SEPT. 10, 2003
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich at 661/664-2456 mstepanovich@csub.edu

Louis J. and Sheryl Barbich are the honorees at the 16th annual John Brock Community Service Award Banquet, set for Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Seven Oaks Country Club at 6:30 p.m.

The banquet helps raise money for the John Brock Endowment Fund at California State University, Bakersfield’s School of Business and Public Administration. The banquet annually honors a person or persons who have made significant contributions to the enhancement of the community, “exhibiting the highest levels of ethical standards and personal integrity, while effectively serving our community,” said Henry Lowenstein, dean of CSUB’s School of Business and Public Administration. “In short, it honors our community service citizens of the year.”

CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed will be on hand for the event, and will address the gathering; additionally the four 2003 John Brock Scholarship recipients – Kathryn Johnson, Beth Landis, Samuel Newland and Maria Nadia Tafolla – will be introduced.

Lou and Sheryl Barbich have long been involved with CSUB and the community.

A Delano native, Sheryl Barbich has had a long career in banking and finance in addition to her consulting work. She is president of Integrated Knowledge Group, Inc., a computer consulting company that installs and supports proprietary integrated software for the agriculture industry. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Davis, and specific expertise in management, financial analysis, and strategic planning. She previously was vice president-manager of Security Pacific Bank Business Banking Center; chief financial officer of Coleman Homes and Coleman Development; and president and chief executive officer of Barbich Associates.

She also chaired the Greater Bakersfield Vision 2020 project. "I know of no other person who expended as much time, energy, talent, heart and soul into this project,” said CSUB President Tomas Arciniega. “Whatever needed doing she did it, from raising money to finance its costs, to making presentations, to organizing neighborhood meetings, to leading visioning groups, to organizing the implementation task forces."

Lou Barbich, who also hails from Delano, is the managing partner of the Barbich, Longcrier, Hooper & King accounting firm. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in accounting from California State University, Fresno, and a master of business administration from the University of California, Los Angeles

He is a past president of the 35,000 member California Society of Certified Public Accountants. He received the prestigious "Distinguished Service Award," the society's highest award for service to the CPA profession. He is a founder and member of the board of directors of Integrated Knowledge Group, Inc.

He is currently chairman of the annual Farmers Tax & Accounting Conference sponsored by the California Education Foundation of the California Society of CPA's, a founding steering committee member of the Family Business Institute sponsored under the auspices of CSUB, and founder and chairman of the board of CAMICO, a 13-year-old professional liability insurance company. In addition, he is a member of the board of directors of San Joaquin Bank and is the chairman of its audit committee.

The first John Brock dinner was in 1988, when some of John Brock Sr.’s friends felt that his peerless record of service to his community and the local business environment should be recognized. A black tie banquet was organized, and Brock was surprised at being the first recipient of the John Brock Award for Community Service.

At that time an endowment was established in his name at CSUB’s School of Business and Public Administration. During the ensuing 15 years the banquet has become both a major university fundraising event and one of the premier social affairs of the season. Sixteen outstanding citizens have been previously recognized for their achievements and contributions to the community; 37 students have received much-needed scholarships. The John Brock Endowment Fund has grown to more than $250,000.

For more information about contributing to the John Brock Endowment Fund, or about the CSUB School of Business and Public Administration, please call (661) 664-2157.

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