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:
Awake. Advance. Arise. I often talk about apathy as the biggest problem facing this country right now, because those who could be part of the solution but don't get involved are by definition part of the problem. I'm glad to say, though, that there are a lot of Americans who are rising up to make a difference, ... continue reading
Introducing Cain Radio Raw! Like most of us, you are a busy person working, taking care of yourself and family, running a business, or going to school. You know you can't trust everything you see or hear on mainstream media news programs, but you want to be informed about things developing in our nation that will ... continue reading
Repeal it. I rarely agree with labor unions, and I look pretty skeptically at the arguments of health insurance companies too. They’re both pretty shameless about pursuing their own self-interests regardless of how it affects anyone else. But sometimes they’re right, and they’re right in the ... continue reading
Desperate times. In this space and on my radio show, we pride ourselves on the truth and on setting the record straight when candidates are falsely attacked or mischaracterized (no matter who they are) by the misreporting of the media. Since Donald Trump is leading in the Republican polls and is being ... continue reading
If you like, you can't keep. Again. Did you know there’s a Black Chamber of Commerce? There is, and they’re not too happy with President Obama these days. That’s because the Black Chamber of Commerce represents a lot of small businesses, and that includes a lot of professional financial ... continue reading
What activists would do if it was really about black people and not about politics. Few are better than Armstrong Williams, my fellow American Black Conservative, at getting to the heart of the matter. And rarely has that been more needed than on this whole movement operating under the name (or perhaps the ... continue reading
Misinformation voters. In an election season, we often bemoan the low-information voter – the person who really doesn’t know that much about the issues or the candidates and goes to the polls having made a decision on the basis of trivia, or general feelings and impressions that don’t ... continue reading
From one who knows him. I knew I was cutting against the grain and going against conventional political wisdom when, on Tuesday, I offered my presidential Pick Six of the candidates I like best in this race – and Donald Trump was at the top of the list. After a media week of pointless conflicts with Megyn ... continue reading
Don't be fooled. We have said it before but it is worth saying again, because some people didn't get the memo. When people running for office promise more free stuff it means less freedom. It's called socialism.As Hillary Clinton continues to fall in the polls amongst Democrat voters, and Bernie Sanders ... continue reading
Rising to the top. Well, after the first Republican presidential debates, candidates' TV and radio appearances, political establishment biases, media inspired brouhaha and the Trump factor, here's my Pick Six of the candidates that are my personal favorites – in hopes that one of them will win the ... continue reading
Cuts like a scalpel. Ben Carson surprised me a little during Thursday night’s debate – not that I didn’t think he would do well. I had just interviewed him on The Herman Cain Show a few days earlier and I knew he was prepared and ready for whatever questions would be thrown at him. But I was ... continue reading
Enough divisiveness. It's time to put "United" back in the United States of America! The intense partisan divide in Washington, D.C., the Republican and Democrat political parties suffering "brand" damage, conservatives and liberals not even trying to find common ground, immigration, race hustlers fanning the ... continue reading
Showdown. It’s starting to look like Mitch McConnell has done something right, although I realize sneaky majority leaders have ways of making it look that way when it’s not really true. Planned Parenthood has become so indefensible, McConnell appears to think he has no choice but to allow a Senate ... continue reading
And now there are 22! UPDATE: Former Viginia Gov. James Gilmore has now joined the race. He was a good governor and he has some good ideas, but he's virtually unknown and it's going to be awfully tough for him to break through in a field this crowded. Prior to Gilmore, Governor John Kasich of Ohio is the latest ... continue reading
The countdown begins. With the first Republican presidential debate just a week away, Donald Trump's surge in popularity as a candidate has heightened the anticipation of what might happen. Most media people are wondering if Trump will be a pit bull or just a mild-mannered bulldog.No one knows, and no one can ... continue reading
And no one is fooled. It's not even controversial anymore to point out that the IRS routinely targeted and harassed conservative groups seeking nonprofit status. However many Lois Lerner e-mails may have been destroyed, what we've already seen - combined with the testimony from the conservative groups themselves ... continue reading