County where a faith based community of influential business, religious, academic, and philanthropic leaders can gather, knowing that they share a common commitment to ethical best practices in their daily lives.


Emcee Rick Reiff

Fr. Spitzer

Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ with Daniel Walker


Rand Sperry with Bishop Vann


Marie Gray with Bishop Vann

Rick Reiff, Editor at Large of the Orange County Business Journal and co-host of PBS SoCal’s weekly news and public affairs program Studio SoCal, will emcee the event.

Bishop Kevin Vann honored two outstanding members of our community, who received the Bishop’s Award for Exemplary Business Integrity. This special award has formerly been given to 27 honorees who met, if not exceeded, the requisite criterion. Marie Gray, Co-founder of St. John’s Knits, and Rand Sperry, Co-founder of Sperry Equities, received the Bishop’s Award for Exemplary Business Integrity.

Farmers & Merchants Bank also presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Father Robert Spitzer, SJ. Father Spitzer is a Jesuit priest, philosopher, physicist, educator, author, speaker, and retired President of Gonzaga University. He is founder and currently President of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith and President of the Spitzer Center of Ethical Leadership.

In today’s competitive business climate, the cornerstones of faith, integrity and service above self are often overlooked. It has become a tradition and remains a great honor for the Orange Catholic Foundation to bring these values back to the forefront of business through this faith-based initiative.

Any inquiries, contact Beverli Legua at or call 714.282.4208

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