OCBJ Annual Awards Programs & Calendar of Events


The Orange County Business Journal hosts several major awards programs throughout the year:

EXCELLENCE IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP, CFO OF THE YEAR, FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS, INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR, WOMEN IN BUSINESS AWARDS, GENERAL COUNSEL and COMPANIES THAT CARE.
These programs are designed to recognize those individuals and organizations whose accomplishments positively impact the OC business community.

Download the 2022 OCBJ Editorial Calendar (pdf)

Download the 2022 OCBJ Events Calendar (pdf)

*Register for events by clicking on its Event Name or [REGISTER TODAY] button.
*Nominate for an award by clicking on the Event Name or [NOMINATE TODAY] button

 

 

2022 CFO of the YEAR AWARDS


DINNER & AWARDS PROGRAM

May 5, 2022

Registration (all attendees): 5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

VIP Reception (Sponsors and Nominees only): 5:00 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

Dinner & Program: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Irvine Marriott
18000 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, CA 92612

* Tickets: $275. Table of Ten: $2,600.

*Tickets are non-refundable. Ticket price includes a six-month subscription to the Orange County Business Journal (*$15 allocated to the subscription). New subscribers only. Current subscribers may gift the subscription to a colleague.






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THE CFO OF THE YEAR AWARDS are presented to area financial professionals for outstanding performance as corporate stewards for the preceding fiscal year. Awards are presented in five categories:

  • Outstanding CFO of a Public Co.
  • Outstanding CFO of a Private Co.
  • Outstanding CFO of a Not-for-Profit Organization
  • Rising Star (Nominees for the Rising Star Award are not limited to CFOs; senior-level financial professionals may be considered)
  • Lifetime Achievement (open to past CFO Award winners of other categories)

 

2022 EXCELLENCE IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARDS



LUNCHEON & AWARDS PROGRAM

May 26, 2022

Registration (all attendees): 11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

VIP Reception (sponsors and nominees only): 11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Luncheon & Program: 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Irvine Marriot

18000 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92612

*Tickets: $175 / Table for 10: $1,650


*Tickets are non-refundable. Ticket price includes a six-month subscription to the Orange County Business Journal (*$15 allocated to the subscription). New subscribers only. Current subscribers may gift the subscription to a colleague. 



 

Professional Biography 


The EXCELLENCE in ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARDS PROGRAM is designed to recognize individuals who exemplify the American entrepreneurial spirit – individuals who, by their creativity and determination, have established and nurtured successful business ventures. This is the perfect opportunity to recognize clients or business associates who have distinguished themselves by their foresight, determination, and accomplishments.


 

2022 FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS AWARDS  




NOMINATION DEADLINE: NOON (Pacific) March 23, 2022

LUNCHEON & AWARDS PROGRAM

June 2, 2022

Registration (all attendees): 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

VIP Reception (sponsors and nominees only): 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Luncheon & Program: 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Irvine Marriot

18000 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92612

*Tickets: $175. / Table for 10: $1,650.

Tickets are non-refundable. *Ticket price includes a six-month subscription to the Orange County Business Journal (*$15 allocated to the subscription). New subscribers only. Current subscribers may gift the subscription to a colleague.

   Professional Biography 



The Orange County Business Journal is proud to announce the 23rd annual FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESS AWARDS. This awards event is the perfect opportunity to recognize clients, colleagues and friends whose Orange-County-based family owned firms have distinguished themselves via their business accomplishments and contributions to the local community. Self-nominations are encouraged. To qualify, company must have at least 2 family members actively involved in the business.



 

2022 INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS




NOMINATION DEADLINE: June 29, 2022.

LUNCHEON & AWARDS PROGRAM

September 8, 2022

Registration (all attendees): 11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

VIP Reception (sponsors and nominees only): 11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Luncheon & Program: 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Location: Irvine Marriott

18000 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92612




*Tickets $175. Table for Ten: $1,650.

Tickets are non-refundable. *Ticket price includes a six-month subscription to the Orange County Business Journal (*$15 allocated to the subscription). New subscribers only. Current subscribers may gift the subscription to a colleague

The Orange County Business Journal’s eighth annual INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARDShonor, recognize and celebrate individuals and their organizations who are creating game-changing products and services, and demonstrate brilliance and leadership in innovation.

 

2022 WOMEN IN BUSINESS AWARDS  





NOMINATION DEADLINE: July 20, 2022.

LUNCHEON & AWARDS PROGRAM

October 20, 2022

Registration (all attendees): 11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

VIP Reception (Sponsors and Nominees only): 11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Luncheon & Program: 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Location: Irvine Marriot

18000 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92612

*Tickets: $175 / Table for 10: $1,650

*Tickets are non-refundable. Ticket price includes a six-month subscription to the Orange County Business Journal (*$15 allocated to the subscription). New subscribers only. Current subscribers may gift the subscription to a colleague.



   


 




The Women in Business Awards Luncheon & Program honors five exceptional business and professional OC women. The Women in Business Special Report, publishing September 12 will feature profiles and photos of this year’s nominees plus articles of interest from Women in Business sponsors and advertisers. Self-nominations are welcome.


