Charles J. “Charlie” Garcia has been chief executive officer of Garcia Construction Group, Inc., (formerly GM Construction, Inc.) since 1989. In 2002 and 2003 the Indianapolis Business Journal recognized Garcia Construction Group, Inc. (as GM Construction, Inc.) as Indiana’s third-largest minority-owned business, and the company is regularly listed among the top 25 companies in Indianapolis.
Garcia was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1994 by Ernst & Young and Small Businessman of the Year in 2000 by the Small Business Administration. Other awards include the Madame Walker Spirit Award in 2002; the Whitney M. Young Award in 2003; the IRMSDC Supplier of the Year Award in 2000; Regional Construction Company of the Year SBA in 1994; the Growth 100 Award Indiana in 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999; and Center for Leadership Development Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004.
Garcia also mentors aspiring entrepreneurs. The mentoring program he developed has been adopted by the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce to help minority- and women-owned businesses grow at rates of 20 to 60 percent. As a founder of the Indiana Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, he has helped increase educational opportunities for first-generation college students.
Garcia’s directorships and trusteeships have included Butler University, Marian University, the University of Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College President’s Advisory Board, Bank One (Indiana), Fifth Third (Indiana), the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, St. Vincent Health, and Crossroads of America Boy Scouts. He has chaired the boards of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and the Challenge Foundation Academy Charter School.
Born in San Francisco, California, Garcia attended College of San Mateo and graduated from the Way College of Biblical Research. He attended Butler University and has completed executive education programs at Dartmouth University and the University of California, Los Angeles.