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ABOUT MERCEDES VAZQUEZ SIMMONS

Welcome!  I'm really glad you're here!

It is with excitement, commitment, and resolve that I offer my skills and experience in leadership and seek your vote and support to be the next Monroe County Legislator representing District 22 in the inner City of Rochester.

Mother, daughter, granddaughter, advocate, professional, community leader - these are the qualities that proudly make me the woman that I am.  Proud Democrat, endorsed by the Working Families Party, I'm running to be your next representative in County Government.

 

As a native Rochesterian, the product of the public-school systems and a local business owner with an international presence, my insight and culture afford me a perspective most effective in fulfilling and enhancing the job requirements.  At a time when our city faces many crisis in poverty, violence, economic hardships, and infrastructure failures, combined with a global pandemic and incredible racial and social division, the need for leadership could never be greater.

 

Growing up in an impoverished neighborhood, in a single parent household, my mother, a

community and civil rights activist instilled the values of volunteerism, higher education, hard work and dedication in my heart and soul.  I offer a variety of skills encompassing approximately forty years of community service and advocacy, thirty years of middle and upper management in the private sector and ten years as a local business owner with an international presence.

 

As an ambassador for Rochester, I have represented Rochester and its residents in many goodwill missions in the Islands of Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, and the Bahamas.  Also, as one of many projects, I presented the first International Boxing event to the Island of Vieques to promote cultural and humanitarian awareness to reignite and assist in the recovery of the Vieques economy after the devastation of hurricane Maria.

 

I would consider it an honor and a privilege to put my skills, my experience, energy, and commitment to work for real results for the residents of District 22 and look forward to working with my fellow Democratic legislators and County Executive Adam Bello to bring great success and strength for all of our futures.  Together this is a fight we can win.

On General Election Day, November 2, 2021, Elect Mercedes Vazquez Simmons Monroe County Legislator for District 22.

Mercedes Vazquez Simmons

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Education

  • MBA Business Administration

  • Medaille College

  • William E Simon Graduate School of Business Administration

  • The Jensen Landmark-Scherr Leadership Program

  • University of Rochester

  • B.S. Business Administration

  • Medaille College

  • A.A.S., Liberal Arts

  • Monroe Community College
     

Affiliations

  • Women in Cable

  • Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE)

  • National Society Hispanics with MBA’s

  • Hispanic Voter Protection Group

  • Volunteer Experience

  • Superintendents Selection Committee

  • Father Tracy Advocacy Center

  • La Avenida Literacy Program

  • Center City Boxing Club Inc.- At Risk Teen

  • Hispanic Community Center for Seniors

  • Inner-city Voter Registration Team

  • Fien Street Block Club

  • Inner City Soccer League

  • STEM Program- N. Clinton Ave

 

Recognitions & Awards

  • The Change Makers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World

  • Women’s Network – Career Achievement

  • Women’s Magazine- Career Achievement and Community Award

  • Hispanic Business Association – Business of the Year

  • Ibero American Action League – Lo Mejor de lo Nuestro Award

  • Latinas Unidas – Achievement

  • Rochester City School District – Volunteer Award

  • N. Clinton Business Association – Volunteer award

  • Blain-Stephen Community Excellence Award

Summary of Qualifications and Strength

  • Contract negotiations

  • Brand Marketing

  • Project Management and Event Planning

  • Public Speaking and Human Relations
     

Work Experience

  • Street Liaison February 2019 - Current

  • Isla Housing – Special project

  • Focus on Business development in a deteriorating market

  • Help SMB revamp business strategies and business plans.

  • Develop marketing strategies, marketing development and marketing implementation.

  • Provide all city endorsed financing options.

  • Responsible for generating $1.2 million in new review for the business strip
     

Pretty Girl Productions LLC
Boxing Promoter, President & CEO November 2010 - Current

 

  • Contract negotiations with athletes and television Networks

  • Handle all public relations efforts.

  • Design and implement plan for athletes, ensuring they maximize in revenue potential.

  • Production of world class sporting events

  • Provide oversight to state sanctioned events to ensure compliance.

  • Work closely with New York State Athletic Commission

  • Implement marketing and promotion plans per show

  • Responsible for Strategic sourcing to include procurement, supply chain management and RFP

  • Manage financial budget to maximize profits

 

Time Warner Cable/Charter Communications
National Reseller Program- Senior Channel Manager February 2008-February 2019

 

  • Identify, recruit and train national reseller partners and vendors.

  • Develop marketing strategies, marketing development and marketing implementation.

  • Work with key stakeholders: municipalities, construction firms and local utility companies.

  • Project manager market expansion and construction projects.

  • Work with Commercial and Residential developers.

  • Track effectiveness of marketing programs, pricing, and promotion against revenue targets.

  • Provide monthly sales forecast and maintain revenue objectives.

  • Work with cross functional groups to ensure program efficiencies.

  • Managed revenue and budget tracking system for monthly commission statements.

  • Monthly review of P&L reports, ensuring profitability, modifying business practices when required.

  • Implement a standard procedure for distribution channel’s compensation platform.

  • Achievers and President’s Club
     

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Proudly Democrat

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Proudly Endorsed

by the

Working Families Party

MCC Alumna Mercedes Vazquez Simmons: Inspiring Every Day