Experience

Jerico Matias Cruz Chronological Resume Version No. 1

Jerico Matias Cruz Chrononological Resume Version No. 2

Consultant
Quanta Strategies LLC
Chicago, IL, 2018 – Present

Provides B2B and C2B Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations, Polling & Survey Research, and Technology consulting services. 

U.S. Representative Candidate 2022
U.S. House of Representatives
Chicago, IL, April 2022 – November 2022

U.S. Representative Candidate 2022, IL-5th Congressional District, Independent – Political Campaign’s Website

Political Campaign Agenda:

  • Economic Policy & Taxation 
  • Education Policy & Equal Access
  • Defense, Cybersecurity & Budget
  • Healthcare Policy & Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare 
  • Banking & Financial Services Policy
  • Foreign Policy
  • Technology & Environmental Policy

Substitute Teacher
Chicago Public Schools
Chicago, IL, 2018 – 2019

Provided educational assistance to students in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, bilingual and special education; and visited more than 75+ elementary schools and high schools citywide

Customer Service Representative
United Ground Express, Inc.
Chicago, IL, 2018 – 2018

Served and assisted United Airlines customers in the lobby of Terminal 1 at the O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

Soldier
Army National Guard
Various Locations, 2014 – 2017

1744th Transportation Company, Robbins, IL, 2015 – 2017 
2-122nd Field Artillery HHB, Chicago, IL, 2014 – 2015 
Officer Candidate School, Illinois Military Academy, Camp Lincoln, Springfield, IL, 2014 – 2014

Consultant
Grace Wellness Products, Inc.
Park Ridge, IL, 2013 – 2016

Advised the Vice President and CEO of the company on fundraising and other functions related to operations

Assisted the company to raise funds from potential investors who were looking for viable startups investment: Angel Investors and Venture Capital Firms

Inside Sales Executive
AL Conference Production Limited – American Leaders and Fleming.
Chicago, IL, 2015 – 2015

AL Conference Production Limited is doing business as American Leaders and Fleming. in the City of Chicago

Collaborated in a small team initially researching the most up-to-date market developments for the world’s largest industries

Performed market research that targeted specific audience and decided on the correct strategy to ensure a successful event

Day to day activities was to contact (by phone) experts within a specific industry and matched their industry needs in a conference for future events

Managed a minimum of 4 conferences per year learning the entire industry as well as everything involved in organizing to executing successful 5 star events

Car Salesman Trainee
Grossinger Auto Group
Lincolnwood, IL, 2015 – 2015

Contacted new and existing customers to discuss current sales promotions

Created excitement and set appointments for customers to drive our world class automobiles

Responded to inbound phone calls and internet inquiries to develop customer trust and to generate customer visits to our state of the art auto stores

Followed up with customers to ensure satisfaction and to produce referrals

Trained on how to trade used cars to new cars

Drove to another car dealership to pick up a new car that was not in our inventory or lot

Performed all other duties as assigned

Life & Health Producer
World Financial Group, Inc.
Park Ridge, IL, 2013 – 2015

Advised individuals, families, small business owners, and other clients on insurance products with different carriers

Assisted clients to make informed decisions through financial literacy, protecting and preserving their assets against uncertainties in the future, and choosing the best insurance products that fit their needs

VP of Operations
QA Engineering Sales & Services, LLC (QAENGSS)
Chicago, IL, 2013 – 2015

Managed the supply operations of the company 

Negotiated contracts with clients, maintained pricing strategies for parts and service, and builtrelationships with vendors

Consultant
Save Wave Energy, LLC
Chicago, IL, 2012 – 2015

Start-Up energy broker with licenses in some states with deregulated market

Strategically advised B2B on how to reduce energy expenses up to 40% based on the energy market deregulations

Logically negotiated alternative solutions on how to efficiently deploy green technology in business operations

VP of Marketing
Possoro Capital, LLC
Various Locations, 2009 – 2015

Implemented business development techniques and marketing strategies to increase the probabilities of closing deals from highly fragmented middle market companies (MMC) backed with years of experience of C-level executives working in multiple industries and / or specific industry

Built strategic partnerships with mergers and acquisitions advisory and investment banking firms

Strategically advised on how to invest funds between low and middle market companies based on company’s investment criteria and introductory preferences

Provided private equity consulting and advisory services, including investment and financial planning in the middle market companies

Reservist Soldier
United States Army
Various Locations, 2006 – 2014

16th Psychological Operations Battalion HHC,Fort Sheridan, IL, 2010 – 2014
310th Tactical Psychological Operations Company, Forest Park, GA, 2009 – 2010
16th Psychological Operations Battalion HHC, Forth Sheridan, IL, 2008 – 2009
1150th Transportation Railway Operating Company, Fort Sheridan, IL, 2007 – 2008
656th Heavy Transportation Company, Hobart, IN, 2006 – 2007

Operations Manager
BPO/Telecoms Startups
Various Locations, 2006 – 2011

Supported telecom startups on how to develop a viable technology solutions via B2B

Tested and implemented different technology products with BPO startups

Managed and organized different functions of BPO/Telecom startups

Certified Nursing Assistant
Harmony Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center
Chicago, IL, 2007 – 2008

Assisted patients or residents in their activities of daily livings (ADLs)

Supported licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, physician assistants, and physicians whenever patients or residents needed assistance with mobility and other daily activities, excluding distribution of medications

Student Ambassador
Benedictine University
Lisle, IL, 2005 – 2007

Federal-Work Study

“The Benedictine University chapter of the Catholic Relief Services (“CRS”) University Student Ambassador program seeks to engage the campus community to act on global emergencies and injustices through awareness campaigns, prayer services, legislative advocacy and fundraising campaigns.”

Assistant Instructor
Chicago Botanic Garden Science First Program
Glencoe, IL, 2005 – 2005

College First Paid Intern vis-a-vis Science First Assistant Instructor

College First is a dynamic paid internship program for eligible Chicago Public High School students consisting of career mentorship, field ecology and conservation science, and college prep and assistance

About the Program

Horticulture
Plant Genetics & Seed Biology Lab
Seed Bank
Education & Camp CBG
Butterflies & Blooms Exhibit
Soil Ecology
Conservation Biology

Trips and College Visits

Beaubien Woods (a work day, to remove invasive plant species [buckthorn])
North Park Village Nature Center
Garfield Park Conservatory
Field Museum’s George Washington Carver exhibit
SmartHome: Green & Wired, at the Museum of Science and Industry
Northwestern University, Chicago State University, North Park University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University (campus tours)
National College Fair at Navy Pier (sponsored by NACAC)
College Selection and Application workshop at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (presented by the University of Illinois Extension Service and College of ACES)

Research Projects

Genetic diversity among thistle species (including a video of PCR techniques)
Best methods for DNA isolation of breadfruit
Invasive species found on Garden property and potential treatments
Carnivorous plants of Illinois and their habitats: a study of local wetlands
Stratification and seed germination of dogfoot violet
Enviro-report card: a comprehensive assessment of air, water, and
soil quality in the Garden
Ideal growing conditions for various species of fungi
Analysis of soil samples from the Dixon Prairie and Somme Prairie (to identify why grasses are disappearing at these sites)
Identification of native bee pollinator species for several native plants
Analysis and suggestions for growing biofuels onsite
Best techniques for isolating sweetener from stevia plants

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