David J McKillop Sr
To all Medford Residents,
My name is David J McKillop Sr. and I am announcing my candidacy to become your next Mayor of Medford.
As we begin this journey together, let me take the time to familiarize you all with my family. I was married in 1991 to my incredible wife Lisa “Marchino” McKillop, and we have enjoyed 26 amazing years living in Medford and working together at our Restaurant / Function Hall where Lisa manages the team at Colonial Hall. Traveling alongside us through our adventure in life are our four children, David, Teresa, Matthew, and Anthony all of whom graduated from Medford High School. David Jr, whom you may remember by his running for Medford School Committee, attended Saint Anselm College, graduating as Student Body President in 2015. David is currently a Government Relations Advisor in Concord, NH, working alongside NH State Senators and Representatives. My daughter Teresa attended Endicott College. She accelerated her educational track in college, and graduated with both her B.A. and M.B.A. in Business Marketing in 2016. Teresa has started her own freelance event production and marketing business. Teresa also currently operates all social media for Rockafellas Restaurant and Colonial Hall at Rockafellas. Our third child, Matthew, graduated from Medford High School in 2015 and today we are so proud to say that he accomplished his goal and got accepted into the Marine Transportation program at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Lastly, Anthony graduated this year from Medford High School as Class President and has been accepted into the International Maritime Business program at Massachusetts Maritime Academy starting in the fall.
Now, I want to take the time to help you all familiarize yourselves with me, your candidate for Mayor. I was born and raised in the City of Everett, MA. I am the second of five siblings and attended the public school system of Everett, graduating from Everett High School in 1981. After high school, I continued my education by taking night courses at Bunker Hill Community College for Business Management. Although school was a priority to me and my family, my real passion was work, and I thrived by entering the workforce starting at age 14. My life has been molded by the numerous jobs I worked, making my hard work and determination a pillar of my persona. From my humble beginnings bagging groceries at a local convenience store, to learning the “restaurant ropes” from my uncle at his diner in Lynn, I have never stopped working. I have done landscaping, framing, masonry construction, was as an electrician apprentice, automotive work, which I learned from my father, and the list goes on and on. A bulk of my work experience came through retail, where I started in 1982 and worked to become the first Regional Sales Manager for Aldo Shoes in 1996, a Canadian Company where I opened the US Market for them and over saw the first 6 years of initial growth by entering new markets and analyzing the business climate of each market up until 2003. After my long journey working countless jobs, it was time to become self-employed. In 2003, with my brother-in-law Kevin and my late father-in-law Terry Marchino, we opened Rockafellas Restaurant in Salem, MA. After an amazing 14 years in business, including expanding our hospitality prowess by opening
Colonial Hall, our function hall, business is strong and continues to grow. Through sheer determination and hard work along with a common sense approach to every situation we are proudly considered an institution in the downtown Salem business landscape. Over the past 14 years, I have been very active in the Salem, MA community. I am a current member of the Massachusetts Retail Association, the North of Boston Center Visitors Bureau, North Shore Chamber of Commerce and the Salem Chamber of Commerce, where I served on the Board of Directors. In 2010 I was nominated Vice President of The Chamber and in 2011 I was nominated President. During my tenure on the board of directors and as President, we developed a Strike One program which bonded the restaurant community with the Police Department in order to commit to keeping trouble in the city at an all-time low. I was also able (with the help of then State Representative John Keenan) to secure a meeting with Paul Guzzi, then Executive Director of the Boston Chamber of Commerce, and Rinus Oosthoek, Executive Sales Director of the Salem Chamber of Commerce. We brokered a partnership between the two cities that promised an expansion on tourism like we’ve never seen before. This association and communication still exists today, with Salem seeing record numbers in tourists coming to town. Furthermore, I was hand selected by the honorable Mayor Kim Driscoll of Salem to serve on the Parking Commission where we created a city wide parking program operated by a third party. Aside from Salem Chamber of Commerce work, I am actively and proudly engaged in many Salem and North Shore charities and programs that help develop the community to be the best it can be. I want to take what I have learned and bring it to my home town.
The ability of this city and its citizens to band together to grow and achieve excellence derives from its strong diversity and ability to share ideas. Our potential is limitless. There needs to be a continual open dialogue between every committee, commission, and council in this city in order to get us to where we need to be. I have attended City Council and School Committee meetings and I know that the communication is continually lacking. This city deserves leadership that calls attention to every problem, and creates a comprehensive plan to solve them by openly discussing plans with city council as well as department heads and implementing the plan within a feasible time frame. I know that that is something I can promise you I can bring to fruition.
Every obstacle will be met with a progressive vision with regards to the potential growth of this great city. Remember, we need to succeed together, and that requires everyone’s input. Focus on Our Future Medford, make that our goal, and together, we can and will achieve it.
Respectfully, David J McKillop Sr.