The Founder & President
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.
Jessica F. Ewud
Jessica Ewud joined the Save-A-Suit team in 2011 as the CIO. She is now the Executive Director. She has worked on rebranding the organization, and oversees all partnerships, marketing, operations, and events. Ewud is responsible for founding the organization’s event processes and methods. Since gaining her, the foundation has rapidly expanded its programs and has acquired over 100 partnerships with global businesses and national chains.
“We are proud to assist returning military veterans with attire and help them pursue their career goals.”
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 as well as her district representative’s political campaign.
Jessica graduated Magna Cum Laude from Western Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in finance.
Alexis Carrera is currently working on his Masters in Business Administration at Western Connecticut State University. Since joining Save-A-Suit in 2011, Alexis has acquired several partnerships for the organization.
Alexis loves to help out and give back to the community. When he heard about what Save-A-Suit does, he was so impressed that he decided to join our team and help promote our cause.
When he is not helping out or at school, he likes to spend time with friends and family. He also likes classical literature and spending time outdoors.
Alexis is also bilingual and is fluent in English and Spanish. He was also featured on “Univision” for a Latin program promoting the organization. Si necesita ayuda en español, comuníquese con Alexis Carrera.
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.
In 2013, Mr. Trask started the “Million Dollar Pledge” and the organizational design behind this pledge will culminate to the largest direct benefit distribution event for Veterans ever in the United States.