Founder, Chairman of the Board
While interviewing a young candidate, Scott Sokolowski asked a simple question, “Why aren’t you wearing a suit today?” The candidate replied, “I can’t afford one.” Inspired by this individual, Scott decided to invest in an organization that would be dedicated to helping people find professional business attire to help them prepare for job interviews. As a result, he established the nonprofit organization Save-A-Suit Foundation in 2010.
Scott has been in the business of acquiring talent for over 15 years and truly understands the importance of making a good first impression. He has won several awards over the course of his career including the 2012 Fairfield County Business Journal’s “40 Under 40″ award for his outstanding efforts in serving the community through Save-A-Suit.
Scott also has a family history of serving in the United States military. His father and grandfather served in the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard respectively, while he served in the U.S. Air Force for 6 years. Scott is passionate about helping our honorable veterans make a smooth transfer to a civilian career with the Save-A-Suit “Soldiers to Civilians” program.
Executive Director, Founding Member
Jessica F. Ewud
Jessica Ewud is the creator of the current 6 successful programs at Save-A-Suit. She founded the national organization’s event processes, operational methods, funding model, organizational structure, and brand. She is the leader of all operations, events, funding, and partnerships. The organization serves hundreds of people annually and has helped thousands YTD. She has worked with some of the most elite organizations in the world including the United States Secret Service.
Prior to Save-A-Suit, Jessica worked for the billion-dollar enterprise, WWE. She also helped launch a corporation that provided technological advances in gaining business leads. Jessica comes from a family background of “American Dream” entrepreneurs with strong work ethic.
Jessica is passionate about the issues facing educational disparity and volunteered to help her sister, an alumna of Teach for America, with many projects. This included raising funds for children who could not afford to go on educational field trips and spending time aiding in the classroom. She has also volunteered for her town’s fire department.
Jessica graduated Magna Cum Laude from Western Connecticut State University.
Alexis Carrera joined the Save-A-Suit team in 2011 as a volunteer. Because of his passion for helping those in need, he quickly excelled in the organization and is now the Operations Manager. Alex’s scope of work includes pursuing projects and events that support both the college and veteran communities. Alex ensures that every veteran and every student receives the support they need. He has been an asset and a key player in growing Save-A-Suit’s national operations.
Alexis is also bilingual and is fluent in English and Spanish. He manages the organization’s relations with Latino clients and communities. He was also featured on “Univision” for a Latin program promoting Save-A-Suit.
Chapter Leader, Washington D.C.
Stephen Trask, MT
Over the last two decades, Mr. Trask has held a wide variety of leadership positions providing consulting services to Fortune 50 companies. Recognized by his peers as an opinion leader in technology, innovation and predictive insight, Mr. Trask has influenced change across the globe for his clients and their brands.
Prior to entering the civialian workforce, Mr. Trask served in the United States Air Force as a Medic during the Persian Gulf War, and then as a Training Manager for the 103rd Fighter Wing. As training manager, Mr. Trask informed and educated base personnel on how to continue their education and excel in their functional area.
Every company in America has benefited from the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform. Now, the private sector needs to step up for our heroes, just as they have stood for us.
Through their service, veterans give us a land of freedom. Mr. Trask believes it’s our responsibility to give them a land of possibility when they return.