Herman Cain grew up in Atlanta with loving parents and little else. His father worked three jobs as a janitor, a barber and a chauffeur and his mother was a domestic worker. Thanks to the lessons his parents instilled in him, Herman went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in mathematics from Morehouse College and a Master's in computer science from Purdue University.
Herman has more than 40 years' experience in the private sector, where he balanced budgets, created jobs and rescued failing companies. He served as an analyst for Coca-Cola, an executive at Pillsbury, a regional Vice President with Burger King and CEO of Godfather's Pizza. During his time at Godfather's, he brought the company from near bankruptcy to profitability in just 14 months. Herman's record as "turnaround artist" led to his rise as President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association, which employs more than 14 million people. Additionally, he's been on the boards of directors for several multi-national corporations, including Nabisco, AGCO, Hallmark Cards, Whirlpool, SuperValu, Acquila and Reader's Digest.
Herman also served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and as a supervisory mathematician for the Department of the Navy, where he developed ballistics and fire control systems for the armed forces.
Herman has been married to his wife, Gloria, for 44 years, and they have two children and four grandchildren. He also serves as an Associate Minister at Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta.
Articles by Herman Cain:
And yes, I really said Hillary is a . . . Socialist. Because she is. Hillary tends to couch her language more than Bernie Sanders does. She'll promise a bunch of free stuff to one crowd of people, then pretend she meant something else when talking to the next one. But when you examine the arc of her ... continue reading
I'm sticking with my Pick Six. As this presidential race continues to unfold, some of us learn more and more about the candidates' ideas for solving problems and their leadership potential. In the process, some people flip-flop their opinions of the candidates based upon the latest take-down soundbites served up ... continue reading
Routine. One of the biggest wastes of time imaginable is to read news stories about what’s expected in upcoming economic reports. Late last week, we were regaled with stories about how economists were expecting news of robust job growth, and how this would be followed by serious consideration on the part of ... continue reading
Four keys to success: Curiosity, strategic thinking, leading teams forward, sustainable profit and growth
Four concepts you must understand if you want to be successful. We had a really good Guiding Principles of Success segment on the radio show this morning, and I want to share the information here too because far too many people endeavor to start a business without really understanding some of the concepts we ... continue reading
You'll hear that he's "raising taxes," but for most of us, he's lowering them. I've been perusing Donald Trump's proposed changes to the federal tax code, and if you measure the proposal strictly by comparing it with the status quo, it's no contest. Trump's plan wins by several lengths of the galaxy. Of course, ... continue reading
Here we go again! We expect attacks and opportunistic criticism between presidential candidates whether they are of opposing parties or running in a primary battle within the same party. That is especially true this year, when Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment about Republicans not attacking each other was ... continue reading
Show us you're in the game. In golf a par is good, but a birdie is better. In baseball a single, double or triple is good, but a home run is great! In football a first down, or a few first downs are good, but a touchdown is great. Contrary to what some people think, it's going to take more than Speaker John ... continue reading
You can usually tell what a man really cares about. If you want to know someone’s priorities, pay attention to when they’re meticulous – and to when they act like they just can’t be bothered to put in half an effort. Take, for example, the Obama Administration. The Wall Street Journal ... continue reading
Real life. While the media are focused on the pope's historic visit to the USA, gotcha mania with Republican presidential candidates and he said/she said politics, the pain of ObamaCare on real people gets worse. You will not hear about the pain from the administration or Democrats, nor will you hear about it ... continue reading
Familiar patterns. Perhaps we can't call Carly Fiorina the "front-runner" for the Republican nomination, but we can certainly recognize that she's gained a great deal of attention and recognition through her strong debate performances and a series of excellent work in media interviews. One of the hardest things ... continue reading
Seeing through the fog. I know a lot of people are frustrated and disgusted with the direction and lack of leadership of our nation. A lot of people are also fed up with the gridlock and bitter partisanship in Congress, and many think that simply changing party leadership or which party controls Congress will ... continue reading
Dopey narratives. It never takes long in a campaign cycle for stories like this to start showing up in the media. So-and-so says such-and-such that may be inaccurate, and a candidate who was present when the thing was said does not correct him! This phenomenon is especially predictable whenever someone levels a ... continue reading
The morning after. Three hours is a long debate. I can remember being exhausted after standing for debates that lasted two hours. And that doesn't even take into account the post-interviews, getting up in the morning to do TV appearances and so forth. But 11 candidates endured it last night, and they all deserve ... continue reading
Eleven candidates. Two hours (including commercials.) You do the math. I thought I'd share with you this morning a preview I did on the radio show of tomorrow night's debate on CNN. It's only a minute-and-a-half so I won't give away the whole thing by writing exactly what I said. I will say this, though: Given ... continue reading
Wednesday! Following the first Republican presidential debate on August 6, 2015, I published my presidential Pick Six with a brief perception perspective on each of them. Here's how I saw it then: Donald Trump. He takes non-political-correctness to a new level. I do not agree with his personal attack tactics, ... continue reading
Boss of the year. We often criticize Barack Obama for never having run a business and not knowing anything about it. But maybe we’re missing something. Obama apparently believes he knows how to run every business in America that wants to be a federal contractor, because he is very fond of telling them how ... continue reading