Eight Local Men Were Congratulated Last Week For Their Outstanding Service To The Community

IRVINE, Calif. (April 17, 2013) – The Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America recognized eight Orange County men at the annual Men of Character dinner last Wednesday April 17 at the Hyatt Regency Irvine. They were acknowledged for great lifetime contributions to their community and the support of future men of character.

“Each honoree is a special individual. They have been selected because of their devotion to family, faith and community,” says Ralph Linzmeier, co-chairman of the Men of Character committee. “These men exemplify the traits of the Scout Law; trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.”

Jeff Herrmann, Scout Executive and President of the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America, presided over the dinner. Co-chairman of the Men of Character committee Manny Montanez co-hosted the event with Linzmeier.

The Men of Character are selected after a lengthy process to ensure that every eligible man in Orange County is considered. The volunteer selection committee is composed of past honorees and Scouting volunteers. The eight men honored include business and philanthropic leaders across Orange County:

Rand Sperry, CEO of Sperry Equities, LLC and Sperry Commercial, INC, has over thirty-five years of experience in the commercial real estate industry in Southern California. A frequent motivational speaker at industry gatherings, Sperry is also a member of numerous civic and religious boards and committees in Orange County including: the Orange Catholic Foundation, Legatus of O.C. and First Friday Friars of Orange County.

Steve Samuelian is a founding partner of Haven Health Group and MiMo, a medical device company. He was also a founding partner of multiple healthcare companies and former president of multiple construction companies. Samuelian serves on several Boards and as the Chairman of The Perfect Moment Foundation, the Chairman of Care for Life, a non-profit organization that promotes self-reliance, health, education in Mozambique, Africa. He also serves on the board of directors for Rising Star Outreach that assists in eliminating the stigma of the Leprosy affected in India.

Dr. John Hovanesian is a board-certified ophthalmologist and specialist in refractive surgery, cataracts, cornea and external disease clinical assistant professor at the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute. An Eagle Scout, Hovanesian has spent many years volunteering for the Boy Scouts of America and has been recognized for his service. He has also made many trips overseas to third world countries to volunteer his time performing eye surgeries.

Dr. Harry L. White opened his private practice of orthodontics in Laguna Niguel, Calif. in 1977 after serving as Dental Officer for the U.S. Public Heath Service on the Chippewa Indian Reservation in Belcourt, North Dakota. One of the most prominent orthodontists in Orange County, White nearly lost his life in 2009 when he lost complete function of all vital organs. Referred to as “The Miracle Man,” he is healthy today coaching many different sports teams and inspiring young men and women to follow a positive path.

Dave Hanna is an entrepreneur with a heart for hospitality. In 2005 he established Hanna’s Restaurant and Bar in Rancho Santa Margarita, which serves as a platform for Hanna to give back to his neighbors, schools, business and charities. In 2009 Hanna founded Educate Rancho, a non-profit organization seeking to improve the quality of education in schools located in Rancho Santa Margarita by raising funds for program cuts. In addition, Hannah is a sponsor of the City of Hope, Mission Hospital and founded the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund to financially support critically ill members of the U.S Armed Forces.

Gary Crisp is the founder and president of C2, the largest privately owned reprographics, legal, color solutions and facilities management firm in Southern California. Crisp’s true passions are helping others. Recently he started “Real Guys,” a cause-related media property, anchored by a PBS network program, which focuses on helping inner city at-risk men. It explores the problems that plague many young men today with the hope of raising awareness and creating actionable education oriented programs at the grassroots level. Crisp is a member of numerous Orange County charities including Diocese of Orange, O.C. Foundation on Business and Ethics, Wounded Warriors and Human Options for Battered Women and Children.

Steve Greco is an ordained deacon in the Diocese of Orange and the Catholic Church. He is assigned to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Irvine, Calif. He has been a health care executive for over 30 years and is currently the vice president of sales for Depomed, Inc. Greco has a great passion for life and serves on the Board of Birth Choice, as well as the Orange Coast Legatus and the Orange Diocese Deaconate Formation. Greco also gives talks and healing services throughout California in many parishes and for Catholic conferences and radio.

David Pyott joined Allergan in early 1998 as president and CEO. He has transformed the company from a small eye care business to a global specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company. In 2006, Pyott was bestowed with the honor of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty the Queen in acknowledgment of his contribution to British business excellence and management skills in the United States. He was recognized by Harvard Business Review as one of “The 100 Best CEOs in the World” in both 2009 (ranked #50) and 2013 (ranked #26). Pyott serves on the Board and as Chairman of the California Healthcare Institute, on the Board and on the Executive Committee of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Chapman University, and on the Directors’ Board of The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California Irvine.

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From left to right: Rand Sperry, Steve Samuelian, Dr. John Hovanesian, Dr. Harry L. White, Dave Hanna, Gary Crisp, Steve Greco and David Pyott

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