The Founder & President
While interviewing a young candidate who had recently graduated from a university in 2010, Scott Sokolowski asked a simple question, “Why aren’t you wearing a suit today?” The young candidate replied, “I can’t afford one.” Inspired by this individual, Scott decided to invest in an organization that would be dedicated to helping young talent find professional business attire to interview. As a result, he established the nonprofit organization Save-A-Suit Foundation in 2010.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to give back to the community and the youth of our nation, who are our future. By establishing Save-A-Suit Foundation, college graduates can now have a fair chance at pursuing their career goals. Nothing gives you self-confidence like wearing a business suit, and feeling confident is a must in the fast-paced corporate world.”
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 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. Since gaining her, the foundation has rapidly expanded its programs and has acquired over 100 partnerships with global businesses and national chains.
“The Save-A-Suit Foundation is an organization that serves as a gateway for new graduates to have an equal opportunity at pursuing their career goals. We have also successfully expanded our services to returning military veterans.”
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” entreprenuers 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.
Chief Executive Officer
In his 20-year career, 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.
Prior to becoming CEO in August 2012, he was Managing Director of Emonalytics Health and Wellness group, which serves clients in the Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices and Consumer Goods industries. In 2006, he joined Ogilvy CommonHealth as a Senior Vice President and led the Strategic Services group for one of their global units.
Prior to entering the 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.
Community Outreach Leader
Prez Palmer is an Army combat veteran and former commissioned Officer who proudly served the United States of America both within the continental states and abroad overseas in the combat zone. He is now a Financial Adviser with World Financial Group focused on forming long lasting relationships with clients to collaborate solutions to protect and enrich their quality of life. Furthermore Prez is a Credit Educator & Credit Repair Counselor of United Credit Education Services who educates his clients on how credit works while further assisting people nationally to repair their credit profiles by disputing and requesting validation of the derogatory information contained on their profiles. By doing this, Prez enables people to reduce their levels of debt and obtain more financial options to again improve their overall quality of life. Lastly Prez Palmer is an Associate Professor for Finance & Economics at Post University teaching both online and traditional residency on campus students.
Currently Prez is a doctoral degree candidate with Capella University participating in the Doctorate of Business Administration (D.B.A.) degree program specializing in Finance with an expected graduation date of fall 2014. This will further complement Prez’s educational credentials as he earned his MBA degree in August 2011 from the University of Phoenix. Additionally Prez is a licensed agent of insurance & investments along with being a real estate professional for the state of Connecticut.
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.