 

2022 GENERAL COUNSEL AWARDS  





NOMINATION DEADLINE: August 17, 2022.

DINNER & AWARDS PROGRAM

November 10, 2022

Registration (all attendees): 5:00 – 6:15 p.m.

VIP Reception (sponsors and nominees only): 5:00 – 6:15 p.m.

Dinner & Program: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Irvine Marriott

18000 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92612

*Tickets: $275. Table for Ten: $2,600.

Tickets are non-refundable. *Ticket price includes self-parking and a six-month subscription to the Orange County Business Journal (*$15 allocated to the subscription). New subscribers only. Current subscribers may gift the subscription to a colleague.

         

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The Orange County Business Journal is currently accepting nominations for the 13th annual GENERAL COUNSEL AWARDS. The program is designed to recognize the significant role in-house counsels play in the success of businesses within our community. General Counsel Awards are presented in the following categories:  

  • General Counsel of Public Company
  • General Counsel of Privately Held Company
  • Specialty Counsel (attorney who focuses in a certain area of law for an organization)
  • Rising Star Award (senior-level in-house counsel and recently named GCs)
  • In-House Legal Team (2 or more members) 

 

PREVIOUS OCBJ EVENTS



2021 COMPANIES THAT CARE AWARDS



The Orange County Business Journal will recognize five caring winners in a Special Report to be published on December 13, 2021. (NO EVENT).

 

2021 GENERAL COUNSEL AWARDS  

DINNER & AWARDS PROGRAM

November 18, 2021

Dinner & Program: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Irvine Marriott

18000 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92612


VIEW the Gallery of photos from this event here:

         


The Orange County Business Journal congratulates nominees and winners for the 12th annual GENERAL COUNSEL AWARDS. The annual program is designed to recognize the significant role in-house counsels play in the success of businesses within our community.

 

2021 WOMEN IN BUSINESS AWARDS  

LUNCHEON & AWARDS PROGRAM

October 28, 2021

Luncheon & Program: 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Location: Irvine Marriott

18000 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92612


VIEW the Gallery of photos from this event here:

The Women in Business Awards Luncheon & Program honors five exceptional business and professional OC women. The Women in Business Special Report, publishing September 13 will feature profiles and photos of this year’s nominees plus articles of interest from Women in Business sponsors and advertisers. Self-nominations are welcome.




Patty Arvielo Bio –>

 

2021 CFO of the YEAR AWARDS

DINNER & AWARDS PROGRAM

September 28, 2021

Location: Irvine Marriott
18000 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, CA 92612


VIEW the Gallery of photos from this event here:

THE CFO OF THE YEAR AWARDS are presented to area financial professionals for outstanding performance as corporate stewards for the preceding fiscal year. Awards are presented in five categories:

  • Outstanding CFO of a Public Co.
  • Outstanding CFO of a Private Co.
  • Outstanding CFO of a Not-for-Profit Organization
  • Rising Star (Nominees for the Rising Star Award are not limited to CFOs; senior-level financial professionals may be considered)
  • Lifetime Achievement (open to past CFO Award winners of other categories)





Daniel Lubeck Bio –>

 

2021 INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS

LUNCHEON & AWARDS PROGRAM:

September 9, 2021

Location: Irvine Marriott

18000 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92612


VIEW the Gallery of photos from this event here:

The Orange County Business Journal’s seventh annual INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS honor, recognize and celebrate individuals and their organizations who are creating game-changing products and services, and demonstrate brilliance and leadership in innovation.

 

2021 FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS AWARDS  

LUNCHEON & AWARDS PROGRAM

August 26, 2021

Irvine Marriott, 18000 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, CA 92612


VIEW the Gallery of photos from this event here:

The Orange County Business Journal is proud to announce the 22nd annual FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESS AWARDS. This awards event is the perfect opportunity to recognize clients, colleagues, and friends whose Orange-County-based family owned firms have distinguished themselves via their business accomplishments and contributions to the local community. Self-nominations are encouraged. To qualify, company must have at least 2 family members actively involved in the business.


 

2021 EXCELLENCE IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP VIRTUAL AWARDS

FREE Virtual Awards Program

May 6, 2021


The Orange County Business Journal is proud to announce the 20th annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards. This event is designed to recognize individuals who exemplify the American entrepreneurial spirit – individuals who, by their creativity and determination, have established and nurtured successful business ventures. This is the perfect opportunity to recognize clients or business associates who have distinguished themselves by their foresight, determination and accomplishments. Self-nominations are welcome.

 

2020 WOMEN IN BUSINESS VIRTUAL AWARDS  

The Women in Business Awards Program honors five exceptional business and professional OC women. The Women in Business Special Report, publishing October 5, 2020 will feature profiles and photos of this year’s nominees plus articles of interest from Women in Business sponsors and advertisers.


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2020 EXCELLENCE IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP VIRTUAL AWARDS



THE EXCELLENCE IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARDS program is designed to recognize individuals who exemplify the American entrepreneurial spirit – individuals who, by their creativity and determination, have established and nurtured successful business ventures.

