Charles J. Garcia

Former CEO, Garcia Construction Group, Inc.


Charles "Charlie" Garcia served as Chief Executive Officer for Garcia Construction Group, Inc. (formerly GM Construction, Inc.) from 1989 to 2013. Mr. Garcia was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1994 by Ernst and Young, and Small Businessman of the Year in 2000 by the SBA. He has won numerous awards such as: Madame Walker Spirit Award 2002, Whitney M. Young Award 2003, IRMSDC Supplier of the Year Award 2000, Regional Construction Company of the Year SBA 1994, Growth 100 Award Indiana 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999, and Center for Leadership Development Entrepreneur of the Year 2004.

Mr. Garcia serves as a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs. The mentoring program he developed has been adopted by the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce to assist minority and women owned businesses to 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.

Mr. Garcia's current and former directorships and trusteeships include Butler University, Marian University, University of Indianapolis, Ivy Tech College President's Advisory board, Bank One (Indiana), Fifth Third (Indiana), Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Chairman of the board of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Eiteljorg Museum, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, St. Vincent Health, Crossroads of America Boy Scouts, Avondale Meadows Academy, Indiana Latino Expo, Indiana Latino Institute, TeenWorks, and Chairman of the board of the Challenge Foundation Academy Charter School.

Born in San Francisco, CA, he attended College of San Mateo, and graduated from the Way College of Biblical Research. He attended Butler University, and has graduated from Dartmouth University, and University of California, Los Angeles Executive Programs.