Thursday, October 15, 2015

Candidate Bio Sandra Russo Driska (R) for Mayor

Candidate Bio: Sandra Russo Driska (R) for Mayor





SMALL BUSINESS OWNER***COUNCILWOMAN***ADVANCED NON-PROFIT FUNDRAISING SKILLS
Small retail business owner providing a large assortment of woman's clothing and accessories as well other gift gifting items.  Advanced skills in records management and retention, community and public relations, contract negotiation and implementation, fundraising for non-profit organization, community outreach, and event planning and fundraising for non-profits organizations
      Core Knowledge & Skill Areas
Community/Public Relations & Outreach             Small Retail POS & Inventory Systems
Policy Development   Media and Press Relations
Personnel  & Communications Management Non-Profit Community Fundraising Campaigns
Budget Development & Management                                   Strong Public Speaking Skills                                
                     
         CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Owner of Sandra James Boutique retail store located at 100 Main Street, Middletown, CT
Elected to Middletown City Council in November of 2013
Served as City and Town Clerk of Middletown from July 1, 1996 through June 30, 2013
Served as President of the Statewide Connecticut Town Clerk’s Association (169 municipalities) for 5 years
Planned and chaired more than 10 bi-annual statewide conferences for the CT Town Clerk’s Assoc.
Chaired and hosted nine (9) mayoral fundraisers for the City of Middletown raising in excess of $100k for varied non-profit organizations
Represented the State’s Freedom of Information Department serving as the official liaison for the City and administering all state laws applicable to F.O.I.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS
*Opened retail boutique in Middletown, CT from ground up in September of 2014.
*Relocated boutique to Main Street, Middletown in June of 2014.
*Experience with retail POS systems and inventory control & purchasing of merchandise.
*Member of Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Business District, Middletown.
*Member of Rotary International & Elks Lodge of Middletown.

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