Ms. Carla Bailey, Chair
Carla Bailey founded USA Backgrounds Incorporated (USABI) in October 2002. Her niche company provides background checks to employers nationwide and worldwide. USABI is a full service background screen firm and provides its clients with over 19 tools to research prospective employees. USABI is head quartered in Virginia Beach, VA and holds multiple certifications from the federal government and Commonwealth of Virginia.
Mrs. Bailey obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Norfolk State University. After graduating college she had a successful career as a Police Officer, prior to starting her own business.
Mrs. Bailey is a leader in the business community and is supportive of small, women, and minority businesses throughout Hampton Roads and Virginia. Some of her service to the community includes current member and Vice Chair of the Virginia Beach Minority Business Council, Member of the National Organizational of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and was the first African-American and the youngest woman to serve as president of National Association of Women Business Owners, Southeastern Virginia Chapter (NAWBOSEVA).
Mrs. Bailey has received numerous awards for her work in the business community and has been recognized and featured in the Virginian Pilot, Inside Business, and Women Who Wow.
Ms. Sheila Johnson, Vice-Chair
Sheila Johnson’s professional background consists of over two decade’s sales, marketing, public relations, and business development experience. Her ability to deliver superior, personalized client service, cultivate strong business relationships, and resolve issues in a way that propels innovation and growth has allowed her to develop a strong track record in both the public and private sectors.
Ms. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Virginia State University and is presently pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Strayer University. She has worked for a number of Fortune 500 companies, and is currently president of SJohnson Marketing Group, a Virginia Beach based marketing firm.
Due to her strong leadership and commitment Ms. Johnson was recently appointed to the Virginia Beach Minority Business Council (MBC). She serves or has served on the boards of the Hampton Roads chapters of Women Transportation Seminar (WTS-HRC), the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO HR), and the Hampton University Small Business Incubator. Ms. Johnson is a member of the American Marketing Association, the Public Relations Society of America, the Urban League of Hampton Roads, Virginia State University Alumni Association, and Gold Key International Honour Society.
Ms. Linda Bright, Secretarial Officer
CEO/President of Health Care Services of Hampton Roads, Inc., providing mental health supports throughout the Southside and Peninsula, CEO/Owner of “We’ll Get You There” Transport, a minority-owned transportation company serving the Hampton Roads area. Ms. Bright is also the CEO/Owner of Linda Bright’s Consulting Service, specializing in therapeutic consultation, and program development for the private and public sector.
Ms. Bright has more than 30 years in Human Services as an administrator. She was instrumental in developing the Medicaid waiver program for the City of Virginia Beach and set on numerous committees with the state to amend current Medicaid waiver policy. She has received many Class Act Awards, Peer Awards and recognition of her work for identifying means for funding and recouping monies during her tenure with the City.
Ms. Bright is a graduate of Norfolk State University with a B.S. in Psychology, and a Master’s of Art in Urban Affairs, Planning and Administrative Management. She received her second Masters of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Nova Southeastern University. Ms. Bright is completing her doctorate in Organizational Management and Leadership at the University of Phoenix.
She is the President of the Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia Board of Directors and a member of the Board of Directors for Virginia Case Manager’s Association. Ms. Bright is a member of COMPA (Conference of Minority Public Administrators). Member of the Board of Directors for the Community Services Board, City of Virginia Beach and the Congressional Small Business Advisory Committee.
Ms. Amma Guerrier, Financial Counselor
Amma Guerrier is a First Vice President in Cash Management for Monarch Bank in Virginia Beach, VA. She builds relationships with her clients by providing business services and specialized products for the larger business clients. Her clients seek her expertise and utilize her knowledge to help improve their financial position. Amma has been in banking over 17 years, having worked for Wachovia and Bank of America previously in her career.
Amma has a unique understanding of the business world, because she also has a small business. She runs Executive Decision, a consulting company that specializes in client service levels, marketing research, audits and process improvements. This business grew out of her passion for quality service. With Executive Decision, she helps businesses to improve their service levels.
A graduate of Old Dominion University, Amma has a degree in communications and a minor in marketing. She serves on the boards of several organizations. She is the Corresponding Secretary on the Urban League of Hampton Roads Board, Treasurer of the Old Dominion Alumni Association Board of Directors, and she serves on CHEAR’s board of directors. Amma was also appointed to the City of Virginia Beach Minority Business Council. She is a member of several professional and civic organizations. Additionally, Amma is very active in the Virginia Beach community where she lives with her husband Christopher and daughter Laila.
Amma was the recipient of Inside Business’ Women In Business Award in 2011. In addition, she also was awarded the Human Rights Award by the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission in February 2007. Later in 2007, Amma was named one of Inside Business’ Top 40 under 40. Amma received the Urban League of Hampton Roads’ Award of Excellence in 2006. This award was given in recognition of her outstanding Board service and commitment.
Mr. Harshad Barot, MBC Member
Mr. Harshad Barot serves as the Vice President and a partner of Galaxy Corporation and has been in the hospitality industry for nearly 30 years. Mr. Barot owns and operates hotels in the Hampton Roads region where he has resided for the past 28 years. Harshad and his family moved from Mumbai, India to Gaithersburg, Maryland in 1983 where he began his journey in the hospitality business as a busboy and in the span of 2 years quickly ascended to the Office Manager of the Accounting department at the Marriott hotel. Mr. Barot moved to Portsmouth in 1985 to manage a family owned hotel before purchasing his first hotel in 1994, which he continues to operate. He and his family have since bought and sold several hotels, all within Hampton Roads. Harshad holds numerous hospitality awards and certifications, including the Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA), the most prestigious certification available to hotel general managers and hospitality executives.