 

2020 INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR VIRTUAL AWARDS

The Orange County Business Journal’s sixth annual INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS honor, recognize and celebrate individuals and their organizations who are creating game-changing products and services, and demonstrate brilliance and leadership in innovation.


 

2020 FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS VIRTUAL AWARDS


The Orange County Business Journal is proud to announce the 21st annual FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESS AWARDS. This awards event is the perfect opportunity to recognize clients, colleagues and friends whose Orange-County-based family owned firms have distinguished themselves via their business accomplishments and contributions to the local community. Self-nominations are encouraged. To qualify, company must have at least 2 family members actively involved in the business.


 

2020 CFO of the YEAR AWARDS  

DINNER & AWARDS PROGRAM

January 30, 2020

Dinner & Program: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA 92614

THE CFO OF THE YEAR AWARDS are presented to area financial professionals for outstanding performance as corporate stewards for the preceding fiscal year. Awards are presented in five categories:

  • Outstanding CFO of a Public Co.
  • Outstanding CFO of a Private Co.
  • Outstanding CFO of a Not-for-Profit Organization
  • Rising Star (Nominees for the Rising Star Award are not limited to CFOs; senior-level financial professionals may be considered)
  • Lifetime Achievement (Only open to past CFO Award winners of other categories)

 

2019 GENERAL COUNSEL AWARDS  

DINNER & AWARDS PROGRAM

November 13, 2019

Dinner & Program: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Hotel Irvine

17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA 92614


VIEW the Gallery of photos from this event here:

The Orange County Business Journal accepted nominations for the 10th annual GENERAL COUNSEL AWARDS. The program is designed to recognize the significant role in-house counsels play in the success of businesses within our community.

         

         Professional Biography       

 

2019 CIVIC 50 ORANGE COUNTY AWARDS

LUNCHEON & AWARDS PROGRAM

October 16, 2019

Registration (all attendees): 11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

VIP Reception (sponsors and nominees only): 11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA 92614


VIEW the Gallery of photos from this event here:

In 2017, the OC Business Journal partnered with OneOC and Points of Light in an initiative to localize the yearly recognition of the 50 most community-minded companies known as the Civic 50. A nationwide legacy, this event began in 2012 and has since gained momentum in the philanthropic community.

Civic 50 Orange County, now in its third year, is a ceremony to recognize honorees by benchmarking and celebrating best practices, it provides visibility and a framework for how local companies can use their employees’ time, skills and other resources to improve the quality of life in our community. Civic 50 OC honorees are selected based upon four dimensions of their community engagement programs: investment, integration, institutionalization and impact, as determined by an annual survey independently administered and scored by True Impact.

      

          Professional Biography

This year’s event features Neil Bush (third son of former president George H.W. Bush) as its keynote speaker. Serving as chairman of the Points of Light Board of Directors, Neil expands on his father’s vision of inspiring, equipping and mobilizing volunteers to increase capacity for vital social services and for finding innovative solutions that lift individuals, strengthen families, and renew communities.

 

2019 INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS

LUNCHEON & AWARDS PROGRAM

September 25, 2019

Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA 92614


VIEW the Gallery of photos from this event here:

The Orange County Business Journal’s fifth annual INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS honor, recognize and celebrate individuals and their organizations who are creating game-changing products and services, and demonstrate brilliance and leadership in innovation.

      

        Professional Biography  

 

2019 FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS AWARDS  

LUNCHEON & AWARDS PROGRAM

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 — 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA 92614


VIEW the Gallery of photos from this event here:

The Orange County Business Journal is proud to announce the 20th annual FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESS AWARDS. This awards event is the perfect opportunity to recognize clients, colleagues and friends whose Orange-County-based family owned firms have distinguished themselves via their business accomplishments and contributions to the local community. Self-nominations are encouraged. To qualify, company must have at least 2 family members actively involved in the business.

   Professional Biography 

 

2019 WOMEN IN BUSINESS AWARDS

LUNCHEON & AWARDS PROGRAM

May 8, 2019

Luncheon & Program: 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Hotel Irvine

17900 Jamboree Road

Irvine, CA 92614


VIEW the Gallery of photos from this event here:

The Women in Business Awards Luncheon & Program honors five exceptional business and professional OC women. The Women in Business Special Report, publishing on April 15, 2019, will feature profiles and photos of this year’s nominees plus articles of interest from Women in Business sponsors and advertisers. Self-nominations are welcome.


   

Professional Biography 

 

2019 EXCELLENCE IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARDS

LUNCHEON & AWARDS PROGRAM

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Luncheon & Program: 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Hotel Irvine, Jamboree Center

17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA 92614


VIEW the Gallery of photos from this event here:

THE EXCELLENCE IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARDS PROGRAM is designed to recognize individuals who exemplify the American entrepreneurial spirit – individuals who, by their creativity and determination, have established and nurtured successful business ventures. This is the perfect opportunity to recognize clients or business associates who have distinguished themselves by their foresight, determination and accomplishments.




Professional Biography