Friday, April 21, 2023 at 7:30am
JW Marriott, Anaheim
1775 S. Clementine St., Anaheim 92802
For 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.
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.
MATTHEW J. HESLIN
Founder and CEO of Heslin Holdings, Inc.,
Green Sands Capital and Oak Coast Properties
and Chairman of the Heslin Family Foundation
Matt is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Green Sands Capital, LLC. In addition, he is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Heslin Holdings and co-founder and managing partner of Oak Coast Properties.
He has led his various entities in acquisition, development and disposition of over $3 billion in real estate. Prior to that, Matt served as an Officer and Corporate Vice President of Real Estate Development and Asset Management for Smart & Final.
Matt is the Founder and Chairman of the Board for Heslin Family Foundation and is heavily involved with many non-profit organizations, including Communities in Schools of Miami, Inc., Food for the Poor and Christian Foundation for Children and Aging and a major contributor to St. Jude Hospital. Matt earned his B.A. from San Diego University.
Matt is married to Coral and they have been married for 27 years. They have 3 children Brittany (24), Mattison (22) and Reagan (17). Matt is a parishioner at St. Kilian Church where he is part of the Greeters Ministry and on the Finance Ministry. A believer that our faith is to be lived he also serves on the Real Estate Council for the Diocese of Orange.
DR. ELYSABETH NGUYEN
CEO of StrataMedi, StrataHealth, Strata USA
and OLLV Foundation
Dr. Elysabeth Nguyen is the CEO and founder of several companies in renewal energy, compostable and medical devices and, most recently, the OLLV Foundation (named after the Our Lady of La Vang Shrine on the Christ Cathedral campus).
She is an inventor focused on business development and structuring operations. She is an executive versed in international trade and channel development. Elysabeth is a multi-lingual, cross-cultural savvy go-getter who gets the job done. A fast-paced negotiator with a broad background in the core sciences business and international banking, she has a strong expertise in getting start-up and new tech companies to enter markets, organize resources and plan execution. Elysabeth has a doctorate in the sciences, and an MBA and postdocs from reputable institutions, such as UCLA, Northwestern and Pepperdine Graziadio.
A family and community advocate, Elysabeth gives back and inspires others to do the same, serving as head of fundraising and construction for the Our Lady of La Vang Shrine at Christ Cathedral and Board member of Women In Leadership UC Santa Barbara, St. Joseph Healthcare Foundation, and of the new OLLV Foundation, to name a few. She is also the creator and founder of La Vang Wines, a nonprofit endeavor to truly give a free product in lieu of donations. La Vang wines bottles supported many diocesan and school events, and parishes through its in- kind donations. And any bottle if sold directly, 100% of gross proceeds go to the La Vang Shrine on the Christ Cathedral Campus. A proponent of Catholic schools, her only daughter attends Christ Cathedral Academy.
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FARMERS & MERCHANTS BANK LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONOREES
LEGATUS ORANGE COUNTY CHAPTER
LEGATUS SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO CHAPTER
In 1987 a new organization for Catholic CEOs and their spouses was formed in Ann Arbor, Michigan by Tom Monaghan of Domino’s Pizza fame. Tom brought his vision of a lay Catholic organization of professional heads of companies to Pope John Paul II. The now canonized Holy Father blessed the idea and Legatus, meaning Ambassador (for Christ in the marketplace), was established.
Legatus Orange County Chapter
Tim and Susan Strader realized the benefit of a peer group focused on learning and living the faith more fully in their personal, professional and business lives and in October 1989 they founded the third chapter in the nation, Legatus Orange County. They invited their pastor, Monsignor Bill Mc Laughlin, to be the first chaplain and worked with a dedicated group including Roger and Gail Kirwan, Ken and Barbara Strottman, Carl and Margaret Karcher and others to build the chapter. They became the first board and took on the responsibilities of planning the programs and recruiting qualifying new members. Influential business leaders joined from parishes all over the Diocese of Orange and the chapter was chartered as the first one in the west. Excellent programs, interesting venues and lively fellowship kept members coming back year after year. Thirty years ago several members with forum experiences in the Young Presidents Organization, Tim and Alanna Psomas, Bill and Mary Campbell and Ken and Barbara Strottman, proposed adding another dimension known as forums. They still exist today and greatly enhance chapter membership and personal growth. The second chaplain, who recently retired after almost two decades of dedicated service, was Monsignor Lawrence Baird.
The growth of the Orange County Chapter was faced with finding few quality venues for Mass, dinner and speakers and that necessitated forming a second chapter in the diocese, the Orange Coast Chapter, which was founded in 1996 and chartered on October 14, 1999. It grew into a vibrant chapter with 41 members. The vision of the founding members was to launch a chapter focused on the importance of each individual member, couple or single, and intentionally created a culture of spiritual engagement and community building. Forums were established which enhance spiritual values and peer experiences.
During the pandemic year of 2020 plans were made to merge the Orange County Chapter and the Orange Coast Chapter, restoring the two groups to one chapter. Under the leadership of Presidents Gary Crisp (Orange Coast Chapter) and Dale Rincon (Orange County Chapter), the merger was unanimously approved by both boards and Father Patrick Moses is the chaplain to the merged groups. In January 2021 President Tom VanDorpe introduced a new board of 10 members representing both chapters, moving Orange County and Orange Coast forward together to bring strong Catholic leadership to the Diocese of Orange and personal growth to all the members.
Legatus San Juan Capistrano Chapter
The first San Juan Capistrano Chapter meeting was held in September 2007 at JSerra Catholic High School. The chapter chartered one year later on September 18, 2008. The chartering ceremony took place in Laguna Hills in a private chapel at the residence of Legatus members and chapter founders Tim and Steph Busch. Bishop Tod Brown was the celebrant and homilist, and chaplain Monsignor Art Holquin concelebrated. The founding officers included president Jeff Cadieux, membership chair Frank Kavanaugh, program chair Bill Pfost, treasurer Dave Ritchie and secretary Pam Patterson.
The San Juan Capistrano Chapter is vibrant and youthful membership. During the early years of the chapter, meetings were held at members homes. Today the chapter meets at The Inn at Mission San Juan Capistrano. The chapter will often celebrate mass the Mission Chapel, where St. Junipero Serra offered mass himself.
The San Juan Capistrano Chapter has received several growth awards. In 2010, the chapter received Legatus’ Angott Award for increasing their membership by 36.4%. They received the Angott Award again in 2018 as well as President of the Year and Program of the Year. In 2023, the San Juan Capistrano Chapter will be hosting another great year of programs with speakers, Lila Rose, Fr. Mark Mary, Fr. Mike Schmitz and more.
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 three grandchildren residing in the Bay Area.
Proceeds from the event support The Orange Catholic Foundation, Orange Catholic Schools Fund and School Tuition Assistance Endowment. Thank you for your support!