United States Management, LLC (USM) was created to serve as Owner, Developer, and General Manager of the Arena project delivery team. On July 25, 2017, a new special purpose entity, Mid-Atlantic Arena, LLC (MAA), was formed and is the successor in interest to USM, and now holds the contracts with the City of Virginia Beach. The creation of MAA was solely due to a lender requirement for the project. The principals who comprise majority ownership of USM/MAA serve as principals in the affiliated ESG Companies which have been part of the vision and development of the City of Virginia Beach since the 1950s.
Edward S. Garcia
Chairman of the Board
Eddie is Chairman of the Board of the ESG Companies and USM/MAA. He is a successful developer, entrepreneur, and business owner with more than 60 years of commercial, residential, and industrial experience in all aspects of land development, construction, and management. He has been the driving force behind many cutting-edge development initiatives that have helped define Virginia Beach and produced positive economic impacts for the City and surrounding region. Born and raised in Norfolk, Eddie lived in Virginia Beach for more than 50 years. He currently has residences in Virginia and Florida.
Andrea M. Kilmer, CPA, CFF, CGMA
President and CEO
Andrea is President and CEO of the ESG Companies and USM/MAA. She is a certified public accountant and senior executive with over 35 years of experience in all areas of accounting, finance, administration, and diverse business operations. Her credentials include class A contractor, real estate broker, mortgage broker, and sports manager among others. Andrea was the past chair of the Virginia Board of Accountancy and chair of the Enforcement Committee. Previously, she served on the Virginia Economic and Development Jobs Commission and on Old Dominion University's Board of Visitors. She has served in various capacities for numerous charities in Hampton Roads. Andrea holds an Accounting degree from ODU and is a lifelong resident of Virginia Beach.
Michael F. Gelardi
Vice President, Construction Operations
Mike is a Vice President of the ESG Companies and USM/MAA and will oversee all design and construction-related aspects of the project. With over 50 years of experience, he has participated in a construction of many diverse projects. Mike holds multi-state licenses related to general construction, highway heavy, underground utilities, electrical, plumbing and heating ventilating and air conditioning. He is a former member of the Virginia State Contractors Board and a former board member of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Raised in Norfolk, Mike has lived with his family in Virginia Beach for more than 50 years.
Valerie L. Wilkinson, CPA
Valerie serves as Chief Financial Officer of The ESG Companies and USM/MAA. She is a certified public accountant with more than 30 years of experience in accounting, finance, administration and operations of numerous businesses. Valerie has been involved in all aspects of financial and operational planning, analysis, and modeling for the arena. Active in the community, she has served on numerous boards and committees throughout Hampton Roads. Valerie holds a B.S. in accounting from Penn State University and Master of Fine Arts from Old Dominion University. Valerie has resided in Hampton Roads for over 20 years.