2010 Award – Peter Ochs ’65
Peter Ochs ’65, one of Orange County’s most accomplished businessmen and philanthropists, was the recipient of the Princeton Club of Orange County’s fourth service award, presented at the club’s annual dinner on December 1, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Irvine, CA.Peter graduated with honors from Princeton in 1965, majoring in economics, and received his master’s degree in business from Stanford in 1967. He has served as a member of the Alumni Advisory Committee to Princeton’s Economics Department and on the Schools Committee, and has been very involved with the Class of 1965.
Peter currently serves as Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Fieldstone Group of Companies and the Fieldstone Foundation. Since its inception, Fieldstone has built nearly 26,000 homes in Southern California, Utah and Texas. Involved in homebuilding since 1968, Peter is a recognized leader in the industry, having been named the National Builder of the Year for 1989 by Professional Builder magazine, among many other industry honors.
His guiding principle of supporting the communities in which the corporation does business led to the creation of the Fieldstone Foundation in 1983 to provide grants, leadership development and service to nonprofit organizations working in the communities. Over the years, the Foundation’s Leadership Network has trained more than 1,300 non-profit executives.
A committed Christian, Peter sees his faith as an integral part of his business life. His Christian principles are reflected by his participatory management style and a value-driven approach to business. Today, Peter and his wife, Gail, spend much of their time on the work of First Fruit, Inc., which was founded on the simple premise of giving grants from a heart of generosity and with wisdom to Christian-led organizations in the developing world. The Ochses have traveled extensively all over the world for First Fruit to meet with the people they support and provide encouragement and mentoring.
The Tiger Tribute dinner is proving to be the PCOC’s premier event, with more than 60 alumni, Princeton parents and guests attending. The evening also included a presentation on the American democracy by UCI Politics Professor Shawn Rosenberg, who filled in for our scheduled speaker on a moment’s notice.