Thank you to all our event partners, ad sponsors, Orange Catholic Schools Fund supporters and ticket purchasers for making this conference such a success!

PRESENTING PARTNERS

BENJAMIN & CARMELA DU
LEGATUS HOLY SPIRIT CEO FORUM
JOE & KAREN PERRICONE
TIM & ALANNA PSOMAS
THE LEVECKE FAMILY FOUNDATION

For nearly 20 years, in partnership with Farmers & Merchants Bank, the Orange Catholic Foundation provides a forum that inspires leaders and motivates them to grow in their professional lives. 

The Conference on Business & Ethics is a much anticipated event in Southern California that highlights professional ethics in the workplace.

This impactful event is sought-after by hundreds of faith-filled influential business, religious, academic, and philanthropic leaders. It is a time where guests look forward to gathering knowing that they share a common goal to ethical best practices in their daily lives.

We strive to inspire leaders to perform best ethical practices, both personally and professionally.


Orange Catholic Schools Fund

Proceeds from this event will provide support to our OC Catholic Schools.

Keynote Speaker: Steve Carlston

President and General Manager, NBC4 

We are excited to have Steve Carlston, President and General Manager of NBC4, as the keynote speaker at this year’s conference. As an experienced broadcast television executive, Steve is known for his culture-driven leadership style. Throughout his career, he has been the driving force in establishing strong core values in the workplace that encourages trust and mutual respect, fosters diversity, and promotes inclusion. From his leadership platform, Steve has transformed careers, developed great leaders, and has built highly successful television stations in markets across the country. Steve also has a deep passion for supporting the community in his professional and personal life. We look forward to hearing Steve share his dynamic leadership skills on April 16, 2021.


Emcee: Vikki Vargas
Orange County Bureau Chief, NBC4

Vikki Vargas, Orange County Bureau Chief, NBC4, has been a reporter with the NBC4 news team for more than 35 years. Vargas is responsible for gathering and covering the region’s major news stories weekdays for the NBC4 News at 11 a.m., 4 p.m. 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Recognized for her versatility and journalistic integrity, she has covered a number of national and international stories for the station. She has won numerous awards including the OC Press Club, LA Area Emmy and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition. She was recognized with the Vision & Visionaries Award from Cal State Fullerton, her alma mater. Vargas, with the station, established the ‘NBC4-Vikki Vargas Scholarship,’ granted to a Cal State Fullerton journalism student annually.

CONFERENCE ON BUSINESS & ETHICS HONOREES

BISHOP’S AWARD FOR EXEMPLARY BUSINESS INTEGRITY HONOREES

At the Conference on Business & Ethics, business leaders, who have demonstrated a positive example of ethical practice in all aspects of their lives, are honored by the Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann, J.C.D., D.D., Bishop of Orange.

Benjamin Du
Founder and Former CEO of Flojet Corporation

Benjamin Du, an immigrant from the Philippines, founded two successful manufacturing businesses. After receiving an engineering degree in the Philippines and working for a few years, Ben decided to pursue a Masters in Business Administration degree in the US. In 1967, along with his wife, Carmela, they moved to California where Ben worked in the aerospace industry while completing his masters program.

Ben worked for various engineering firms in Southern California and in 1975 he founded Flojet Corporation to design and manufacture small positive displacement pumps. In 1999, Ben decided to sell Flojet Corporation and retire, but his retirement didn’t last long. An opportunity came to invest with one of his Chinese suppliers, Providence Enterprise Limited. In 2018, Providence Enterprise was sold to a private equity firm with Ben finally retiring.

Ben serves on the board of Hoag Hospital Foundation and was a former member of the board of Performing Arts Center (now Segerstrom Center For the Arts), UC Irvine Foundation and Boys Hope / Girls Hope.

Ben has been married to Carmela Du for 55 years. They divide their time between their homes in Newport Beach and Maui, Hawaii. He and Carmela enjoy traveling, supporting philanthropic programs in the community focusing on health, arts, education and religious developments. They also enjoy spending time with their daughter, Lizette, son-in-law, Chris Pribus and granddaughters Cristiana and Jessica.

Bishop's Award for Exemplary Business Integrity honorees
Timothy G. Psomas
Chairman Emeritus of PSOMAS

Tim Psomas grew up in Los Angeles, attending Transfiguration Grammar School and Mt. Carmel High School. Upon graduation from Loyola Marymount University he joined his father’s engineering firm, Psomas, and eventually led the growth and diversification of the company throughout California and the Western US. He was also founding chairman of Digital Map Products, a SaaS real estate information company. He is past national chairman of The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and was a founder and national chairman of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI).

