Nearly 800 members of Orange County’s corporate and financial communities joined colleagues from other fields in honoring a chief financial officer whose company is facing a transition in the wake of the recent death of its chief executive officer.

Patrick McCullough of Seal Beach-based solar-power systems maker Amonix Inc. was honored as a Rising Star at the 5th Annual CFO Awards presented by the Orange County Business Journal during a dinner held last night at the Hyatt Regency Irvine.

Other CFOs honored, by category, include:

-Public Company: Paul Holt of Irvine-based medical software company Quality Systems Inc.

-Private Company: Brady Aase of Irvine-based dental practice manager Pacific Dental Services Inc.

-Nonprofit: Steve Wagner of Orange County High School of the Arts in Santa Ana

-Lifetime Achievement: Eduardo L. Jordan of Aliso Viejo-based liquor marketer and distributor Nolet Spirits USA Inc.

All of the honorees will be profiled in the Jan. 23 issue of the Business Journal.

McCullough thanked his family, coworkers and colleagues before offering honors of his own for Brian Robertson, who oversaw Amonix’s progress from startup to commercial operations before his death in a plane crash last month.

McCullough dedicated his rising star award to Robertson’s “legacy and vision.”

Amonix Inc. has named Silicon Valley venture capital executive Jan van Dokkum its interim chief executive while a search for a permanent hire continues.

Dokkum is a partner at Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, an investor in Amonix.