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Born: December 13, 1945, Memphis, Tennessee
Spouse(s): Gloria Cain
Children : Melanie and Vincent
Residence : Atlanta, Georgia
Alma mater: Morehouse College, B.A., Perdue University, M.A.
Profession: Business Executive, Radio Talk Show Host, Columnist
- 1992; member, Economic Growth and Tax Reform Commission established by Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole.
1995; Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas
- 1996; Senior advisor to the 1996 Dole/Kemp campaign for the Presidency.
- In 2004 ran an unsuccessful race for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in Georgis to replace retiring Democrat Zel Miller
Herman Cain has enjoyed a stellar career in the business world. He became the youngest vice president in the history of The Pillsbury Company in 1977 after just three years with the company. He left this position in 1982 to learn the restaurant business at Pillsbury’s Burger King subsidiary. In 1986, his success with Burger King prompted Pillsbury to select Cain to assume the presidency of another of its struggling companies, Godfather’s Pizza. Finally, he became the first black president of the National Restaurant Association, the food service industry’s leading trade organization.
When Cain started working at a Minneapolis Burger King in 1982, he cleaned toilets and flipped hamburgers. After completing the management training program in only nine months, Cain was named vice president and general manager for the Philadelphia region of the Burger King Corporation. Attaining this position was particularly special for Cain, considering that he and several friends were refused service in a restaurant in 1952 when they attempted to buy a hamburger.
Although there have been many reasons for Cain’s business success, he credits maintaining a sharp focus as a key component. The 1997 website for the Business Leadership Summit held at San Joaquin Delta College, Leadership Summit, Inc. stated, “Faith, focus, and follow-through are the ingredients of the successful recipe of Herman Cain.” Eric K. Washington in American Visions wrote, “Cain credits a single overriding principle–’focus, focus, focus’–for his success.” Cain told Wallace Terry in Parade Magazine, “My philosophy has always been to exceed the expectations of the job.” Responding to a question by Policy Review about establishing a successful business in the competitive market Cain remarked, “Because I am a black American, I’ve had to perform better than my white counterparts. This is a personal standard that I’ve set for myself: I’ve got to perform a little better in order to get the same opportunity. I can’t just be as good; I’ve got to be better. It should not be this way, but it is.” After receiving the International Food Manufacturers Association’s Operator of the Year/Gold-Plate Award in 1991, Cain was quoted as saying in Restaurant Business, “Success is a journey, not a destination.”
Cain’s relentless focus and continued striving for excellence turned Godfather’s Pizza around when its survival was questionable. And he did it in less than eighteen months. In 1988, Cain purchased Godfather’s Pizza from The Pillsbury Company and became president and chief executive officer. In 1995, Godfather’s Pizza, Inc. was the fifth-largest pizza chain in the nation.
Despite his successes, Cain does not forget his humble beginnings. His parents, Luther Cain, Jr. and Lenora Davis Cain provided examples of hard work that he would remember the rest of his life. His father at one time worked three jobs: cutting hair in his off hours, working part-time at Coca-Cola as a chauffeur, and working an evening shift as a janitor in a bakery. His mother worked as a domestic. This work ethic would inspire Cain, not only to work hard, but to “rise up singing,” as DuBose Hayward’s lyrics stated in “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess. Singing would come later in his life. Cain told Wallace Terry in Parade Magazine, “My father never looked for a government program, a government handout. I never heard my father complain about somebody owing him anything. All I ever saw was how hard my father worked to get what he wanted out of life. My mother was my spiritual light–Mom talked to me about God. She taught me that success is not a function of what you start with materially but what you start with spiritually. Those were my beginnings. They have been with me ever since.” Cain carried these values through Morehouse College in Atlanta, into his work as a mathematician for the Navy, and later to Purdue University, where he earned a master’s degree in computer science.
In 1994, after Cain was elected president of the National Restaurant Association, he proposed several reforms affecting the restaurant business, such as allowing sixteen-year-olds to work past seven o’clock on Friday nights. He also envisioned restaurants of the future that would use architecture, lighting, service, and decor to expose patrons to different geographical regions or eras.
In 1994, Cain became active in politics. He campaigned around the country against President Clinton’s health plan, contending that small businesses would be hurt by it. Cain served as a member of the Economic Growth and Tax Reform Commission established by Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole. According to an Associated Press report in The New York Times, Cain “promised that his industry would give welfare recipients jobs, training and a chance to gain economic success.” Because of his far- reaching views, Cain has served on numerous boards, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Creighton University of Omaha, Nabisco, Inc., SuperValu, Inc., UtiliCorp United, Inc., and Whirlpool Corporation. He continues to serve on the Joe Edmonson Youth Outreach Program for troubled teens in Omaha.
In 2006, Cain faced his greatest battle in life. He was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer in both his colon and his liver. With a deep faith in God and unique can-do, never give up spirit, Cain fought back and after undergoing surgeryand chemotherapytreatment , beat the odds and is cancer free.
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Herman Cain is a proud conservative who is a diehard pro-life proponent and gay marriage opponent. But Cain is also proud of his problem solving abilities and right now he sees our greatest problems are found in the economy and national security. That is why Cain recently declared to Politics Daily;
I will not sign any legislation that is going to weaken traditional marriage, but I am not going to make getting a constitutional amendment on traditional marriage the centerpiece or the leading issue of my administration. We have a few issues relative to national security, the economy, spending immigration and education that I think we ought to focus on first.
Contained within those words is the good political judgment, the type of judgment that signals just how tune they are with the reality we face, the sentiments of the electorate and an ability to prioritize. Herman Cain not only understands what voters said in the 2010 midterm elections, he feels the same way. He understands what governments role is really suppose to be and what the needs of the nation truly are.
And with the exception of Mitt Romney, Herman Cain brings to the Republican debate something that most all the contenders do not and that President Obama certainly does not..a proven record of success in business and finance, the type of proven record that America can use to tackle its economic woes. But unlike Mitt Romney, Herman Cains story is far more compelling. While Romney was born into a family of substantially better financial means than Herman Cain and whose patriarch was a Governor, Herman Cain had much more humble beginnings. He went form cleaning toilets in Burger King to becoming the President of the National Restaurant Association, and producing record profits for dozens of businesses which he presided over.
Cain will surely elevate the level of debate and broaden the Partys pool of ideas. As a supporter of a return to the gold standard and a national sales tax, Cain will most definitely catch our attention. And when it comes to national security and foreign affairs, what he has to say is to likely be just as interesting.
Look for Herman Cains popularity to creep up. He already has a very active base of social conservatives in his corner and his oratory skills are refreshing. In ways similar to Mike Huckabees 2008 performance, Herman Cain could be the surprise candidate of 2012 . If he can raise the money to stay in the game, this relative political outsider will have an edge with TEA Party voters and the ability to spread an articulatepopulist conservative message.
Oh yeah, and if it makes a difference, he’s African-American……. a point that Democrats might find particularly interesting.
Click the link below to visit Herman Cain’s Website
Post Office Box 2158
Stockbridge, GA 30281
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