Tim currently serves as a director of several private companies including engineering, technology startup and professional services firms. He served as a trustee at LMU for three terms, as a member of the Board of Regents and as President of the Alumni Association. Tim is a member of Order of Malta, Orange County location, where he coordinates math tutoring for construction technology students at Taller San Jose. He served on the Construction Oversight Committee of Christ Cathedral and is currently chairman of the Real Estate and Asset Management Committee for the Diocese.

He chairs the 2021 Feasibility Study Committee for Cristo Rey Orange County High School with the intent to provide under-served students with a Catholic College Preparatory education and four years of workforce participation experience.

He and his wife Alanna attend St. John Vianney Chapel on Balboa Island, where they raised their four adult children. Tim enjoys sailing especially with son Mike and other family members. Tim and Alanna are blessed with nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

FARMERS & MERCHANTS BANK LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONOREE

The LeVecke Family Foundation is the recipient of the Farmers & Merchants Bank Lifetime Achievement Award for their recognition of making a significant contribution to the community.

THE LEVECKE FAMILY FOUNDATION


The LeVecke Family Foundation was started by their uncle, Reed J. LeVecke. The Board of Directors of the LeVecke Family Foundation consists of the 3rd generation children of Neil and Milo LeVecke.

The Foundation is faith-based that strives to serve and support the needs of the Catholic Church. Its mission is to support organizations that serve individuals and families that are in alignment with the values of the Catholic Church. The Foundation also supports organizations in which the extended LeVecke family members live, work, or have personal involvement.

It is their mission to provide:
● HEALTH CARE which supports the Consistent Life Ethic of the Catholic Church
● CATHOLIC EDUCATION, tuition assistance and other educational needs
● RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES and their MISSIONS
● SOCIAL SERVICES that will enhance, strengthen, and protect families

As the LeVecke Family Foundation grows, the present 3rd generation looks forward to the 4th generation’s involvement and to those they serve.

Farmers & Merchants Bank Lifetime Achievement Award honorees
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS PARTNERS!

PLATINUM PARTNERS

ROGER KIRWAN / WOODSIDE CREDIT
JOHN MCMAHON
SUSAN & TIM
STRADER
DR. & MRS. ROBERT HAMRA

Thomas & Dorothy Kleinbauer

THE REDWITZ FAMILY


S. MICHAEL JOSEPH


Karen Magnuson Mauro
RAND & ROSEMARY SPERRY



GOLD PARTNERS




CAGNEY ENTERPRISES















CHRISTOPHER & MONICA FURMAN




SILVER PARTNERS



DAVID DORAN


GABRIEL & MARIA FERRUCCI






DICK & KIM CRAWFORD




BRONZE PARTNERS






THE SHADDEN FAMILY FOUNDATION


MICHAEL & ALICE FLYNN



KATHLEEN & JERRY THODE

Milo & Silvia Allado
Barnoski Inc.
Bruce Brown
Terri Bold
Juan Carreras
Catholic Charities of Orange County
Baldwin Cline
David & Victoria Collins
Dick & Kim Crawford
Reverend Monsignor Stephen Doktorczyk
Lucy Dunn
Rose Girton
Tom & Josi Greeley
Javier Guerena
Kristi Hurley
Terri Jezowski
Dennis & Lynne Jilot
Bill & Elaine John
Patricia & Paul Kartiko
Gerda Khouw
Mary Kingston
Thomas & Dorothy Kleinbauer
Legatus Holy Spirit CEO Forum
Tim & Diann LeVecke
Stephanie Lowe
Yessika Magdaleno
Regina Magee
Michael McLean
David Mello
Napa Institute
Jim & Peggy Normandin
The O’Connell & Hawkins Families
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish & St. John Vianney Chapel
Shawna Pautsch
Jack Perry
Michael Psomas
Carol Reiss
Abel Sanchez
Richard Santoni
Santa Margarita Catholic High School
St. Catherine’s Academy
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
Deacon Michael & Rose Stock
Dana & Patrick Strader
James Streitz
Leo & Rebecca Tamondong
Chuck & Annette Walker

For partnership questions, please contact Elizabeth McKibbin at 714.282.6041 or email EMcKibbin@OrangeCatholicFoundation.org

For general questions, please contact Gennifer Billish at 714.282.3138 or email GBillish@OrangeCatholicFoundation.org