I'm John Florez, and I'm a City Councilor At-Large in Newport, RI. I feel extremely fortunate to live in this beautiful seaside community with my wife Karen and our two children, Martha and Nefi. I am the CEO and Founder of Drupal Connect, a web development company that employs over fifty people, many of them Newport residents. Two years ago, we were voted the 266th fastest growing company in the United States by Inc. Magazine, and the second fastest growing in Rhode Island. In addition to being a very successful organization, we make it a point to foster in our employees a strong commitment to giving back to our community. We have held coat drives, organized weekly mentoring of children at the PellSchool, and we sponsor the annual Drupal Connect Block Party to benefit Boys Town of New England, an organization where I proudly serve as a board member.
I have also been appointed by the City Council as Vice Chairman of the Finance Review Committee, which is tasked with finding cost savings and revenue generation solutions for the city of Newport. Some of the measures I'm proposing come directly from the months of collective research our group has conducted. One of the qualities that makes me an effective leader is my fearless and bold leadership style. I feel strong leadership requires innovative thinking, as well as the ability to convey ideas and work in a collaborative manner with your colleagues. But most importantly, strong leadership requires courage. I'm not afraid to support an unpopular idea because I know it's in the best interest of the community at large.
I appreciate everyone's support, and I look forward to meeting each of you and discussing my platform and how we can make Newport a better place for all of us.