ABC Virginia Construction Inclusion Week: Celebration & Awareness Event

Thursday, October 20, 2022 | 5:00 PM7:30 PM


Event includes: Guest Speakers | Appetizers | Two drinks tickets | Networking with fellow Industry Professionals 

Dr. Johnny Garcia, Founder & CEO, SimIS Holdings LLC
Inspired by his parents and grandparents and dedicated to a life of service for family, community, and the technology industry, Dr. Garcia is Founder and CEO of SimIS Inc., SimIS Holdings LLC, Nimbus Health Systems, Cedar Point Golf, Cativa Health, Prasili LLC, Sticks Golf, Garcia ES LLC and Health Care Simulations LLC, and investor in numerous other businesses. His philosophy of making a difference permeates his many service activities; numerous board memberships, STEM program development and, volunteering service to local, state, and international organizations, and mentoring newly started small businesses and nonprofits. Dr. Garcia serves on numerous boards (President of the Hispanic Chamber, Vice Chair Hampton Roads chamber, President Portsmouth Partnership, Begin Again Foundation, Chair Hampton Roads workforce council, Chair ODU College of Engineering, Chair ODU VMASC, Boys and Girls Club, Star base Victory, Communities in Schools, Portsmouth Athletic League, First Chesapeake Robotics, and many others. 

Dr. Garcia served 5 years in the U.S. Navy as an enlisted operations specialist second class petty officer and worked in industry for 15 years before founding his first business SimIS Inc. Dr. Garcia is a known leader in the community and his service is his compass. Dr. Garcia has degrees from Old Dominion University (PhD), St. Leo College (BA and BS) and the Florida Institute of Technology (MS). He is the proud father of a wonderful set of 16-year-old twin daughters – Hope and Faith – and married to his lovely wife of 31 years, Lorena.

Michael Berlucchi, Council Member, Virginia Beach City Council
Council Member Michael Berlucchi was elected in 2019 and re-elected in 2020 to serve as the District #3 representative on the Virginia Beach City Council. He was born and raised in Virginia Beach and is a graduate of First Colonial High School, George Mason University, the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia, and the CIVIC Leadership Institute at Old Dominion University.
Michael is the community relations manager for the Chrysler Museum of Art, where he creates and implements educational and community partnerships designed to expand and diversify museum audiences, particularly among underserved constituencies. He’s been recognized as one of Inside Business' Top Forty under 40, an OUTstanding Virginian by Equality Virginia, and has authored articles and given presentations on a range of topics related to his work experience and community/civic engagement.

Michael is an active community volunteer and supports numerous nonprofit organizations, including Teens with a Purpose, CIVIC Leadership Institute, Green Run Collegiate Foundation, Connected Business Networking, United Negro College Fund, Hampton Roads LGBT Public Safety Consortium, Virginia African American Cultural Center, the Hope House Foundation, Virginia LGBTQ+ Advisory Board, among others. He also served as a member of the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission, Virginia Beach Community Development Corporation, and consecutive terms as president of Hampton Roads Pride.

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