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 founded Save A Suit Foundation in 2009, and subsequently established as a nonprofit organization in 2011.
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.
Carl Berman, Board Treasurer
Managing Director, NAI Elite
Carl’s background proudly includes four years of service in the U.S. Navy during which he attained the rank of petty officer. A veteran of Desert Storm, Carl was based out of Oak Harbor, Washington where he had the opportunity to travel abroad including two extended deployments to the Mediterranean.
Honorably discharged from the military Carl began to pursue his bachelors of science at the University of Connecticut. Following his graduating in the Spring of 1997, Carl has been a partner in a retail business, COO of an estate planning firm located in Phoenix & Las Vegas and has since worked as a commercial real estate broker. Carl established NAI Elite, LLC in January 2010.
Gary Kuhn, Board Secretary
Talent Acquisition Specialist, Barnum Financial
Growing up in Connecticut, I always longed for a better sense of community. I grew up playing and following sports, which taught me that together we can accomplish anything. This selfless message was echoed by our brothers and sisters in the military.
My grandfathers both served in World War II and my father enlisted but did not serve in the Vietnam War. I always had great respect for the men and women who serve this nation and wanted to be a part of an organization that helped them. Once I met the incredible people at Save A Suit, I knew this was a great opportunity to roll up my sleeves and get involved. Whether it is fundraising or volunteering at events, I am very proud to be serving those who have served this great country.
When I am not helping with Save A Suit, I am playing basketball or golf and spending time with family and friends.