Mr. Barot and his wife, Swati, have two sons and live in Virginia Beach with their two sons, Hardik, an analyst with CBRE, and Manav, a rising junior at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Ms. Francina R. Harrison, MBC Member
Francina R. Harrison, MSW, is the visionary behind The Career Engineer® (TCE), http://TCEnow.com & the TCE Network http://MyTCEnow.com a nationally recognized and award-winning Virginia based consulting firm. TCE helps career and business professionals increase their “bottom-line” with Transitional Career Management, Strategic Solutions, Outplacement Services, Professional Development Training, Social Entrepreneurship and Power Connections. The Career Engineer (retired Navy Spouse) has more than 14 years of serving and managing transitional career, business and life programs. In addition, she also holds a Masters Degree in Social Work, and an undergraduate “Summa Cum Laude” status from Norfolk State University.
The Career Engineer herself, TCE has received numerous awards and accolades.
2012 Legacies Silver Star Award Winner Jobs/Entrepreneurship: (ULHRYP.org)
2010 Woman in Business Achievement Award (Inside Business Magazine)
Featured in BlackEnterpise.com in the “Social Media Connection” Spotlight (2010)
BlackEnterprise.com as "Career Expert You Should Follow on Twitter " (2011)
Featured as a “First Person Spotlight” Inside Business Hampton Roads Magazine
Business Innovation Award (2009), Urban League of Hampton Roads
Appearances on Tom Joyner Morning Show, Tavis Smiley Radio, FOX, NBC, ABC Affiliates, Mario Armstrong Radio Show and MaxMedia Hampton Roads
Interviewed by Chicago Tribune Sourced by CNN, Wall Street Journal and more.
Francina is also a recurring expert on Fox43 (Hampton Roads), Fox & ABC affiliates and major media across the USA and is branded “on the Internet” worldwide as a “thought-leader” in the areas of career, business and networking. In addition, Francina serves on several boards/committees including Girls Scouts Colonial Coast, (Board Member), City of Virginia Beach Minority Business Council, Virginia Housing and Community Development Corporation (VHCDC – Former Board Member), Urban League-Hampton Roads (Committee Chair), President of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church’s Jobs Network Ministry, and has built a host of domestic and international alliances and partnerships.
Mr. Justo Manglicmot, MBC Member
Mr. Manglicmot is a U.S. Navy/Civil Service retiree. He has an A.A. Liberal Arts, B.A. Management from St. Leo College. Mr. Manglicmot is involved in the Woodstock Lions Club, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign War and Fleet Reserve Association.
He lives in Virginia Beach with his wife, Salvacion who retired from Civil Service as a registered nurse, and has three children, Alan, Joy and Mar.
Ms. Delceno Miles, MBC Member
Delceno C. Miles, President/CEO of The Miles Agency, a Virginia Beach-based niche marketing and public relations firm she founded 23 years ago. Her agency is arguably the oldest minority-owned PR firm in the region. Delceno’s areas of expertise are group dynamics, interpersonal relationships, promotions, public relations and special event planning. Delceno honed her skills as a media consultant for political candidates in California and Virginia as well as with various radio stations. Many political leaders have noticed her talents. Former U. S. Senator George Allen appointed her to two prestigious boards to further serve Virginia while he was governor. Governor Bob McDonnell appointed her to the Christopher Newport University Board of Visitors and Board of Professional and Occupational Regulation.
Delceno has received numerous awards for her civic and community efforts. She serves on the boards of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce (regional and Virginia Beach Division), Delceno was appointed in 2002 as the first African American and only the third woman chair of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce regional board. She was appointed by the Virginia Beach City Council in 2007 to the Minority Business Council where she is past chair and in 2011 to the Process Improvement Steering Committee. She was appointed by the HRTPO to its Citizen Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC). She was elected to the Virginia Beach School Board and served as vice chair for two years. She was honored by Inside Business publication with its Women in Business Achievement Award in 2009. Recently, the YWCA named her its 2011 Woman of Distinction in Communications and Inside Business named her to its 2011 Power List as one of the top 75 most powerful leaders in Hampton Roads. She was named to the Power List again in 2012.
Mr. Ferdinand V. Perez, MBC Member
Mr. Perez is a Financial Consultant with Mass Mutual Financial Group and has been in the financial services business for over 25 years. Mr. Perez provides financial planning services to individuals, executives and closely held business owners, especially the medical practitioners. These services include comprehensive financial planning, risk management (life, disability and long term care insurance), wealth accumulation (primarily retirement planning) and distribution strategies.
Though an extensive discussion process, and learning what the client’s goals and concerns are, Mr. Perez helps the client prioritize their concerns, provides strategies and helps his clients implement a plan to help reach their goals and meet their concerns. His objective is to determine how he can add value to the client’s situation, with a particular focus on tax-wise investment strategies and solutions. Ultimately, the client should have a plan and course of action that gives him or her financial confidence. Mr. Perez’s career success can be directly attributed to his ability to educate his clients, help them clarify and prioritize their financial goals, implement a plan of action and then follow up with timely and effective ongoing client services. Mr. Perez is often a guest speaker for WTKR Channel 3 and other association and employee groups on various financial topics.