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.
Partnerships from the conference support the Orange Catholic Schools Fund and the mission of The Orange Catholic Foundation. Thank you for your support!
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: LUKE ZAMPERINI
PRESIDENT & CEO
THE LOUIS ZAMPERINI FOUNDATION
Luke Zamperini is the son of famed U.S. Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini who is the subject of the best-selling book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand, and the film by the same name directed by Angelina Jolie. Luke is also Executive Producer of the film sequel – Unbroken: Path to Redemption and President of the Louis Zamperini Foundation, a 501c3 charitable organization that provides curriculum to high schools, youth correctional facilities, and the National Guard Youth Challenge program, that teaches resilience, hope and forgiveness based on his father’s incredible life.
Luke is a Motivational Christian Speaker, musician, avid golfer, Bible teacher and retired Chief Building Inspector for the City of Los Angeles. He resides in Southern California with his wife Lisa.
BISHOP’S AWARD FOR EXEMPLARY BUSINESS INTEGRITY HONOREES
At the conference, business leaders, who have demonstrated ethical practices in all aspects of their lives, are honored by the Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann, J.C.D., D.D., Bishop of Orange.
Chairman of the Board
Baldwin & Sons
Al Baldwin is actively involved in the community and has served on numerous boards and charitable foundations. Currently, he is serving on the board of the Stars & Stripes Fishing Tournament and on the board of the National Parks Foundation, as well as chairman of the Centennial Campaign.
Al has received numerous Personal Recognition/Commendations, including Los Angeles County Boy Scouts of America ~ Distinguished Citizen Award, Catholic Charities ~ Diocese of Orange, Mardi Gras Honoree, and National Association of Homebuilders Legend Award. Recently, he was awarded the City of Chula Vista’s Man of the Year and the Orange County Business Journal awarded Baldwin & Sons with OCBJ’s Family-Owned Business Award.
Al Baldwin and his sons are second and third generation real estate developers and home builders, building quality communities totaling more than 20,000 homes. Al’s greatest accomplishment is his family; his 4 children and 13 grandchildren and his 57-year marriage to his late wife, Deeann.
Chairman & CEO
Roger Kirwan and his wife, Tracy, reside in Newport Beach, California. A native of New York City, Roger attended Xavier HS in NYC and Boston College. He is the father of Nicole and Sean, grandfather of Rocco and stepfather of Shelby Kotin and Hayley Mattoon.
An active participant in community affairs, Roger was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Orange County Performing Arts Center from 1999-2002 and, currently, is Chairman of the Investment Committee. He was Chairman of the Board of Boys Hope/Girls Hope of California for 10 years, served on the Board of the nonprofit Caritas Corporation (a low income-housing provider) and was an active member of the Finance Committee of both the Diocese of Orange and Our Lady Queen of Angels Church, where he also chaired their Capital Campaign. He is a past President of Legatus of Orange County, and previously served on the Board of the Orange County Philharmonic Society, and chaired the Major Gifts Campaign for the development of Santa Margarita Catholic High School. He also served on the Board of Hoag Hospital and chaired the Hoag Hospital Foundation.
Roger founded Ganis Credit Corporation in 1980 and built it into a billion-dollar-plus annual consumer lender. He sold the company in 1995 to the Bank of Boston and remained as the company’s CEO until May of 1999, when he resigned to pursue other interests, including chairing Woodside Credit, a leading national provider of consumer loans for the classic and collector car purchaser. Woodside has 47 employees and has booked in excess of 2 billion dollars in loans.
Roger and his deceased wife, Gail, were honored as Orange County Philanthropists of the Year in 2004 and as King and Queen of the Diocese of Orange’s Mardi Gras Ball in 2001. Roger was also recognized as the recipient of the Segerstrom Center of the Arts Chairman’s Cup as the Outstanding Volunteer in 2003 and again in 2020. Roger was inducted into Xavier High School Hall of Fame NY in February of 2013 (his alma mater).
FARMERS & MERCHANTS BANK LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONOREE
THE GONZALEZ FAMILY
After the burning down in Mexico of the family’s shoe-making business, Don Miguel and Dona Teresa Gonzalez realized that they had to make a big change in their family life, in order to create a new future for their 13 children. Don Miguel and three sons eventually moved to Southern California in the early 1970s to find work – with the goal of re-uniting the family as soon as possible. By 1976, the goal of uniting the family in Southern California became reality.
By 1980, Don Miguel and Miguel Jr. had the idea of buying a small grocery store, where the family could work together and generate a better life. After the two of them mortgaged their homes, Northgate Market was born in downtown Anaheim. The entire family poured their hearts and souls into the new business, where their faith and devotion to God helped them through the tough times.
Hard work, family unity, and God’s grace eventually led to the Gonzalez family achieving the American Dream. Northgate Market now has 43 grocery stores in four counties, with over 6,000 associates.
The Gonzalez Family is the recipient of the Farmers & Merchants Bank Lifetime Achievement Award for making a significant contribution to the Orange County community and beyond.
The 2022 Conference on Business & Ethics will be dedicated in memory of Hank Evers. Evers worked for nearly 10 years with The Orange Catholic Foundation and the Diocese of Orange. His love for the Church and Catholic schools motivated him to make the Conference on Business & Ethics one of the top-rated non-profit events in Orange County. Evers helped raise millions over the years through this conference and other Catholic school campaigns to support students in need.
“As a child of God, we are all called to help one another get to Heaven and when you donate to help children attend a Catholic school, you are helping children receive a quality education and you are bringing them closer to Jesus.” – Hank Evers, 2016 Conference on Business & Ethics
CEO EMERITUS, ORANGE COUNTY BUSINESS COUNCIL
As CEO Emeritus, Orange County Business Council, Lucy Dunn retired year-end 2021 after leading for 16 years a dynamic organization of business members, working with academia and government, to ensure the county’s economic prosperity and high quality of life. She is pondering “Act IV” in her career!
Before joining OCBC, she was the first woman president of the Building Industry Association of Southern California and officer of the California Building Industry Association in its 80 year history. She served as Director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development under Governor Schwarzenegger, who also appointed her to the California Transportation Commission in 2008. Governor Jerry Brown reappointed her two more terms.
Dunn serves on the board of the Orange Catholic Foundation, was honored with the Bishop’s Award for Exemplary Leadership, chairs the Orange County Housing Trust and is a board member of California Women Lead. She’s also founding member of Homeful Foundation, dedicated to ending homelessness, and founded the Bolsa Chica Conservancy, advocating good practices for wetlands restoration.
OC Register named her as one of “Orange County’s 100 Most Influential.” The Endangered Habitats League honored her for her work advancing protection of habitat and cultural resources, while providing for South Orange County mobility options. Orange County Business Journal named her one of OC’s 500 most influential.
In addition, she cantors at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Irvine, sings with Meistersingers and Meritage chamber ensembles, and is the proud mother of two sons with accomplished daughters-in-law, and two grandchildren residing in the Bay Area.
SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL OUR CONFERENCE PARTNERS!
TIM & SUSAN STRADER
Shadden Group at Morgan Stanley
BANK OF AMERICA
LARRY AND DEBORAH BRIDGES