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.jpgMs. Sheila Johnson, MBC Chair                

Ms. Johnson’s professional background consists of over fifteen 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 and a Certificate in Measuring and Improving Business Performance from Cornell University.  Throughout her career, Ms.  Johnson has worked for a number of Fortune 500 companies.  She is knowledgeable of the consumer packaged goods (cpg), healthcare, insurance, and technology industries.  Through partnership Ms. Johnson utilized her industry intelligence to provide support for multiple federal, state, 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 in the capacity of 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.jpgMs. Amma Guerrier, MBC 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.

Mr. Michael Lancaster, MBC Secretary

Mr. Kelvin W. Arthur, CPA, MBC Financial Counselor

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.pngMs. 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.

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).

Harshad.jpgMr. 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.jpgDr. 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 minority-owned transportation company serving the Hampton Roads area. Dr. Bright is also the CEO/Owner of Linda Brights Consulting Service, specializing in therapeutic consultation, and program development for the private and public sector.

Dr. 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.

Dr. 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. Dr. Bright completed 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. Dr. 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.jpgMs. 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.

Mr. Brian Haskan, MBC Member

 

 

Hopper.tifMr. Ed Hopper, MBC Member

Ed  Hopper  is  the  CEO  and  founder  of  ALTOR  Processing  Systems  INC. His company was founded in 1999.  ALTOR is a full service provider that focuses  on  helping  businesses  with  all  forms  of credit  card/debit card/gift card and check processing. Mr. Hopper has been in Marketing, Sales and Service for over 26 years.   He has been in the credit card processing industry since 1995.  

On a more personal level, Mr. Hopper is a firm believer in giving back. He has volunteered and helped out with multiple charities including JDF, JA, Ronald McDonald House and The Noblemen.  

Mr.  Hopper  has  been  with  EMS  as  an  EMT  and  Teacher  (Proctor)  since 2013.  He is currently a member of the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad (VBVRS) station 14.  He also serves as a Sergeant for The Virginia Beach Lifesaving Service at the oceanfront during the summer.

He has been appointed to the Minority Business council and assists with the Outreach Committee.  He resides in Virginia Beach with his wife of 24 years and their 2 children.

 Olga Torres.jpgMs. Olga Torres, MBC Member

Ms. Torres resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and is a Senior Marketing Consultant at La Selecta Radio 103.3 FM / WVXX 1050 AM, Hampton Roads Hispanic music stations.  She also offers Spanish/English Interpreting and Translation, and Business Consulting services through her Taína Consulting business.  Additionally, she is a business partner at Dragonfly Latina Productions, promoting events and causes for Latina women. Her broad work experience within the Hispanic community enables her to be a great asset her current employer and clients. Ms. Torres has worked in the interpreting and translation field for the past eleven years.  She truly enjoys the work, and looks for opportunities to take on the type of work that challenges her to continue to grow as a professional in this field. Her ability to always keep an open mind about developing market trends which serve the needs of her clients and the Hispanic community, is what led her to join the team at La Selecta Radio.

An active Partner with Dragonfly Latina Productions since 2015, she was Co-Director of the Miss Virginia Latina and Miss Teen Virginia Latina state pageants. The mission of these pageants is to empower young Latinas who are proud of their heritage and have a desire for achievement, recognition, and the betterment of themselves, their families and their communities.  This mission parallels Dragonfly Latina Productions' vision to provide an engaging and empowering platform for Latinas of all walks of life to shine.

Ms. Torres previously owned and operated Metropolitan Insurance Options, Inc., an independent insurance agency in Aurora, Colorado, where she also served her church community.  Her volunteer work came hand in hand with her work as an independent insurance agent, where 70% of her clients were Hispanics from diverse backgrounds. Because of her work and community involvement, she was recognized as Business Woman of the Year by the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2005.

Ms. Torres' volunteer work continues today.  She served as President of the Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (HRHCC) for 5 years and is preparing to step into the supporting role of immediate past president.  Under her leadership since August 2012, the Chamber experienced positive growth, visibility, and recognition in the community.  In February 2014 Ms. Torres was recognized by the Urban League of Hampton Roads Young Professionals with a Silver Star of Diversity Award for her volunteer work with HRHCC. In the fall of 2015 she was welcomed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Leadership Forum (HLF), whose Mission is to "focus on development of leaders within the Hispanic community through education, the arts, and cultural engagement".  Some of her other volunteer experience include the Virginia Beach Small Business Subcommittee, Hampton Roads Diversity & Inclusion Consortium, ERT Community Roundtable, AARP Virginia, and since 2012, her vision has been instrumental in establishing the Circle of Latinas of Hampton Roads, which serves as a resource to mainly Spanish speaking Latinas and their families.  In the spring of 2016 Ms. Torres completed a 12 week Board Development program, and was voted president of its graduating class - The United Way of South Hampton Roads' 20th Project Inclusion program.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico until the age of 13, she is very proud of her roots and culture, and has always volunteered with local Puerto Rican organizations wherever she has lived.  On her free time she enjoys spending time with her better half, her young nieces, nephews, and especially with her 6 grandchildren, and is looking forward to welcoming #7 very soon. She loves visiting her beloved Puerto Rico to spend time with her grandmother who will soon celebrate her 95th birthday, and also enjoys golfing, dancing, and spending time with good friends and family.

 Picture1.pngMs. Sabrina Wooten, MBC Member

Sabrina Wooten is an exceptional business professional and community leader with more than fifteen (15) years of business, leadership and administrative experience in both the private and non-profit sectors. Sabrina is a proven administrative professional who is committed to excellence and resolving complex administrative problems. Currently, she serves as an Executive Administrator in a local non-profit organization. 

 

A consensus builder and Conflict Resolution Specialist, Mrs. Wooten also served as a Supreme Court Certified Mediator for many years in the Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake and Portsmouth Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts as well as the General District Courts.  Sabrina continues her passion for reconciliation through her professional mediation firm, Strategic Impact Services, LLC that provides mediation services and business management solutions to business organizations and the community.

 

Sabrina has been declared a subject matter expert by her peers and was appointed to the 2018 Board of Governors for the National Association of NonProfit Organizations and Executives (NANOE) for her accomplishments in the non-profit sector.  Mrs. Wooten was also appointed to the Process Improvement Steering Committee for the City of Virginia Beach.  Additionally, she is a member of the American Society for Public Administration and the National Association of Professional Women. 

 

An Administrative Pastor, Mrs. Wooten passionately serves in her church in the areas of   Strategic Outreach, World Missions and the Prison Ministry. Similarly, she serves as a Chaplain for the Virginia Beach Police Department.

 

A published author and life long learner, Sabrina graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science.  In addition, she received her Masters degrees in Business Management and Public Administration from Regent University. She also earned a certificate in Biblical Studies from Liberty University and a certificate in Practical Theology from Regent University.  Currently, Sabrina is pursuing her PhD in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in Non-profit Management and Leadership.

 

Sabrina was appointed to serve as a member of the Minority Business Council where she serves as the Chair of the Outreach Committee and as a member of the Minority Awareness Committee (MAC).  Mrs. Wooten currently resides with her husband Donald and son, Ricardo in the local Virginia Beach area.