MBC Members

The MBC provides information, guidance and programs that enable business owners to understand how to work with the City of Virginia Beach. Additionally, you may find useful information relevant to contracting with other government agencies.

Sheila JohnsonMs. Sheila Johnson, Chair
Ms. Johnson’s professional background consists of over ten year’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 a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Strayer University.  Additionally, she holds a Master Certificate in Applied Project Management from Villanova University. Throughout her career Ms.  Johnson has worked for a number of Fortune 500 companies to include the arenas of consumer packaged goods, healthcare, and telecommunications.  Through partnership Ms. Johnson recently utilized her industry intelligence to provide support for multiple federal and local transportation initiatives.

Due to strong leadership and commitment Ms. Johnson was appointed to the Virginia Beach Minority Business Council (MBC) where she serves or has served as Vice-Chair, Outreach Chair, and a member of the Minority Awareness committee (MAC). Additionally, Ms. Johnson 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.  She is a member of the American Marketing Association, the Public Relations Society of America, the Project Management Institute (PMI), the Urban League of Hampton Roads, and Virginia State University Alumni Association to name a few. 

​ ​​​Amma GuerrierMs. Amma Guerrier, Vice Chair
Amma Guerrier is a Senior Vice President and Cash Management Director for Bank of ​Hampton Roads in Virginia Beach, VA.  She customizes the bank’s offerings and helps her team build relationships with their clients by providing targeted business services and specialized products.  He​r clients seek her expertise and utilize her knowledge to help improve their financial position.  Amma has been in banking over 19 years, having worked for Monarch, Wachovia and NationsBank 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 is a member of Virginia Beach Vision.  Amma is also appointed to the City of Virginia Beach Minority Business Council and was elected Financial Counselor.   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.​​
Michael LancasterMr. Michael Lancaster, Secretarial Officer

Mr. Kelvin W. Arthur, CPA, Financial Counselor                                                                                    KArthur.jpg
Kelvin Arthur received a BS in Accounting from Old Dominion University and is a Virginia licensed Certified Public Accountant.  

He started his professional accounting career in 1984 within the government business sector with IBM in downtown Norfolk and then moved to the Washington, DC area to join the internal audit staff for EDS’s government services division. After ten years in government business, Mr. Arthur moved into not-for-profit sector and served for five years as the Assistant Controller for MacNeil-Lehrer Productions, producers of the nightly public television news show, “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.”

In the spring of 2000, new career opportunities in the not-for-profit sector led Mr. Arthur to Charlotte, North Carolina where he served as Vice President of Finance & Administration for the Charlotte Arts & Science Council, and later as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the York County, SC Museums and Foundation. Throughout his years in the Carolinas, Mr. Arthur served on local government committees and community organization advisory boards. In 2008, he returned to the Hampton Roads to become the CFO for Old Dominion University (ODU) Foundations. In this capacity, he was responsible for overseeing the administration and annual spending of the University’s $140 million dollar endowment and for leading the accounting unit supporting the University’s Educational Foundation, its Intercollegiate Foundation and its Real Estate Foundation.

In 2011, Mr. Arthur left ODU and founded Providence Financial Services Group, a tax and consulting practice specializing in serving the needs of non-profits, and small businesses. Continually committed to volunteer service, Mr. Arthur also serves as a Director on the boards of the ODU Alumni Association, the Norfolk State University Education Foundation, and the Larkspur Salem Recreation Association. ​ 

Carla BaileyMs. Carla Bailey, MBC Member
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.
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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.
Harshad Barot 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 198age 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. 
Linda Bright Ms. Linda Bright, MBC Member
 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 m​inority-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.  

Francina Harrison Ms. Francina R. Harrison, MBC Member

Francina R. Harrison, MSW, is the visionary behind The Career Engineer® (TCE), http://TCEnow.com & the TCE Network 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.​