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:
Performance trumps color. Last night I spoke at Morehouse College, which you may know his a historically black institution, so I wasn’t surprised when I got a thoughtful question from a student about yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling concerning Michigan’s ban on affirmative action. Let’s ... continue reading
Disengaged. The American workplace appears to be in a sorry state, and the result could be disastrous for our economy. Gallup does a workplace engagement study on a continual basis. They’ve been doing it for decades, not only in the United States and around the world. So they have millions of data points in ... continue reading
From serving us to intimidating us. According to the Tax Foundation, today, April 21, 2014, is Tax Freedom Day. It's the day we have worked as a nation collectively to pay our total tax bill for the year. This includes federal and state income taxes for a combined total of $4.5 trillion. Tax Freedom Day is three ... continue reading
A President can't do much better than this. Easter is far from a political holiday, but each American has been blessed to be a citizen of the freest nation this world has ever known. President Reagan captures this in a radio address he gave back in 1983. Although many things have changed since 1983, we are ... continue reading
Fudging. Remember when the Obama Administration fudged the unemployment rate, using an inexplicable one-time anomaly, to get the unemployment rate under 8 percent just in time for the 2012 election? Hey, if you can manipulate numbers for one political purpose, you can manipulate them for another purpose. The ... continue reading
Those aren't pillows! Planes! Air travel is one of the world’s greatest innovations. We can travel to anywhere in the world or across these great "United" States in hours rather than days and months, at an affordable price for most of us. If the Obama Administration had taken a lesson from the airline ... continue reading
Intimidation tactics. I’m sure you’ve heard about this dispute in Nevada, where a rancher named Cliven Bundy was confronted by a virtual army of armed agents from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The whole thing is a dispute over very complicated laws concerning grazing rights, and the laws are too ... continue reading
Three ways to describe ObamaCare without getting all medical. Here are three ways to describe ObamaCare without using medical narrative: First, our health care system had a leak in the roof. You don't blow up the building to fix the leak in roof. Now we have a demolished building and the leak is not fixed. The ... continue reading
Your life in their hands. (Editor's note: Much of this commentary concerning the facts about ObamaCare was originally published September 23, 2013. We are updating it today because the Democrats are trying new tactics to make you forget about it, but it's just as true as it was then.) While the president and the ... continue reading
The silent killer. I’ve been on this relieving stress kick lately, because stress can kill you. So when a study about stress comes out, I like to share it with you in the hope that it might help you detect the effects of this silent killer in your life. A new Nielsen study shows that 80 percent of American ... continue reading
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. "If I said 77 cents was equal pay for equal work, then I completely misspoke,” said White House economic advisor Betsey Stevenson. “So let me just apologize and say that I certainly wouldn’t have meant to say that.” Oops! But the president, ... continue reading
Number crunching. When President Obama goes around talking about 7.1 million people signing up for ObamaCare, you have to remember he's doing that because the administration established 7 million many months ago as the must-have number that would make it plausible for ObamaCare to work. It looked for months like ... continue reading
Class warfare wasn't his thing. The mainstream media somehow managed to miss the demonstrations held April 4 – the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination – in favor of the so-called “Robin Hood Tax.” I only learned about the planned demonstrations in 22 cities after I ... continue reading
Watch for the disco whistle, good buddy. In my younger days, when CB radios were popular, especially for truckers, to keep track of traffic information and speed traps on the highway. And traveling non-truckers like me could hear many of their exchanges. We could even communicate with them ourselves if we had a ... continue reading
Real people tell their real stories. “This law is doing what it’s supposed to do. It’s working. It’s helping people from coast to coast.” - President Obama, April 1, 2014 That is what the president said after the close of ObamaCare’s open enrollment period on March 31. He ... continue reading
. . . be prepared, because liberal media "fact checkers" will attack you. Are you ready for it? I want to call your attention this morning to an effort by the Republican Party to let ordinary Americans tell their stories of what ObamaCare has done to them. Here is the site where the GOP invites you to tell your ... continue reading